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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

i've been on an emotional roller coaster; but, I'm fighting to stay on top!! I just got my glucose monitor and used it for the first time - eek. It's going to take practice. I've been doing really well with food and exercise (walking) so far. I really appreciate all the support from everyone. Together we can do anything right? :)

  
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MADKAPKID 1/4/2011 11:19PM

    its okay....all this is new to you. I have been doing it since November 8, when I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes......and so I do know what you are going through. Once you get so you are not so nervous, using the glucose monitor won't be bad. Currently I am using the Freestyle freedom lite one right now and its pretty easy. And, only takes a tiny drop of blood. IF you were put on medication...and you eat right, and exercise ( exercise really is a big boost ) you should see your counts start dropping. I know right now it is hard to believe...but, you will adjust and pretty soon it won't be so scary. You will adjust and....things can get better!

I hope you have a joy filled tomorrow.....Karen emoticon

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i just found out i have type 2 diabetes and i'm scared

Friday, December 31, 2010

it's kind of overwhelming. so much information. i know that knowledge is power so i'm trying to read everything i can; but, i have to remember to slow down and breathe. i think I'm doing what i can for now - i just put my tennis shoes on and i'm going to do a 1 mile walk (restarting exercise after being a couch potato). i have an appointment with a nutritionist on monday and i'm going to start a diabetes education class on jan 19th. i know it's normal to feel confused, scared, overwhelmed - i'm trying to share to release some of this incredible anxiety. i know many many people have this disease and many many people live good lives in spite of it. i keep telling myself I should look at this as a wakeup call to get moving and not let it scare the crud out of me and kick my butt.

  
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TRACYZABELLE 1/5/2011 4:11AM

    Don't let it scare you.. I was diagnosed too we just need to follow the rules-- I am struggling a little now but I will be okay-- WE will be okay!

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ELLYFINT 1/3/2011 1:01PM

    Hey, I looked you up becoz you were one of the first folks to leave a comment on my page when I first started SP (three years ago!). I fell off the wagon soon after, but am back now, and planning to make up for lost time.

I just saw your blog post about Type 2 --- am sorry to hear that, but seeing your positive attitude, am sure you'll do well dealing with it!!!

Good luck!!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/1/2011 8:42PM

    There are many diabetics on SP. Both my husband and I have been diagnosed and are on our healthy journeys together. You will find a lot of support here. This is a wake-up call for you and it is entirely possible to get your numbers back into the healthy range with proper diet and exercise! Best of luck to you as you travel this new journey to the healthiest you can be.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MYOWNHERO 12/31/2010 3:59PM

    Hang in there. SP is just the right place to help!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/31/2010 3:31PM

    I am a type 2 as well. was diagnosed 16 years ago and while I am on oral meds, through diet and exercise have done well most of the time. You will learn what you can eat safely and what you can't. Glad to know you are seeing a nutritionist. That helps. You will learn to watch carb intake. Write down notes for a while. Take your blood sugars when you are told, as often as you are told. Diabetes is a manageable disease, but it can cause nasty things to go wrong if you don't stay on top. One thing I have learned is not to be discouraged about it. It doesn't go away. It can be managed with diet and exercise. There are Spark teams that deal with diabetes that you can join and ask questions on. I wish you luck. You have made a great start.

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ITSMYLIFE2 12/31/2010 3:08PM

    Keep your chin up, have positive thoughts and keep on lacing up those tennis shoes and walk, walk, walk....

You are in control of your life NOT the diabetes-with diet and exercise you may even be able to control your numbers without meds. Good luck-you can do it!!

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MADKAPKID 12/31/2010 1:39PM

    I was diagnosed in November with type 2 diabetes. AND, yes, it was scary at first. Knowing you have it though, you can tackle it and get a handle on it. Years ago it would have been really bad. Today, with diet and exercise.....and meds if you need them. I am on Metformin. WELL....my counts are down. And....the more I exercise...the lower they go. WOO HOO!

So, don't be scared. The doctor can set you up with a nutritionist that can help. There are sparks teams that can offer support and help too.

For me...Mainly I just stick to my diet....
( I put in the diabetes 2 format on sparks for my nutrition tracker.)
I am losing weight...
I now exercise. ( start slow...work your way up. I see big changes in my numbers as I increase my exercise!)

Hope this helps a little. Cheer up!

We are beginning a new year....may it be filled with hope, joy, love, peace and health!

I know you will succeed. Karen
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JOANOFSPARK 12/31/2010 1:31PM

    You've already taken the first steps to deal with it... keep up the good work. you can get a handle on it, but just like with mourning a death, you will go through all the stages of mourning; after all, you've found out that you have a disease that used to be a death sentence but no more.....with knowledge comes power and with power we can overcome....I have had type II diabetes for many years now, and I've gone through many stages during my time with the dis-ease...Being healthy makes all the difference in maintaining control over it. I went through disbelief, denial, and when I decided that okay, I have it, let's deal with it, I had to get all my information myself, because the doctor wanted to put me in a study which never materialized, so they didn't give me any information at all....but I mananged, but so much better to be able to talk to a dietitian, which I finally did this year and go to classes specifically targeted for new diabetics.....but do devour every thing bit of information on the subject that you can find, and while you will always have diabetes, it doesn't have to control you....you can live a happy healthy life if you keep your blood sugar levels under control. That means checking your BS at least twice a day, and sometimes more, when you feel like you may be low and when you feel like you may be high. That means eating healthy meals, with lots of veggies and fruits, though you may have to limit the fruits at first till you see how your body reacts to them. For instance, bananas can make your sugar spike, but if you eat it with something else, not so much...


*gulp* sorry.......I've been there, and believe me, I know how you feel....scared, disbelief, denial, anger...but you have the tools to work through it and I know you will...cause you've already made a great start...

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AHHHME 12/31/2010 1:31PM

    thank you for your support - it means more than you know :)

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NEELIXNKES 12/31/2010 1:28PM

    Hang in there. Yes it is scary but you are very right, people live with this disease. Take control and you will find ways to make yourself healthy. emoticon

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ONECOOKIETWO 12/31/2010 1:11PM

    Being diagnosed with an illness is really scary. You sound like a strong person who is taking action to master this thing. And I bet you will.
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more reasons why i want to lose weight and be fit! :)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I want to do somersaults again! (without hurting anything or anyone - hahaha)
I want to be able to walk at a brisk pace and not run out of air.
I want to bend over a pick things up without it being a big deal. :)
I want to put on my socks and shoes with having to wiggle around.
I want to get down on the floor (i.e. to look under the bed) and be able to get back up without holding the bed every inch of the way.
I want to be able to stand in line without feeling like I need to sit down after 3 minutes.
I want to get in any car or plane and know the seatbelt will fit just fine.
I want to feel light and strong and full of energy. :)

  
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BEACHLVRMI 6/14/2010 3:53PM

    Oh this is an emoticonlist!
Keep up the good work!!

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IBLISA44 6/8/2010 1:05AM

    emoticon emoticon Great list!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/8/2010 1:00AM

    That is a good list. You are doing good!
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TRACYZABELLE 6/8/2010 12:53AM

    Sounds emoticon

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DOLPHINFAN1334 6/8/2010 12:51AM

    YOU AND ME BOTH!!! GREAT BLOG! emoticon

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some reasons why i want to lose weight and be fit. :)

Monday, May 31, 2010

My nephew is very athletic - I want to play street hockey, baseball and ride bikes with him. :)
My brother is a dive instructor - i want to lose weight so i can feel comfortable getting a suit and taking lessons. :)
I want to go to any sporting, play or concert event - fit in any seat comfortably and have no problems with the hike to get to it. :)
I want to go swimming without being too worried about my bathing suit and how I look.
I would like to stop shopping in the 'large size' catalogs. :)
I want to stand up and feel strong and ready to go with no protests from my knees and back.
I want to run down the stairs
I want to feel good about the way I look and not be so self conscious.
I want to feel sexy and attractive for my boyfriend.

... more to come. :)

what are yours?

  
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TRACYZABELLE 6/3/2010 3:36AM

    emoticon You can do it!!!

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EMMASMART 6/2/2010 11:52AM

    I think I know reasons why pretty good. This is under the category of how bad do we want it... My question for me, is in what way is all this working for me? What do I get for staying fat? I'm excused from a lot of physical activity, I get to be the baby for longer, I am safe from unwanted advances for the most part. I am able to pig out. There is a part of me that just loves being able to do what ever I want and d**m the consequences. None of this is rational.. I think this is where my effort must be, figuring out how to enjoy physical activity, continue to be the baby even small, joyously pig out (collards perhaps) make what I want to do and what is good for me the same thing. I don't think I can over come this stuff with tons of evidence on the other side because that hasn't worked for me before. What about fat works for me, and can I make it work for me a bit thinner...

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/1/2010 5:39AM

    Love this blog!

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LKAYGONZALES 5/31/2010 11:57PM

    Those are great motivational reasons for your weight loss. If you always keep these things in your mind it will give you strength on you weak or days when it feels to hard. emoticon

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feeling motivated and strong!! :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

i'm reading The Spark and it's very uplifting. I'm calculating how long i will take to lose the weight i want and although it's a lot - I am very motivated. I feel like the way i'm doing it is something i can live with and i won't feel like i'm 'giving up' everything. I love having a date in my head to shoot for - 12/31/11 :) I won't be skinny but i'll be very comfortable by then.:)

  
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PEGGO45 5/31/2010 8:12AM

    yes it can be overwhelming to look at the whole picture.... so I set a lot of mini goals.... maybe shoot for the first 10 and small lifestyle changes... but attitude is 90% so you have that part nailed..... emoticon emoticon

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AHHHME 5/27/2010 12:45PM

    thank you for your support - you guys are awesome. :) i left notes for each of you on your page. :)

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TWEETYKC00 5/27/2010 10:26AM

    keep up that spirit! it will help you along the way.

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PRUPLEBEAR 5/27/2010 10:24AM

    Great!

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TRISH112136 5/27/2010 10:18AM

  Keep up the determination - before you know it, you'll be there. As you see each hurdle you jump, it will motivate you further - good luck.

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