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eddysgurl
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   Posted 12/22/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I made it through my first Diabetes check appointment with the family doctor.  Nurse practitioner talked to me about difficulties with eyes/feet and what to watch for.  Had me freaking although on the outside appeared calm!  Loss of feeling,numbness, etc...some lose their feet which I knew but am still in the "it won't happen to me" stage!  Anyway weighed me and although I did not look down 13 lbs in 3 1/2weeks!!!!!  I was amazed and as I said before am not a "weight focussed" person and HATE dieting but obviously I am doing something right.  Dr then came in to go over my bloodwork and check bp which was high and has never been before at 145/99!!!  She related it to Stress of new diagnosis, Christmas craziness etc...and didnt seem too concerned.  Said my Cholesterol was slightly high but improved since last checked in August of this year.  Again not worried.  Then on and on about drastic change in weight and told me sugar levels that were 17.9 when last tested now 5.9!!  She was very impressed.  I asked about referral to Dietician orDiabetic clinic but at this point she wants to let me try it on my own for   a bit.  Says I am fairly knowledgable    and thinks I will be fine.  Liked the vote of confidence but as usual second guessing myself and my abilities to manage something that is so new to me.  Thanks for letting me vent!!  Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas!  I look forward to discussing our Christmas challenges and accomplishments!

LanieG
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   Posted 12/22/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
VERY good news!  Isn't that a nice Christmas present?  I am so happy for you!  Just keep doing as you've been doing.  Read more of the past threads about diet and recipes, etc.  When I started on the low-carb plan, not only did I lose some weight but my cholesterol improved to normal levels and after a year, I was able to drop one of the two blood pressure meds I was on.  I was also doing lots of walking and resistance and weight training which I believe improved the blood pressure.  You're on the right track.  Congratulations!
Lanie
 
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eddysgurl
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   Posted 12/30/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I must say I was quite relieved!  Glad that Christmas craziness is over!  I can not believe the amount of people that just do not understand Diabetes.  I was made to feel guilty at many family functions for eating very little and not trying the platter upon platter of baked goods.  Even my Sister in Law who had Gestational Diabetes herself when pregnant rolled her eyes when I groaned over the Giant basket of sweets she brought as a "family" gift.  I have heard numerous times "A little bit won't hurt you...its Christmas...stop being such a fanatic!!"  Well having been newly diagnosed and trying to maintain a healthy glucose level I have witnessed first hand how that little bit makes me feel not to mention the days it takes to get back on track!!!  Its like saying to an alcoholic its Christmas have a drink!!  It is a disease that without proper management can be fatal!!  I know that it is ok to have a little and once in awhile it can be ok....but I am an all or nothing type person and that little indulgence for me means weeks of craving the sweets again!!  Now back at work so hopefully the boys and hubby will munch away and have all the crap gone by New Years!  It doesnt help that here at work too gifts included Chocolate covered cookies...chocolates...sweets etc...!!  Another venting sort of day!!!  How do you make people "get it"  ?????

jujub
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   Posted 12/30/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Eddysgurl, I'm with you. I have a bag of Doritos in the pantry that have been there unopened for three weeks. Every time I think about them, I think "no, if you open them it'll be too easy to eat more tomorrow, then the next day." I know I will open them at some point, and portion them out in zip lock bags, but I'm not ready yet.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/2/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
We all have our "little demons" following us around with temptations. Christmas cookies, New Years nibbles, Super Bowl snacks, Valentines candy, Easter candy, Summer picnics, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies... It just goes on and on. On or off track I sometimes have to take it just one meal, or one snack or even one bite at a time. I try to remember that every minute or hour or day can be a new "on track" episode, a better choice, a new attempt at keeping it all together.

Hubby asked me why sometimes I'm "good" and sometimes I'm not and I told him that I sometimes forget that what I do today affects my final outcome and the amount of care I'll need in my endlife times. (sigh...) How can I have this disease for over 10 yrs and sometimes still be in denial?
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


eddysgurl
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   Posted 1/4/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Diabetes is a hard thing to cope with I think not really the disease itself as is manageable when you figure out what works for you. I think the problem is everything is so focused around food...parties, get togethers, going out with friends, family reunions, holidays etc... so hard to beat temptation all the time! Also unbelievable how many people do not understand the impact of these foods on someone with Diabetes. I am starting to realize that if I follow suggestions from doctor, dietician, and wonderful forum members who have been there and done that I feel 100% healthier and have more energy. Also a sense of pride in myself when I am able to make better choices and resist temptation!!! Meter says it all....today I am usually between 5 and 5.9...where as upon diagnosis I was 17.9!!! Still have my ups and downs but usually because of what I choose to eat or skipping meals!! Remembering to keep fluid levels up also helps...now drink 8-10 glasses or more every day of water!!

Exercise is also now a daily choice whether it be a Wi workout with the kids, a swim, a walk, or a rowdy hike with my puppies at the dog park. Also dug out my Moms old tape of "Sweatin to the Oldies" crazy Richard Simmons....but its fun and something different in the winter months to keep me going! Never have been very comfortable at a gym but there are other ways to exercise!! Keep on trying folks! Heres hoping for a better , healthier 2010 for all!

LanieG
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   Posted 1/4/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
You're very right about everything centered around food!  And I think this is true in most cultures.  But we have a measure of control over that in any case, by choosing what and what not to eat.  This fall, I stocked up on different kinds of nuts and we always have cheddar cheese or those mozzarella sticks in the refrigerator to snack on.  Along with the nuts and cheese, I will take a couple of slices of an apple and wrap the rest in plastic to keep in the fridge is no one else is around to eat the rest and that's a very substantial snack. 
 
I bought a Tae Bo DVD and started it last week.  I like it except for the grunts and squeaks that some of the people on there seem to emit!  So now, I turn the sound off  - and I can grunt and squeak myself!  smhair
Lanie
 
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diabetes controlled so far by exercise and a low/no carb diet


jujub
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   Posted 1/4/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
On the plus side, though, after all this denying ourselves and exercising (ugh), I've lost 10 pounds in the past three weeks, and I can now do crunches and talk at the same time. The first time I tried crunches earlier in the year, I thought I was going to die.
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