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Welcome, Jenn, and best wishes with your weight loss journey.
My food advice would be to begin eating in a way similar to diabetics now, to help you to possibly avoid developing it.
Significantly decrease (or avoid!) white flour products (breads, crackers, pastas, low-fiber cold cereals, baked goods), sugars, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn. Those foods turn to sugar in your body.
Limit your carbs to high fiber carbs. Consider a gluten-free or low-gluten diet.
But, don't feel like you have to make your carb changes all at once. Start slowly, if you need to, and keep adding additional changes.
Those same changes helped me, significantly, with weight loss. Although my doctor has not mentioned diabetes as a risk for me, both of my siblings have been diabetics since they were age 10 or 11, and having one auto-immune disease can often be a risk for developing another. So, I'm watching starchy and refined carbs.
On your SparkPage, you also mentioned wishing to lose weight to help your MS. I've been working at weight loss/maintenance for the past 1.5 years. It is the first time, in 10 years since MS, that I have gone 2 years without a hospitalization. My balance is also improved since I've lost weight.
You can do it!
Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
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
Hi Everyone. I just rejoined SP last week because my health is out of control. My doctor told me if I didn't lose the weight and get healthy then I would be diabetic within the next year or so. I don't need to deal with anymore needles. I was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and I have pretty much been doing ok with it....until the last few years.
I am a single mom of a 2 year old daughter and also work full time. I am so busy that I have let my health and weight go. I need to lose weight because lately I have found that dealing with MS, weight issues and a two year old to be difficult. I have no energy.
I am hoping that you all can help me drop these stubborn pounds,