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Amanda's graduation in 2006. I want to be this size again!

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With my friend Veronica in Mendoza, Argentina, October, 2007. I had packed on some serious pounds!

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San Francisco with the love of my life, Byron, and our adoring son, William. Late October 2007.


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Multiple sclerosis presents several challenges. One of the issues we deal with is weight gain. What we eat is important to our health. How much we eat is important too. Too much of a good thing isn't good!

Weight gain, for us, is compounded by flare-ups and decreased energy reserves. When our mobility is adversely affected, we cannot go for a 2-3 mile walk. However, we can control what we are putting in our mouths all the time!

One of the things that is working for me is cooking from scratch during the week. Try to prepare enough to have leftovers and freeze some back for another day. (if your teenage son doesn't eat it all the first day, actually, I prepare a separate casserole dish and put it in the freezer) This way, you can still have a home-cooked meal on one of your down days (like the day after your Avonex injection). The nice thing is that you can really control the sodium content which helps reduce fluid retention.

I have found a Farmer's Market source for purchasing Organic steel-cut oats. I make fresh oats in the morning and add one tablespoon milled flaxseed along with some nutmeg, raisins, and Splenda. Lots of yummy fiber!

If you are a wholesale club member, purchase the one pound tub of Organic baby salad blends. It's less expensive than the bag mixes in the grocery store and it's good for you! I add tomatoes, raisins, pecans or almonds, a handful of thawed frozen green peas, and a sprinkle of cheddar or mozzarella cheese.

My son and I also love this Fat-Burning Vegetable Beef crockpot soup! It makes a 5-Quart pot so it lasts for a few days of lunches too and it freezes well. Brown 1 lb. lean ground beef with 1 envelope Lipton onion soup. Add it to your crockpot with a 2 lb. bag of frozen mixed vegetables, 2 cans diced tomatoes (no salt added if you can find it), 2 cans stewed tomatoes, 1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce (no salt added), 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons sugar. Set your crockpot on LOW for 8-9 hours--the soup smells great when you come home from a long day of work-- or cook on HIGH 4-6 hours. This is great with a small piece of hot cornbread or a hot bran muffin. (More fiber)

Exercise: I also do some gentle stretching while I am still in the bed in the morning. It's a safe place to be and I don't lose my balance or place undue stress on my muscles.

I tried one of the Yoga DVD sets with the blocks and floormat and just about needed traction and bed rest afterwards! I gave it to one of my thin friends who was way more flexible than me!

I plan to resume walking. I was walking 4-5 miles daily prior to my diagnosis and some other health setbacks. In fact, my walking gait is what prompted the visit to the doctor in the first place. I miss walking and I'm going to start making it part of my schedule again!

I have lost 13 pounds since July through implementing the dietary changes and consuming smaller portions. My goal is to lose the remaining 33 pounds in a safe and sane way. I would love to hear your tips and enjoy some of your favorite recipes too.

Member Since: 12/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,625

My Goals:
My goal is to lose 33 more pounds. I have lost 13 pounds since my surgery in July and I am feeling better, so I may as well keep it up!

My Program:
I have increased my fiber intake and reduced my portion sizes.

I plan to start walking for exercise again, but I have to start slow since I don't want to experience a relapse. Maybe I will be able to get back to my 4-5 miles per day, 5 days a week routine!

Personal Information:
I currently live in Georgia with my husband, our son, and our two tremendously spoiled cats, Gerald and Patch, who let us live with them.

I am originally from St Albans, England.

Other Information:
I am a Christian. My husband taught me the gospel when we were dating. That was true love!

I homeschooled my two youngest children (in the photographs) and now I am a fulltime student studying Administrative Office Technology. I should be graduating in June 2009 with my Associate's degree.

I am a Longaberger Consultant, an avid reader, and I enjoy cooking, traveling, and counted cross-stitch(when I can see the holes). I love music, old movies, and anything with Russell Crowe!

I am taking a full class load again this quarter. Wish me success!

Have any of you heard of Melaleuca? It is a company that offers organic cleaning products, organic and natural health and beauty products, vitamins and organic snacks and supplements. I just placed an order for the cleaning products and plan to try more of the product line soon!

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    Found your page when I was looking for MS-related stuff on SparkPeople.

    You're so right, that MS brings additional challenges to losing weight. With me, steroids, in particular, have wreaked havoc with my weight!

    Just wondering how things are going. Merry Christmas!

    ~ Faith
    3277 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my page, Moya! I guess my audition went all right, but I never think I do well in them, and I doubt I got the role. Ah well, it's as much about the experience as it is about getting the part. I really enjoyed my marathon! It was long and somewhat painful, but I'm very glad I did it. San Francisco was beautiful, and I hope to get there again someday, when I actually have the money and time to really see the city.

    See you tomorrow night, God willing!
    3671 days ago
    Thanks for your tips. I received a DVD from TEVA (makers of Copaxone) on Yoga for MSers. It didn't take long in the video before I tired, but if I keep it up, hopefully I can get further along with time. I too loved to walk when I was able. I worked for a company that required me to be able to walk up to nine hours per day (and they were right) I loved it to start with but as I became weaker it was much harder. Eventually I had to switch positions to a sit down job, then finally leave. I do miss being able to walk. (Maybe I should try just walking around the yard. That way if I get too tired, I wont be far from home :) I love the exercise tip first thing in the morning in bed--That's smart!!

    I love cooking extra batches of food and then freezing. Hamburger (or ground chicken) is especially good after its browned with onions and peppers. It makes it so easy to use in soups, spaghetti, etc. Also marinating meat in a freezer bag after it's brought home from the grocery store is wonderful for grilling, broiling or baking (or even crockpot)

    Thanks again for your tips. I hope you have a wonderful day!!

    3897 days ago
  • v T_A_J_1951
    I know it can get hard but know that you have people who care about you and are walking with you on this path to health. We'll give as much support and strength as we. emoticon
    3952 days ago
    Since you enoy walking and miss it, try to get back with it...just slow the pace down and do what you steps...that is what we all need to do...I think you are doing the right things with the cooking. I keep my calorie intake much less than SP recommends but I am not exercising like I should so my weight is not coming off as I had hoped. I will be putting out flyers in my neighborhood to see if we can get a group together to go walking and to start an exercise program at the community center...something to help keep me motivated and since it was my idea...I have to be more than anyone know your restrictions and what you can and be proud of what you can do...organics is the way to go if you can afford is the key...the right food...keep your chin have much support here.
    3952 days ago
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