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Our little family, The Pickle is 5 days old, and the no sleep really shows!

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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

Fitness Minutes: 72,257

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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    If you have any kind of 'scoop & weigh' shop near you, they're worth a try for dried pears.......... I made a pear and marzipan cake one year (can't remember where the recipe was from - might have been Nigella Lawson!) but didn't like it when it was made! Last year I made a vegan Rum Tortuga cake which I really liked - might make it again - we're really spoilt for choice when it comes to Xmas cake options, aren't we!?!?!

    I see you've dedicated a blog to me - just going to read it!
    10 days ago
    I know what you mean, Pookie, I don't use my dehydrator very much - but it is useful. If you're not concerned about drying things under 115 degrees (the usual 'raw' definition) then you can use your oven on it's lowest setting for most dehydrated things (or the warming oven in an Aga type stove).
    11 days ago
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    Have a wonderful week!
    11 days ago
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    Thank you for your suggestion of topical ibuprofen. I actually have some lidocaine/muscle relaxant cream that I've been using. The heat I started on the sore muscles is helping immensely. Thanks again for the suggestion and for taking time to read/comment on my blog!
    11 days ago
    Thank you I will remember that:)
    12 days ago
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