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I decided to loose weight when I was suffering from heel pain and my mobility was being affected. I was scared I would hurt myself and never be able to recover from it, at 323lbs this was a real possibility! I met my original goal of 140lbs in 2010. A loss of 183lbs. My current goal is to get back to 160lbs. I am still here after re-gaining a significant amount of my losses during pregnancy and post-natal depression. This is something people need to open up and talk about more. My depression left my only caring about the small human entirely dependant on me (literally as I exclusively breast fed). I didn't care much about myself at all. Weight loss for anybody or reason other than your own reasons doesn't work. You have to want it yourself. Thats why I set myself very small weight loss goals, never looked at the 'big' picture as it didnt seem achievable. In doing this, remaining positive in meeting these small goals, they all added up into something much bigger and better. I cannot deny its been hard, I cannot deny its got me down sometimes, but I also cannot deny its worth it. Its worth being surprised by yourself at finding a motivation you never believed you would have. I read a wonderful quote by a guy who was over 400lbs and lost, by himself. to 185lbs... he said "If you cannot commit to your life, how can you commit to anything in it?" How true is that? If your goals and ambitions and your LIFE are less important than a pizza or a cake then it really IS time to re-evaluate yourself.

Member Since: 2/21/2009

Fitness Minutes: 70,452

My Goals:
Get back to pre-pregnancy weight.

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Education... learning about whats in our foods, whats good nutrition.

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I live in England, on the West Coast, in Blackpool, I grew up near Cambridge.

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I am married and have one daughter, 2 cats. love reading, films, cooking.

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    I did well at Lidl's today - getting three of the four fruit/veg offers, and some carefully selected Greek products - I picked up the olives with sun-dried tomatoes, can of butter beans in tomato sauce and a pack of halloumi with basil. I didn't get the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. I went round with my calculator and came in on-budget. It is helpful to know the prices before I go shopping. You started me off with that Secret of Success post about budget supermarkets! Thank you! Friday lunch-time was nice and quite too.
    20 hours ago
    Thank you for the advice
    2 days ago
    Oh, how heart-wrenching! But you are handling this perfectly, Pookie, and your little girl will respect you for it. It happens when they go to school, when they leave home, when they get married....... these big changes are sprinkled all along the way! We can only do our best.

    Enjoy Lidl's treasures today - I won't get there until Friday. I have spent some of my food budget on a veg box - which is terrific - all fresh & local at the moment. So I'll be getting mostly the stuff that can be kept in the cupboard (there's a word for that which I've forgotten!) and perhaps some halloumi as a dairy-treat!
    2 days ago
    How are you feeling today?

    2 days ago
    Oh! I miss the street food in NYC! We used to go to some great Indian restaurants there. I tried to make chicken biryani from a mix Saturday and it wasn't the same. Sigh.
    2 days ago
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