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This is me. ('m not the skinny one. Yet)

This is my man, Andy, with The Westminster Morris Men. He's at the front farthest from the car

Our babies(l to r) Mezi, Theo and Zac





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20/9/10 The beginning of my third week this time around. I have weighed myself today and I have lost a total of 6lb this fortnight. (I weighed on Saturday and was 4 lb lighter than I am today but Andy has pointed out that on Saturday morning I was suffering from my leaving work drink on Friday night so I might just have been very dehydrated!)

'This time around' makes it sound like I got somewhere last time around, but I didn't. I don't think that I shed an ounce; in fact, I think I gained!

What is different this time? I really don't know. I think that I logged my food intake. I KNOW that I walked or cycled everywhere, went to the gym every day. I was two stone overweight. I really wanted to be the gorgeous thing I was in my early 30s. (I realised on hindsight, by the way. I never thought myself gorgeous at the time).

I wasn't happy. I loved my work as an analytical chemist but my boss, (an outwardly gentle man), was difficult to work with. He and I had both applied for the job and he had won. He spent three years making sure that I was in no doubt about who the manager was. My walk into work each day made sure that I was calm when I got there and the walk home prevented me from taking it all out on my family, but the eight hours between getting to work and leaving were quite taxing - to say the least. My last job, (I've just left), was a different kettle of fish altogether. I started at the college two years ago with no experience in the field I was entering but a great desire to train to be a teacher. I was still unhappy - really DEEPLY unhappy - but now I was unconfident too! And my ex-boss is a bully, (not just to me).

Now I am waiting to start a new teaching job and I am very, very happy. I know that I can do it and I'm feeling confident and ready. This feeling has been building up for the last six weeks. I re-started Sparking two weeks ago and it's working! Is there a link between weightloss and stress levels?

As of 27/9 I will be walking or cycling six miles a day and that can only add to my progress. I know that I will have to increase my calorie intake a bit - I'm not sure how that's going to work because I am having trouble eating enough calories at the moment - but I will be getting more fit and gorgeous by the day.

6/9/10 (6th Sept)This is not my first SPadventure. In, I think, 2006 I joined but I didn't persevere or try hard enough. I think that I didn't want to succeed enough. Now I do.

A 50-year-old mum of three beautiful adult children and a retired greyhound, (adopted, but beginning to look like my husband!), I have decided to get on with it rather than wish I looked the way I want to.

Member Since: 12/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,261

My Goals:
1.To reach 190lb by 18/10/10. Goal met by 19/9/10.
2.To reach 182lb by 18/10/10.
3.To volunteer to model for a life class knowing that I am not going to embarrass myself.
4.To reach the stage at which I could prepare to compete in a figure competition.

My Program:
I am sticking to my calorie allowance as set by SP; walking to and from work every day, (4 miles a day); resistance training 3 times a week, including once with a personal trainer; and getting as much extra activity as I can.

Personal Information:
I live in Harlow, a town about 20 miles from London. Until 2 years ago I worked as a chemist, but since September 2008 I have been a pastoral tutor at an FE college. In late September this year I will start work as a teacher in a small school.

Other Information:
I'm a Jane Austin fan, I can't stand the Brontes. I love ALL music exept punk. I have a husband, (48), 3 children, (25.21 and19), and a 7-year-old retired greyhound. I used to keep rats and love all animals, (I'm not partial to cats, but I wouldn't harm one), but I am limited in my choices because my daughter is severely allergic to many animals but dogs in particular, (although, strangely, not greyhounds). I enjoy dancing of all types. I'm married to a Morris man (Morris is a type of English country dance) and I dance folk, jive and salsa myself.
I play the flugel horn in Hemel Hempstead brass band, sing jazz and run weekly and monthly jazz events.

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    Hello friend! Just stopping by to wish you a blessed Easter weekend! Remember - it's just ONE day, so let's focus hard on staying on program, okay? WE CAN DO THIS! Don't let the chocolate bunnies win! LOL


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    2523 days ago
    "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" ~ Thomas A. Edison

    Wishing you a wonderful week full of healthy choices, happiness, and success! I believe in you!

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    2563 days ago
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    Just stopping by to say I hope you have a happy weekend full of healthy choices and smiles! Never forget - "If it is to be, it's up to me"! We can do this!

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    2579 days ago
    Hi, Annie

    I hope you are catching up with everything now and have settled in at your new job. I'm fine, apart from trying to catch up with washing etc. as just got back from holiday this morning. Dogs thoroughly enjoyed kennel life, where they were spoilt rotten. First hour on the computer was spent doing all the anti-virus updates etc, so I think it'll take me a while to catch up with everyone.

    2716 days ago
    Hi, Annie ! Thank you for adding me as a friend. That was sweet of you. I've added you too.


    -- karen
    2731 days ago
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