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XHASTEDMOMOF2 SparkPoints: (141,353)
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3/31/13 8:42 P

emoticon Welcome PRUESTRATTON2!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!

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PRUESTRATTON2 SparkPoints: (2,872)
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3/28/13 5:48 P

Thanks for the encouragement and support. l like some of your ideas. Again, thank you for replying to my post.

PRUESTRATTON2 SparkPoints: (2,872)
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3/28/13 5:45 P

Thank you so much for your email. Very useful information. I had not seen anything with regards to Omega 3. Will definitely look that up. I've already found the nutrition tracker very helpful in that it curtails my snacking (out of boredom, mostly). Seeing the numbers at the end of the day really does make a difference. Gives you the incentive not to go overboard.

Again, thank you for your encouragement.

BILL60 Posts: 335,126
3/28/13 8:17 A

Welcome to SP and the very best to you n your journey.

GLAMNGLOWDIVA SparkPoints: (291,410)
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3/28/13 1:30 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.

A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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SAM60SUMTHINK Posts: 11,106
3/27/13 11:02 P

Hi, Pruestratton2, and welcome to SP!

Getting the right exercise may be the key, depending on the progression of your MS. If you have any concerns, go straight to the most reliable resources: the physician who treats your symptoms, a physical therapist and/or a local MS support group. You'll find many exercises here in the fitness section that are good, so you may be able to tailor a program from them, also.

Food is a key component, of course. Measuring, weighing and tracking lots of nutrients will be invaluable to you in understanding what nutritional changes you can make. Checking some online resources, I was interested to see comments that Omega 3 is being considered beneficial to MS symptoms. One article on nutrition and MS is by the National MS Society ( www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-mult
iple-sclerosis/healthy-living/nutirtio
n-and-diet/index.aspx
), and you probably have dietary recommendations from your health care professional. Note that you can track many nutrients in your nutrition tracker, so you can stay on top of monitoring things like the Omega 3. Yes, you may have to input some of your own nutrient information if it's not listed, but once you do this, the SP program will do the tallies for you.

SP's many articles and tools are ideal for you; customize your use of them to gain the most from the site. It is a journey, so dig in and move forward! Enjoy the journey!

I'm cheering for you!
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PRUESTRATTON2 SparkPoints: (2,872)
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3/27/13 7:56 P

I was 135 lbs when I was diagnosed with MS back in 2004. I am now 185! I am determined to lose weight for myself, but I want to look good for my great niece's wedding in August of this year. In January 2014, I turn 60 - I don't want to look like this! All the research shows that getting fit is very important with regards to the effects of MS. Here's hoping!

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