People with type 2 diabetes talk about positive lifestyle changes that improve their quality of life.
Toni - I'm managing my Diabetes with tablets, exercise and diet. So, I take my tablets daily and watch what I eat and get as much exercise in as I can.

Peter - I went to the gym and I have a much more active lifestyle. I'm now 57, next month, and I bound down stairs and I don't hold the banisters anymore and I don't have my power naps.

Toni - I try to dance with the kids a little bit. We have the Wiggles and Hi-5 going. I find, if we're doing half an hour of that, even though it doesn't feel like exercise and sometimes I don't think it is and I forget sometimes that I'm doing it. The girls are having a ball, I'm spending time with the kids, and I'm getting a bit of exercise in.

Cliff and Marcia - I try to regiment my exercise, and that's a challenge. Walking is one of the better exercises. I've lately been building a shed.

Cliff and Marcia - Up and down ladders...

Cliff and Marcia - Up and down ladders. And I've found that's been good exercise.

He's also got a lot of other health challenges, which create a bit of difficulty. He can walk, but not for long. We try to get walking every day, we manage most days.

John - At the moment, I'm doing 45 minutes, to one hour of walking. I do my mountain bike riding in the afternoon. I have my hand weights. Every Wednesday I go to the gym to break the monotony. I've found that to be most beneficial. Especially with my upper part, and my cardio, this needs to improve. So, stronger heart and stronger limbs, considering my age factor, I'm getting along there slowly. I'm enjoying it too. I feel better for it.

Helen - It makes you happy. People think of exercise like when we were little children and we used to run around like little idiots and chase each other around. You didn't think of it as exercise, you just had fun. And now you think that structured exercise is a drag. But it's not. It does make you feel better.

Toni - If I'm driving somewhere I try to park a little bit further away, so at least I'm getting in a little bit of exercise every day. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. On the weekend, I walk around the shops for a couple of hours. It may not be a lot, but it's 2 hours of exercise that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. It's my time as well, It's time for me. I don't take the kids they stay at home with dad. So, it's of benefit all-round.

Bruce and Rosemary - I think, really, the fact that he has changed his lifestyle and is eating better, is the reason why he's still here. There has been instances that he could've easily died, and the fact that he was fit and well, probably prolonged his life.

Bernadette - When I did get Diabetes, I made a really concerted effort to lose weight because I knew the health risk implications. I did lose quite a lot of weight in the first year. Since then, I've more-or-less been on a plateau. I find that it's been very difficult to lose any more weight. So, because my Diabetes seems to be under control, I feel that you do the best you can. Don't lose hope; you keep trying. Just keep to your sensible diet and your exercise, to the best of your ability, and you don't worry about it.

Toni - In 2004 I had a health scare, I had a heart attack. I was quite overweight. I lost 30 kilos, incorporating diet and personal training. I'd go to a personal trainer two nights per week for 12 months, which helped me to lose the weight.

Peter - I've set myself a common weight and target. Things that I can live with that manages my Diabetes in a responsible fashion, but doesn't become so rigid that I can't live life. Yes, I go to the gym. Yes, I take my pills. Yes, I watch my diet, around a lifestyle that I can accept. I try to not let my weight get above that. I try to not miss going to the gym. If I don't go for a week because I'm away or I've got the flu, I still maintain that routine.

John - I think, for the first two weeks, I was walking about an hour per day. There was no change immediately, which didn't bother me at all, because I knew that it was going to be a gradual process. And around about the 3rd or 4th month mark there would be a plateau, where your weight might stay stagnant for a period of time, which I can accept.

Cliff and Marcia - My diet is better now, although we've always been very careful about diet. Particularly in relation to fats and sugars now, we take more note. It's moderated each day, so we know if we're doing more or less the right thing.

John - There have been occasions in the past, by eating the wrong meals, I have suffered with that a few hours down the track. I do record that on my monitoring book. At least I can read my body and know why that occurred. So, I do a little notation to explain why my level was high, as opposed to being high on a regular basis, because of a lack of diet and exercise.

Helen - Portion size has always been my problem, and portion size tends to raise your sugars. That's still my hill to climb. I like my food.

Bruce and Rosemary - Eating stuff that I'm supposed to eat, that's the biggest one that I've got. Strangely enough, it's all coming together now. I don't know why it's taken all this time to come together. Now I eat proper things, even if I'm cooking, I'll eat it.

John - I think the main concern is you're not finding the time to do the physical activities to help them with their weight loss and also having difficulties in changing their dietary habits. It's purely upon the person concerned, if they want to do that properly. In other words, going through and looking what you're eating. Writing down what you're eating. Talk to your dietician, are you finding the right pattern? Low GI foods are important to have. There are some sacrifices, for instance, I love my teddy bear biscuits and my watermelon, which are a no-no for me. That's okay though. Little sacrifices were initially a bit uncomfortable, but they're okay. There are other, more important, thing that I've got to look out for at the moment.

Toni - It's hard when you haven't lost any, or if it's creeping up. With my support network that I have around me, they're very annoying [laughs], they're always on me to not give up, that I have to go out, I have to try to lose the weight, to get out there and do a little bit of exercise every day. I suppose, without them, I really would have given up and said that it was way too hard, I'll just rely on my tablets and wait for the insulin to come in, and I'll be alright.

Toni - I'm managing my Diabetes with tablets, exercise and diet. So, I take my tablets daily and watch what I eat and get as much exercise in as I can.

Peter - I went to the gym and I have a much more active lifestyle. I'm now 57, next month, and I bound down stairs and I don't hold the banisters anymore and I don't have my power naps.

Toni - I try to dance with the kids a little bit. We have the Wiggles and Hi-5 going. I find, if we're doing half an hour of that, even though it doesn't feel like exercise and sometimes I don't think it is and I forget sometimes that I'm doing it. The girls are having a ball, I'm spending time with the kids, and I'm getting a bit of exercise in.

Cliff and Marcia - I try to regiment my exercise, and that's a challenge. Walking is one of the better exercises. I've lately been building a shed.

Cliff and Marcia - Up and down ladders...

Cliff and Marcia - Up and down ladders. And I've found that's been good exercise.

He's also got a lot of other health challenges, which create a bit of difficulty. He can walk, but not for long. We try to get walking every day, we manage most days.

John - At the moment, I'm doing 45 minutes, to one hour of walking. I do my mountain bike riding in the afternoon. I have my hand weights. Every Wednesday I go to the gym to break the monotony. I've found that to be most beneficial. Especially with my upper part, and my cardio, this needs to improve. So, stronger heart and stronger limbs, considering my age factor, I'm getting along there slowly. I'm enjoying it too. I feel better for it.

Helen - It makes you happy. People think of exercise like when we were little children and we used to run around like little idiots and chase each other around. You didn't think of it as exercise, you just had fun. And now you think that structured exercise is a drag. But it's not. It does make you feel better.

Toni - If I'm driving somewhere I try to park a little bit further away, so at least I'm getting in a little bit of exercise every day. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. On the weekend, I walk around the shops for a couple of hours. It may not be a lot, but it's 2 hours of exercise that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. It's my time as well, It's time for me. I don't take the kids they stay at home with dad. So, it's of benefit all-round.

Bruce and Rosemary - I think, really, the fact that he has changed his lifestyle and is eating better, is the reason why he's still here. There has been instances that he could've easily died, and the fact that he was fit and well, probably prolonged his life.

Bernadette - When I did get Diabetes, I made a really concerted effort to lose weight because I knew the health risk implications. I did lose quite a lot of weight in the first year. Since then, I've more-or-less been on a plateau. I find that it's been very difficult to lose any more weight. So, because my Diabetes seems to be under control, I feel that you do the best you can. Don't lose hope; you keep trying. Just keep to your sensible diet and your exercise, to the best of your ability, and you don't worry about it.

Toni - In 2004 I had a health scare, I had a heart attack. I was quite overweight. I lost 30 kilos, incorporating diet and personal training. I'd go to a personal trainer two nights per week for 12 months, which helped me to lose the weight.

Peter - I've set myself a common weight and target. Things that I can live with that manages my Diabetes in a responsible fashion, but doesn't become so rigid that I can't live life. Yes, I go to the gym. Yes, I take my pills. Yes, I watch my diet, around a lifestyle that I can accept. I try to not let my weight get above that. I try to not miss going to the gym. If I don't go for a week because I'm away or I've got the flu, I still maintain that routine.

John - I think, for the first two weeks, I was walking about an hour per day. There was no change immediately, which didn't bother me at all, because I knew that it was going to be a gradual process. And around about the 3rd or 4th month mark there would be a plateau, where your weight might stay stagnant for a period of time, which I can accept.

Cliff and Marcia - My diet is better now, although we've always been very careful about diet. Particularly in relation to fats and sugars now, we take more note. It's moderated each day, so we know if we're doing more or less the right thing. [

John - There have been occasions in the past, by eating the wrong meals, I have suffered with that a few hours down the track. I do record that on my monitoring book. At least I can read my body and know why that occurred. So, I do a little notation to explain why my level was high, as opposed to being high on a regular basis, because of a lack of diet and exercise.

Helen - Portion size has always been my problem, and portion size tends to raise your sugars. That's still my hill to climb. I like my food.

Bruce and Rosemary - Eating stuff that I'm supposed to eat, that's the biggest one that I've got. Strangely enough, it's all coming together now. I don't know why it's taken all this time to come together. Now I eat proper things, even if I'm cooking, I'll eat it.

John - I think the main concern is you're not finding the time to do the physical activities to help them with their weight loss and also having difficulties in changing their dietary habits. It's purely upon the person concerned, if they want to do that properly. In other words, going through and looking what you're eating. Writing down what you're eating. Talk to your dietician, are you finding the right pattern? Low GI foods are important to have. There are some sacrifices, for instance, I love my teddy bear biscuits and my watermelon, which are a no-no for me. That's okay though. Little sacrifices were initially a bit uncomfortable, but they're okay. There are other, more important, thing that I've got to look out for at the moment.

Toni - It's hard when you haven't lost any, or if it's creeping up. With my support network that I have around me, they're very annoying [laughs], they're always on me to not give up, that I have to go out, I have to try to lose the weight, to get out there and do a little bit of exercise every day. I suppose, without them, I really would have given up and said that it was way too hard, I'll just rely on my tablets and wait for the insulin to come in, and I'll be alright.

Toni - I'm managing my Diabetes with tablets, exercise and diet. So, I take my tablets daily and watch what I eat and get as much exercise in as I can.

Peter - I went to the gym and I have a much more active lifestyle. I'm now 57, next month, and I bound down stairs and I don't hold the banisters anymore and I don't have my power naps.

Toni - I try to dance with the kids a little bit. We have the Wiggles and Hi-5 going. I find, if we're doing half an hour of that, even though it doesn't feel like exercise and sometimes I don't think it is and I forget sometimes that I'm doing it. The girls are having a ball, I'm spending time with the kids, and I'm getting a bit of exercise in. [

Cliff and Marcia - I try to regiment my exercise, and that's a challenge. Walking is one of the better exercises. I've lately been building a shed.

Cliff and Marcia - Up and down ladders...

Cliff and Marcia - Up and down ladders. And I've found that's been good exercise.

He's also got a lot of other health challenges, which create a bit of difficulty. He can walk, but not for long. We try to get walking every day, we manage most days.

John - At the moment, I'm doing 45 minutes, to one hour of walking. I do my mountain bike riding in the afternoon. I have my hand weights. Every Wednesday I go to the gym to break the monotony. I've found that to be most beneficial. Especially with my upper part, and my cardio, this needs to improve. So, stronger heart and stronger limbs, considering my age factor, I'm getting along there slowly. I'm enjoying it too. I feel better for it.

Helen - It makes you happy. People think of exercise like when we were little children and we used to run around like little idiots and chase each other around. You didn't think of it as exercise, you just had fun. And now you think that structured exercise is a drag. But it's not. It does make you feel better.

Toni - If I'm driving somewhere I try to park a little bit further away, so at least I'm getting in a little bit of exercise every day. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. On the weekend, I walk around the shops for a couple of hours. It may not be a lot, but it's 2 hours of exercise that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. It's my time as well, It's time for me. I don't take the kids they stay at home with dad. So, it's of benefit all-round.

Bruce and Rosemary - I think, really, the fact that he has changed his lifestyle and is eating better, is the reason why he's still here. There has been instances that he could've easily died, and the fact that he was fit and well, probably prolonged his life.

Bernadette - When I did get Diabetes, I made a really concerted effort to lose weight because I knew the health risk implications. I did lose quite a lot of weight in the first year. Since then, I've more-or-less been on a plateau. I find that it's been very difficult to lose any more weight. So, because my Diabetes seems to be under control, I feel that you do the best you can. Don't lose hope; you keep trying. Just keep to your sensible diet and your exercise, to the best of your ability, and you don't worry about it.

Toni - In 2004 I had a health scare, I had a heart attack. I was quite overweight. I lost 30 kilos, incorporating diet and personal training. I'd go to a personal trainer two nights per week for 12 months, which helped me to lose the weight.

Peter - I've set myself a common weight and target. Things that I can live with that manages my Diabetes in a responsible fashion, but doesn't become so rigid that I can't live life. Yes, I go to the gym. Yes, I take my pills. Yes, I watch my diet, around a lifestyle that I can accept. I try to not let my weight get above that. I try to not miss going to the gym. If I don't go for a week because I'm away or I've got the flu, I still maintain that routine.

John - I think, for the first two weeks, I was walking about an hour per day. There was no change immediately, which didn't bother me at all, because I knew that it was going to be a gradual process. And around about the 3rd or 4th month mark there would be a plateau, where your weight might stay stagnant for a period of time, which I can accept.

Cliff and Marcia - My diet is better now, although we've always been very careful about diet. Particularly in relation to fats and sugars now, we take more note. It's moderated each day, so we know if we're doing more or less the right thing.

John - There have been occasions in the past, by eating the wrong meals, I have suffered with that a few hours down the track. I do record that on my monitoring book. At least I can read my body and know why that occurred. So, I do a little notation to explain why my level was high, as opposed to being high on a regular basis, because of a lack of diet and exercise.

Helen - Portion size has always been my problem, and portion size tends to raise your sugars. That's still my hill to climb. I like my food.

Bruce and Rosemary - Eating stuff that I'm supposed to eat, that's the biggest one that I've got. Strangely enough, it's all coming together now. I don't know why it's taken all this time to come together. Now I eat proper things, even if I'm cooking, I'll eat it.

John - I think the main concern is you're not finding the time to do the physical activities to help them with their weight loss and also having difficulties in changing their dietary habits. It's purely upon the person concerned, if they want to do that properly. In other words, going through and looking what you're eating. Writing down what you're eating. Talk to your dietician, are you finding the right pattern? Low GI foods are important to have. There are some sacrifices, for instance, I love my teddy bear biscuits and my watermelon, which are a no-no for me. That's okay though. Little sacrifices were initially a bit uncomfortable, but they're okay. There are other, more important, thing that I've got to look out for at the moment.

Toni - It's hard when you haven't lost any, or if it's creeping up. With my support network that I have around me, they're very annoying [laughs], they're always on me to not give up, that I have to go out, I have to try to lose the weight, to get out there and do a little bit of exercise every day. I suppose, without them, I really would have given up and said that it was way too hard, I'll just rely on my tablets and wait for the insulin to come in, and I'll be alright.

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