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12/6/12 11:00 P

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Welcome! You've found the right place.

Dave

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12/6/12 6:29 P

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Welcome to the team and congratulations on everything you've accomplished, MAMABUGAZ! We've got a pretty active and extremely supportive bunch here. We'll be starting up a new maintenance challenge in less than two weeks. If you're interested in participating, you can read about it and sign up here:

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Please have a look around the rest of our team page and let me or one of the other leaders know if you have any questions.
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My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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SUSIEMT's Photo SUSIEMT SparkPoints: (190,203)
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12/6/12 5:14 P

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Welcome to the team! We have lots of challenges that really keep us on our toes! Enjoy!

Susie South Central WI
“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
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When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!



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12/6/12 12:44 P

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Thanks, everyone, for the welcomes. emoticon

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Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
Plateau Busters!!!!;


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; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK


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12/6/12 11:36 A

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Welcome to the team! I'm new to maintenance. I hit goal weight on July 4th of this year. I've only been on this team for a few weeks. It was very helpful to be a part of this team when my weight crept up over the recent holiday. I hope you find it just as helpful.


Kim


Great men are said to have four things in common: they speak softly, have a capacity for hard work, a deep conviction for their cause, and a consuming belief in their ability to do it.
John D. Hess, Writer

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12/6/12 11:14 A

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Welcome Faith! It really is different this side of menopause, isn't it? I remember when I was painfully young, my grandmother told me it gets harder to keep weight off as we get older. I scoffed. I was wrong, she was right, and oh how I wish she were alive so I could tell her!

Nell

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


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12/6/12 10:43 A

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Welcome! Your story is very inspiring and is proof that a person can loose weight and improve their quality of life with a disabilitating condition.

Reached goal weight 112 lbs November 23, 2012


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12/6/12 2:53 A

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emoticon Faith.

Blue, Lethie, or Jennifer May - I answer to them all
(aka Astraxialus in NaNoWriMo)
San Jose, CA
BLC#20 & BLC#21 - ONYX OUTLAW

Weight/Calorie Spreadsheet with Trends: docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=
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12/5/12 8:42 P

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Oohlala and Suzy:

Thank you for the welcome! One of the benefits of weight loss is an improvement to my health. My MS (although I still have some residual symptoms) is under better control than it has been in years. I'm still on disability (SSDI), and have to work to manage my MS and my stress level (because it seems to trigger MS symptoms and flares). But, my balance is improved and my fatigue is less. A change in medication has improved the frequency and severity of flares, so I haven't been on a high dose of steroids since Sept 2010.

Regarding recipes, Suzy, I really don't tend to use GF kinds of specialty products, or do anything special for recipes. Instead, I just choose to eat a lot of vegetable and protein meals. When I eat starches, I choose oatmeal for breakfast. Or, brown rice or quinoa or corn tortillas (instead of flour), etc, for other meals.

I don't eat totally GF. I haven't been diagnosed with anything (such as celiac disease), and I think what I have is mostly somewhat of an intolerance, or sensitivity, to gluten. I allow myself gluten 3-4x per week (some people probably eat it 3-4x per day). And, when I choose to consume gluten, I take a gluten enzyme, www.amazon.com/Foods-Gluten-Digest-E
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~ Faith

Leader:
Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
Plateau Busters!!!!;


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; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK


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12/5/12 8:18 P

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emoticon Faith! What a fabulous journey you've had, and as we're all learning, it will continue! I went through menopause over 10 years ago and am still adjusting, to stay at maintenance weight. I can't even imagine how much of a challenge it must be with MS. I've just gone wheat-free, so I'll look forward to hearing your ideas about recipes!

Sue

"Awareness is all."

"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
—SUZYMOBILE

"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr


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12/5/12 8:06 P

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Welcome! Congrats on doing this AND dealing with MS.

I've lost all my weight this time since I went through menopause. I probably maintain at a higher weight than some would tolerate, but I really don't believe I overeat very often and when I do, I usually enjoy it a lot. I'm not willing to live much differently just to lose more, so there isn't much reason to fret. But, knock on wood, blood panels look good and otherwise okay. I pray I have the courage to do what I need if things change. emoticon

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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12/5/12 7:54 P

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Feel free to read my SparkPage, and to look at my before and after photos. Here's a quick summary.
I grew up thin; put some weight on, over the years; and, a lot of weight on due to steroids related to my multiple sclerosis.

After a number of years of losing a little, and, re-gaining, I decided, in 2010, to lose the weight, and to lose it permanently.

Between Sept 2010 and Sept 2011, I lost 60 pounds, and went from a size 22 to a size 6. I maintained it, with careful dietary choices, but, without a lot of effort, for 6-8 months. However, then some "post-age-50" hormonal stuff began. I gained about 5 pounds, which I've mostly lost again. But, I am working harder to maintain than I used to.

~ Faith

Leader:
Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
Plateau Busters!!!!;


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; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK


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