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Hi everyone! I've noticed that several of you have not yet created your Spark Page. I would advise you to do so. This will allow people to get to know you better, to allow others to add you to their "Friends" list, send you words of encouragement and to give you some Spark Goodies from time to time. You can do this by going to the Start Page. Locate your Quick Links and Create Spark Page. Or, go to the Start Guide at the upper right-hand corner of the Start Page and that will also get you started in the right direction.

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Hi Kristin! Welcome to this great team. Accepting a diagnosis of diabetes is a tough thing for most of us at any age. I know I struggled with my diagnosis. I went through denial, anger, frustration etc. It took me a while before some things finally sunk in and I'm sure I'll probably find some more things later on as well.

Take this learning process one day at a time and one step at a time. Don't try to do it all at once - it'll only lead to frustration. There are many different things that cause our blood sugar to rise or for it to go too low. This program will take you through steps on what and how to do things to prevent that from happening.

Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully. I have found this to help me a great deal. Track every little bite you put in your mouth. You'll get excellent feedback on whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, or proteins. Eat your 3 meals a day and get your 2-3 snacks in each day as well. Your snacks will help to keep your metabolism going and also to help keep your BSs at a more even level. It also doesn't matter how late in the day you have your last snack as long as you don't go over your calorie allowance. Try to stay towards the lower end of your calorie range.

Also use your Fitness Tracker to help you keep track of how many minutes you exercise each day. It will also calculate how many calories that you have burned for you - - no guess work on your part. The more calories you burn, the more calories you will be allowed to eat.

Stop by the chat forums and start interacting with people. It's an excellent way to meet people, make some real close friends, and be able to hold each other accountable.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. There's always someone lurking around close by that can give you a hand.

Have fun and enjoy your journey.

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Welcome back Karen!!! Things are always changing, not only on SparkPeople but with diabetes as well. Refresh yourself with the knowledge of diabetes. Learn all you can about it - how to control the weight, what causes diabetes to begin with, how to combat the side effects (both hyper and hypo), what you can do to prevent it from getting worse and to improve on it!!

You are not alone on this journey. We are all going through our own journey with you. Being accountable is a necessity not only to others but also to yourself. One way to be accountable to yourself is by using the Nutrition Tracker - - this will give you great feedback as to whether or not you need to increase or decrease your calories, carbs, fats, or proteins. If you don't eat enough calories then you are apt to gain weight just as when you eat too many calories as well. The Fitness Tracker will help you to keep track of the exercise you do as well as to inform you of the amount of calories you've burned with each exercise.

Use the Articles & Videos section located at the top of your Start Page. In this section you will find information on diabetes as well as other health issues you may be concerned about, videos for different types of exercises, recipes etc.

The Community Section will provide you with challenges, different teams, different success stories to help keep you motivated by others successes as well as your friend feed and blogs.

Use the Site Guide to help guide you through different aspects of your program.

Be sure to eat your 3 meals a day and 2-3 snacks a day. Your snacks will help keep your metabolism going as well as to help you maintain your BS levels. It doesn't matter how late in the day you have your last snack as long as you stay within your calorie allowance that was set up by the dietician when you started the program. Try to stay near the low end of your calorie allowance. If you go under your allowed calories you are apt to gain weight just like going over with calories will do. If you don't eat enough food during the day your body will go into starvation mode and will hang on to all the fat etc that it can, thinking that it won't be getting anymore food and that we want to try to prevent.

Be sure to set yourself a few goals, some that you know you will succeed at. If you happen to have a bad day, please don't beat yourself up over it as we all have those kinds of days from time to time. After all, we are only human. Just get yourself right back on track as soon as possible.

If you have any questions at all or even if you need a listening ear or need extra encouragement please feel free to ask us. We're always close by and will get back to you soon. emoticon and together emoticon .

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1/5/14 8:52 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Karen. This is all kinda new and kinda old to me at the same time. I was on sparkpeople once before but it's changed so much. Back then though I wasn't diagnosed with diabetes or other health issues. I'm really making an effort to commit myself this time. Right now I feel like I just need to find some people to connect with, for both accountability and friendship. This can all be so overwhelming. And I've learned that it's hard to connect to those that aren't going through the same thing.


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Hello everyone! My name is Kristen and I come from beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. I'm 26, was diagnosed with diabetes 6.5 years ago. It was a tough thing to accept at 19 when everything was just starting to feel like it was opening up for me.

I have had many ups and downs over the past few years of being diabetic. I am happy to say that all of my downs have been lessons, just some of them are taking a bit longer than others to sink in, and that is why I am here.

For the past few months I have been struggling with high blood sugars and struggling to get everything under control. I know what I have to do but actually doing it, and sticking with it, that's the harder part.

I look forward to meeting everyone else here and cheering each other on as we work together to meet our goals.

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Hi! I'm Regina from northern Maine. I've had gestational diabetes and have been prediabetic. Diabetes is a family trait that I don't want to be burdened with. I know if I don't get things under control it is only a matter of time, so-here I am!

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KRAZYKAT3232 - - Welcome to our great team. Yes, now is the time for you to start taking care of yourself. Congratulations on your 40# loss - - WOW and in 3 months! That's great!!

I have been a Type II Diabetic since 2004 (about the same time as you). Since being on SparkPeople (SP) I have lost weight and lots of inches. I have also been able to get off my BS medications and bring my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within normal limits. Needless to say, I and my doctor are extremely pleased with my progress. With the added physical and other health issues I have, losing weight is a very slow process for me but I'm doing it slow enough that I have a much greater chance of keeping it off than the way I use to lose weight - - yo-yo-dieting!! I don't know if you are a Type 1 or a Type 2 diabetic or if you're on oral or injectable insulin which could make a difference on your getting off your medication. But I do know that losing weight by watching what you eat and by exercising is a great start to improve your overall health.

Stop by and visit the different teams/forums/chats and meet new friends. We offer lots of encouragement alone the way. You are not alone on this journey. emoticon and together emoticon .

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1/4/14 9:49 P

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LATISHA - - Welcome to our team. It's great to have you join us!!! Now is the time to take control of your life and your diabetes. Thank you for giving us a chance to help you along your journey. So glad to have you here!!

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Hello, my name is Lisa. I am 47 years old. Two grown sons. My partner, he is employed in transportation. So here I am in Iowa with an empty nest, and I look around and find no distractions, guess its time to start taking care of me now. I have been diabetic for 9 years, I want off the Insulin. So far I have lost 40 pounds in the last 3 months, this has helped a lot. Now that I found this site, I am getting excited again. I hope we can all get our health back together.

My name is Lisa and I am from Iowa.


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My Name is Latisha and I am not new to sparkpeople, I just decided to re start fresh for this new year. I am more focused and willing to do the work needed to accomplish my goals. I started a new profile because I wanted to get rid of those that said they would support me but didnt, those that said they were on the journey with me but werent. I do not want anything pulling me backwards. I just want to move forward. I have been a diabetic for a LONG time and I am tired of it! I want to be healthy!

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Katherine - - Your are more than welcome. When I welcome someone or give them some advice, I do so sincerely and from my heart because I've been there where they are such as yourself. I know the fears, anger, frustrations etc. Like I said, you are not alone on this journey and you're not! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! Welcome again to the team.

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Thank you for such a warm welcome!

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Hi, I'm Martha from southern MD. I'm pre diabetic and trying to get more healthy. This is my first week.

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emoticon to all the new members of the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge!!! You are in a great team!! My advice to you would be to learn all you can about diabetes, what causes diabetes, how to treat diabetes (hyper and hypo), how to prevent it and how to live with it. This program will teach you how to do just all of those things but you have to do your part. You have to believe in yourself because each of YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! Each of you deserve to be healthy and happy with yourself as well as with life.

First of all, if you haven't already set up your "Create My Spark Page" I would advise you to do so. You can find it under Site Quick Links or by going to My Tracker (click) and scroll down to My Spark Points and then on down to One Time Challenges where you will see Create My Spark Page. This will allow others to get to know you better, add you to their "Friends List" and vice versa and will allow others to send you Spark Goodies to congratulate you on awards, a good day, or just to encourage you along your journey.

Set yourself up a few small goals - something that you know you can/will succeed at such as: Tracking your food a certain number of days a week (this will give you great feedback as to whether or not you need to eat more or less of calories, carbs, fats, protein etc); Tracking your exercises (there are videos to help you with different exercises in the Articles/Videos Section); eating your freggies (Fruits/veggies) a certain number of days each week; getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, drink so many glasses of fluids/water a day etc. Gradually you can add the number of days, increase wherever you decide to increase or add/change goals.

Always try to stay within your calorie range allowed for you each day. If you eat too few calories your body will go into starvation mode and you will end up gaining weight - - yes, I did say gain weight. The more exercising you do during the day, the more you can eat as long as you stay within your calorie range. Your calories you burn must exceed the number of calories you take in. Be sure to eat your three meals a day and 1-3 snacks a day. The snacks will help you to keep your metabolism going and your BS's to remain more stable. You may have your last snack of the day as late as you want/need as long as you don't go over your calorie allowance.

LINDA - Yo-Yo dieting is horrible I know because I'm the Queen of Yo-Yo-Dieters!!!! Or, at least I was. This type of diet as I'm sure you've already found out usually has you gaining back all the weight you've lost previously plus more and it definitely takes a negative toll on our body and our self-esteem!! Not only will the tracking of the nutrition and exercise keep you accountable but so will the other team members. Join in on other challenges as well and meet new friends and hold each other accountable.

LORI4CHRIST - - Welcome to the team. This might be your first time challenge but once you get the hang of everything, it won't be your last. You will find yourself enjoying the challenges throughout the SP site that you will be joining more of them just to meet other friends and to keep your motivation going and will help you to keep yourself back on track.

MARILYN - - Your grandsons can definitely be a motivator for you. When you find that it is harder to keep up with them or to play and enjoy them, it is time. Be sure to use the Food Trackers daily - they will definitely give you good feedback and help you to be accountable to yourself. Don't try to do it all at once. One day and one step at a time. I, myself, am a tortoise when it comes to losing weight but that ok - - when the weight stops decreasing as it will from time to time that's when you re-measure yourself and you'll find out that you are still losing inches.

BONI - - You have your hands full. Working all night as a Police Dispatcher for all those years and then taking care of your mother during the day can definitely wear you down. Be sure to take care of yourself as well. They do offer adult respite that is usually paid for by Medicare/Medicaid. I would check into it for one to two days a week. Also, set your weight goal to no more than 5-10% of the total weight you want to lose. If you set your goal to anymore weight than that you are very apt to get discouraged when you think of all those pounds you want to lose. Keep the weight goal small so you will see your success and don't forget to reward yourself when you reach those goals. Give yourself all the time you need - - perfection is not necessary just strive to be consistent with what you do. Try 10 minutes of exercise a day or even two 5-minute exercises - - all the steps add up. Be good to yourself and be sure to take time for you because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

You ladies are not on this journey alone. There is always someone around to help you - whether you want advice, a listening ear, or encouragement we will be there for you. emoticon and together emoticon .

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KATHERINE - - Sometimes we can be and are our own worst enemy!! When I first found out that I was a diabetic it was on my birthday 2004 - - happy birthday to me, huh? I was mad and angry both and in the hospital besides. I didn't come to terms with it right away. It took me quite a while. Yes, I went to the Diabetic Nutritional Educator and listened to her and the other lecturers that go along with that program. I knew what to eat, how to eat it, how to check my BS and even check my feet; BUT, I just couldn't lose my weight.

It wasn't until I joined SparkPeople (SP) in May, 2012, that I actually really let everything sink in. I re-learned everything I could by reading the articles they have here on diabetes, started measuring everything that went into my mouth, tracked it on the nutrition trackers, started exercising a little bit as I had many physical and medical issues during the last 2+ years that prevented a lot of the exercising including learning how to walk again and tracked those too. I joined different forums/teams and different challenges that were offered.

Within the first 6 months I was able to start losing weight, lots of inches, got off my Metformin totally and was able to bring my cholesterol and triglyceride levels to well within normal limits. My doctor was astounded and so was I !!! I had finally done it!!! I had finally succeeded at something in my life!! What an ego booster it has been!! What an amazing journey that I have never regretted taking. It's been a real life-changing way of living for me. I'm healthier, happier and have more energy besides!!

I have found that the more I am busy with the SP site, the more involved I get in the different teams, the better I do. It didn't happen all at once, but it did happen!! I wasn't one to even post on the different blogs in the beginning but I do now.

I'm so glad you made that final step to join this group. In this group, you will learn a lot, meet new friends, have fun while doing it, and get all kinds of motivation and encouragement along the way. Just take it one step and one day at a time. Do it at your own pace.

You are not on this journey alone. If you have any questions, need any advice, just a listening ear, or encouragement don't be afraid to ask. There's always someone around that will be glad to get back to you soon. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! emoticon and together emoticon .

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I live in denial of being diabetic. I have been doing it since May 8, 2007 (my "D" day). It's not like I don't have the very best doctor in the world. She spent over 1.5 hours with me on my last visit and cried right along with me. What endocrinologist does that? I also have the best husband and children to support me! So support isn't my problem. But I don't want to be diabetic and I have been living my life like I am not. I am my own problem. I have been doing SparkPeople on and off for some time, but I have never made that step to join a group. Today I made that step!!!

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Hello,
Hi, my name is Linda and I have been a Yo-Yo spark user for several years.
This is the one tool, that I know works and I don't know why I put it away and forget about it . I am here to make some forever changes to my lifestyle. My Yo-Yo weight loss is starting to have negative effects on my body and well being. I plan on being active and accountable to myself and others to reach my goals.


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Hi, I am taking the 8 week challenge for the first time! I am looking forward to getting back on track!!


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Hi everyone. My name is Marilyn. I am soon to be 62 years old. I have diabetes and high blood pressure and carry way too much weight. I need to lose weight for health reasons, but my true motivator is my grandsons. They are 10 and 5 and everyday it gets harder to play with them. I think SparkPeople will help because I will be confronted by the food tracker every day and will be much more aware of what I am eating.

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Hi my name is Boni and this is not my first time here but I just can't seem to get off the ground with all that goes on around me.

I live in Central Kentucky. My husband and I have a small farm and I also am a Police Dispatcher working midnights for the last 19 years. Sitting all night and sleeping during the day has been as much of a problem the last few years as the weight. My husbands 89 year old mother lives with us and she is wonderful but I am her caregiver and up with her several times a day during my sleep time. I need to lose 100 pounds and praying I will within the next year. I plan to retire at 65. I want to be healthy so I can enjoy moving about on the farm again like I use to. I hope to be an encouragment to all of you and know you will be for me. I hope all of you have a blessed day.
I hope this time that I can make it thru the challenge, meet new friends here and together we can make 2014 a wonderful year.
Have a good day.

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My name is Kim. I found out I was diabetic in March 2011. I had been doing really good till my husband passed away in Jan. 2012 of cancer. I just can't seem to get back on track again with the eating part. My blood sugars are good and A1C's have been good. I just can't bring myself to eat right. I am an emotional and stress eater. I still am grieving over my husbands death. So it just feeds my desire to eat the wrong things. I thought that I would try the 8-Week Challenge. I really need to get quite a bit of weight off. So here I am.

Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5&6



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My name is Brittany and I'm from Tennessee. . I am 37 years old. About 2 years ago, I lost 80 pounds but have gained about half that back. I want to get started back n the right path. My 20 year high school reunion is this year, and I would like to look and feel good by then.

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Hey everyone! Happy New Year!

I'm here because last year I was diagnosed with type 2. On top of that I have had an autoimmune disease for almost 10 years, and recently have been diagnosed with PCOS and I'm in the middle of finding out what's wrong with my liver :(

I'm tired of feeling like I'm getting passed around by doctors. And I'm tired of feeling miserable. I'm sure there are many of you here that feels that way.

So I wanted to say hello and hope to get to know a few people.

Best of luck to everyone!

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Hi, Happy New Year everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself,I am Annie, and I would love to have control over my diabetes and live a more happy,healty lifestyle.

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trying Spark for 1st time. noncompliant Type 2 diabetic, trying to get into good habits of taking my meds regularly and checking my sugars. hoping this won't be too much adding food into tracker, etc. once I get things saved in groupings should be much easier. at first adding ingredients for meals seems time consuming and slightly annoying. going to give it my best shot, because I really need to get my sugars under control. love the blood sugar tracker, will be so nice when I go to Dr - just print page. and the fitness and water trackers too. also nutrition tracker (need to increase my protein intake). Has lots of things I am looking for so I hope I can stick with it and make it work.

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WELCOME to all the many, many new members to this team!! You have all made that first important and probably hardest decision - that being to make a change in your lifestyle. This is a great team!!! Now is a great time start that change in your life. It's NOT a diet, but a life style change/plan.

My advice to you would be to take it one day and one step at a time. Don't try to be perfect but try to progressively improve your way of eating and changing yourselves to a new you. YOU ARE WORTH IT!! Each and every one of YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

Set yourself up with some small goals, ones that you know you will succeed at and build from there. The Nutrition Tracker is a great tool to start with. This tracker will give you great feedback as to where you are, what changes you need to make in your eating habits such as calories, carbs, fat, and nutrition. Try to stay within your calorie range while eating your three meals and 2-3 snacks each day as given to each of you by your dietician when you signed up for the Diabetic Plan. It is important that you eat at least the minimum amount of calories to keep your body metabolism going and the snacks will help to keep your blood sugars more leveled out.

The Fitness tracker is another great tool. It will help to motivate you to get more exercise. Start out with only 10 minutes of exercise each day. If you find that 10 minute is too hard to do at once to start, then try for 5 minutes or even two 5 minute sessions throughout the day. Al these minutes and steps add up!!! You'll be surprised at just how fast they add up and before you know it you'll be adding more minutes and steps in your day.

The Articles & Videos Section will give you exercises, cooking, recipes, articles on diabetes or any other topics that might be of interest to you. Be sure to learn all you can on diabetes itself.

The Community Section will give you different teams and/or challenges that you might be interested in getting into. The challenges will also help you to stay motivated throughout your journey.

You are never alone in this journey. We are all going through this journey with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them; whether it be for advice, personal experience, a listening ear, or for motivation - there is always someone close by that will get back with you.

REMEMBER: You are not alone in this journey. emoticon and together emoticon .

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Hi everyone. I am 43, married 20 years, 1 son (10 years). I am obese and pre diabetic. I am trying to make better choices and avoid diabetes. I am wanting to be a better example for my son. I have always had weight issues, but this is the worst. I am bigger now then when I was pregnant. I have also found my size is blocking my ability to really participate in life.




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My name is Sandy and I have not officially been declared a diabetic (again). I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my son. All the women in my family are diabetic and lucky me I think it has progressed back to being a diabetic. My blook sugar upon waking is in the 130's so I know when I go to get tested next week they are going to say I am pre diabetic or a true stage 2 diabetic. Not looking forward to it but it is time i get my eating and sugar under control.

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12/31/13 7:48 A

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Hi my name is Janet and I am taking the first step (AGAIN) toward improving my health. Two years ago I started a weight loss plan and stayed on plan for almost a year. I made healthy food choices most of the time, I exercised regularly and with these changes I lowered my meds and even ran a couple of 5Ks. I was so proud.
Then a little over a year ago, I "fell off the wagon". I had one family emergency after another including two surgeries of my own. I just couldn't seem to follow a healthy plan... I have regained all of the weight that I lost, and my FBS is higher than it has ever been. I know that I need to make changes in my life, but I am having trouble feeling like I can be successful again.
That said, I am here with a desire to start again with small steps. I would like to walk for 10 minutes three days this week. I would also like to track my food every day, since I know that that has been helpful in the past. Those are my goals for this week. Here's hoping that meeting some small goals will encourage me to keep on the journey.

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Hi, m name is Martha and I am pre diabetic. I am the oldest of 5 and only 2 of us haven't been diagnosed with diabetes, my and my youngest sister. Both my mother and father died from complications of diabetes. I am working hard on sparkpeople to reduce my numbers.

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12/30/13 11:36 A

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Hi all not sure if I did a post here or not. So here it is again...... my name is Ravane79 or better known as Susie. I was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago with diabetes. I knew it was going to happen eventually my entire family is diabetic. I am 34 and found out that my A1C is so out of control that I need to do something about it NOW. I think before now I was in denial about being a diabetic. Now that my mom is suffering from kidney problems and they are talking about dialysis, I need to get my self under control so I don't follow in her footsteps. I need to lose weight and start eating a lot better. I am hoping that SP gives me enough motivation to better my life. I got an exercise ball and an exercise bike for Christmas and now I need to just start using them. I am also looking forward to learning all the tricks to losing weight using the exercise ball and bike. I have seen some of the videos just need to watch a few more.

Good luck to all in their goals and I look forward to getting to know all of you and being there for support.

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12/30/13 11:19 A

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My name is Connie, diabetic for 12 years. Somewhat controlled, taking Metformin, a1C in the low 6s. Vegetarian. Mom of four, grandma of ten (!) and great granny of 2.

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12/30/13 10:01 A

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My name is Susanne. I am 70 and diabetic. My goals are to move more, drink 8 glasses of water a day and learn to eat when I am hungry and stop without stuffing myself. I would also appreciate a lesson is how to make those cute "weight loss visuals".

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Hello I am MJ and I was diagnosed as type 2 about 14 years ago. I was in denial the first few years, I am on Janumet and want to get off it completely but of course I keep backsliding. I am hoping 2014 will be better with the aid of SP. A1C was 7at last visit, it was 5.6 at onetime. Got some work to do.

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12/22/13 8:57 A

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Hi, my name is Betsy I am new to this. I am a diabetic, as well as obese. I am looking to get my numbers under control, lower my A1C and of course, lose weight.

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12/21/13 11:51 A

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your husband is not walking in your shoes.
God bless and good luck with your exercise plan. emoticon

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12/21/13 11:48 A

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Hi. My name is Doodlebug150 (better known as Robin) i am type 2 diabetic and have been for about 16 years. i have lost quite a bit of weight and want to not b a diabetic anymore after i have surgery in January. I am having a tummy tuck. i think it is going to help. I take victoza 1.2 along with Metformin.

i have physical challenges that make it hard for me to do any exercise. but i plan to work on my WII so i can lose just a little bit more weight. i have already lost more than the doctor wanted me to but that is because of the Victoza. look forward to working with all of you. emoticon

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Hi, I can so relate to your post. My Dr already started me on metaformin to help with weight loss. I think if I could lose 20lbs I'd be much more comfortable, my husband says my ungodly belly is ruining things and he wants me to weigh less than him, again. He just diagnosed two months ago with diabetes, and dropped 17lbs since then..I'm having a much harder time but I think exercising is my biggest downfall right now.

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Hi, my name is Mary. I was just diagnosed yesterday as being Type 2. My fasting glucose level was 119 and the FNP said that was too close for comfort. I need to lose at least 30 pounds and begin a regular exercise program to stay off. medicine. This is my last chance.

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12/16/13 2:18 A

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When I was first diagnosed my A1C was 10.3 now it is 5.8 thanks to tight control, using insulin and exercise.

People pay a terrible price and fight their way to look in the book (The Meaning of Life) and when they finally fling it open inside is a mirror. There is no enlightenment outside of one's own self. Each person must seek God in their own way.


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I'm a Type 2 diabetic & on insulin but want so badly to get off of it...PERMANENTLY!! SO...I'm going to go for this challenge!! It doesn't seem so hard, so why not? If it gets my A1C down to 6.5 by Janurary when I do my next test, then why the hell not try something new? I'm already trying a few food items from the NutriSystem-D that they sell seperately from the entire package, & I have to say, I'm addicted to the Blueberry Muffins & chocolate shakes already! emoticon emoticon

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Hi Team,

I wanted to thank the team and you Coach Tanya for the welcome.
I was on Spark People a while ago. There has been so much added. So much more, I don't know where to start.
Feels good to be back (should've never left).

Talk to everyone once I get settled down.

Les

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Edited by: LOGANWON at: 12/11/2013 (02:32)
People pay a terrible price and fight their way to look in the book (The Meaning of Life) and when they finally fling it open inside is a mirror. There is no enlightenment outside of one's own self. Each person must seek God in their own way.


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Edited by: LOGANWON at: 12/11/2013 (02:32)
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Just started using SP. I have been on insulin for 5 years and luckily I have an Endocrinologist that told me from the day I started on insulin that using insulin does not mean you have failed at anything.
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Everyone on my father's side of the family is diabetic, even if they are overweight or thin. Almost everyone on my mother's side of the family is seriously overweight and none are diabetic. Being diabetic has a lot to do with your genetics as well as your lifestyle choices.

I only wish I had started using insulin 3 years earlier, daily insulin use has let me keep my A1c under 5.8 for years, non-diabetic people have an A1c under 5.7.

I am looking forward to the 8 week challenge to lose weight and get back in shape.

People pay a terrible price and fight their way to look in the book (The Meaning of Life) and when they finally fling it open inside is a mirror. There is no enlightenment outside of one's own self. Each person must seek God in their own way.


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If I got an email for week 1, I don't know what I did with it. Could you resend? I am ready to report week 1. Thank you.

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Looks like you have had a good start. You have lots of support encouragement here. We are all in this together. Being in control of our diabetes is often difficult. It is not only good for our heath, it's good for our self esteem. Stay with us!

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Hi -

I was just diagnosed with Type 2 a month ago. Need to lose a lot of weight. Lots of other medical challenges make exercise difficult but I'll do my best. emoticon

Leanna


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12/3/13 7:49 P

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Hi, I was diagnosed "pre" back in July and signed up then, but did nothing. I had a bad experience with my primary care physician's office and just quit. I finally found a new physician that I like. She is helpful and inspiring. Unfortunately, I'm not "pre" anymore and will start on Metformin in the morning.

The good news is, I'm motivated this time. I'm tired of being lethargic all the time and am ready to work on the "whole" me. I'm looking forward to finding a community here.

Guess I'd better start reading.

Good luck to everyone. May our "mind sets" stay committed.

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Hello all. My name is Angela and I have had type 2 diabetes for over 10 years. I never really let it bother me too much which is why I am in the situation I am now in. I am on metformin and will be put on more drugs next week as I have not been taking care of myself. It is now or never and I am determined to get off drugs totally.

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