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2/11/13 8:26 A

Hi Camille, I would love to buddy up. I know we can relate to one another you aslo having Fibro. It may take me a few to learn this site so bare with me lol. I need to learn to eat healty again, these past few days I have been on the nutrition page just seeing what I can and shouldn't eat. Boy I have my work cut out for me.Hope you have a good day, Robin

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2/11/13 8:20 A

Hi Paula, Thanks so much for your warm welcome and all that great information. I know it will all come in handy. emoticon

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2/11/13 8:14 A

Thank you so much Bill.

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2/11/13 8:12 A

Hi Bravelute, Thank you for the warm welcome. So not only do we both live in Fla., we both go to N.C. My best friend has a place in Hayesville that we stay at for a few weeks in the summer. It is so beautiful up there. Wow you have been through alot. Its great that you are here trying to get rid if some weight. I made the mistake of getting on the scale the nfew days after starting this and no weight loss as of yet. I my have a longer road than I thought. Well thank you again and I am glad I'm here. Take Care, Robin

BILL60 Posts: 953,553
2/11/13 7:55 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you the very best in your pursuit of a healthier you.

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2/11/13 2:16 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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MILYRIQ Posts: 4
2/10/13 10:56 P

Hi Mspigpen,
My name is Camille. I understand you situation completely. I have Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia. I have recently been diagnosed with Medroxyprogesterone which can cause weight gain. We have to start somewhere. emoticon Let me know if you would like another weight loss buddy.

BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,965
2/10/13 10:54 P

Welcome to SP from sunny Central Florida. You will find others with those ailments on spark teams. They will be able to support you much better the I can, since I have no experience with those problems.

You will have to decide if this idea for fitness will be possible for you. I have learned that working out in the pool give me a great workout without any impact problems or aches and pains later. The wellness center in Murphy NC and also at the YMCA both had the same kind of programs and I was pleasantly surprised. Now that I am back in Florida, my community has a heated pool. When the air is warm enough, I go there and tread water, swim a little, and do some of the movements I leaned in the classes.

It has been the best thing for my legs which started swelling after cancer treatments and major abdominal surgery. I started wearing compression stockings last summer, but my calves, which had swollen over 2 inches, are down to size of 15 years ago.
So the swelling is gone, and I have lost weight, all over!! WooHoo!

I hope you are able to find the answers here and with your physician's help. I'm assuming they are aware of the weight gain?

I had the weight gain problem this last time while undergoing chemotherapy for 4 years. My oncologist was never worried about the 65 pound weight gain. I think because they usually have to deal with the opposite--phenomenol weight loss. Well, the steroids and my eating patterns and no activity did not allow weight loss.

I WAS worried about it, and had them stop the steroid after 2 years. And since stopping chemotherapy nov. 2011, I've been on a quest to improve my nutrition for health. And to get myself up out of the recliner.

So, I see parallels in our situations, while the solutions might be different.

If I can help you with anything at all, please let me know!!

Have you started Spark Coach?

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2/10/13 10:39 P

Hey, I am so glad I came across this site. I have been here for 2 days and having fun trying to learn my way around. Let me give a little info about me. I am 48 years young and my whole life a tiny gal, topping the scales at 103lbs up to 2 years ago. I became ill and to this day trying to figure out what all is wrong. So far I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia and waiting for test results on Lupus. With all three of these, I am on several medicines and they have added 53lbs to me alng with water weight. Unfortunately as far as exercise I have to take it easy or I will pay for it for the next week I will be in bed in pain. But I am going to give it my all, I really want to loose some weight for me. I need to feel better about myself. So wish me luck. Good luck to all of you as well. Robin

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