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Old 10-09-2012, 02:31 AM   #831
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Snip, right now you are going through a stage of shock in finding that you have been diagnosed with a disease that you have heard horror stories about. The secret to managing your diet is not to live for your diabetes. You have been placed on Metformin. That is the very best medication for diabetes. You have a great diet already. Just eat carbs in moderation and concentrate on proteins. And for those cramps in your legs at night, you need potassium in your diet. Try to eat a banana every day. Or at least every other day. A great source of potassium. And it is good for your new diet. My son gets me pygmy bananas about twice a week. Every so often I take a break and don't eat them for about two weeks. Then I get back on the regimen.

I know what you are going through right now. "Good God, what more can go wrong with my body?" I had three heart attacks last year. On top of the diabetes. I have been through open heart surgery, almost lost my leg due to no blood flow, etc. Now I am developing cataracts. And I am in a fight to get the needed surgery before I lose my sight. "Good God, what more can go wrong with my body?" I am the worlds worst diabetes patient. I drive my doctor and nurses crazy. I refuse to live my life around my diabetes. I skip meals, check my sugar readings if I remember, and pretty much live my life the way I want to. As long as I take my medicine like I should, then I do fine. and that is the secret. They have a birthday cake here in the building every month for the residents. I take a small piece. I am not a sweet eater. After a couple of bites, I never finish the piece. So what. I went off my diet once this month and it didn't kill me. I just don't make it a habit to do that very often.

Right now you feel like you are the only person in the world with this hideous disease. You feel panicky. Like you are all alone and no one understands. Well, you are wrong. It is not a hideous disease. You stated that you had a heart attack in your 20's. Well, like I told you earlier, heart and diabetes go hand in hand. You have us here in DC. We will get you through this first stage. And that is what it is. Just a stage. The next stage is acceptance. And that will come shortly. PF, me and any other member of DC who has been diagnosed with diabetes has gone through what you are going through right now. Think of this event in your life as a means to expand your knowledge. Make it a learning experience. You are going to learn about food and how your body reacts to what you eat. Try to keep your weight down. That plays a big part in handling your diabetes. The less you weigh, the more control you will have over your sugar. I lost enough weight this year that now I am off any medicine and control it by diet alone. And I am doing fine. And so will you. Remember we are here for you.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #832
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Snip, right now you are going through a stage of shock in finding that you have been diagnosed with a disease that you have heard horror stories about. The secret to managing your diet is not to live for your diabetes. You have been placed on Metformin. That is the very best medication for diabetes. You have a great diet already. Just eat carbs in moderation and concentrate on proteins. And for those cramps in your legs at night, you need potassium in your diet. Try to eat a banana every day. Or at least every other day. A great source of potassium. And it is good for your new diet. My son gets me pygmy bananas about twice a week. Every so often I take a break and don't eat them for about two weeks. Then I get back on the regimen.

I know what you are going through right now. "Good God, what more can go wrong with my body?" I had three heart attacks last year. On top of the diabetes. I have been through open heart surgery, almost lost my leg due to no blood flow, etc. Now I am developing cataracts. And I am in a fight to get the needed surgery before I lose my sight. "Good God, what more can go wrong with my body?" I am the worlds worst diabetes patient. I drive my doctor and nurses crazy. I refuse to live my life around my diabetes. I skip meals, check my sugar readings if I remember, and pretty much live my life the way I want to. As long as I take my medicine like I should, then I do fine. and that is the secret. They have a birthday cake here in the building every month for the residents. I take a small piece. I am not a sweet eater. After a couple of bites, I never finish the piece. So what. I went off my diet once this month and it didn't kill me. I just don't make it a habit to do that very often.

Right now you feel like you are the only person in the world with this hideous disease. You feel panicky. Like you are all alone and no one understands. Well, you are wrong. It is not a hideous disease. You stated that you had a heart attack in your 20's. Well, like I told you earlier, heart and diabetes go hand in hand. You have us here in DC. We will get you through this first stage. And that is what it is. Just a stage. The next stage is acceptance. And that will come shortly. PF, me and any other member of DC who has been diagnosed with diabetes has gone through what you are going through right now. Think of this event in your life as a means to expand your knowledge. Make it a learning experience. You are going to learn about food and how your body reacts to what you eat. Try to keep your weight down. That plays a big part in handling your diabetes. The less you weigh, the more control you will have over your sugar. I lost enough weight this year that now I am off any medicine and control it by diet alone. And I am doing fine. And so will you. Remember we are here for you.
You are such a nice person addie!
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:13 PM   #833
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You are such a nice person addie!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:25 PM   #835
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I am really and sincerely ashamed to say this, but I just started smoking due to too much stress in my life. Most people don't believe what I tell them it is. I feel they have no time to understand or try to encourage They rather ignore and tell me this stress I am going through is not happening. I know God is only One who is permitting this and evidently HE feels with His help I am strong enough to endure this. It is just something that I did not cause. It is only when you are trying to defend yourself you reach out and try to stop it. (Maybe some of you remember what I am referring to) It has gone on for so long. I was married 25 years to abuser and now I got another one. I realize when people try to abuse others they themselves must be miserable.

This smoking does kill my appetite and confidence. I was so health conscious now, I really don't care. Life is too short and I do what I can to accept it. My self worth is shot. This is exactly what abusers want to hear. So very sad how people can't let someone try to live their life and I don't have too long.

Sorry to be a downer but life is not fair just have to live it.
I'm so sorry to hear this- I know this is an older post, but I've been so busy with school I'm never on here anymore. You said you found another abuser? Well you lost the first one, so maybe you need to find it in yourself to lose this one too. That would be one major source of stress out of the way. If smoking was what you needed to do to cope, don't beat yourself up too much. There are worse things you could have done than that. Unfortunately quitting can be stressful in and of itself, but that's also doable. Good luck with everything, and stay strong.


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Glad you found out about the pre-diabetes before it got worse snip!! Hopefully now that you know what's causing your current issues, you can control it and feel better. The well water at my house tastes bad too, and I actually send it through a britta water pitcher twice, and keep a large jug, with a spout, of cold water in the fridge all the time. Lemon is great in water, but if you have issues with thin enamel on your teeth you really need to be careful about constantly drinking acidic liquids. High protein diets can also put your body in a state of acidity, which your body uses calcium to counteract, so get plenty of calcium (dairy isn't necessarily the best source because of the high level of protein. The US is the leading consumer of dairy, and has the leading number of osteoporosis cases, so that should probably tell people we are doing something wrong), or you body will leech it out of your teeth and bones.

I've been going to the gym, since I get a free membership through the college, and I feel great about it! Went to a yoga class yesterday, and a cardio class this morning. Pretty sure the cardio lady was trying to kill us lol. And doing so in such a cheerful manner, too!! I almost walked out! But I hung in there, and plan to go back for more on Monday. It was a little more technical than I expected, I had a hard time keeping up with some of the moves, and I probably looked a little uncoordinated, but I'm told she mostly repeats the same moves, and you get better at it. I haven't lost any weight yet, but its great for my body. I also got a hot tub!!! It's so great for my back! It has super powerful moto-massage jets, that give me a great lower back massage. The combination of carrying heavy trays at work, and being fairly large chested for my small stature wreaks havoc on my lower back. So that's what's going on in my world right now. Sorry I'm never on anymore. I still try to keep reading a lot of the posts, but I just don't have much time for posting. Miss everyone!!

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:04 PM   #836
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I am on my 22nd day of my 90 days in a row of exercise. Today I was on the elliptical for 22 minutes then just did some weights. It felt like a pretty light workout until I sat down for awhile then tried to get up & walk normally. I'm thinking it's time for the pool tomorrow.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:19 AM   #837
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I am on my 22nd day of my 90 days in a row of exercise. Today I was on the elliptical for 22 minutes then just did some weights. It felt like a pretty light workout until I sat down for awhile then tried to get up & walk normally. I'm thinking it's time for the pool tomorrow.
Great job!!! Make sure you alternate cardio days and weight training days, or do upper body one day and lower the next to give your muscles a chance to heal and recover (this is when you'll get your toning).

I am so sore from the cardio class yesterday, I can literally barely walk. My bf even noticed I was limping lol. I told you she was trying to kill us!! I've stretched my calves (that's where I'm the most sore), and I'm about to go take advantage of the calf massaging jets in the hot tub. Yay!
I'm probably still going to need some ibuprofen for work tonight tho...
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #838
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Hope the hot tub helped your calves. The pool & hot tub felt fantastic today. Brought the daughter with me today & we were in the pool & hot tub for 2 hours. All the pain went away in my legs. Thanks for the tip on alternating, it makes sense.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:14 PM   #839
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A friend has lost 85 lb since she (a) switched to eating her big meal from evening to a.m. (b) cut out refined sugar, (c) cut out pasta and bread (except for when she goes out to eat 2x / month) and (d) cut red meat consumption to 1-2x per week. She also switched plates to a smaller plate and doesn't snack b/tween meals.

She was shocked it was so easy (she started in January). She has had a weight issue all of her life (she's 48). No, she didn't start exercising...hates to sweat.
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I find that exercise gives you the strength to get through the day.
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