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    Tasty Tidbits
    Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:36 am
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    Just noticed this panda. I have gained 4 pounds since I moved and can't seem to shake it. It just won't budge. I know what I am doing wrong too, although to be honest I am getting way more exercise here than I did down South. We are walking long walks each day, and that's on top of all the catalogue putting out and taking in! My portion sizes have probably gone up though if I am honest! I need to cut back. icon_redface.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:42 am
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    Mine are non existant at the moment! Unfortunately my lifestyle is soooo sedentary at the moment that it's a huge effort just to stay at the same weight! However I'm just waiting for the results of a blood test to see if I've tipped over into being I may have to make a concerted effort if that happens! Fingers crossed it hasn't!
    Tasty Tidbits
    Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:11 pm
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    I hope not Sandie! I have my fingers crossed for you!

    I go walking every day, even on the days that it is very painful to do so. Unforunately that is about all the exercise that I am able to do. My hip etc. precludes me from doing much else!
    Patchwork Dragon
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:33 pm
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    Looks like I might have to make those changes, the doctors receptionist said my results were high, so I've got to see the quack tomorrow!
    Panda Rose
    Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:04 pm Groupie
    Patchwork Dragon wrote:
    Looks like I might have to make those changes, the doctors receptionist said my results were high, so I've got to see the quack tomorrow!

    Good luck, Let us know how you get on.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:06 am
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    Sorry to hear that Sandie, but good luck with the changes!
    Patchwork Dragon
    Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:20 am
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    Don't know if anyone still comes in here, but just wanted to record progress....

    It's been three weeks now since I started trying to change my way of eating. I think I'm slowly getting to grips with what I can eat although I've had a few slips brought on my craving some bread or potatoes...and I did have a bar of chocolate the other day.

    I've lost about 5 lbs, not as much as I would have liked but I haven't really been thinking about losing weight but more about eating for the diabetes, so the weight loss is a sort of side effect! A very pleasant one even so.

    I now need to think about exercise as apparently that's one of the ways to bring down your blood glucose as well yuck.gif I've never been one for exercise....even at school I hated sports and would always get out of it if I could. I think maybe because I wasn't very good at anything and hate to be the centre of attention especially when I can't do it!
    Patchwork Dragon
    Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:07 am
    Forum Host I've been off work for a week. I won't say on holiday because I haven't been away, and my brother has been there on and off all week decorating my hall for me. I haven't eaten anything good all week, so haven't tested my blood sugar or weighed myself...back on the wagon again today!

    Blood sugar was 7 this morning, which it should be under 7 to be considered normal....
    Frugal Fifer
    Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:27 pm Groupie
    Hi patchwork, I really need to get back on track too, are you following a plan or just being careful? I have put back on some of what I have lost but tomorrow is a new day and I want to try and stay focused on my health this year too.
    Tea Jenny
    Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:08 am Groupie
    Hi girls I found you, icon_biggrin.gif
    Patch, you are doing good to get down to 7.0 mine is at 12.4 and I am actually enjoying the diet. I was never a sweetie fan or chocolate but I can have a bit if I really want it but I'm not that bothered unless it's stuck under my nose.
    I agree with you about the exercise thing, I am usually to exhausted when I get home from work to do any but the doc said I must try, it's my circulation that is worrying me. My feet are very tingly and a couple of my toes are a bit numb.
    I am using my medical magnets on them, at night I tape one on each toe and it seems to be helping. You might think I am nuts but I had a broken toe once, a brick fell on it and smashed the bone behind my toenail to smithereens, the hospital said I would need a pin in it as it was so badly broken. I went home and put a magnet on top and one under the toe, when I went back 2 weeks later for another x ray, the doc said he had never seen anything heal as quick before in his life. When I told him about my magnets he said he had heard about them but never seen any one that had used them before and was shocked, so I never needed a pin in it.
    I use them all over my body, if I have a pain put on a magnet and the pain goes in a wee while great if you have a headache, but if I go out I must remember and take them off or I get some funny looks.
    Patchwork Dragon
    Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:24 am
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    Hi TJ...sorry I didn't get around to answering your zmail yet, I'm a really bad correspondent! I guess we can't call it zmail any more can we? fmail doesn't have the same ring does it?! icon_rolleyes.gif

    What diet have you been following....I've been low carbing, but I've been eating to keep my blood sugar down mainly....I've lost 10 lbs since 10th July. I was really annoyed the other day....when I was diagnosed I was given a little blood monitor, and the other day I put in a request for a prescription to get some more test strips for it. I was told that because I'm not on insulin I can only be presecribed 2 packs per year! That would mean only testing every 3 or 4 days! How ridiculous is that! So i've ordered some off the net, even though my bank account is maxed out for this month already!

    Are you on any medication? So far I haven't had any problems with my feet or eyes or anything but I don't think my readings were very much above normal.
    Tea Jenny
    Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:34 pm Groupie
    Hi Patch,
    at least you got a thing to test with. My surgery sent me away and told me to watch my diet, take exercise, and made me an appointment with the dietitian in October the twenty something. She then arranged for me to see the foot doctor on the seventeenth of this month, I then have to go back in three months to see her. I think that's a long time to wait to see her again. I ordered a accu chek aviva from the Internet, as I was concerned about my levels, I have been checking now and again but I am more than a bit disappointed in my doctors level of care.
    The diet I am following is my own, as I wasn't given one. I am watching my carbs but I think I have bad circulation, as I have tingly legs and some of my toes are a bit numb, so I am having low fat and low salt too. I like salty things so it's very hard to get used to less salt.
    I was advised to register on the diabetic association web site and you get a fair bit of advice on there and a lot of recipes.
    I have a horrible feeling I will get put on meds when I go back in three months time. My readings are a bit high one was 13.5 another 8.4 when do you test I have been testing in the morning before breakfast. I am also recording in a diary of everything I eat and at what time, my DH thinks I am being a bit panicky, I think he is right. icon_eek.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:08 am
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    My doctor didn't really give me any info either, just told me to lose weight and come back in 2 months. Didn't refer me anywhere or anything.

    I've got a lot from the web, mostly from the Diabetes UK web site, they have a great forum there and everyone is very helpful if you need some advice. The Diabetes Forum here is also good, but, no disrespects to our US cousins, but they seem to have different views and ideas than in the UK and I just think it's better to follow guidelines from the UK. I also bought a book, can't remember the author, but the title is something like Type 2 Diabetes: The First Year. I've got a lot of info from that, although some of it's a bit scary but I think that's not a bad thing as it gives you an idea of what to expect if you don't get it under control.

    I test in the morning when I get up....they say this is the best time as it's a fasting one. What you can do as well is test after you've eaten and that will show how what you have eaten has affected your BG. I have found this invaluable in discovering what to eat for the best. especially if you like to cook and try out new recipes. So you do a test before you eat....I've got the Aviva Nano which allows you to mark pre and post meal tests so that don't get them mixed up with your morning test before you eat, then test again 2 hours after eating and you will be able to see how much your meal has affected your BG. I think I read that you can test after 1 hour and then 2 hours as wellas some foods will raise your BG quickly and some will do it more slowly....I think the slower is better.
    Tea Jenny
    Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:06 pm Groupie
    Thank you patch, that is very helpful to me. I might look for that book. I have to go to the foot doctor tomorrow, my feet feel a lot better now they are not as tingly, but I have two toes that are quite numb but my legs feel fine now. I think cutting the salt and the fat has helped, I used far to much salt and everything loaded with butter. icon_redface.gif
    I agree with you that things are a bit different this side of the pond, no disrespect but you must do what is the norm here to keep yourself right.
    I have registered on that web site diabeties UK, I have decided only to test twice a week as DH thinks it's not good for me to test more than that as it is making me paranoid, he said if the doctor meant you to test she would of given you a test kit and she didn't so go figure. icon_rolleyes.gif
    I have been good with my change of lifestyle and I am eating a lot better and much less, and the odd thing is I don't really feel hungry. I so love my food and the making of it, it's a hobby that I love so my hobby has changed a bit making recipes that suit diabetics, poor DH just has to go along with it but he thinks my cooking what ever it is is good.
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