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Hi nice to meet you, welcome to my page

January 2017
We have been here in Gorleston,Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK for 3 years and it's been the most joyous, best thing we've ever done and should have done it YEARS ago.

I now have a spare bedroom as a dedicated gym room for yours truly and I've chosen one feature wall to be a mauve berry shade, such a mood enhancer and am looking for a motivational picture to go on the wall facing the multi gym machine I treasure.

If you're really interested in my workouts, take a look at my trackers- I'm not going to keep posting them here. Just to say I mix free weights, and use Pilates Ball and Swiss ball for my core on a regular basis, use leg and arm weights for ST too and go for long soul invigorating walks along the beach near where we now live. I still intend to get a Aero Pilates workout machine for the gym and look forward to the cardio and ST that offers, just need to get one that folds away!. I'm back to using my kettle bell and have increased the weight to 5kg now, getting a 6kg one to up the ante from November 2014. The bike I had is history, left it behind for the scrap metal ma and bought a new one once here.. The Aero Pilates machine will my new challenge and a 6kg bell!

That is not the cause for celebration.

The reason I'm so upbeat is because doing that this is the norm for me now and it's all because of what happened 10 years ago today on St George's Day (23/4/2007), the Saint's day for England.

I underwent a life-changing brain operation for dystonia and the moment I woke up I just knew it had worked.

I have a set of metal rods embedded in my brain now connected to a battery pack in my upper chest, very small- similar to the way a pacemaker works, which cuts out messages to my muscles that caused some severe and painful tics or spasms.

I was unable to walk 100 yards without help some days and spent my time at home having been medically retired in 1989. I was on a cocktail of spasm and pain relieving drugs before the op and the side effects caused depression and weight gain (allegedly...at least that was the excuse I hid behind. Portion control wasn't the half of it!) My life was, looking back, HELL.

Fast forward to 2007 and after the op.
I could now stand up straight instead of doing a Quasimodo impression and could walk around the hospital the following day, up and down stairs and be able to see my feet- I could not look straight down b4!

I could do housework without getting tired and ironing was so much easier- no shoulder and neck pain. Yes folks I relished trying everything I couldn't do, or do with difficulty, just to try out this new gadget.

I made my mind up that once I was fully recovered I wasn't going to waste the surgical team's efforts; I was going to live life well and get out and enjoy myself.

Confident that I could do more I resolved to ditch the extra 34 pounds I was hauling around because of not being able to exercise and having joined SP in the September 07 I decided to research nutrition and exercise and make 01/01/08 my start date.

I tracked everything on the nutrition tracker; every morsel that passed my lips, did regular weigh-ins (and took measurements) and what little cardio exercise I could do. Talk about out of shape-5 minutes was enough to knacker me!! I set myself mini goals and rewarded myself for each goal met.

By mid March 08 the 34 pounds were gone and I was exercising daily, eating much more healthily and my palate had changed beyond recognition.

Gone were the pizzas, burgers, cakes, deep-fried fish and chips and takeaways.

In came grilled fish, oven baked chicken, masses of raw veg and fruit , brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta and a fondness to try something new to eat every week.
OMG the contents of my fridge now are SO different!

I conquered the agoraphobia, finally facing up to that in the spring of 08 with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy....which like the op has been successful and I travelled on the London Underground on my own- never done that b4 EVER.

My other half supported me by buying me the ankle weights and dumbbells I wanted and went on to surprise me with a stair stepper, stop watch and pedometer for my 51st birthday bless him and for Crimbo 2008 Pete announced that he had treated us to a multigym as a Christmas present to us both from us both, which is in our spare bedroom along with the bike. WOW my own gym LOL. He then surprised me with extra stocking filler presents as he called them of a stability ball, resistance bands and a yoga mat (much needed as our floor was getting too hard for my smaller, less padded body lol).

Feb 1st 2011 saw another operation to replace the failing battery with a rechargeable one which will last me til I'm 62-or there abouts- and once a week for an hour I sit with a portable recharging unit and recharge myself. I thought it might keep reminding me I still have dystonia but it hasn't, I usually spark and catch up on blogs so I'm distracted and the hour soon goes!

June 23rd 2017 I needed a replacement battery as the old one became faulty- only needed a long weekend stay in hospital and it coincided with the UK's referendum to leave the EU on the 24th....so can't forget the date can I!!

So 10 years on you can see where I'm coming from;

Why am my maintaining weight is still stable at around 122?coz I any lower I'd be scrawny ...not attractive in your 50's!

Why I love ironing.......well almost.... coz I can!

Why I love to clean..........coz I can and it's a great workout

Why I love to do gardening...........coz I can and I get fresh air for free

Why I love to exercise.......coz I can and I feel alive and sexy afterwards..

Why I love to eat healthy food....coz it feeds my body and fuels me to be active

Why I love to go walking in the park with music blaring on my Ipod..........coz it feels good to feel my hips move freely and I know Quasimodo has gone for good.

Why I love to go shopping for clothes and going out to theatres.......coz I can and I'm not embarrassed any longer by spasms or tics.

Why I love to use weights..........coz I never had muscle strength at all before and it's given my curves and contours in all the right places and muscle definition

And why I love to Spark...........coz I have had an amazing journey and you, my spark friends, you've been there supporting and encouraging me all the way to push until I can say now that I am a healthy specimen and that my cup is 99% of the time FULL if not overflowing


Member Since: 2/22/2010

Fitness Minutes: 265,601

My Goals:
It only took me from 1/1/2008 to 26/3/2008 to ditch 34 pounds and I intend staying a UK size 8/10, eating healthily with the occasional treat, exercise on regular basis and live life to the full!


My Program:
At least 5 cardio sessions a week (walking, stair stepping or aerobics) and strength training 4 times a week minimum; set goal to use my multigym twice a week and/or weights.



Personal Information:
Caz, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk UK


Other Information:
I am an ardent fan of UK singer Robbie Williams and enjoy eating out and going to shows and concerts/live music

Recently taken up Kettle bells and adore ST




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  • v 1ZIPPYC
    You had me kind of worried there, with a 7 pound loss as small as you are! You know what they say, if you lose weight like that all at once-illness! Glad it was a glitch. Funny you should mention that...once I put in a 1 pound loss years ago on here and it went on my feed as 100 pound loss! I kid you not! I thought -WHAT? Did I make a mistake or was someone playing around with my feed somehow?! Had to change it fast, but some saw it and we all got a good laugh out of it!
    I am being Sargent Hygiene right now....I am about to make him wear a mask when he coughs. He is so bad about coughing into his hand!! UGH! I am always after him with the antibacterial lotion if he does that. Or else I am wiping down everything with clorox wipes! I swear I had better not catch it again or I will be so upset! I made an appointment for his Dr. on Monday...he is not getting better and with his heart condition cannot risk him having an infection and we think he has developed a respiratory infection now. I feel so bad for him, because he is going to work and all. But, all in all I don't think he was as bad as I was so far. So, that is why he is going to the Dr. sooner than I did with mine.
    Thanks for asking about him. Meant a lot. Have a great day! Yes, I am jealous about your garden or yard as we say over here. I have tried and tried but my green thumb just went kaput! So we just have boring evergreens! Couldn't even grow a Palm Tree! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    7 hours ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    *♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥-*
    Perfect moment are often killed in the quest for perfection. Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    23 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon BITS OF THOUGHTS ABOUT PARKING emoticon emoticon emoticon

    "Always look at the brighter side of things..whenever a car is stolen,
    it creates another parking place"

    "One of the best bargains you can get these days is parking what's left on the other fellow's dime"

    "A hick town is where you can park as long as you want to, but don't want to."

    "Once it was ambition that kept people on the move. Now it's NO PARKING signs.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ~Barb~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    We are all but a reflection of one another, all part of the same whole. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    1 day ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon ~~~7 Secrets of Success~~~ emoticon

    The ROOF said: Aim High.
    The FAN said: Be cool.
    The CLOCKS said: Every minute is precious.
    The MIRROR said Reflect before you act.
    The WINDOW said: See the world.
    The CALENDAR said: Be up-to-date.
    The DOOR said: Push hard to achieve your goals.

    emoticon emoticon ~Have a very Wonderful Wednesday!~ emoticon emoticon

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ~)(~Barb~)(~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
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