How much are you willing to give up for the wrong foods???

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Jag422849

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Posted: 14 Jun 2014, 22:15
For me it was my eyes. I just found out that I will be blind in 2 years and there is nothing I can do to stop it.

I have diabetes (diagnosed last August)I never knew even though I had been to doctors and eye doctors (I have been wearing glasses since I was 21 years old). There are worse things that can happen than loss of eyesight (stroke, heart or kidney disease or all).

Everyone be should proactive and have the AC1 test so if you have a problem you can start to regain your health. I hope you all get help, if you need help, before it is too late.
angel_face01...

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Posted: 14 Jun 2014, 22:47
I hope the best for you! I'm trying to turn my health around also! I have high blood pressure/cholesterol and non-alcoholic fatty liver. I don't have diabetes yet, hopefully I never do, but it runs in my family. I have seen the side effects of diabetes, even lost my aunt when she was only 48 because of diabetes. I honestly understand what you mean, sometimes you have to choose whats important in your life. Food should be used as fuel not as comfort, which I'm slowly learning. God bless you!
No one said it would be easy....But it's sure gonna be worth it!
Jag422849

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Posted: 14 Jun 2014, 23:05
Thanks Angel_face. My Dad died in February and I used food as comfort. I was doing really well on my diet but turned around and gained it back faster than I lost it. I kept telling myself that I would be back on my diet tomorrow. Tomorrow was Thursday night when I ended up in the emergency room with my right pupil over twice the size of my left and what looked like cobwebs in my right eye (only I can see). Everything is really bleary (I had to increase my view to 200% to use my computer) I love to ready but cannot see well enough to do that and I always read.
7Priest7

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Posted: 14 Jun 2014, 23:30
Being healthy is important, Being happy is more important.

If you can balance the two, great! If not, a long life is worthless if filled with misery.

On a more personal note: sorry about the blindness. A person never really has full control over what ailment will hit them.
Even if you do everything to maintain your health, ailments can and will still get ya. Life is just cruel like that.
Jag422849

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 10:55
7Priest7 I totally agree, but how happy do you think I am about going blind? If I had taken better care of my health I would be happy.

I don't know how many people who are healthy having any of the diabetes related illnesses I mentioned in my previous message.

You only have one body, one mind, one spirit. Each should be fed but if you feed them poison they will die.
NowIundersta...

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 11:12
@7Priest7 -

I don't agree with your line of thought. Being happy is more important, of course, but illness never equates happiness..And if what makes you happy in the present moment, will sure not make you happy when you're sick.

'even if ou do everything to maintain your health, ailments can and will still get ya' - No so, I'm sure they're are a lot of ailments that are preventable. Maybe ailments will come and get you, but maybe it'll be one instead of 10! And maybe it'll be easier on you than if you've neglected your health through the years.

@JAG - Bless you for being outspoken and advising of the real dangers of not taking care of your health. I wish you the best, and it's sure not late to stop your illness in its track. But, pardon me for saying so, Honey Bunch Cereal will not do it. You need to devote your life to good nutrition. Wholefoods. Wholegrains where you can see the grains. Have you read Atkins? He's one of the pionners on the dangers of sugar, and has been described as a quack for so many years. Now, they are reviewing his doctrines and rethinking diets, carbs etc. It's just my opinion, and it's well intended. Smile
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 11:40
I want to take so many different approaches to answer this and feel each would offend or insult you and probably tick you off. So I will say... Take care of what you've got that is functional. Make the best of it. Don't use food as an excuse or crutch. Continue losing, then begin learning. You admit it could be worse. You're breathing and can learn to read braille, computers are smart and you can dictate to communicate and listen. Stop beating yourself up for not taking care of yourself. None of us took proper care. If we had, we wouldn't be here whining because we're fat. We'll help you anyway we can, but you've got to help yourself first.

***It just means being more independent and not allowing your happiness to be dependent on someone else's demanding and contentious attitudes and actions.***

Wisdom from a friend


May I be free to be the me that I came into this world to be.
northernmusi...

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 11:56
Jag, I wish you the best. Rocker has a good point. If you can't do anything about what is happening, do what you can about what could happen. I know you're not discounting the need to get and stay as healthy as possible now, but the average life expectancy of a diabetic who loses a leg if 5 years. Losing both is somewhere around 3.

I'm sure you have people and things worth living for. You must have, otherwise you would never have made that post to warn people. Also, two years isn't hard and fast. You could have longer with our vision.

I have lost weight and am doing what I can to maintain my health. My mother had 7 siblings. All had diabetes.
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Exercise isn't diet. Diet isn't exercise. Binging trumps exercise.
Jag422849

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 17:48
I am happy for the most part, granted I was pretty upset when I first heard on Friday but I figure no one can say if you be alive in 2 years and others have to deal with much worse. So I have decided to just make the most of it and also warn others.

My main motivation was basically to reiterate that this does happen and worse can happen if people don't pay attention to their diet and exercise.

I am not trying to dictate to anyone and I am very sorry for my lack of clarity. Again, I just found out Friday. I probably should have waited later before I said anything but I was so shocked by what the doctor told me that I felt I had to say something so that people like me, who felt they were fine would pay attention. I don't want to tell people what to do, just let them know that these things can and do happen.
NowIundersta...

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 18:19
I think it takes courage to give a wake up call to someone. Many members are heading for disaster if they don't take control of their lives. Being overweight has insidious ways of affecting our health, in an important manner. It's not a matter of dictating, it's a matter of saying 'this is what can await you if you continue on the course you're on, and it's real.'
We all tippy toe around too much. I say 'Bravo!' to you.

However, I don't understand CRocker's response..I feel I'm missing something with the first part of the response he's given you. He can always send me a message and explain it to me! :0)
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Jun 2014, 20:43
'hope they are wrong, you asked a question. I lost weight to keep my knee. Did not want a replacement so did something about it.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
mrspackrat

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Posted: 16 Jun 2014, 10:54
I have many friends/family members that say "I love my food too much to change" and continue to eat horrible diets but yet they shell out hundreds of dollars in doctor bills, medications and they are overweight and have the health issues that come with it. I think, really, you LOVE your choices food that much?? No matter what I say to educate them, they say they could never give up the processed foods, sugar, soda, etc, the foods that make up the majority of their diet. I had someone say to me recently that eating healthy is expensive. My response was you can buy several bags of brown rice for the cost of 1 bag of potato chips!
this damn tracker below hasn't been right in months! My current weight is 137!
7Priest7

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Posted: 17 Jun 2014, 00:52
mrspackrat wrote:
I think, really, you LOVE your choices food that much?? No matter what I say to educate them, they say they could never give up the processed foods, sugar, soda, etc, the foods that make up the majority of their diet.


This goes back to what I said in my last post.

Food can bring immense pleasure. Many people cannot/will-not maintain a balance between the pleasure of food and the burden of eating right/exercise. If they would be miserable without their food, why should they? Better to die young and happy then old and miserable.

We as human beings should strive to accept/understand our brothers/sisters as opposed to saying our way is the only way.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 17 Jun 2014, 04:49
Mspracket, well said. 7priest7, I've been talking about this happiness issue lately, as I've realized that my weight loss and get fit journey has affected my entire mental state as well as my physical body. Losing weight and exercise has made many changes in my attitude, stress levels, and i have this overall feeling of happiness that was not there a year gap.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
NowIundersta...

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Posted: 17 Jun 2014, 06:01
Better to die young and happy then old and miserable.

]It's not dying young that's the problem, it's living years and years with disease.

mrspackrat

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Posted: 17 Jun 2014, 09:35
7Priest7, It is one thing to enjoy bad foods on occassion, I do it, but for your diet to be only these foods is irresponsible. Plus, they have children and the children are learning how to eat from the parents. One suffers from auto immune disorders and is overweight at the age of 10. So they lecture him on eating one less grill cheese and only let him have a serving of Pringles so he doesn't keep gaining.

I see family members stricken with disease, some are so overweight they could never walk a block (one is only in her 30's). Others have diabetes, high blood pressure, are getting hip and knee replacements and are in and out of the hospital. So the argument that it's better to be happy, then healthy doesn't cut it for me as I can't imagine these people are happy.
this damn tracker below hasn't been right in months! My current weight is 137!



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