Returning to CK, New to group

REECE1957 - 7:33PM PDT, Apr 28th 2010

reece1957
Georgia, US

Hello, all. I'm from Georgia (US). I'm a 52-year-old Type II diabetic. I'm married, with two living children, one about to graduate from high school, and a HS sophomore. I have two wonderful Boston Terriers, and love to spend my spare time knitting and quilting.

I've fought weight most of my adult life. In my 20's, I was 20 pounds overweight after grad school, lost 15, and gained 20 over a period of about 2 years. The next time I had 30 pounds to lose and, well, the pattern began.

At 29 I became pregnant, and a gestational diabetic. That baby was stillborn on her due date, not, apparently, as a result of the diabetes. I adopted our oldest four years later, and had another baby a year and a half after that. I was gestational diabetic with that pregnancy as well, but took insulin for the first time. No real complications, a healthy little boy.

Just three years after that I was diagnosed as Type II. Admittedly, I didn't manage it very well, and my weight continued to see-saw. Three years ago, I got serious about the diabetes, saw a dietician for the first time, and she sent me to Calorie King. It was the first thing that really "worked" for me for a long period. My goal at that time was to lose 80 pounds, and I was more committed for a longer time than I had ever been before. I stuck with it for 8 months, losing about 40 pounds. I was on my way. I was even able to reduce two of my diabetes meds.

Then, I had several health challenges, all at once. The main one was a partial loss of sight in one eye - caused by a tiny blood clot that lodged in the optic nerve. After several days of IV-delivered steroids, it was concluded that the damage was permanent. I was in doctor's offices for different problems EVERY SINGLE DAY for about 10 weeks. I felt completely betrayed by my body - I was, for the first time, doing everything right, and my health was obviously deteriorating on several fronts. What, I asked myself, was the point of all of my efforts?? The truth is, I embarked on a several-years pity party. Not pretty.

So, I've allowed myself to do whatever I want since then. Over the past three years, I've had a steady weight gain of about 2 pounds per month which has taken me to this 100+ group which, I assume, no one really wants to be a part of. Nevertheless, I'm glad to learn on my recent return to CK that you are all here.

I'm in a place where I WANT to get back my former level of motivation, but I am very far from actually being there. Intellectually, I know it's necessary if I'm going to see a 60th birthday, but the feelings aren't there yet.

Probably MUCH more introduction than needed, but good to get it all down in one place.

SW - 246
CW - 244
GW - 140

Last Edited: 10:23am PDT, April 29th 2010

TJENS1 - 8:31PM PDT, Apr 28th 2010

tjens1
Southern California

Welcome to the group.

I am also 52. My wife is also in to quilting.
I have 3 children that all are out of the house.
Before I started CK I also was slowly gaining weight.

Tom
HW: 374 (Oct 2009)
CKSW: 347 (Dec 2009)
CW: 311.2 (4/28/2010)


HOVACZECH - 2:06PM PDT, May 1st 2010

hovaczech
Central Il

Hello, I am new to both CK and this group. I am 38 years old and have about 200 lbs to lose. I married young and started my family early and years of taking care of everyone else and not myself have caught up with me. I had been going to weight watchers for asbout 7 years, at one point lost about 105 lbs before finding out I had high blood pressure and gaining it all back out of frustration and lack of effort. I have a daughter headed off to college this year and a son who is 16. My wife has thyroid problems but when properly medicated has no problem losing weight and hitting her goals.

I on the other hand have been overweight off and on since my teen years. I just saw a bariatric dietician and he has set up a program for me and recomended I use CK. I liked what I saw so much I joined. I am looking at this as basically a fat guy intervention and a chance to make a new start. I bought a new laptop to use to both access this sight and to keep a daily log and hope one day to write a book. I am looking forward to my journey here and hope to be a frequent poster.

Good look to you both and I am sure I will "see" you around the forums.

Nathan


FLORIDATREASURE - 7:39AM PDT, May 2nd 2010 View users public blog

floridatreasure
florida

:rock1:
hi nathan & welcome!!
well u did good coming here, cuz u will get all the support & help these wonderful people can offer!! gr8 recipes, inspiration, motivation & understanding!! i don't know if u have read any of the success stories but they are amazing!!! it's gr8 u r ready to care for u!! best of luck to u & i'm looking forward to hearing more as ur success unfolds!! have a wonderful day!! peace 2 u & urz till nxt time!!
nancey
:wave1:
hw-326
cksw-289
cw-272
goal-190


HOVACZECH - 5:21PM PDT, May 2nd 2010

hovaczech
Central Il

Nancy

You have the honor of being my first official contact here at CK. Many thanks for the support. I do think I made a good choice coming here and hope to hear more about your successful journey. I see alot of the posts in the groups sections are really old. Is there a better group (more active) or is the forum the place to be?

Nate


FLORIDATREASURE - 7:30AM PDT, May 3rd 2010 View users public blog

floridatreasure
florida

:rock1:
yea!! t.y. nathan!! lol!! this is one of three forums i tried & this is the most active of the three i looked into. it seems some r almost inactive & we r missing r challenge lady, gayle, she does r exercise challenge wkly however she is on vacation!! hope she comes bak to continue it but i'm not sure???? well gotta run but have a beautiful successful day!!!
nancey
:wave1:
hw-326
cksw-289
cw-272
goal-190


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