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meowee 01-13-2007 07:39 AM

"GETTING TO KNOW YOU" - Poster Profiles
It’s getting so busy in our regular monthly DIETING WITH DIABETES thread that Monet and I thought it might be handy to have a special spot where we could all introduce ourselves and provide a little background about ourselves and our experience with this ‘challenge’ we share.

Here’s an outline. You can do a copy/paste routine to put it into a reply post and then fill in the blanks. In the next post after this one, I’ve used myself as the first entry.

Here we go . . . you can, of course, fill in as much or as little as makes you comfortable . . . there are no rules.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tell us about yourself, your family, your pets, your hobbies, your occupation, your most (and least) favourite books/movies/TV programs/music; – just about anything that helps us know the real ‘you’.

DIABETES INFORMATION: What Type; when diagnosed; what medications; any complications you’ve experienced.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: Height/Weight Statistics. How much you hope to lose and in what timeframe. Formal or informal diet and exercise regimens. Things that work for you. Things you tried, that didn’t.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: Anything you’d like to share with the group.

meowee 01-13-2007 07:46 AM

And hereís MEOWEE ---

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tell us about yourself, your family, your pets, your hobbies, your occupation, your most (and least) favourite books/movies/TV programs/music; Ė just about anything that helps us know the real Ďyouí.

Iím Linda and Iím pretty sure Iím the oldest one here . . . currently 63, my birthday is February 25, 1943. Iíve been married twice (widowed once, divorced once) and I have two grown sons and three grandchildren. Unfortunately none of my family live nearby. Currently have two cats (three until recently). Probably will be adding more before long. Youíve probably now figured out how I arrived at my forum-name.

Update at Dec 1/2007 -- I've been collecting cats and now have six.

Iím originally from Toronto, Ontario but currently live in rural Nova Scotia (was transferred here by my employer about 13 or so years ago now). I retired about 5 years ago, but Iím still here. I like the calmer life-style down here. By training (and experience when I was still working), Iím what they call a Ďrisk management specialistí. What does that mean Ė I went to school for what seemed like forever and studied Actuarial Science to learn how to sound convincing while making educated guesses.

As well as cats, I love crafts (knitting, crocheting, other forms of needlework are my favourites). Iím an avid reader and particularly love mysteries and science-fiction stuff. Love all the current forensic-science based TV programs and strongly dislike most of the current reality-type programs. My favourite music is anything Classical and I'm really not a big fan of Country-Western.

DIABETES INFORMATION: What Type; when diagnosed; what medications; any complications youíve experienced.

I have Type II Diabetes; first diagnosed about 15/16 years ago now. I spent the first few years trying to ignore it in the hopes it would go away. It didnít. I take Glyburide, Metformin, Actos, and (for the past 5 years or so) I inject insulin twice a day. I have developed neuopathy in my feet and, to a certain extent, in a couple of fingers. Also will be having cataract surgery quite soon and Iím actually looking forward to it. Fuzzy vision is not fun.

Update at December 1, 2007 -- Still taking the oral meds (but less of them) but have been off Insulin since beginning of October and I am thrilled.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: Height/Weight Statistics. How much you hope to lose and in what timeframe. Formal or informal diet and exercise regimens. Things that work for you. Things you tried, that didnít.

I'm 5'2" tall and currently weigh 240 lbs (started 2006 at 285). My short-term/mid-term goal is to get to ONEDERLAND (under 200 lbs) and I hope to reach that point by the end of 2007. Then we will think about what comes next.

Update at Dec. 1/07 -- Afraid my ONDERLAND target will be staying on the agenda for 2008 -- definitely losing at a 'snail's pace' this year.

Basically, I follow the CDA (Canadian Diabetes Association) exchange guidelines and then enter my daily exchanges into a self-developed Excel program that keeps track of my weekly calories, and grams/percentages of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. I try to average around 1600 calories daily over the course of a week with a 50% Carb / 30% Fat /20% Protein ratio. I also aim for at least 35 grams of fibre daily. I try to be very much aware of the Glycemic Index of the things I eat and a lot of my carbs come from low GI vegetables.

I used to (pre-diabetes) be able to lose weight quite easily on a low fat, high carb diet (always put it back on, of course). Diabetes made that kind of regimen a major no-no for the long-term.

Unfortunately, Iím not good with exercise. I also have arthritis in my knees, ankles, and shoulders and that restricts things a little. However, Iím really just plain lazy and I hate to sweat. I really donít have any formal regimen, but I do try to move more and love my recently acquired stability ball. So things are getting a little better on the exercise front.

Update at Dec. 1/07 -- Been playing around with my new friend Gadzella (Tony Little Gazelle) since September and I don't totally hate it. :lol:

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: Anything youíd like to share with the group.

All I really want is to improve my health as much as I possibly can. Any improvement in appearance and energy are the icing (something I donít eat any more) on the cake. The 45 lbs I lost in 2006 have allowed me to cut most of my Diabetes medications by about 1/3. It would be marvellous to be able to get off some of them (particularly the Insulin) entirely; but Iím not hoping for miracles.

Hey -- see above -- I accomplished that Insulin miracle. :carrot:

akrosey49 01-13-2007 06:00 PM

Hey everyone i like this idea too..my real name is gale.. lets see im 57, married for 38 yrs to the same guy, we live in alaska in a log house that we built... i have 2 daughters and they are married to great guys and 4 grkids.. also have golden retreaver, a shi*-zu and a parakeet..family is the most important thing to me and next to that is my close friends that are like family.. i do lots of crafts,quilting, beading, card making, srapbooking,crocheting, cross stitch etc etc etc..i love to read, i like my soap opera young and the restless,er,greys anatomy and lost.. also like reality tv big brother,survivor and american idol.. also cooking shows,flip this house and little people big world..i like all movies esp old doris day ones..my dh and i are retired now but i had ahome daycare business for 20 yrs and he worked at an oil refinery..i have been diabetic type 2 for 10 yrs now.. i am 4ft 10 inches tall and lets put it this way very round:D .. i take glypazide and gluchphage..i follow ww when im being really careful but generally count carbs and avoid things with sugar..i know i should exercise but hate it when i do exercise its walking or dancing..we do lots of family things and on holidays everyones at our house..we play alot of games, cards and i love playing bingo with my girls and girlfriends..the thing thats the most impt to me is my family and my grkids..when they grow up i want them to remember the fun they had with us..my goals is to stay as healthy as possible and to dance at my grkids weddings..Rosey :wave:

Ellen 01-13-2007 08:53 PM

Here is mine:

Personal Information: I am 53, soon to be 54! I grew up in the Chicago area, but went to the University of Georgia for college, where I met my husband who was raised on a farm in south Georgia. We live near Atlanta, where he is a computer programmer, and I have just returned to my first love, Pottery, which I majored in at UGA. We have three grown kids, and one five month old grandson, who along with his parents, lives with us. FUN! We have a bunch of cats, and a few fish. I enjoy knitting (as long as it is square or rectangular! Anything more complicated makes my brain hurt!) I paint, use pastels, cook, do cake decorating, etc. I am the wedding coordinator, special events director, and arts ministry team leader for my church. I have a studio degree in pottery and an art education degree. I have taught art off and on through the years. Right now, I am working on developing a pottery studio with a friend. I moderate the Sugarbusters forum, as well as overseeing Dieting With Obstacles forum. This website has been a great encouragement to me through the years.

: I was diagnosed about nine months ago with Type 2 diabetes. My sugar levels were well over 400, and my A1C was 14.85. The doctor fully expected to put me on insulin, but I started walking an hour a day, swimming, and being very careful what I ate. I was able to bring my bg down dramatically. I now take metformin, a tiny bit of Amaryl, and Byetta to keep my bg levels in the target range.

DIET/EXERCISE: My exercise has become a bit sporadic, but I fully expect once the weather is warmer, I will be back to my three miles a day. And once we open the pool, I will be back in the water at least 30 to 45 minutes a day, water jogging. I follow Sugarbusters for my diet. It was recommended to me by my old doctor as the healthiest diet out there. It has you avoid simple starches, and concentrate on whole grains, and avoiding sugar.

HOPES/ASPIRATIONS: I would like very much to figure out something that will work for me to lose weight. It seems nothing works. Its very frustrating. I keep reading all the information I can find, and trying anything that sounds sensible. Right now, I am reading a new book called The Fat Resistance Diet. It talks about Leptin, and tries to explain Metabolic Syndrome, and how to heal it through diet. I will probably give it a shot and see if it will help.

sapphire9 01-15-2007 05:34 PM

[B]Personal Information[B] I'm Gina. I'll be 61 on February 25. Single. No children. I live in a studio apartment in San Francisco. In the 1980s, when everyone was "dressed for success," I dropped out and went to college. Have degrees in journalism and humanities but work as a legal secretary. I don't have any hobbies, other than I love to read and see films. I read everything from literature to mysteries and books are my biggest extravagance. I see the current movies, usually one a week, and watch the classics on TCM and other cable movie channels. Someone gave me a Netflix subscription and I've been revisiting the foreign films I loved in my youth. I'm an anglophile and a francophile. Also am interested in Japanese culture. I love all kinds of music. Am a diehard Beatles fan. Love jazz, Tony Bennett and Charles Aznavour. Have about 500 record albums from the 60s and 70s and about 300 45s, going back to the 50s and 60s.

Diabetes I've been Type II since 1994 and have been off and on medication. Currently I take Glucophage and Actos. Have gastroparesis, a side effect of diabetes (when the stomach slows down food processing) and take metoclopromide for it.

Diet, exercise From 8/05 to 3/06 I lost 80 lbs. on a medically supervised fast. Unfortunately I put back on 30 lbs due to an extremely stressful year. I'm going back on the fast beginning this Thursday. As for exercise, I've been a real slug. I joined a gym for 6 months but due in part to some physical limitations and the fact that I find the treadmill a bore, I felt the expense wasn't justified. I plan to start a walking program which has always worked for me if I stick to it.

Hopes I hope that I can stick to the fast for a long time until I get to where I want and then find a way to keep it down without giving in to stress eating.

grannyjc 01-16-2007 01:29 PM

Hi I am Joyce, I am 67 years old and a widow for 9 years. I have eight children, 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Most of them live near me. My 9 year old great grandchild lived with me for the last 6 years. He would go home and spend the summer with his mom. But after he visited her at christmas time he wanted to stay with her. So last Friday he went back to Waukesha to live with her. He misses his 6 year old sister, he will be going to school with her now. So I am kind of lonely without him around. That is why I decided to get back on my diet and get my life back in order. I have had two knee replcacements on my right knee in the last two years. And am still having problems with it. If I lose 50 pounds it should really help. All my life I weighed about 110 pound , but I had my last son at 43 and had my tubes tied and never lost weight after that. I was diagnosed with type 2 diebetes about 3years ago, and now I am on acto and metformin. I have been keeping my blood sugar pretty good. But now I am having problems with my left eye. I have lost part of my vision in it. I didn't stick with things as well as I should have the first year, but now I try to do everything I am suppose to do. That is why I really have to get this weight off fast. I don't exercise as much as I should, because of the problem with my right knee. But I have to start doing something. I would like to get down to at least 130, that means I would have to lose 40 pounds. Maybe I can do it this time, just eating by myself and not having to cook for a nine year old anymore. I hope to hear from some of you, it will be nice to know someone else is having these same problems.

soiley 05-11-2007 04:45 PM

Introducing myself:
personal info: I'm Jerie, 61 years old, divorced about a million years ago :). I have 2 sons (40,38); 5 granddaughters (17,16,14,11,7). Have lived in arizona since mid-50's. I'm retired after working for the state for 30 years (retired as software analyst). My mom lived with me for nearly 20 yrs because she couldn't drive and it was just easier to be in the same house. Took care of my mom until she died last year, so I'm living alone for the first time in my whole life. Wow, what an adjustment that has been. Have been overweight most of my adult life. I am physically limited (have to use walker or even a wheel chair on bad days) from post-polio syndrome, so exercise is a challenge. I love grandkids, music, I'm a rabid Beatles/Paul McCartney fan, love NASCAR, love gardening and can't do much now but still have roses, used to love traveling but haven't done it since I've been mostly disabled. I've become a tv junkie, especially old movies, law & order, British mysteries. I like to read, mostly mysteries. I'm studying buddhism and meditation with a women's group.

diabetes info: diagnosed in 1969 (back in the day when they didn't treat type 2 too much) as gestational, but it never went away. It very much runs in my family, and there were 3 who were blind from diabetes. I'm on glucophage, lantus and humalog now. I do have eye complications and neuropathy.

diet/exercise info: I'm 5'4" and my highest weight ever was 263. I started this time at 238. I've been on every diet you ever heard of, and a few you probably haven't. Right now I'm on Jenny Craig. Since I've been living alone I was practically living on drive-thru, delivery, and PB&J. Eating too much and usually all night long. I figured this was the way to go, because I hate cooking for just one, and have a lot of trouble with portion sizes. As for exercise, I do what I can (see personal info).

Hopes, etc.: Right now, I just want to be as healthy as I can. My only female cousin died a couple of months before her 65th b'day from diabetic complications. Before she died she'd had toes amputated, was on dialysis, had 2 strokes, was blind, and had bypass surgery. She finally died of a heart attack. I'm getting close to that age and I DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE THAT.

ladyinweighting 06-03-2007 03:26 PM

Hi Everyone, My name is Lynn & I have a DD - Kathy, a SIL - Cookie, and a cat - Princess Di. My DD & SIL own a B&B about 15 minutes from my house. I am a scrapbooker, a horsebackrider, a Big Sister volunteer, and a perpetual dieter. I teach online graduate courses in Education for the University of Phoenix. I became a widow one year ago, had a hip replacement last August, 2 cancer surgeries in March, and found out I have type 2 diabetes in April. I love British mysteries, Masterpiece theater, and House.

I am taking Januvia right now. It reduced my Blood Sugar considerably, but I can eat only around 15-20 carbs/meal if I want my Blood Sugar to be 115-120 two hours after meals.

I'm 62 yrs. old, 5'1", and 174 lbs. I'm aiming for 150 lbs by January of 2008. I go to the gym 3 times/week & try to walk 2-3 times/week.

I've been on the 50+ Board for quite a while - Golden Girls Thread. I am hoping that I can learn some information to help me with my diabetes on this thread.


nellagirl 06-06-2007 03:40 PM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tell us about yourself, your family, your pets, your hobbies, your occupation, your most (and least) favourite books/movies/TV programs/music; Ė just about anything that helps us know the real Ďyouí.

Hi everyone! I am Nella. I am SAHM to one beautiful 1 yo son. I love to read books and watch movies. I also love to digital scrapbook.

DIABETES INFORMATION: What Type; when diagnosed; what medications; any complications youíve experienced.
I was recently diagnosed as T2 in March. I had Gestaional Diabetes while pregnant. I am currently not on any medication for it.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: Height/Weight Statistics. How much you hope to lose and in what timeframe. Formal or informal diet and exercise regimens. Things that work for you. Things you tried, that didnít.

I am very short--only 4'10. My current weight is 189. I started out in January at 203--so that's something.

I have tried WW and South Beach. I had alot of success on WW when I was younger but, since then, I just can't stick with it. I tried S. Beach for about 2 wks--I couldn't even get past PHASE I. I got really sick from no carbs. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed as T2. I have met with a nutrionist and she gave me a plan for about 100-150 carbs per day. Lately, I have not followed this and want to get back to it! I also have hypothyroidism, which makes it REALLY as well to lose. I need alot of support!

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: Anything youíd like to share with the group.

I want to have a good
A1C in September when I go back to dr. I want to lose 25lbs by then also.

Casandra 06-08-2007 04:13 AM

Personal Information: My name is Casandra, and I've recently turned 19. (31/5) I was born in a tiny town in Illinois. My parents moved my family around quite a bit as my dad is of a high rank in the Army National Guard. I never spent more than a year and a half in any given school since I was 8. I have three younger sisters. Katrina, Kayla, and my puppy Kenzie. Just last year I moved to the United Kingdom to live with my soon to be hubby! I am a Data Analyst for a ginormous company that spans from the UK into Germany and other countries. I like to read, my favourite authors are Anne Rice and her sister Alice Borchardt. I also write poetry and have been published a few times in the USA. My passion in life are animals, especially dogs and horses, I would eventually like to breed and show Beagles.

I am very computer oriented, I live with a pc engineer and webhost/designer. I am currently learning PHP, perl, and MySQL. I am very into graphic design, and I love art!

Diabetes Information: In April of 2004 I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. My Doctor and I did not get along at all, in fact, he was the cause of most of my stress in my early period of diagnosis. In January 2005 I had enough of him and I went off all of my insulin and regimes, because he would not listen to anything I wanted. I ended up in the hospital with a BSL of 765. I know this wasnt very smart, but I felt like my feelings and my preferences were being completely ignored. I also have a phobia of male doctors. I burst out crying when I'm made to see a male doctor, and I cannot control it. I have not been very trusting of men in general since my encounter with the man who diagnosed my diabetes. I am currently on Novolog and Levemir Flexpens, although I want to go back onto Lantus with the syringes, not the pen. Levemir is a 16 hour insulin, while lantus controls for a whole day.

Diet/Exercise Regimen: I am just under 5'8, and I have been stuck around the 185 mark since I was diagnosed. I usually go for walks or a run every morning, sometimes up to 8 miles in a single day. I eat pretty well, I dont get as much veg as I should, but I'm not collapsing into junk food, yet I still cannot lose a single ounce! I have been pondering getting a membership at the local swim club because I have knee issues (discoid meniscus) and this can cause such pain in my joints. I just cant afford it yet!

Special Hopes/Aspirations/Achievments: My fiance has made me a proposition. I am a size 16/18 UK, and if I can get myself down to a size 10/12 (this is my goal, btw) He will let me start looking into having a puppy. Leaving my dog in the USA was the hardest thing I've ever done and I miss her to bits and pieces. He says that when I get to a size 10, and can stay there for a month, then he will go out and get me a puppy. This is the biggest reward for me anyone could possibly offer.

NightengaleShane 06-22-2007 06:21 AM

***I will update this every now and then, as some of these facts are subject to change***
The updates are in bold.


Hi there! My name is Aidyn. I'm 22 and I live in the fantastically exciting (NOT!) college town of Gainesville, FL. I'm originally from the DC area and it took me awhile to get used to the culture (or lack thereof) of this town, but I have now. I'm very into the creative arts, from theatre to graphic design to songwriting, fashion design, rock shows, arts festivals, and everything in between. I am now a certified personal trainer and nutritional consultant, though I am an office slave by day because it's quite important to have steady money in these times! ;)


Type 1 since 16. I felt like diabetes arrived at a perfect time - I was already starving myself, and suddenly, more weight was coming off without me even having to try! Of course, it all went downhill when I felt too crappy to continue. After being diagnosed, I was an avid fan of practicing a dreaded tactic called diabulemia, which is skipping insulin to stay thin. I didn't completely take care of myself (I either skipped insulin, starved, or was too occupied/conveniently forgot to eat much) until I moved down here nearly two years ago... and THAT'S when *BAM* I gained 50 pounds! Now, I'm just trying to maintain the healthy habits I've formed. I'm on shots right now... Lantus and Humalog... I know shots are kind of old school, and a lot of people have moved towards getting a pump, but I am not sure how I feel about the idea of something being attached to me 24/7.

Luckily and thankfully, I don't have any complications.


I'm 5'6" and I met my goal of 135 pounds on 11/07/07! Before I started losing weight at all, I was around 180, though once I started watching my weight, I dropped down to 175. Anyway - I try to eat small meals every few hours in hopes to kickstart my metabolism. I ride my bike to and from work (8 miles each way), run 3-5 miles every other day, and weight train each morning with rotating muscle groups. I do a combination of high weight low rep and low weight high rep for maximum muscle development. I like running up and down stairs, too.

Diet wise: I started out eating 1,800 caloies or less a day, followed by 1,600, 1,500, 1,400, 1,300, 1,200, then back up until I lost all my weight (had to bust those plateaus!) I tried to get 100g protein in every day, and kept my fat intake at 30% or less. I wasn't an extreme stickler for any of that, and I messed up more times than I could count, but if I guilt tripped myself every time I broke a dietary guideline, I'd have quit by now! ;)

My maintenance diet has a range of 1,800-2,100 calories a day. I'm still eating very healthy things, just more of them. Because of my vigorous exercise routine, I can eat plenty of food, have a few treats every now and then, and still look good and be happy.


I placed first in my weight class and second overall in a bodybuilding contest on 7-18-09! My body is something constantly up for improvement, BUT I am pretty happy with it overall. Non-weight-wise: I have quite a few performing arts achievements: I was in a traveling production of Guys & Dolls several years ago and got to play Sarah Brown. I was an extra in an episode of Law & Order. I hosted a huge arts festival in the DC area. I've performed stand-up comedy at the Improv at DC and in LA. Weight and health wise, my biggest achievements have been losing 7 inches off my waist, losing 40 pounds, being able to wear fitted tees again without looking like a stuffed sausage, going from a size 14 to a size 4 (well, I was a 12-14, and now I'm a 4-6/5-7 in juniors, to be precise), getting a flat stomach, developing healthy habits and a more healthy attitude towards food, and shedding that eating disorder mindset that once plagued me for almost 5 years!

meowee 02-06-2008 10:24 AM

:welcome: TERI . . . wow you are a cross between the incredible Shrinking Woman and the gorgeous Bionic Woman . . . Keep up the good work on the shrinking part, Chickie -- but hopefully you won't need any more bionic parts. :lol:

sarahrah 02-18-2008 05:01 PM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: My name is Sarah, I'm 23 years old. I live by myself. I'm a student in Library Science, and school is pretty much my entire life.

DIABETES INFORMATION: I was diagnosed with Type 2 in November. Needless to say it hasn't been the best few months. It upset me so much, even though deep down I saw it coming. I'm quite overweight and it runs in my family. I also have a few other health problems that interfere with my ability to lose weight. As my doctor so eloquently put it, I was "genetically screwed." I'm on metformin 1500mg for the diabetes, but I'm having a hard time with my BG levels even though I track everything I eat and watch my carbs and follow a low GI diet.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: I'm 5'7" and weight 261lbs, I was 284 when I was diagnosed. I exercise 3-5 times a week (30 min cardio and weights). I hope to weigh 160 within the next 2 years.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: To become healthy and maybe get off some of the (many, many) meds I'm on.

bethz 03-06-2008 05:43 PM

Wanting to get off oral medication
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tell us about yourself, your family, your pets, your hobbies, your occupation, your most (and least) favourite books/movies/TV programs/music; Ė just about anything that helps us know the real Ďyouí.

I am a 51 yo WMF, have 7 children(yours,mine and ours) and 6 grandchildren. I am a school nurse, making weight loss and improved health my personal and professional goal for the year. I have involved faculty, students, peers and family in my journey, and am accountable to many. I want to be an example of good health for those around me, and prove that it "CAN BE DONE".

DIABETES INFORMATION: What Type; when diagnosed; what medications; any complications youíve experienced.

I was diagnosed 2 years ago as a Type II, currently on Metformin twice a day. Last A1c was 5.8, so no complaints there. My weight loss and healthier eating are obviously paying off. So far I am fortunate not to have experienced related complications. I have a significant family history that placed me at risk, but I certainly didn't help myself out any with my obesity.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: Height/Weight Statistics. How much you hope to lose and in what timeframe. Formal or informal diet and exercise regimens. Things that work for you. Things you tried, that didnít.

I am 5'9" and my current weight is 259. I started at 286 in September of 2007. I hope to be between 160-180 in September of 2009. I have done alot of reading and have tried different approaches to dieting, but I find that WW is probably the best plan to follow. I don't attend meetings, but count points, journal and email faculty with my weekly progress. I walk at lunchtime, and bring my lunch to work everyday. I have good control until supper time and evenings roll around.:devil:

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: Anything youíd like to share with the group.

I hope to live long enough to see my great-grandchildren. I want to do some of the things that I sit on the (self-imposed) sidelines for due to my weight. I want to be able to buy clothing in the normal sections of the stores. I would love to be able to manage my diabetes with diet alone.

Thanks in advance for your support.:D

meowee 03-06-2008 08:21 PM

Hi BETH . . . I seem to be saying hello to you in a few places. :lol: . . . Hope you will be joining the rest of the 'sugar-babes' in our regular "Dieting with Diabetes" chat thread. Look forward to seeing you over there. :hug:

mynewlife 03-28-2008 02:41 PM

I am Trina 29 years old. Married going on 12 years and have two wonderful children.

I am a type T1 and take 52 units of Lantus and around 60 a day of Novolog. I hate hate taking shots however I refuse to go to the pump. Not going to happen with me. My dr really wanted me on the pump but I refuse I dont want something attached to me at all times. I went to the "classes" and I still dont want the pump LOL I think they got the hint this time. lol
On the average I take 6 to 8 shots a day. I am a very picky eatter as most things make me sick at my belly.

I also have SLE Lupus and Asthma . I have had a big range of health problems most recently ( with in a year) being that I had a large part of my muscle wall in my stomach removed and masses removed from my stomach and had masses in my lungs.

My whole family helps with my diabetic care. My 10 ( 11 soon) year old daughter knows how to give me my shots if anything ever happens. She knows how to test my BS as well as she knows what to do if my sugar goes low.

My husband tries to make sure that if he is cooking to cook something that is "diabetic friendly" . My husband kindly reminds me to take my shots when I am in a runt and pissy about taking them.( LOL take it or i'll give it to you!)

Unfortunally even with shots there is a lot I still can not eat as my body resist shots( I feel really ill if I eat the wrong thing and I go high no matter if I take a shot or not with certian foods) . Me and my Endo are still working on this to see what we can do to fix this problem.

My hobby's are entering sweepstakes online. I belong to another forum with a wonderful wonderful group of people that also like to enter sweeps. WHEN I enter I do very well!

Ok I guess this is all for now!!! look forward to get to know everyone!

mcron2 04-09-2008 10:48 AM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Hey, All!! My name is Mary, and I'm 38 years old. I'm married, for 10 years so far, and a mom to two boys, 8 and 6. I've know my DH since I was 15, and he was 18. We were together, then apart, then had to be together again - he came home to me two years before the wedding. We do TaeKwonDo as a family, and I'm mere moments from testing for my black belt. I scrap book, and we love to watch Doctor Who, Torchwood, Biggest Loser, Survivor. I love reality shows, as well as sci-fi. We have named goats, ducks, and bunnies after the Firefly characters. That said - we have goats (13), a llama, ducks(3), chickens(oh my), bunnies(2), dogs(2), cats(4), and hamsters(2). We live on 40 acres, 5 miles down a dirt road in a little (!) town in Montana. It takes me 45 minutes to get to Helena, the closest town, as well as where our dojang (TKD studio) is located. I read when I have the chance, which hasn't been forevah!! I'm originally from CT, and my boys were born there, but DH is from Montana, and wanted the kids to grow up here. He travels for a living, doing computer work, so I stay home with the kidlets, and have decided to home school them - currently 1st and 3rd grades.

DIABETES INFORMATION: I'm Type II, was gestational with both boys, and have an inkling that I was before getting pregnant. I also had a "scare" as a child, but no one remembers it but me. I guess I always knew, but just went on with life. I'm on 1000 mg of Avandamet, twice a day. A1C started at 11.3, then 10.4, then 9.3. I need to go for another one, my DR was out on maternity leave, and I haven't made a new appointment, probably because I know I'm not so good.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: I'm 5"0' - current weight is 185 lbs. I would like to be at a healthy 118 lbs, like tomorrow!! I've been struggling at this weight for over a year. I workout almost daily - TKD - which can be very strenuous. I teach, as well as take class. I need to lose my butt - gotta get the size off my hips! I'm testing black belt next week (the 18th) and can't get my body off the ground to do a face level jump front kick board break, so had to switch my board break to a step reverse side kick. For those who don't know, it doesn't sound right, but it means something to me. It was just something that I really wanted to do.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: We have gained so much as a family from doing TKD, that I plan on starting my own school. It's a huge undertaking (HUGE!!), especially in this economy. I've never been physical - I was in marching band in high school!! - so this is amazing for me. Who would have ever thought that *I* would *want* to do anything like this!! But, this is my dream, my goal, my fondest desire. It would help others with their bodies, as well as balance, coordination, self defense, self confidence, respect, as well as a bunch of other life skills!

Spoz 04-30-2008 06:32 AM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Hi! I'm Lauren, I'm 18 and live in Newcastle, Uk where I was born and raised. I'm currently studying Photography in college which I hope to again major in university. I work part time for an estate agency also.

DIABETES INFORMATION: I was diagnosed with Type one diabetes just after my first birthday and take regular insulin injections, twice a day to control my sugars. Most of my life I have been in yo-yo control of my diabetes and at the moment am trying to maintain some control as it is beginning to affect my health, mostly my eyes.

I swim twice a week, take aerobic excercise and dance on a daily basis. I'm a vegetarian and am quite healthy, I just eat too much! My height is 5'2 and my weight is 153 lbs, I used to be about 130 lbs so I'm hoping to return to this weight at least.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: I really just hope to gain some control of my blood sugars, and to feel good about myself and not use food as a weapon and tool to control my feelings!

jillybean720 06-10-2008 09:46 AM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I'm Jill. I'm 25 and currently live in northern VA with my fiance, Jeff, and our two puppies, Bean and Bowser. We own a townhouse together, drive his and hers Honda Civics, and are both relatively successful for our age--something I'm very proud of :) I'm currently a Proposal Manager for an IT reseller. I'm good at writing, editing, formatting, and organizing, so I just sort of fell into it. It certainly pays the bills, and I hope to someday migrate to a more marketing-focused position. I love my puppies, decorating, music, watching cartoons, and laughing :D

DIABETES INFORMATION: I've been overweight my whole life (since about age 4 or so). I started having slightly elevated fasting glucose levels when I was maybe 13, but it was never high enough to trigger tracking or treating by a doctor. When I went to a new doctor last month, she ordered all kinds of tests, and I came back with high triglycerides, high fasting glucose (214), and high A1C (9.1)--good for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and a prescription for Metformin. I'm frustrated that no doctors paid close enough attention to my glucose levels when I was younger, as I feel this diagnosis could have been prevented or at least delayed. But, c'est la vie...always a case of, "if I knew then wheat I know now," right? :dizzy:

I'm eating low carb. For me, that's 50 grams or less total carbs per day. And the carbs I do eat should primarily come from veggies, beans, and nuts. I've been doing a lot of walking for exercise mixed in with some light weights for upper body and some ab exercises. I have a LOT of weight to lose (I've lost 24 pounds, but I still have over 100 to lose).

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVEMENTS: I need to get off the Metformin, as my doc said I can not be on it while pregnant, and we plan to begin trying to grow our family in about 3 years. I want to be a healthy mom, raise healthy kids (and puppies!), and continue healthy growth in my career.

maryea 06-14-2008 11:25 PM

I went through all the posts on this thread and didn't see one from me so guess somehow missed this one. So here's all about me..:D

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I am 65. It's just my dh of almost 46 years and myself these days...the kids (4) are all grown and on their own with their own families. We now have 7 grandchildren (4 girls and 3 boys). My dh and I are retired and lovng it!! We keep very busy. He works hard in the yard, when home we go to gym 5 x week, however we travel as much as we can. We usually go south Jan-March (snowbirds) and we try to walk every day down there. We've been slacking off since we came back from our last trip (middle of last month we went to UT) though due to company and illness. My dh got back to the gym today and I hope to return Monday. I am a Christian and I love to study the Bible. I also enjoy entering sweepstakes ...I think it was Trina who also is a sweeper?! Always happy to meet another sweeper. :) My last win was nice...value of $600..an eco-diaper bag with a onsie, a couple books and lots of free coupons for 7th Generation products. I shared with my dd and that made it even funner! :D

My favorite book is the Bible but I also love reading other inspirational books as well as fiction. I love mysteries! Can't remember my favorites right now but I like several of the well known authors.

TV - I'm not a big tv watcher but I do enjoy the crime dramas like all the Law & Orders, CSIs, Cold Case and Criminal Intent. Guess my MOST favorites are CSI Miami, and Criminal Intent. I have also gotten very hooked on Survivor and I get very upset when it doesn't end like I think it should! At those times I say I'll never watch it again but the I do.:o I also like to watch shows like American Idol but don't as often. I love the internet and spend quite a bit of my day off and on online...entering sweeps, researching info, shopping, banking, email, and forums.

Music: My favorites are Gospel and Country, but I like the contemporary choruses we sing in church, as well as most of the old hymns. I enjoy the beat of rap (though not always the words)...my youngest son did a little rapping and he got me to it. I like really smooth jazz and some rock...really I like almost all music except the really hard rock and I don't like it as loud as I used too (is that my age telling on me?!!). And I esp like to sing along with it! I'm no great singer but I do love to sing! I feel like God has blessed me in so many ways and I have lots to sing about!!

DIABETES INFORMATION: About 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes, but by now it is Diabetes, Type II. My dh was diagnosed about 10 years ago. So far we have done very well with diet and exercise. I do have neuropathy in my hands and feet, but neither the doc or I am sure it was caused by diabetes because I had it for several years when I was younger (30s-40s) and then it went away for about 10 years...but at that time it was only with a direct stimuli...now it is more constant/chronic. Back then it was mostly in my toes, now it is in my feet and hands. I also have a gene that only 8% of the population have. This gene causes me to have a lot of inflammation (eyes, muscles mostly) and the doc said it also might be causing the neuropathy, but of course the diabetes doesn't help. So far I get along with OTC pain relievers when it's really getting to me though so I'm sticking with that as long as I can.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: I am 5'3" and have been weighing 162-167 lbs. I recently had a dietician consult and diabetic classes and learned a lot . I feel now I am taking my diet more seriously. She put me on a 12-1400 cal, 9-10 carb, 5-6 meat/protein, 4-6 non-starchy vegetables, and 3 added fats diet. IT's only been a few days but so far I am doing well and was 162 this am which was a drop to the lower end of my usual range which I hadn't seen for a while. I hope to get down to at least 140 but prefer 130. My problem is sticking consistently to my diet and my weakness is snacking too much, but I hope to be changing that now.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: My goals in regard to my health iare to control the diabetes, lose weight and maintain good health. I want to live a long life with my dh and I hope we can do a lot more traveling together (he is 73). I want to glorify God in my life and want to see my children glorify Him also. I have been very blessed so I want to give back now to Him and others.

I look forward to partcipating in this diabetic area of the forum. I know the weightloss support has been helpful and I feel a real need now to connect with other diabetics for support as well.


zoeybug68 06-17-2008 12:55 PM

My Real name is Amy, I am 39 years old and I live in Ohio. I have been married to a wonderful man for 20 years. jWe have 3 great teenagers...boy 16, girl 17, boy 18. ( Yes, we are smack dab in the middle of teenage ****!:dizzy:) I have one dog...Zoey ( hence, my screen name) I call her ZoeyBug! She was a puppy rescue...She is a little confused, she thinks she's a cat...so we have the best of both worlds in her.
I just graduated in December and have reached my dream of becoming a special education teacher. I was blessed enough to get a long term substitute position at the high school where I student taught-it was in the classroom for students with multiple disabilities. I loved it! It is so crazy to get paid for something you love to do.

I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on 6/11/08. Two days later-after a sleep studyI-I learned I have sleep apnea. I stop breathing 50 times an hour and my oxogen drops to 76%...no wonder I feel like [email protected]#$#. The doctor has put me on a combo medicine...I believe its called ActoPlus Met. It has given me a little bit of stomach side effects. I'm very anxious about the slim possiability of lactic acidosis. ( I have some problems with anxiety...so this does't help)


I am 5' 2" and weigh 270. I have no exercise regimen...I HATE exercise.
:devil: I do have a recumbant bike( not sure if thats how it is spelled.) it is easier on the knees. I don't mind doing it...I can do about 4 miles in 20 minutes. I am also re-starting water aerobics tonight:D.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: Anything youíd like to share with the group.

My hope is the same as most...to feel better. I am tired of feeling like crap. My goal is to exercise at least 5 days a week and follow the sugar busters plan faithfully.

On a more personal note...my biggest hope is that my oldest son will find his way...he is struggling with drugs and depression. It is so hard to see your child struggle. He began having problems with depression when he began high school and things went down hill from there. Actually, things have improved a small amount. I wish I wouldn't have allowed him to manipulate me and put him in drug treatment before he turned 18...now I can't force him to enter.
Now were just at the point where we don't give him money and love him, love him, love him while trying not to enable him.

maryea 06-18-2008 02:14 PM

I don't know whether we are to welcome people here but I just wanted to say welcome to all of you who have recently joined. I'm fairly new to the site and am very new to the diabetic area but I think it's a great forum. We each have our own issues and yet we have things in common no matter our age and circumstances.

Zoeybut, I can imagine that sleep apnea must be a difficult thing to deal with! And I complain about my frequent hot flashes which tend to rob me of sleep! Getting adequate rest is just SO important to how we feel. My heart aches for you in regard to your son. That can keep you awake at night too. We had a dd who got into drugs and I know how difficult it is. It is so hard to reach them and all you want to do is help them! I hope that your son will find his way soon.

brn 06-22-2008 02:08 AM

Hi all
I posted this in early June. When the site had a problem my info went away.

My name is Brenda and I live in Northeast Mississippi. I'm married to Thomas and we have 4 adult children and an adorable grandchild. She is very precious to us especially since we thought there never would be a grandchild.
My daughter Yalonda lives in Germany, Allyn, and Andrew live in Ok., and our youngest Richard lives about 10 miles from us. He is the one with the child.
No pets or hobbies at the moment. I'm seriously considering a classroom pet so we may be getting one in the fall.
I also need to develop some type of hobby so perhaps my hands will stay busy and away from food.
I'm a Special Education teacher. For a long time I've taught elementary level. This coming year I'm moving to Jr. Hi. This move isn't by my choice but I do feel it's the Lord's will so I'm doing my best to adjust. Last year Regular ed was moved around this year it was SPEDs turn. My big interest is Autism. I was interested in individuals affected by Autism long before it ever became the big interest it is at this time.
I like Country,Gospel, and Golden Oldies music.
I'm a Christain but not a fanatic.
My faith and church is very important to me.

I have T2 diabetes. I was diagnoised in Jan of 04. It was a very mild form and remains so today. At first I used diet and exercise to control my diabetes. I also took a 2 day class at the Diabetes Treatment Center in Tupelo, Ms. That was the best money I ever spent. They took the time to teach me what I needed to know when my doctor wouldn't take the time. She told me to attend the class if my insurance would pay or read about it on the internet. Real nice medicial professional, Grrrrr!!!!
My insurance refused to pay so they set up a payment plan and I paid for it all out of my own pocket.
In the fall of 04 my symptoms returned and I talked my doc into putting my on meds. Suddenly I could eat some favorite foods that my bs just wouldn't allow me to eat. Rice and oatmeal went back on my list of ok foods.
Today I take Metformin and Byetta.
Due to high stress at work and my mother nearly dying in March I got out of the habit of meal planning, following my food plan, and checking my bgs 2-3 times a day. I'm working hard to get back to doing those oh so important things I need to do in order to control my diabetes rather than letting it control me. Still not back to my normal self but I'm getting there.
Since I've had diabetes I seem to get sick easily and pick up alot of stuff from my students.
I haven't experienced any complications from diabetes.

I weigh 216 lbs and I'm 5-4. My goal weight is 140. Many years ago I went to a weight loss program and lost down to 132. I looked like a concentration camp survivor. I also lost my gall bladder. I think 140 is obtainable and I should look just fine at that weight. BTW: that program is now out of business due to the fact that many clients lost their gall bladders.
I follow meal plan that was set up based on activity level etc.
I'm in the process of rebuilding my exercise program.
Summer time means the pool. I would also like to begin walking a little each day. I'm about to change my gym membersip to a gym closer home. When I do that they will set up a weight training program for me. I hate, hate, hate weight training. But I think I'll be able to do it at least twice a week.

CookD 06-25-2008 07:59 AM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Hi. My name is Dee. I'm married with adult kids ages 30, 31, 32 & 35. We live in a small home in Atlantic City, NJ. We have a great veggie garden that I love to tend. Since I stay home I have lots of time to cook almost everything from scratch. I bake and can and freeze many goodies from the garden.

DIABETES INFORMATION: DX Type 2 in May of 2007, probably had it for at least a year but was in denial. Currently taking Metformin 500 mg twice daily and Amaryl 2 mg in the evening.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: 5'4"/205 I'd like to lose 60 lbs in the next year. Informal low carb diet. Exercise: walking and dancing around the house. When I do walk 30 at least minutes everyday I see weight loss. You would think that would be enough motivation....
When I was first diagnosed I wanted to control with diet and exercise only, I did not want to take any meds. Dr. had me on 1500 Metformin, 100 Januvia and 4 mg Amaryl. As I cut out the carbs I cut out medications one by one. The Januvia was the first to go. I had an infected nail cuticle that would not heal, as soon as I stopped taking it the infection cleared up. I try to balance the meds with lifestyle changes, to get control with as few as possible.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: I'd like to help our community become more aware of what the typical American diet is doing to our health. To make kids understand that food comes from the earth not McDonalds or a box. I believe processed food is killing us.

angelmomma210 07-06-2008 10:53 PM

Hi all.....

My name is Chris and I am 52 and have been married to dh for 32 soon to be 33 years. We live in WA where I am a school bus driver. No stress there..LOL.

We have 2 dds...one died in 2002 and the other lives in MI. The dd that died was 21, 4 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 50 lbs. She was not suppose to live to be a year, but surprised everyone. Every day after the first year was a miracle. She was total care so I did everything for her. I miss her so much and it is hard to believe that it is gonna be 6 years.

I weight 305 right now but plan to lower that number. I have tried almost every diet on the earth and then figured out that I am insulin resistant and pre-diabetic. So I am working on that. I am on metformin and that seems to be helping with no side effects.

Our other dd lives in MI and has been married for 9 years. While growing up she because our hellion...she did so many things that we had one dd that could not do anthing and the other that did. We did not give up on her and she is now just a love. We talk just about every day. No grandchildren yet...but that will happen in time.

I love to read, cross stitch and just be with dh. We do have an australian kelpie who keeps us busy. We got her about 1.5 months before Kathy died and she is quite a blessing. She owns us not the other way around.

Well that is about it.

tofuhead 07-09-2008 12:45 AM

I'm a newbie to the boards and got my behind in gear after my doctor told me that if I didn't change something, I'd be on insulin within a year. I have enough trouble with lancets and don't want to be injecting insulin for the rest of my life.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I'm 39, divorced with one daughter, 14. I do advanced tech support for a major Internet company. (If you haven't heard of them, you've either been living under a rock or don't know what the Internet is.) While not working with a bunch of skinny 20-something men who can inhale 4000 calories a day and not gain an ounce, I like doing "girly" things - sewing, cooking, gardening (flowers and herbs on my 8'x12' balcony.) I'm getting back into canning, dehydrating, freezing, etc. I also love soccer, cycling, photography and writing. We keep house for 2 cats and have lots of fish tanks (10 I think.)

DIABETES INFORMATION: I was diagnosed as type 2 in 2000 and started out with "diet and exercise" regimen, which was basically walking to the freezer to get ice cream. Needless to say, that didn't do the job and I ended up begging for drugs. Right now, I'm on metformin, glyburide, Januvia and Actos, after a HbA1c of over 13, three months after a 8.6. After 6 weeks of the new regimen, my HbA1c was down to 8.4. My doctor keeps trying to take the glyburide out, because my blood sugar levels have been nearing the hypoglycemic levels. Glyburide is the "kick in the pants" for me. I'll be taking out the Actos soon to see how that goes.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: I'm not on any particular eating plan, but I'm keeping track with the USDA pyramid guidelines and a program that works on my desktop and PDA phone so I can spot trends. I've learned that I can't have any wheat products for breakfast - my BS jumps to the 200's and stays up all day. I usually exercise 5 or 6 times a week, depending on my schedule. (I work until 6 PM and if I don't get home right away, I tend to not get that exercise in. Morning exercise just doesn't work for me.) I usually bike since I have a stationary bike and a road bike, but occasionally, I'll toss in a workout or two on my rowing machine.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVEMENTS: My ultimate goal is to have my diabetes under control without the use of any medication (or insulin.) I'm losing weight more for that than anything else. I want to be able to bike the old Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge (absolutely beautiful area) and have a picture of every waterfall in the Gorge (there are over 200 and many require lots of hiking.) Recently, I was able to spend an entire day at the Oregon Zoo recently and NOT be exhausted at the end of it!! Yeah!

pkend4593 07-11-2008 09:22 AM

Hey every one, I guess I forgot to post here first.
My name is paula, 34 years old, mother of 3 aged 4-15, married for 12 years, I'm a nurse (you know we make the worst patients), gestational DM in 97, my son weighed in at 10lbs 14oz, bigggggggggg boy via c-section, diagnosed with DM2 in2000 and was in complete denial, I really didn't care, I don't remember what my a1c was, so I guess I just got serious, my weight has always been an issue for as long as I can remember, highest I think wa 307. As of now Ive been doing a low carb diet, and i've seen good results with my BS, highest has been 130, I'm only taking 2 meds to control my bs now, before I was on 3, trying to start moving a bit more. My goal is to control my DM with diet and exercise, I want to seen my kids grow up, I want to set good examples for them.

meowee 07-11-2008 02:44 PM

Hi TOFU and Hi PAULA . . . great big welcoming :hug: for each of you . . . there's definitely no rule about where you should post first . . . just hope we'll be seeing both of you regularly down in our Dieting with Diabetes chat thread.

needtolose4me2 07-14-2008 10:19 PM

Hi all!

I've been lurking a bit but have decided to take the plunge!
PERSONAL - My name is Marge. I'm 45 years old. Married for 16 years with three daughters, 11,10 and 8.
I have always struggled with my weight. I had gestational diabetes with each of my three pregnancys. they weighed 10.3, 10.8 and 12.2 yes pounds! and yes I had my tubes tied after the third! none of my doctors really made a big deal out of the diabetes. they just said, you know, your sugar is high, your gestational diabetic better watch what you eat. So I cut out most sweets. thats about all I knew to do!
MEDICAL - at my last physical 2 years ago i was diagnosed with pre-diabetes with a fast bgl of 106. Again didn't make much of it.
this past june at my physical I had a fasting bgl of 261. Now she told me I WAS diabetic and had the health of someone who just had a heart attack. LOVELY! she has given me 3 months to bring those numbers and my weight down otherwise she'll put me on meds. So now I am taking this very seriously. honestly, I never really thought it was THAT big of a deal. I guess since the doctors didn't make it out to be. But this one, got my attention!
I chose not meet with a dietician since I've done alot of research on line about eating looking for the right diet! But now Im a bit confused and think i need to see a deitician and take a diabetes management class.
I am testing my sugar numerous times during the day. in the am. before i eat, one hour after i eat, two hours after i eat.... I am just not to sure about what to do with those numbers! how high is high? is my goal to keep it as low as possible or is it ok to go up if comes down quickly?why do i get a worse reading from oatmeal than a piece of cake? to0 many questions.
So I have a call in to my Dr. to set up the appts.for classes and dietician. I have been doing pretty good losing weight but basically it's because I'm really not eating. I just don't know WHAT to eat already.
ok anyway, this went from an intro to a b**ch session. Sorry

SPECIAL HOPES/ASPIRATIONS Well, you guessed it. to get a grip on all this and figure it all out. I am 45 and have an 8 year old. I would love to be around to see her have her own children. so I don't have a choice. I MUST get a grip on this!

meowee 07-15-2008 08:36 AM

Hi there . . . glad you found us, Chickie . . . hope you'll be joining us in our regular Dieting with Diabetes chat thread down under the Sticky area.

Definitely get your doctor to make an appointment for you to see a DEC (Diabetes Education Centre). Most of your questions can be answered there. Unfortunately doctors are often less than helpful for a newly diagnosed diabetic. In the meantime, read some of the back threads in this forum and take a look at the ADA (American Diabetes Association) website.

Blood sugar levels go up and down throughout the day for everyone. Good levels to aim for are between 110 to 130 first thing in the morning and before meals and you should be approaching that level again within about 2 hours after eating.

The sugar and fat in the cake, combines to temper the GI effect of the starch from the flour. Some people (I'm one of them) are more easily impacted by grains; even the whole ones like oatmeal and, of course, the finer the oatmeal is ground the higher it's GI so make sure you use nothing finer than Old-fashioned, large flake oats.

I did a fairly thorough write up on things that raise and lower Glycemic Impact over here . . . http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=145931 . . . you might like to think about a low GI plan.

needtolose4me2 07-15-2008 01:46 PM

Wow meowwe!
That's great info. I did schedule myself for a class,so I'm looking forward to that. I loved your write up.That is very helpful indeed! Inever imagined there was so much to this. Thanks again!

Mollikins 07-21-2008 04:14 PM

Desperate in VA
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Tell us about yourself, your family, your pets, your hobbies, your occupation, your most (and least) favourite books/movies/TV programs/music; – just about anything that helps us know the real ‘you’.

Hi ! I'm MK, I'm 48 yrs old & I'm a diabetic child of brittle diabetic parents. I lost my Pop to diabetic complications and my Mom is slowly losing HER battle with this insidious disease. I have relatives on BOTH sides who are or were diabetic. Finding it kinda hard to out-run this bullet. :( I'm a single "Mom" to 3 beautiful babies -- Bennie (4 yr old Main Coon); Bitzie (2 yr old Tuxedo) & newest arrival Lil Max (6 mos old Tuxedo). I AM the office for a non-profit located in Virginia. I truly have found my favoritest job & really love it !

DIABETES INFORMATION: What Type; when diagnosed; what medications; any complications you’ve experienced.

I was diagnosed as "pre-diabetic" bout 6 yrs ago & "earned" the official label 3 yrs ago. I take 1000mg Metformin 2x a day; Lisinopril and HTCZ for blood pressure; Simvastatin for cholesterol; Omeprazole for GERD. Sometimes I feel like a walking medicine cabinet ! Oh can't forget -- I also use a CPAP @ night to breathe. :dizzy:

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: Height/Weight Statistics. How much you hope to lose and in what timeframe. Formal or informal diet and exercise regimens. Things that work for you. Things you tried, that didn’t.

At 64 inches & at 223#, I know I need to lose weight, but have been struggling with getting the weight down (much to my Doc's chagrin). I truly try to conscientiously to watch my sugars, carbs, fats, etc. Not to mention going as far as purchasing portioned dinnerware & measurers. So far only 10# have disappeared (since 2 yrs ago) & I have some physical limitations that make exercising strenuously, impossible. However, I did recently purchase a recumbent exer-cycle & have been logging in on that 6 days/week.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: Anything you’d like to share with the group.

I don't want to be 120# (quite frankly, it'd look horrid on MY frame), I just want to get to a reasonable and maintainable weight (say 150ish#) so that I can hopefully break the "family curse" and get off meds for good and also rid myself of most of this pain that haunts me DAILY.

meowee 07-22-2008 08:46 AM

Hi there MOLLIKINS . . . glad you found us . . . hope you will join us in our regular Dieting with Diabetes chat thread. :hug:

Iconoclast at Large 08-21-2008 10:36 PM

Sorry! I've just found this forum and have gone around blabbing everywhere without taking the time to start in the right places. So, this seems like a right place.

Personal information:
My name is Dyan and I'm 47 and I live in a suburb of Dallas with my husband and our dog Buddy. I have a 29 year old son in California and a 24 year old son working on his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have a 9 year old granddaughter Rebecca who is an amazement. My degree was in foreign languages, but now I'm a federal contract manager and have been in this career for about 12 years.

Diabetes Information: I've always struggled with weight and have never much cared to diet or exercise or ever visit a doctor. June I had a huge wake-up call. Health fair day at work turned up with a fasting glucose of 167. One can be very smug and cavalier about their weight until one affects their whole family by compromising their health. Quick about-face. The doctor prescribed 2 x Metformin @ 850 mg daily plus 1 lisinopril. My ac1 is 6.7. My daily testing averaged about 145 last month and it is around 150 this month. Doesn't sound like it's in the healthy range to me! Very, very new to this, so I'm stunningly ignorant. Don't know what to do next.

Diet/Exercise Regimen:
I went to the dietician who has educated me on portion control and the effect of fat and carbohydrates. I'm on an 1800 calorie a day diet and I walk 30 minutes per day and see a trainer once a week. I have a mighty dislike for exercise, but it's not about my likes and dislikes anymore -- it's about being responsible. Exercise can be tough because I have a bad right ankle, bad left knee and a trick back.

Special Hopes/Aspirations/Achievements: My hope is to start being responsible. I have people who care for me and people (my parents) that I need to care for. Life is too great to be treating it this frivolously.

Thank you for any guidance you can give. In addition to my weight, I especially noticed my health faltering when I was in a mega-stressful job for 2 years straight... poor eating, constant panic, too little sleep, zero exercise had to have contributed. I notice my blood sugar responds mostly to stress rather than diet. I left that job and am in a MUCH better place now where I can put some balance back into my life.

amandarose17 09-23-2008 04:56 PM

Wow, you ladies are going to make me cry. If any of you have read my past post have heard me say it a lot. I can not believe how lucky I am to have found this site.
Personal information:- My name is Amanda and I am 23 years old. I have been married for 2 years and together we moved to southern Maine to start our lives. I work as an administrative assistant for a mapping/software company. I have no children and no pets, nor to I plan on having either one.
Diabetes Information: I was diagnosed at age 11 with type one diabetes. It was May 1996, crazy how well i remember that day. Type 1 runs in my family, but I feel like I am the only one in any control. However, due to insurance reasons, i had to take my insulin sparingly and I was hospitalized twice when I was 18 and once at 21 for DKA. Also in that time I suffered from diabeticlema, I would not take my insulin so I could stay skinny. Wow they came back to bite me in the butt. Anyway, since my last hospital stay, i see a doctor every 3 months and have been more healthy now then ever, although I do slip up now and then. Like some I have read before me, I am also against the pump. I take multiple novolog shots a day and one Lantus in the evening
Diet/Exercise Regimen:I don;t really have a plan, so let's skip this part
Special Hopes/Aspirations/Achievements: I want to be healthy. I don't want diabetes to be a chore.Once I get down to my goal weight, I want to go back to school. I just need to focus on my health first.

eightbitgirl 09-26-2008 06:58 PM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I am 25 years old and living with/madly in love with the greatest, most supportive, wonderful man in the world! I live in Houston and jusssssst got my power back from Hurricane Ike, but all of my family members/people I love are fine. I am truly a lucky woman. I'm taking online classes this semester at the University of Oklahoma, where I'm majoring in history and minoring in anthropology (with an archaeology concentration.) I love to travel and be outdoors as much as humanly possible, and I am a HUGE sports fan!

DIABETES INFORMATION: I'm a Type II diabetic, diagnosed in March. I've been controlling it with food but it is getting harder and harder to do so and I fear I'll be on medication in the next few weeks. I'm also a member of the lifelong eating disorder club, which contributed a LOT to my blood sugar problems.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: Right now, I am 5'6 and 155-160, depending on the time of day and how kind my scale decides to be to me. I ate nothing but junk food during the hurricane and gained five pounds, which is wreaking havoc with my whole system right now, and I'm trying to get back on my meal plan. I just started running (I ran my first three miles today!!) and hope to do that every day. I also am trying out the "100 pushup plan" and want to run a half marathon with my brother in January. I am basically just focused on doing things in a healthy way that's not going to jeopardize my health - I've had enough with that.

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: I want to get back to my weight of 125-130, but do it in a HEALTHY way. I was so emaciated last summer that my whole family considered putting me in a hospital -that was the first indication that something was really, really wrong with my body. Once we figured out what was going on, I started gaining everything back and of course I had to decide between my health and my vanity. My health, obviously, is much more important. :)

doggirl 10-08-2008 01:03 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been lurking for a few weeks, but thought I'd go ahead and join. Here's my info.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I'm married with 2 dogs and cat. I am a pet sitter and dog walker - great job, absolutely love it. My music tastes are pretty eclectic. I prefer non-fiction type television generally, but my favourite shows include Big Bang Theory, Rick Mercer, and 22 Minutes. I love to travel - we plan one big holiday each year. I live in eastern Ontario.

DIABETES INFORMATION: I was diagnosed with Type 2 about 2 months ago. No medications or anything. So far I've got good control I think, with diet and exercise. Still learning how things effect my levels.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: I'm a 5'7" female, 41 years old. I was about 258 when I was diagnosed near the beginning of August. I'm currently about 237, so I've lost about 20 pounds. I'm watching the carbs that I eat, I've reduced my portions (I'm hungry a lot), and I've increased my exercise. I've committed to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I wasn't able to do much for about a week and a half because of an injury, but I'm starting to get more active again. I'm hoping to be down to 175 by the middle of next summer. We'll see how that goes!

SPECIAL HOPES / ASPIRATIONS / ACHIEVMENTS: I'm hoping to have my blood sugar under great control. I'm hoping to be much more in shape and healthier than I have been.

sweet blog 11-13-2008 09:36 PM

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I'm a 38 year old female living in Columbus, OH. I have 2 step-children, Katie, who is 14, and Nick, who is 12. I have a Siamese cat, Cosmote. She was an engagement gift from (now) husband. He gave her to me two years ago when he proposed. He tied a ribbon around her neck with the engagement ring. How could I say no? I have worked for the federal government for the past 15 years. I love to read - put just about any kind of a book in front of me, and I will read it! I enjoy making jewelry in my spare time. I've never tried to sell any of it. I usually give it to friends and family.

DIABETES INFORMATION: Tyoe I, diagnosed about 5 years ago. I'm currenty taking Lantus, Byetta, and Glucophage/Metformin.

DIET / EXERCISE REGIMEN: 5ft. 1in. / 242lbs. I need to lose at least 103 lbs to fit into the BMI scale. I started Weight Watcher this week. I've tried low carb diets, PWLC, NutriSystem, and many others.


meowee 11-14-2008 09:31 AM

Hi there from another cat lover (that's Purrecious is my avatar; she's one of six) . . . hope you will come down and join our regular chat thread DIETING WITH DIABETES . . . :hug:

BTW, are you sure you are Type I (maybe that was just a finger slip) ?? The medications you list (other than Lantus which is a brand name for Insulin Glargine) are usually only prescribed for Type II's. Also have you chatted with your doctor recently about Byetta which has been getting some bad press lately and here's a link to a thread with a couple of fairly recent articles you might like to read . . . http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=149597

Hope to see you again soon . . . :wave:

riajane 12-01-2008 02:05 AM

Personal Information:
Hi ya
i am Maria i am 36 on Thursday 4 DEC i am married to a cool guy called Chris we have two boys called Rowan 13 and Lathym 9 i live in Australia but i am a kiwi.since we moved to Australia. i am stay at home mum but i have been very sick the last year.i love to read and listen to music hang out with my mates go to the beach With Chris and our two boys they both have disability's .and my husband Chris is sealing the roads around Queensland 5to 6 days a week. Mostly away.
I was diagnosed about one and half months ago with Type 2 diabetes, still getting control BSL. Last week found i have hypo thyroid ism and of top of i have Bi polar. i am on Lantus twice a day and Glyburide and Metforminand a few other meds .i have a questions since i found out i break out in the sweats.
Diet/Exercise Regimen:
i was in hospital for week and they started to get my sugars down and start to diabetes education. I was very lucky my mum came over from New Zealand and help me get my diet sorted out it not sweet things so much it is cheese & pies etc are my down fall and the odd glass of fizzy.As i have not been well i try to go for a short walk but it is very hot at the moment. i have done one thing i stop smoking thought that would not happen but i done it.
Special Hopes/Aspirations/Achievements:
loses some weight and run around with my boy and have lots of fun !!!!!!!!!!

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