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''I Beat Diabetes with SparkPeople!''

When Ann (AGILLASPIE60) was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July, 2010, she knew she had to change her lifestyle and get her health under control. A few months later, she was struggling with motivation when she found SparkPeople.com. Since then, Ann has lost 40 pounds and is now in control of her diabetes! We asked Ann to share her inspirational story to show others what can happen when you work hard to make healthy changes in your life.


Ann today

As a person with diabetes, were there any specific challenges you faced when trying to lose weight? If so, how did you overcome them?
"I work 10-hour days at a childcare center. I use large amounts of energy caring for small children and by the time I get home, I am exhausted. I have to MAKE myself find time for exercise. I walk my dog most nights but also decided I could exercise with the kids during my workday. They play in the gym every day, so I started running laps with them. We get creative during our laps by hopping like bunnies, crawling like turtles, etc. I even hula hooped with them one day!"

What SparkPeople tools and features have helped you the most?
"I love the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers. I really enjoy reading all the articles on nutrition, fitness and motivation. The support from other SparkPeople members has really been great as well!"

Did you take medication to help control your diabetes?
"I take Metformin for my diabetes, but my doctor recently told me I can stop taking it at any time! I have been taking it every other day for the past few weeks and will stop taking it altogether as soon as my current bottle of pills runs out."

Do you have any go-to meals, snacks or recipes that are diabetes friendly?
"For lunch I usually have a Lean Cuisine meal. I read the labels carefully to make sure I don't have too many carbs and that there is fiber in them. I include plenty of fresh fruit in my diet and try to get a few servings of veggies every day as well. I am happy that peanut butter is a super food! I have about a 1/2 serving of it most days. For breakfast, I almost always have a bowl of Quaker High Fiber Oatmeal with blueberries."

Has exercise played a role in your weight loss and/or diabetes management?
"I usually exercise 5-6 times a week. At times I have taken my blood sugar two hours after a meal and had high readings. So I go for a brisk 30-minute walk with my dog and I'm able to lower that number by as much as 80 points. That is phenomenal! So YES, exercise is key to keeping my glucose levels down, and I have NEVER felt so fit in my entire life!"

Now that you've reached your weight loss goal, what are some future goals you've set for yourself?
"Of course, I want to maintain my weight and continue the healthy lifestyle I have adopted. I want to run a 5K race this summer. I am looking into hosting a diabetic seminar at my church to help all those people who have asked what I did to lose the weight and control my diabetes."

What advice do you have for other people with diabetes who are trying to manage their condition and their weight?
"Build a support system. Tell people about your condition. I was surprised at how many other people have diabetes. My doctor told my about a local support group, and I recommend those. Take a diabetes education class at your local hospital if you can! Use SparkPeople to get TONS of information and support from people just like you! You CAN manage—even beat—this disease! Be vigilant and take charge! I made diabetes my enemy and I was determined to not let it get the best of me. When you feel yourself getting down, look to SparkPeople for support and ideas to stay strong. YOU CAN DO IT!"


Congratulations, Ann! If you are diabetic and looking for information and support to help you reach your goals, check out SparkPeople's Diabetes Condition Center and Spark*D program, which provides free diabetic meal plans, newsletters, and SparkTeams that offer support!
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Member Comments

1DEVOTEDWIFE2
Thank you for telling your story. It has been encouraging to me. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November 2014 and the last few months have felt it getting worse. I want to feel better. I know I will always be a diabetic. But I want to be able to be a well contolled diabetic. Your story shows me that I can do it to. Report
1DEVOTEDWIFE2
Thank you for telling your story. It has been encouraging to me. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November 2014 and the last few months have felt it getting worse. I want to feel better. Your story shows me that I can do it to. Report
I am also a Type 2, In January 2017 I was rushed to the hospital with 810 blood sugar and a 13.8% A1C, coming out of the hospital I was on 81 units of insulin a day. I now eat correctly and exercise daily, thanks to SparkPeople. My numbers are now blood sugar of 92 daily and a A1C of 5.5% with no medication. I plan on being a life membership to SparkPeople. Report
I think that SP is a great health benefit. I'm so glad that people can beat diabetes with SP. Report
Thanks for the information. I have been type 2 diabetic for just over 25 years. Report
Good for you! Thx for sharing! Report
Thanks trying not to get it Report
Thank you for the information. Report
Great article. Report
MUSICNUT
Thanks for a great article! :) Report
I have been managing Type II for 7 years now. Today your words motivate me to tell more people about my battle that I am winning. Thank you for your very nice blog!
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I am Pre-D and have been searching for helpful info . . . . but there is so much conflicting/contr
adictory info out there that I am in a spin . . . . totally confused Report
I also have type 2 diabetes. I have have lost 20 lbs. in a little more then 1 month. I have dropped my amount of insulin 22 units per day. My blood sugar are perfect. I no longer have bs over 140. hopefully I can stick with this and lower some medication in Dec when I go back to the doctor Report
I also have type 2 diabetes. I have have lost 20 lbs. in a little more then 1 month. I have dropped my amount of insulin 22 units per day. My blood sugar are perfect. I no longer have bs over 140. hopefully I can stick with this and lower some medication in Dec when I go back to the doctor Report
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Well done! Excellent work! Report
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About The Author

Jen Mueller
Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist, behavior change specialist and functional training specialist. She is also a RRCA-certified running coach. See all of Jen's articles.