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Topic: I'M SERIOUS ABOUT IT THIS TIME

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Subject: I'M SERIOUS ABOUT IT THIS TIME
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:13 AM ET
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After THINKING about it for a few years and doing nothing about it (except for one half-hearted attempt) I am ready to get on with a healthier lifestyle.  Think diabetes, heart problems, and overweight and their long-term consequences.  I joined Weight Watchers last night and ordered a diabetes daily planner.  I'll have to work a little hearder because of my diabetes, but will have to do so in order to avoid any long-term consequences of a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle.

By 2010, I will have lost at least 15 lbs and be off a lot of my medications! 

Anyone else ready for the challenge??

Cathy

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:15 AM ET
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You GO girl!

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 12:22 PM ET
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Thanks!  I think being in the right mental state gives me the confidence to go forward.  I must admit that I'm starving right now, though!

Cathy

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 1:07 PM ET
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Keep up the good work.  It is hard to keep track of your blood sugar level I know because my husband is a diabetic and he does not live a sedary life either, but by eating right and excersise you will be healthier.  Good Luck. 

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:46 PM ET
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It a tough road that you about to undertake. My prayers are with you. Just keep moving forward and take one day at a time. I found out I had type 1 diabetes Sept. 14th 2003. My New Year Resolution for 2004 was to be in control of the diabetes and to lose weight. I was 268 pounds on New Year's Day 2004. I joined a gym, watched my diet, went to diabetes classes and siminars to learn more. By Sept. 14th 2004, I was 30 lbs lighter and I was on an insulin pump to help me control my diabetes. Now, I am at 150lbs still on the pump but healthy. It was tough but if you stick to it you can do it. Just stay busy!!!!! When you get hungry, go for a walk. Keep up to good work for 2009.

Subject: Great!!!
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 3:10 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2008
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This is a very important thing to do!!! It is hard but so rewarding when accomplished. You go girl!!!!

Gina G. (glg) - ,
Subject: Good Luck!!
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 3:50 PM ET
Member Since: 4/26/2006
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I know how hard it is to keep to  your goal.

 I have been a diabetic for almost 14 years and about 40 pounds overweight for many years. Plus I have a very slow metabulism.  I plan to try to lose some of the weight by the next year. 

All I can say is Good Luck to all who have a resolution for this year and stick with it.

 

 

 

Subject: Weight loss
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 4/3/2008
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I'm a member of a weight loss support group and our guru tells us that if you do most of what you are supposed to do most of the time, you will lose weight.  She also says that the biggest cause of failure to get what you really want is to settle for what you want now.  That was really profound for me when I realized that if I ate the Snickers Bar that I always want would keep me from getting what i really want which is to lose weight.   But the thing she said to us that really hit home with me is that we won't really starve if we don't eat when we think we are starving.  There is enough fat on our bodies to last a long time; we have to realize that what we are experiencing is 'head hunger' and to fight that, not really starvation.  I wish you all the best in your quest to lose weight, it is probably the most difficult journey there is to take.   

Subject: Losing weight
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 8:21 PM ET
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My husband and I are starting the Alli program.  There is a lot of information and help on their website.  I am excited about all the different recipes available.  Plus, I am exercising in the mornings and walking my dogs when I get home (they love that!).  I think the hardest thing for me is that I eat when I'm bored, which leads me to my other resolution: to read more books!

Go for your dream, Cathy, and when you falter, just pick yourself up, adjust your tiara, and keep on going.  I volunteer to be one of your cheerleaders!

 

 

Subject: Good Luck!!!
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 8:21 PM ET
Member Since: 11/24/2006
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I'm with you!!! I'm not going to concern myself with the numbers on the scale. I want to get healthy!! Let's all do it together!!! Julie

Subject: I'm with you.....
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 8:47 PM ET
Member Since: 11/1/2008
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I'm joining WW myself on Thursday.  My prayers are with you that you will meet your goals and look back at the end of the year with pride and joy on your accomplishments.  Here's to seeing "less" of us in the 2010 and becoming healthy!!!

Subject: THANK YOU!
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 10:36 AM ET
Member Since: 3/5/2007
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I really appreciate all your kind words of encouragement.  I was going to the grocery store yesterday after work (I retired 8 yrs ago but work temporary, although I've been on this job for almost a year and a half!) but we had tornado warnings in our area.  I live in Birmingham, Al.  But that didn't deter me.  I still had a lot of leftovers, and, since I live alone, I had to eat them sooner or later.  I just ate less and logged it in.

One of the important things I'm learning on Weight Watchers is keeping track of points!  It's taking a lot of research to learn to figure out how many points are in the foods I eat.  Plus, I have to watch my carb intake, too.  I ate two slices of whole wheat bread (1 point for both) and my blood sugar went up to 197!  I had about a tsp of olive oil mayo on it with 1 piece of kielbasa, but that shouldn't have affected my blood sugar. 

I think we all know what to do, we just have to adjust the tapes we play in our heads and not kid ourselves when we fail.  I'm treating everything as a learning experience and writing down everything I eat, how many points and carbs, and how it affects my blood sugar. 

I learned of two interesting sites in case you're interested.  One is www.dwlz.com and the other is www.hungrygirl.com.  Both are WW savvy sites but can apply to anyone interested in eating healthier.

If anyone has any suggestions to share, why don't we put a "Watch This Topic" so we'll know when someone posts encouragements or helpful hints. 

Again, thanks for your encouragement and look forward to hearing from you again.

Cathy