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I was diagnosed with prediabetes a year ago November. I had already been working on eating healthier and moving more but this diagnosis put me in overdrive. I was afraid and fear was a great motivator.

I stuck to a very low carb diet for 6 months (tho I didn't scrimp on healthy vegetables), exercised and tried to learn more about what to do re: preventing diabetes. There's a lot of conflicting info out there, but SparkPeople helped with their 'Diabetic Plan' and articles. I ...
I was diagnosed with prediabetes a year ago November. I had already been working on eating healthier and moving more but this diagnosis put me in overdrive. I was afraid and fear was a great motivator.

I stuck to a very low carb diet for 6 months (tho I didn't scrimp on healthy vegetables), exercised and tried to learn more about what to do re: preventing diabetes. There's a lot of conflicting info out there, but SparkPeople helped with their 'Diabetic Plan' and articles. I was retested, met with my doctor and found out my A1C had dropped by .4 (from 6.2 to 5.8)--not quite normal but definitely closer than before. I had also lost 33 lbs which surprised my dr. Apparently lots of people don't take this seriously.

The fear has worn off so I have to work harder now in some ways to keep my focus. I also met with a dietitian and got some good info which I have used to determine my eating plan. 3 months later my A1C is in the normal range and I have lost 50 lbs.

I'm on the slow and steady track. Trying to learn to do the healthy things; picking myself back up when I fall. I'm eating a lot more carbs now, tho generally within acceptable limits for diabetes. I am trying to making sure that most of them are healthy carbs, but I have started to include small treats now. I want so much to beat this, but now that I am in maintenance it's been harder to maintain my determination. This is by far the hardest part. My goal is to stay in this general range for awhile before starting again to lose more weight. My heart just isn't up for the next big push.

Update: I've been so busy, with so many changes in life (quitting work in a couple of months to start my own business, having a young woman who needs support move in with me) that I just haven't been focused on my health. Still generally with the right kind of eating, but have slipped back into some old habits and re-gained about 7-9 lbs. I have definitely not gone above that and have done the 'lose a few-gain a few dance' for several months which in some ways can be counted as success.
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Member Since: 6/30/2010

SparkPoints: 16,220

Fitness Minutes: 31,778

My Goals:
To lessen my chance of developing diabetes

Get healthier

To be able to physically do whatever it is I want to do

Specific Shorter Term Goals:

Break 200 lbs by 8/30
√reached 8/26
New weight loss goal: stay at this level without until ready for the next big push.


Become only
'overweight' instead of 'obese' on the BMI scale.



My Program:
Spark D: Diabetes Nutrition Plan

Moving more (I have a fitbit that helps track what I do)

 
 



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1CRAZYDOG
7/13/2013 11:33:47 PM

Welcome to Living Healthy w/Insulin Resistance/Low GI diet. Glad you're here.





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