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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.

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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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    Yes, most people use the dryer--only people from Europe hang their laundry outside to dry in my neighborhood; I think it makes it look like a slum, since we have no backyards. And although some apartments have their own washer/dryer (or at least a hook-up), most apartment complexes or units have a laundry room where the machines are coin-operated.

    Where I am originally from, the Midwest, farms or houses with backyards may have hung their laundry to dry outside, but that's not the thing here in California. Not everything should go in the dryer, or the dryer is broken, or I don't want my clothes to shrink, or I am broke. Then I hang that laundry on my shower curtain rod in the bathroom to dry.

    You can't set the coin-operated machines on a timer. If I am soaking (for half an hour) before the wash starts, I leave the lid open to stop the machine. Then when I shut the lid it starts. Other tenants usually respect that--but not always. I usually soak things in my tub first, let them dry by air to see if the stain came out. It's a pain.
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    Comment edited on: 8/24/2016 2:03:40 PM
    I'm very tempted to watch GBBO - I do like it! I've not got a TV, so have to stream it on the computer - which can be hit-and-miss............. I'll have to give it a try. Hope Little Pickle sleeps tonight. x
    2 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/24/2016 1:48:24 PM
    I forgot about Donovan - he didn't come up on the Jango channel I was listening to. I used to play Bob Dylan and Carole King on the piano when I was a teenager and drone along with it!

    St Ives is obviously a lot smaller than Blackpool - but they do try to extend the season slightly with a September Festival in the last two weeks, and a December in St Ives thing. It has a very busy Xmas/New Year week - the goes quiet in Jan/Feb with a slight surge around Valentine's Day. There's nothing here except restaurants and beaches. Tate St Ives is closed at the moment - but only dedicated artists would come just for the galleries and painting workshops etc.

    Hope your washing dries - it's sunny and 'fresh' here today (or should I say 'at the moment!)
    4 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2016 8:55:26 AM
    Hi! So sorry for not coming back and leaving a thank you comment on my Blog. After I wrote my blog, I just went off and focused. I just want to say THANK YOU for coming by and leaving your tracks on my page. I really appreciate it. I have been going back on my bike which I feel is better for me. Today I rode for nearly two miles, I have been testing the waters out with my new bike which is not as good as my previous bike, so have been taking it easy, to feel if it can take my weight. So far so good, which means I can try and go further.

    I note you were feeling down the other day, well, listen, you can do whatever you set yourself to do and believe in doing. Whatever your troubles may be, you are in control.

    Enjoy the rest of your day!
    4 days ago
    have a cuppa after that walk - it stopped raining here this afternoon, but is VERY windy (good for drying the washing!)

    I did clock the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds and considered them........ mmmmight get some.

    Some of my avocado will go over chilli beans served on a baked potato. Some of it might go in a sandwich. Some might go in a smoothie! It's lovely stuff, eh?!
    4 days ago
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