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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 for 6 months, and until she was 2.5 years old). 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

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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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    That's amazing about the map! What a great story. The recipe that I've not dared try is in Happy Herbivore Light & Lean, by Lindsay Dixon. She calls it 'Spice Cake Surprise' and says it's based on a Tomato Soup Cake. So I'm thinking Heinz, right?
    1.5c white wholewheat flour (yes, even that's an anomaly to us!)
    0.5 tsp baking pwdr
    1 tsp baking soda
    0.5 c raw sugar
    1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (mixed spice I'm guessing)
    1 x 8oz can tomato sauce
    5 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
    0.5c water

    her note says "I use no-salt-added tomato suce, but regular tomato sauce should work fine"

    I love to have a go - what do you reckon would work for the tomato sauce?
    21 hours ago
    I've always been confused by Amercian recipes that call for tomato sauce (over here that means ketchup!) - is it like a puree of tomatoes -like passata?

    Thanks for the map Pookie - I LOVE maps and have quite a collection!
    1 day ago
    Yes, adding tomato sounds good! We don't have bottled passata here, I guess it's uncooked tomato sauce. We have bottled (and canned) tomato sauce for pasta. I am always intrigued when I see that as an ingredient in an overseas recipe.
    1 day ago
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    I think you're right LOL
    1 day ago
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    snowball glasses on Ebay Pookie

    2 days ago
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