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(Faith is my middle name. It is the name that I prefer to use online.) My (Faith's) profile includes: 1. My HISTORY, prior to MS 2. THEN (After MS began in 2002). And, SparkPeople FROM 2005 to 2009 3. NOW, starting SP, yet again, in 2010 (to present) -- WATCH the weight go down, down, down. :-). And, then maintain. 1. HISTORY: Was slim, growing up. Weighed 86 lbs, when a freshman in HS; weighed 105 lbs when I got married at age 22, in 1984. Gained a little, over the years, after having kids, and, just over time. Was up to 145 lbs in 1998, but, lost 20. My mom died that year, and, I wasn't motivated to maintain weight loss. By 2002, I was back up to 145 lbs. (Therefore, 1984 - 2002: Gained 40 lbs in 18 years. Approximately 2 lbs per year) Developed multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2002 (although, even though doctors knew something neurological was going on, even Mayo Clinic couldn't diagnose me. Was diagnosed almost 2 years later, after multiple flares, various and a-typical symptoms, many ER visits and hospitalizations, and endless MRI's and other tests.) 2. THEN: Therefore, during 2002 and subsequent years: (2002 - 2005: 145 lbs - 185 lbs. Gained 40 lbs in 3 years. Approximately 13 lbs per year, after MS. Was only approximately 2 lbs per year, before MS.) --Went on steroids, usually at least once per year, after that (whenever I experience an MS flare). The steroids continued to put on a lot of pounds, as do some other meds that I sometimes take during flares. Tried to get the weight off, repeatedly. Lost some; gained some back; went back on steroids and gained more back, etc. It's a pattern. Probably lost an average of about 10-15 or 20 lbs pe year, but, continued to gain every year, too, due to the steroids, so, there was a lot of fluctuation between the 160-185 range. Attempts at losing weight: Took up swimming for awhile (didn't do well at it, but, burned some calories), tried water aerobics, yoga, walking. Watched mostly fat grams, rather than calories. Ate lots of pasta. But, I lost, off and on. Lost some weight in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and gained all, or most of it, back. 2004 -- Started at 163 lbs. Down to 146 lbs. Gained back all 17 lbs. 2005 -- Had a flare; went on steroids; gained weight. Started SparkPeople at 185 lbs. Lost some; gained it back at 2006 flare. 2006 -- Started SparkPeople at 185 lbs. Did alot of walking that year (5000+ steps at work, most days, plus more in the evenings). Lost some; gained it back. 2008 -- Started the year SP at about 180 lbs. Went on disability/SSDI. Experiencing more fatigue and stamina issues than I used to. Exercise at a minimum. 2009 -- Managed to start this year at 170 lbs, so I must have done some things right in 2008, even when motivation to lose was fairly low. Wanted to lose 40 lbs., and get down to 130. Lost some, but did not meet goal. 3. NOW: 2010 -- 07/19/10 -- Back again. Starting at 180 lbs. Want to lose 50 lbs in 50 weeks, and get down to 130 lbs. Using some SOUTH BEACH diet concepts, calorie cycling, some IsaGenix products. My daughter is getting married in May 2011, and I plan to attend a 30-year reunion in July 2011. Hope I can be at goal, or, close to there, by the time those 2 events arrive. See below, or, see weight ticker, for current weight. Updated this currently; still losing. UPDATE (Oct 1, 2011): Have lost 60 pounds. Re-set goal in August, because my waist measurements still put me at risk for health problems. Current range for weight is 107-118 pounds; am more concerned about waist size than pounds on the scale. Goal is get my waist down to 31.5" or less (50% of my height), in order to reduce my risk of developing cardiovascular disease and Type II Diabetes. Maintenance plan -- Knowing my history, I know that maintaining my weight loss, after reaching my goal, will be a lifelong chore. - I will continue to have MS flares. - I will continue to go back on steroids. - I will continue to gain the weight back. - I will simply need to continue to lose it -- while it is 5 or 10 or 15 lbs -- before it gets to 40+ (50+, 60+?) lbs again. Weight Loss: 7/16/2010 - 180 lbs; Waist 46" 8/1 - 179 8/16 - 175 8/26 - 173 9/14 - 180 (weight gain of 7 lbs due to 3 weeks of steroid meds) 10/1 -177 10/16 - 175 11/1 - 170 11/16 - 169 12/1 - 165 12/16 - 162 ------------------ 1/1/2011 - 160 lbs; Waist 42.5" 2/1 - 151.6; W 41" 3/1 - 148.2; W 39.5" 4/1 - 142.6 W 39" 5/1 - 136.8; W 38" 6/1 - 132.2; W 36" 7/1 - 128.4; W 35" 8/1 - 124.6; W 35" 9/1 - 122.6; W 34.5" -- Started "maintenance" during this month. 10/1 - 120.6; W 33.75" 11/1 - 119.0; W 33.75" 12/1 - 118.4; W 34" --------- 1/1/2012 - 119.8; W 34" -- Consistently reached 118 lb goal during this month. 2/1 - 117.4; W 33.5" 3/1 - 117.4; W 33.5" 4/1 - 115.6 lbs; W 33.25" 5/1 - 117.2 lbs; W 34" 6/1 - 117.8 lbs; W 34" 8/3 - 118.4 lbs; W 33.75" 9/1 - 119.6 lbs; W 34" 10/1 - 121.4 lbs; W 34" 11/1 - 120.6 lbs; W 34" 12/1 - 119.0 lbs; W 34" 2013 weights 1/1 - 121.2 lbs; W 34" H 35" 2/1 - 121.0 lbs; W 34"; H 35" 3/2 - 121.8 lbs; W 35" 4/3 - 121.4 lbs 5/2 - 121.2 lbs; W35" 6/1 - 121.6 lbs; W 35.5" 7/1 - 123.0 lbs; W 35.5" 2014 weights Went on steroids in December 2012. Added a bunch of lbs. Was up to 129.4 in January. 3/6 - 129.6 lbs 4/10 - 126.0 lbs 2015 weights 12/31: 134.6 lbs 2016 weights 01/28: 132.6 lbs . . . 02/25: 131.6 lbs . . . 03/31: 132.6 lbs . . . 04/28: 133.6 lbs . . . 05/26: 133.2 lbs . . . 06/23: 130.6 lbs . . . 07/28: 129.6 lbs . . . 8/25: 129.4 lbs . . . 10/27: 128.8 lbs . . . 11/25: 127.8 lbs . . . 12/15: 127.2 lbs 2017 - I'd been on a 13 week weight loss program in 2016. Dairy Free, wheat free, potato free. After it was over, I was unable to maintain it and went back up. 2018 -- started seeing a functional medicine doctor. Dairy Free, wheat free, cane sugar free. July 136.2 Nov 125.9

Member Since: 6/23/2006

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My Goals:
My initial goal in July 2010 was to lose 50 lbs., go from 180 lbs down to 130 lbs, and, to reduce my BMI from 31.8 to 23.9.
I re-started in September, following some steroid weight gain, and with the upcoming wedding of my daughter as an additional motivator.
As I neared 130 pounds, I realized that wasn't where I wished to end. So, I researched an "ideal weight" for my age, height and build, and, I re-set my weight ticker to 110 lbs. At this point, it is more about reducing the inches in my waist and reducing my body fat percentage.

Current Goals: Waist 31.5"; Weight range 107-118 pounds;
fighting peri-menopause weight symptoms

See my Introduction Text for monthly weights.

My Program:
Used a 3-pronged approach:
1. SOUTH BEACH concepts. "Good fats" and "good carbs".
2.A modified JUDDD diet (Johnson Up Day Down Day/Alternate Day Diet) and the concept of "calorie cycling".
3. And, used IsaLean shakes and some of their other products.
AND, added a 4th strategy, to help maintain weight, as I get in to my over-age-50 issues. Have added exercise by increasing my ADL walking, somewhat, and by going to Curves 3x per week, and Zumba once a week.

*** Portion control continues to be important, even now that I am in maintenance! Nothing off limits, if I eat only a little. ***

Eating enough is also important. When I calorie cycle, I am sure to include 2 "Enough Days" per week, so my body doesn't worry about starvation, and hang on to weight and calories. Some days, I need to concentrate on eating enough.

Personal Information:
BD 1962. Married. 2 young adult children. (I chose the user name Mamabugaz quite a number of years ago, when my 2 kids were still at home.)

Have worked in the fields of social work, early childhood, and for the local school district. Am now receiving SSDI (disability), since 2008, due to multiple sclerosis.

I use my spare time to volunteer in the community and take care of my health by exercising, and, taking naps to combat my MS fatigue.

Other Information:
I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Much of the time, I am "mostly" symptom-free, except for fatigue and stamina issues and some balance problems. However, my necessary naps and my long absences from work when I'm in an MS flare make me not very "employable" anymore.

When I have a flare,/relapse, it may also affect my gait/walking, and therefore, my ability to exercise. (Other symptoms, too, but I won't go into them here.)

The additional meds I go on when I have an MS exacerbation (steroids, etc) often cause me to gain weight.

My journey:
2005 (June 27): Starting Wt -- 185 lbs; BMI 32.8. Down 20 lbs. 2006 (June 23): Starting Wt -- 185 lbs; BMI 32.8. Lost some weight again.
2008: 180 lbs again, following MS flares and steroids. Lost some; gained some back.
2009 (Jan. 19): 170 lbs., BMI 30.1
2010 (July): 180 lbs., BMI 31.9; (Aug.): 173 lbs., BMI 30.6; (Sept.): 180 lbs again, due to steroids
2011, etc: Better and better

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    910 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Congratulations on your continuing success!
    976 days ago
    Congratulations on seven years maintenance! Woo Hoo you!! emoticon
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    Congrats on your seven years maintenance! emoticon
    1065 days ago
    Congratulations on your 6 years of maintenance!
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