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Hi MommyTeacher! It does sound like it is time for you to put yourself first! You have come to the right place! SP has everything you need, exercise, nutrition tracking, motivational articles and people to talk to. I've been trying to lose weight for twenty years. I think this time I'm going to do it!

You have a good plan with your new personal fitness trainer! She will keep you on your toes! I know what you mean about aches and pains and lack of endurance. I haven't exercised in years and I quickly found out I'm not just out of shape, I am much weaker than I thought.

There are lots of exercise videos to check out and a couple of bootcamp challanges (four week exercise routines). So you are in the right place at the right time! emoticon

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Well schools out again and it's time to refocus on me. I have been out of control since last summer. My daughter got married, graduated, and my son needed help moving all in the same 3 days. Four days after the wedding, school started and I didn't get the year under control until Christmas. I haven't been checking my BS or recording my food intake or even watching what I eat. This summer my son is getting married but this time it will not be at the same time that school starts. At almost 62, it is time to put my health first I am grateful that Spark has added the diabetes group and a place to record blood sugar. Meal plans may help but I've learned that I need lowest carbs at breakfast and that I can get a significant dip in the mid to late afternoon.
I have dubbed our 7 month old Airedale "Lady" as my fitness trainer and set up a 1 mile route around the neighborhood. I don't like how far my belly sticks out, how my hips hurt, how fast I get tired, or how my body hurts when I do more than routine housework. I'm not very good about getting online like many of the younger generation -I'm a slow learner.
Well that's my story so far, please help me stick with Spark this time. SW emoticon

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*Goal 1 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*first Goal Reached...

*Goal 2 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
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OMG!! I bet you are smiling like your picture! emoticon emoticon

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5/24/11 5:40 P

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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to thank all of you that helped me with my Mom and her daily salt intake. I called her doctor today and she explained to me that the paper she gave Mom was just an example of how to look for the salt% on foods. It also said 5-10% daily saly intake. What she meant by that is to try to stay at the lower end up to 10% as much as possible in her food choices. To cut to the point: She is to stay away from high salt intake foods such as sausages, bologna, processed foods with breading on it etc. She did not mean for Mom to have 5-10% daily food intake. I think you all know what I'm talking about.
So, she is happy now. And she's all set.

Again, thank you all so very much and If I have any more questions, I sure no where to go.

Have a great day. SHER emoticon

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This is absolutely horrible. Mom is 77 yrs oyung and now at this age she has to give up everything, she is beside herself. I told her I would look in to this and see if I missunderstood her doctor. But it seems like I didn't. What on earth is she going to do? I couldn't do that.

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*Goal 1 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
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*Goal 2 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
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yes, i just went and checked the milk while I was waiting for your reply. It is the same as 10% or 230 mg. How will she survive eating like that? she will say the hell with it all. and she needs to do this cause her kidneys are in jeopardy.

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*Goal 1 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*first Goal Reached...

*Goal 2 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*Goal 3 = 16 Pounds & 64 Sticks


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5/23/11 9:23 P

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No, it is the same thing. 230 is 10% of 2300, if my math is right. So two glasses of milk would have 230 mg salt. Just checked my bottle of milk. It has 125 mg salt per 8oz.

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5/23/11 9:20 P

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yes, 5 to 10 % of normal daily intake. But mom does not use table salt. She will only use what is in foods as it is. Thenif she can have 230 mg. does she count what she eats till it reaches 230 mg per day? So she doesn't count by the % ? she counts the mg ?

This is awesome if this is what you mean.

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*Goal 1 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*first Goal Reached...

*Goal 2 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*Goal 3 = 16 Pounds & 64 Sticks


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5/23/11 9:15 P

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Did the doctor mean that your mom could have 10% of the normal daily intake (2300mg)? Then she could have 230mg a day? I see what you mean. If a glass of milk has 5% of her daily intake...I would say no processed food, even light and fit turkey. You might be able to find low salt bread, maybe roast an organic turkey with no saline solution added. This is a tough problem!

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HI, My name is SHER and I am here for my mom, and her name is Betty. Mom is a diabetic 2 and she is on insulin. She has been on this for a couple years now. I have some questions and would like to be able to help her. I am a Registered Medical Assistant and for the life of me, I cannot seem to catch on to diabetes. It is extremely difficult to keep under control. My mom wen to her doctor today for her diabetes. She came home with a paper stating that she is to only have between: 5-10 % of daily salt intake. (By the way...Mom never uses table salt...NEVER) Now, for lunch today she couldn't have a sandwich because her 2 pieces of bread was 10%, then the trim & fit turkey had salt, then her low fat milk had 5%, and for breakfast she couldnt have her bagel because it was off the wall with salt. Are we missunderstanding something here? Is the doctor saying for the table salt intake to be between 5-10% daily intake, then to make sure she stays away from , examples: bologna, hot dogs, bacon, sausages, breaded chicken fingers, breaded fish sticks, etc. Is this what the doctor is talking about?

The way mom & I took it, was only 5 - 10 % daily intake of sodium. If it is this, then how does she eat? example of her daily meals:

breakfast: bagel 10% salt, cream cheese, %salt, 6 olives 8% salt, low fat milk, 5% salt.
so just for breakfast: about approx: 30 % salt intake.

This doesn't include lunch:
Lunch: example: 2 light wheat bread: 10%, turkey 5%...ther is 15% more.
Dinner: example: potato, meat, she cant have bread or roll, she cant have milk, she cant have any marinade at all.

Please help.. I think Mom & I are taking this all wrong.

Thank you, SHER & MOM

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*Goal 1 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*first Goal Reached...

*Goal 2 = 17 Pounds & 68 Sticks of Butter
*Goal 3 = 16 Pounds & 64 Sticks


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5/23/11 12:32 P

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Hey Diana, I too had problems when I first started Metformin. I now take two a day, with breakfast and dinner. But it seems to take your body a couple weeks to adjust to this Rx.In the beginning I felt weak, a bit dizzy and had bad GI track issues! But they did level off after 10 days or so. The most important thing is to get those Diabetes classes in! You will learn so much. One big help, both for you and your Dr.,or CDE, would be for you to start journaling your morning fasting BG, then everything you eat, how you feel, and what's going on in your day, and test, test, test! You will soon learn how YOUR body reacts to foods, stress, illness, and meds. I wish you luck....Theresa

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Hi,my name is Diana, and I was just diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes last week. It was a real blow! I have been with SP for over 2 years now, and I have to really get strict with myself again. Doc put me on Metforman, and with excersise and diet over the last week, I've lowered my numbers from 276 to 171 so far. I've also lost 10 lbs. The problem is that the meds make me feel so crappy! Does anyone( who is on the same med) know if this will subside? I'm afraid to drive anywhere because I get so dizzy, and I never know when it's going to hit me. I'm supposed to walk, so I walk with a stick in case I feel like I'm going to pass out. I'm still waiting for the hospital to contact me about the Diabetes education classes that they have available. I'm so glad I found this message board. I need all the support I can get. Doc also said I'm in full menopause, so the moods have been overwhelming!

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5/21/11 8:44 P

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Hi Sandy! Sounds like you are doing ok, staying away from simple carbs and eating complex carbs. Spark People will send you daily e-mails on nutrition, exercise, motivation and diabetes. Also many times you will see links to receipes and articles. Your most important tool is the nutrition tracker on your spark page. You just put in what you ate and it will tell how many calories, carbs and fat you ate, plus a lot of other info you can choose. I try to enter what I ate as soon as possible after eating, then I know what I can eat for the rest of the day. I find that fats are my biggest problem. At the end of the day you can get your daily report which will show you in a pie chart your ratio of carbs, fats and protien for the day. You can print these reports out if you want to take them to your doctor. The important thing is to track everything, from butter or oil used in cooking to salad dressing. Be strictly honest with yourself, no one sees it but you or, if you choose, you can let others see your reports.

You will find lots of people willing to answer questions and offer advice. Check out the community board to find topics of interest to you. emoticon

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5/21/11 6:48 P

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Hi everyone i have only known for a couple of months that i have type 2 diabetes. I need to lose weight and I am having a very hard time trying to determine what i am suppose to be eating and not suppose to be eating. I have been trying to stay away from the white breads, pastas and sugars. Eating high fiber, high protein and lots of fruit and veggies. Does that sound like what i should be eating. I know I should make an appointment to see a dietitian but it takes a while to get in. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Hi everyone, I re-joined Spark People three weeks ago when the boot camp challange started, just realized I have not introduced myself. I have type 2 diabetes and I am not good about testing so I need a kick in the butt. Since re-joining I have used the nutrition tracker religiously and have found it so helpful in controlling my diet that I have lost fourteen pounds already. I have kept my calories and carbs within my limits but I am finding it much harder to cut down on fats. A little salad dressing here, a little butter there and thats it. A tiny bit of peanut butter and I've gone over the limit.

Hi Richard: walking is great but I suggest you join the boot camp challange. It is week three but you can start anytime. I did great in the first week, then got sick and haven't done a lick of excercise for two weeks. I'll be rejoining the challange because in the first week I identifed all kinds of areas I need to work on. Boy am I weak!

Feel free all to message me and ask me what my numbers are because if you don't, I probably won't! emoticon

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So happy I've found folks that can TRULY relate!

Hi everybody, I'm a Type II Diabetic since 2006. Have been able to control my blood sugars with diet and exercise. Initially lost weight upon diagnosis. I'm 6' 4" and went from 276 lbs to 236 lbs. For the most part I was able to maintain a range of between 233 lbs to about 238 lbs for the last few years. My ultimate goal is to reach and maintain 210 lbs which will give me a BMI of 25. The Thanksgiving of 2009, I reached 215 lbs. and was feeling great! However, by the time New Years came, I got back up to the 230 lbs range! My goal is to get to the gym and walk 30 minutes to 1 hour at least 3 days per week to burn calories. I've found that during the Holiday Seasons are some of my most difficult times to maintain my weight. Also, when I'm feeling very stressed out. I read a great book called "Change or Die" which motivated me to find a group to work with for outside support. I got real upset with myself last week when I weighed in at 249 lbs! I know it's not generally recommended, but I weigh myself Monday - Friday in the morning before I have breakfast. By doing this, I was always able to catch myself if I had a lapse and it got to a 5 lbs gain I was always able to bring it back down by working at it. I was a bit stressed the last few months and didn't weigh myself with that level of frequency. I relaxed on my eating and drinking standards and I need help to lose and maintain a lower weight. I'm 245 lbs. today. I need to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle that I've been on. I signed up with SparkPeople a couple of years ago but didn't really participate in any groups. Looking forward to looking and feeling better and improving my health, for the sake of my family and myself. emoticon

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Hi.What I did to see the effect different carbs had on my blood sugar was to test prior to eating and 2 hours after eating and compared the 2. I kept a log of the numbers and what the carbs were that I had eaten. A pattern develops very quickly. One of the impressive ones was the comparision of eating white potatoes and eating yams.Also eating spaghetti with sauce and eating spaghetti squash with sauce. Have a blessed day!

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I'm a newly diagnosed Type 2 and I'm determined to beat this thing back so that my eyes stay with me as long as possible. I'm 50 and I live in a small town (upstate NY/PA border town) with a pretty cool husband (who has heart issues), a grumpy old cat, and a most excellent mutt dog. My (non-biological) mother went blind from diabetes and I'm petrified of the same thing happening to me. But, I have always been a cynical contrarian, so yeah...I kinda blew it in that respect.

Not sure what else to say. I'm normally a lurker when it comes to message boards, so this is kinda hard.

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I am not new to this board, just newly re-joined. I have been struggling so much with my diabetes, and think this might be the only way to get me back on track. When I was doing Sparks before I was able to get all my medication dropped down to the lowest level there is. Now I am struggling to get my levels even to the low 200's. I go back tomorrow for my 3 month check in and know I will be off the charts for my A1c. I am looking for the connection again. I have started to track my food, trying to eat the every 3 hours. I have always done the water thing very well, and will continue to do that. I have been off this site for about 1.5 years, so lots have changed, and I need to get back into it all. I am not sure if my meal plan is visible to everyone, if it is, please feel free to comment on what I am doing. Any/all ideas will be considered. I am open for suggestions.
I know this group is great, and I really missed everyone.

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emoticon Greetings everyone...I am Paris . a 50 year old mommy of two wild tweens. I am also a type 2 diabetic. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago and , for the first several years, managed both my weight( lost 70 lbs) and diabetes fairly well ( maintained an A1C of 5.5) .....THAT was the first couple years...sigh...now, I have gainned the 70 lbs back and am too afraid to even go to the doctor to find out my A1C....I am highly motivated to get back on track to a healthier lifestyle...I am happy to be here and am looking forward to the healthier days to come......Anyone want to be a spark buddy ?? emoticon

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Welcome to the team Vickie. You will find a lot of support and motivation here. There are tons of resources about diabetes that will help you, too. Explore, ask questions and post. We're here to help each other.

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Hello everyone. My name is Vickie I am new to this group and diabetes.I was just diagnosed in April. I am trying to lose the 60 lbs that my doctor has instructed me to lose. I live in Virginia and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

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My second day to. I agree about encouraging each other - it's easier if someone is sharing the ride with you. I have a question though - how do you get the banner accross the bottom of your message that shows weight loss?

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Hi, very new to this site...and fairly new to the computer. Hope I can manage this - and find it again! I'm 62 yrs.old, morbidly obese, and type 2 diabetic, for over 20 yrs. Have pretty good control of my diabetes...A1c's went up to 7.2 one time...usually 6.? 0r 5.? My weight is SLOWLY going down.
I've been married for 37 yrs. Have two daughters, three grandsons, and one spoiled grandDOG.

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Giood evening all.

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Welcome Pam,
Today is my second day with SPARK PEOPLE. If we encourage each other we both will succeed. Have a great day.
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Hi Pam,
My name is Midge. I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I don't know which way is up.
My weight is also a roller coaster, but I am determined to keep trying. I have a very supportive
husband, and two grandchildren that I adore. I want to be a good example for them. We must not give up!

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Hi

I'm Doomy and I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 in February (given all-clear from cancer at my 6 month check and then told 2 days later I'm diabetic..what luck eh?) but had seriously high fasting blood glucose 2 years previously while on chemotherapy. As the chemo can screw up blood chemistry it was left and it was only this year I had another test.
Anyway I'm on the UK so we use different terms to the US, for example Hba1to measure glucose levels over time, although that is changing apparently. I'm mid 40s so the first step to control is weight loss and increased exercise, am now nearly at my initial weight loss goal and have even joined a gym!! I'm not on any medication so am not monitoring my blood glucose (but wish I could tbh, it would help me feel in control). While I mostly feel much healthier I have days when I am extremely tired and dizzy. Not sure if that's to do with the diabetes or not tbh, it's certainly worse if I change my exercise routine (I presently go the gym every other day and do lighter exercise on my 'rest' days).
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Hello. I am new to this website, and new to the task of dealing with pre-diabetes. My life is very busy, so I am not used to making time to look after myself; ( like exercising, or planning what I eat). It seems like a huge change to my lifestyle. I look at the menus, and just think how much work they look like! My job keeps me out of the house ten to twelve hours a day, so I only eat breakfast at home. I am 59, a piano teacher, a mother of a university student and a child care worker, and almost a grandmother. My husband and I look after a home and 4 acres of land, together.

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I don't know how to use these groups either, but I can understand how hard it is to find time to look after yourself. That is something I am working on, too. It would be very stressful having a boy in Afghanistan.

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Hello everyone, I'm a old lady with two great young men. I have recently been hospitalized with diabetes and struggling to get it under control for myself and my boys. My oldest is in Afghanistan while the other is graduating from high school.
I really don't know how to use these groups but I am willing to try anything for encouragement on loosing weight and taking a care of my self.

I have a hard time making time for me and my needs. But, this is something I'm working. I hope that everyone has a great week!


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Hi everyone my name is pam and i have type 2 diabetes i have had diabetes for some time but this time its gotten out of control....and i have high blood presser....my goal is to get enough weight off so i can go off my blood presser med. i am 57 yrs and a grandmother...i would like to ask for help with this...i have eaten all most everything and really didn't care on what i ate... i am a caregiver been doing this for the last 13 yrs and this last year i really haven't been watching on what i eat....the problem is I LOVE TO EAT!!!!! its been hard to change my eating habits. emoticon

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How do you use the "Blood Glucose Tracker" in the Diabetes Nutrition Plan? I see it at the top of the "My Nutrition" page, but when I enter in my blood sugar and click on "Save Glucose," I don't see where the number is saved on the page....

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Welcome!! Wow you really have your hands full!! You definitly need to take care of you.(Easier said than done I know) Hopefully we can encourage and help along the way!

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4/9/11 1:28 A

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Hello everyone! I'm a 36 year old sandwich generation caregiver to my three kids with special needs and my mother with Alzheimer's. I'm trying to make time to take care of me first. I have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I got my latest lab results back and my AIC went up .3 points after three months of working out. I'm here for some direction, encouragement and support.

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4/8/11 8:05 P

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I only use my user name online. I'm a 56 year old female. I have prediabetes. My BMI is 22.3, so no weight loss ticker. The program works quite well for maintenance. I'm impressed with it's utility.

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4/8/11 6:00 P

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Welcome Michelle I think most of us are here for the same reason!!Hopefully you can get the help and support you need here!

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4/8/11 3:10 P

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Hi All! My name's Michelle I'm a 38yo Type 1 (I think I'm in the minority here) that's been diabetic for over 20 years. My control is actually not control at all......it's pretty much a mess so I though SP might be able to help me with getting my head back in the game. Happy Friday everyone!

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4/6/11 11:24 P

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Welcome Granny, 1Tall and Maria!!So glad your here!I've learned quite a lot from these great people.We CAN do this because we ARE WORTH IT!

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4/6/11 4:28 P

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Hi Maria,
Welcome to our team!! Don't be angry with yourself because that isn't going to help anything. It is what it is and now we just have to keep moving forward to make the changes necessary to become healthy again. There is an 8 week exercise challenge team here for diabetics to help us get started on this journey. I just started it today and it was really nice to be doing something in the way of exercise that I had time to fit into my crazy schedule. You should look into it and see what you think. Keep in touch. We're here to support each other!!

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4/5/11 9:12 P

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Hi, my name is Maria and I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (today!)
My dr. put me on Metformin. I have an appt. with a nutritionist (next week) for diabetes education.
I'm scared ... and I'm mad at myself ... how did I let my weight get so bad?!! (243 lbs.)
I know this is what caused my diabetes and also high blood pressure.
Oh well, no use getting mad at myself, I have to take care of myself now, better late than never ...
I look forward to learning and sharing my weight loss journey with all of you.
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4/3/11 11:30 P

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Hey everyone! I am a 33 year old who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Nov of 2007, with a blood sugar of 581. I took insulin for 3 days, and metformin for 2 weeks. It scared me enough to lose weight very quickly, so I was able to control it with diet. Unfortunately, I gained back all I had lost, and then some. Though I started to feel the symptoms of uncontrolled blood sugar, I did not want to admit it, and therefore never got back on any type of medication. I joined SP 1/3/11 and it has changed my whole life! Not only have I taken complete control of my blood sugar, I have lost 50 lbs that I will never gain back. Though I have another 50 to lose, I am confident that it will be done b/c of the tools that SP has put at my fingertips. I tell as many people as I can about SP b/c it empowered me to be accountable for my health once and for all. I refuse to lose my feet, or my vision, or one more minute of my life to diabetes. I do not want my son to grow up having a relationship with food like I did. Enough is enough. I can do this, you can do this, we can do this!

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4/2/11 9:28 P

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Hi everyone! I am new to SP and type 2 just diagnosed in March. This is all really new and confusing to me. How at age 55 do you wake up and have diabetes? Some days I think I have a handle on things and then there are days like today that I totally have no clue what I am doing. I have @ least 100#s to lose and have been moving along nicely since my serious start in Jan. Down 21#. I am married 34 years and have 2 boys and a girl. I am blessed with 4 wonderful grandchildren and #5 coming in Sept.
I hope to become a regular here and one day be able to help someone else on their journey.



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4/2/11 4:53 P

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My husband has type 2 diabetes, I am the one that has to try and keep him healthy.
I have been doing low carb since 2004 and it has worked for me.
I am in need of advise as to how to cook for him, I eat meat and veg.
When he was diagnosed they put him on Metformin.
I stopped buying anything with sugar in it, I have tried to explain to him that carbs are not just sugar, he doesn't get it, he still wants to eat "big" bowls of cereal and chips and too many potatoes ect...
Any advise would be helpful.

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BULGEBATTLER Posts: 93
4/1/11 12:13 P

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I am a T2 taking Metformin, short acting and long acting insulin. Weigh 313 lbs. and lead a very sedentary life. Working on changing to a healthy and fit one. One of the things I am working on is reducing/eliminating restaurants and fast food (I live by myself) and striving to cook more at home.Therein lies one of the problems. When preparing a meal I get hungry from the sights and smells which makes it very hard to control portions. I am very vulnerable at that point. I also am starting to use a slow-cooker and freeze portion-sized packages. Great idea but, again the sights and smells lead me astray. All ideas of how to deal with this would be very much appreciated as it is proving to be a tough one.

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4/1/11 11:07 A

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Just found out I have t2 diabetes 2 wks ago, also blood clots (dvt). Balancing low carbs w/ a coumadin diet has proved to be interesting. I'm on metformin & glimepiride. Was on metformin alone for a week, and the glimepiride has seemed to bring my BG levels into an acceptable range after the first dose. So glad I found this team!! Joined SP several years ago but dropped off after a few months. Glad to be back. Thanks for all the support, team members! (I shouldn't be surprised about the diagnosis as my mother's family has t2 as far back as I can recall. I hope to stay off of insulin tho!)
Thanks again for the welcome! Greetings from Florida!

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Hi from Texas!!! I have T2 diabetes with an A1C of 9.1 and trygliceride level of 272. I've only been a member here for a few days but have already found this site very exciting and useful. I am looking forward to my journey back to wellness and hope to make lots of new friends along the way. I want to be supported by my fellow teammates and also give encouragement, support and motivation back. My biggest problem is my lack of desire and/or energy to exercise yet I see the positive difference it makes in my blood sugar levels, hello!!

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Hello everyone I joined today. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and thought I was handling things on my own. I started with an A1C of 6.7 and now I am at 7.9. My doctor has prescribed me this week with Metformin. I had hoped to not get any more meds. I have high blood pressure and my cholestorol levels are great. I have only lost a couple of pounds in a year and that is awful. I just recently started kicking up my exercise. I feel as though I am eating too much fried foods. I crave carbs like chips, popcorn, fried rice (which I have decreased tremendously,the rice). I don't eat white breads. I don't drink sodas. I joined the 8 week Diabetes Challenge and I am on week 3. I exercise 5 days a week. I have increased it to 30 minutes a day since the challenge began and now I am doing 45 minutes, 5 days a week. I am drinking 8 glasses of water, I cannot hold anymore than that. I am getting better at tracking but sometimes I am not sure of just how much is in the serving size. I need all the help and suggestions you can give me at this point. I have got to lose some weight. HELP!!
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Sorry all, I need to run the "spell check" emoticon . I just joined two days ago.


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