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11/19/14 11:44 P

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Hi Ember- Ditto to what Faith posted. I am sorry about the MS diagnosis. My left side doesn't work so well either so I understand how frustrating it is.

I find that using the Nutrition Tracker helps me stay on track.


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11/16/14 7:19 P

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Welcome Ember! glad you came back and, of course, sorry about the MS challenge you had dropped in your lap...
Wolfe is so right! Faith has done a fantastic job of loosing the weight weight and staying there...and Wolfie is also right about desserts being a food group...but it can be a good food group when used the right way... I, unfortunately, fit into the "no will power" right now category.

Food journaling with a calorie deficit is the most important thing you can do...And you can do many exercises in the sitting position. There are many tutorials on Spark People...
go to it...

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To sin by silence makes cowards of men...Abraham Lincoln

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There is a reason and a purpose to everything in life...

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11/14/14 2:05 P

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Hi, Ember, and welcome to our Spark Team.

I'm sorry about your symptoms and that you were diagnosed with MS. Learn everything you can about the disease, get involved with a support group, and live your life. Yeah, we all have some disabilities, but we do what we can and enjoy life.

Faith has the best info about weight loss. When it comes down to it, the bottom line is creating that calorie deficit. I struggle with this daily because I continue to believe that dessert is one of the food groups and it should be eaten every day. The unfortunate part of this belief is that I'm getting pretty good at maintaining weight instead of losing it. LOL

Robin, AKA Wolfie

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11/12/14 8:00 P

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Sorry about your MS and your symptoms. But welcome to our SparkP
My experience in losing weight has been that, while exercise will help with weight loss and, definitely with general health and maintaining mobility when we have MS, diet is much more effective as my primary strategy for weight loss.

Be sure to eat healthy foods and create a calorie deficit. Eat fewer calories than you burn. Focus on eating adequate protein, getting enough healthy fat (you have to eat fat to lose fat). And try to get the majority of your carbs from healthy fruits and vegetables. The carbs found in grains, even whole wheat grains and the carbs found in starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn convert to sugar in your bodies and and weight to your body.

Again, welcome! And, come back often.

~ Faith

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2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
Monthly wt is in my SP intro

Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months;have gained.
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK

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11/12/14 7:23 P

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Hello all,

I actually started on this page back on 2011 and did really well. Nearly hit my weight goal. Then on December 19th last year I woke up and my left side didn't. I was diagnosed with MS the next day. I had no idea there was anything even wrong with me.

So now nearly a year later, my left leg still feels like its asleep and I've gained 40lbs and I have to figure out how to lose all this weight again with this limitation.

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