A+ Diabetic (not me...YET!)

By MamaPapa Latest Reply 2013-01-07 21:27:14 -0600
Started 2013-01-03 21:45:37 -0600

I am new here to DC. Just joined a few minutes ago. I hope to gain support, motivation and ideas. I have been a diabetic for 10 years now. I was diagnosed just after my 1st child was born and it has been an ugly road of an uncontrolled disease. I have been blessed that I have had no complications to date from the diabetes. I recently joined the local gym to start working out on my lunch hours and after work. It's only a hop skip and a jump from my office so there really is no reason I can't go. I plan on logging my food intake through a website called fitness pal.com that is a very cool site actually.

I just wanted to introduce myself, say hello and wish everybody good luck. If anybody else needs motivation, I am happy to help out because I will need support & motivation along this journey of becoming an A+ diabetic. Happy new year to all and a happy, healthy & great A1c year for you!! Stay strong!!!!

25 replies

Turtle 2013-01-07 21:27:14 -0600 Report

I will go the road with you. I need motivation too. Just let me know how I can support you and I will.

Tia Shirley
Tia Shirley 2013-01-07 00:28:33 -0600 Report

Welcome. I have been like a yo-yo on this site, more off of it than on it and my health is showing when I don't take it seriously enough. I, too, am looking forward to a healthier me in 2013. Together all of us can learn to accept and find creative ways to handle our diabetes.

EJMac 2013-01-06 22:38:16 -0600 Report

Happy New Year and Welcome. I've been on and off this site alot dueing the last 4 yrs. I find it very helpful. MY blood sugar has been crazy high lately so I am really trying to put health first this year; Good kuck to you, Maybe we can be friends?

temperance3 2013-01-06 22:37:07 -0600 Report

Welcome. I am new as of 2 days ago. I have been reading a lot and not posting much. I am looking forward to the information I am finding. I live in Michigan for 8 years. I am now back in Texas where it is MUCH warmer. Look forward to the adventures I will have with all the nice people on here.

tabby9146 2013-01-05 09:02:56 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC!! glad you are here. Glad you have had no complications and from what you are doing, sounds like you just may never, there is a good chance of that anyway. I was diagnosed just over 4 yrs ago (this past Nov) currently controlled by D&E, started on 500 mgs Metformin once a day, caught early, I thank God everyday for that. I lost the weight and eat better. diet far from perfect eat pretty much what I want in moderation. I do still get too much sugar, too many carbs, but always striving to find foods, snacks I like that are low in them and try to make my diet even better.

MamaPapa 2013-01-05 23:26:09 -0600 Report

Moderation is key! Exercise will do you well. Make your carbs count. That's what I struggle with and am working on, eating the nutrients instead of the junk. Drinking more water, less soda. My pop is not sugary at all but it has no nutrients so less is better! I'll get there! Thanks!!!

MamaPapa 2013-01-04 14:37:31 -0600 Report

The gym I joined is owned by my employer who promotes healthy lifestyles. It is not very large & it caters to alot of the elderly as well. A good place that I will be very comfortable at. We have a program that assists us on eating right, moving more, etc. Its a great thing that I have not utilized enough. I'm so sorry that gym was not very compassionate but you are better off without them bringing you down. There a lot of free ways to exercise that I will be doing after the deep freeze thaws here such as walking the wonderful trails we have with my kids! Riding bikes, etc.

Motivating myself has never been a strong suit so this is new for me. I have very supportive people in my life and I'm tired of being what I have always been. So it's a new day, to quote Jennifer Hudson, and a better me!

Good luck!!!

MewElla 2013-01-04 13:38:18 -0600 Report

So happy you found this diabetic site and also, that you are laying out a plan to help get your diabetes in control. It does take a lot of effort and work, but by journaling your food, and getting an exercise program in mind, you are on your way!! Best of luck to you and keep us posted on how it is going, after all, we are here for you…Happy New Year!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-04 13:29:33 -0600 Report

Welcome to the DC family. It seems as though you have wonderful plans to getting your diabetes under control. I wish you well. I am big on self motivation. I feel I can do a far better job of motivating myself. I also save money by not buying motivational books or listening to motivational speakers.

I think for some diabetics, the reliance on others to motivate them causes them to depend on others to give them that push. It is great that you want to help those needing motivation to get back on track.

I have looked into gyms but the ones closet to me are basically meat markets where are the "pretty" people go. One of them featured what I refer to as the "fat" room where those who were not a part of the thin crowd could go. Although the room had the equipment of the main salon, the lighting was harsh and it did not promote a relaxing atmosphere. It was located behind the dressing rooms and had its own entrance to the pool.There was no one in the room. The two ladies who were not thin were in the main salon being stared at by the so called "pretty" people. I walked out with the sales clerk behind me trying to tell me all was welcomed. I said is all were welcomed why do you have a separate room for those you feel would not fit in with those in the main salon. I did not get a response. The one gym where I would feel comfortable is too far away. I am thinking about joining the YMCA that is nearer to me but cost more to join.

All in all, I am still going to keep down the road I am traveling and add some other endeavors to it. Good luck to you.

GabbyPA 2013-01-04 09:56:01 -0600 Report

Welcome aboard. It sounds like you have a lot of great ideas for getting things going in the direction you desire. There are so many great people here to help you along in your journey. I hope you enjoy the site.

jayabee52 2013-01-04 02:09:06 -0600 Report

Well Howdy from "fabulous" Las Vegas, ManaPapa!

and WELCOME to DC!

give this discussion a time to catch on here, and people notice it is here, and you'll have more support, encouragement and information you can shake a stick at. We're a friendly bunch and we love to be friends to you (I just sent you an invite) we are at all stages of dealing with this disease, you have folks who have had t 1 for 60+ yrs and are old hands at dealing with diabetes mellitus (DM)

And then there are those who come here, confused, bewildered, hurt and angry. There are those who are tired of dealing with DM and who have burned out yet are crying for help in getting motivated again. Most of us who have been here any amount of time have "been there done that" and we seek to encourage and comfort and even to give some "tough love" when the poster deems appropriate.

We are like a big world wide family with one focus, managing our DM the best way we know how. In my first year or so here, I got a lot of encouragement and love from members here, and occasionally some tough love. I seek to now pay it forward to anyone who comes here.

Praying God's richest blessings upon you and yours this new year

James Baker

MamaPapa 2013-01-04 08:14:46 -0600 Report


Thanks for the welcome! I'm sure it's much warmer on Vegas than here in snowy, cold Michigan! I look forward to the support I will get & give here as well as the tough love you spoke of! :). Sometimes that is what we need to get back on track. Take care & thanks again!

jayabee52 2013-01-04 11:43:29 -0600 Report

Oh I am sure it is warmer here.

I grew up in Nw OH and went to college in Ann Arbor. I do know how cold it gets there. My most recent g/f was in Milwaukee WI and I knew it gets really cold there. So I had to say "adios" because I now get the shivers when the temp drops below 70 f. (and here it does get down to 30 f at night - so I still get the shivers here.)

MamaPapa 2013-01-05 23:27:49 -0600 Report

A Wolverine? Ugh! I am so a Spartan! lol. Vegas is cool. Went with hubby and it was fun to see the sights but I am no gambler!

jayabee52 2013-01-06 02:05:07 -0600 Report

Nope I went to a small Christian college in Ann arbor. I like the Ohio State Buckeyes more, but don't really follow sports at all. Yes Vegas is OK, simply because I DON'T gamble. There are a lot of benefits to living in this 24 hr town. When I was in WI it was a culture shock to me when everything closed by 10 pm. I lived like that in OH, but have gotten used to everything being open round the clock.

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