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I'm back on SP some 6 years after I first joined. I enjoyed great success, losing over 28 lbs in 7 months that year. I kept that weight off for 5 years despite spending 2 of those years living in Spain where I ate and drank my own body weight in rubbish food!

However, in June 2012, I gained 32 pounds in six weeks and shortly afterwards, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The promised weight loss once I started taking thyroxine has not materialised although most of my other horrible symptoms have abated.

In conjunction with my nutritional therapist, I am now following a dietary and supplement regime with a view to losing that weight and, hopefully, getting thyroid back on track so that I can stop taking thyroxine. At 44, I'm not prepared to resign myself to taking a nasty pharmaceutical drug for the rest of my life.

I'm well aware that it's going to be harder to lose the weight this time around because my thyroid will be fighting me all the way. It's not going too badly - I have lost 10 pounds in about three months but I still have a long way to go.

Wish me luck!

Member Since: 4/14/2007

My Goals:
Goal 1: 154 lbs reached on 13 August 2007

Goal 2: 140 lbs. Aiming for 1 April 2009.

So far, gone from a UK size 16/18 to size 14 (though a size 12 in my latest jeans!)

My Program:
Cutting out the rubbish foods, trying to get more exercise.
Tracking everything, being honest with myself, not denying myself anything as long as it fits in to the day's calories. Trying to tone up, especially around the tummy, which is difficult as I have back problems which make crunches very uncomfortable!

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Lived in Madrid for 18 months but now back in beautiful Brighton, sharing a flat with an incredible photographer, a gorgeous rescued cat and trying to work out what to do for a living!

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Passionate about vegetarianism, animal rights, travel and tennis. Oh, and Duran Duran!

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    Hi! Im new to the veg team and was shocked when i read why you became a veg'n, wondering if i can please quote you on my page? About the cows on the lorry.
    2640 days ago
    thanks for your blog comments! i guess when it comes to my weekend habits, i need to slowly make adjustments. Like instead of eating bad for lunch and dinner, only make it dinner. and slowly decrease until I only eat bad once a weekend. my biggest struggle is making healthy choices when i'm out. but the funny thing is that when i do make the healthy choices, i FEEL better after. i don't feel "heavy" and "blah" like when i eat bad. it's easy during the week because it's way more routine. weekends are always spontaneous and so are the meals. and your right, i DO snap at my roommate when he tries to tell me not to eat something! i told him that he just needs to stay strong! lol
    3048 days ago
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    I just read something you posted back in Nov of last year. It was about feeling strange about other people noticing your weight loss (in the not the only one with out kids forum).

    I am currently going thru that right now - recently a LOT of people have been giving me the "you lost weight - you look good" comments and I have been negatively receiving them (inwardly - outwardly I just smile and say something witty about "I'm trying" or "I hope so") but what you wrote really struck a cord - and I wanted to say THANK YOU!!
    3116 days ago
    Thanks so much for your truly helpful comments on my blog today. I think you're right, so I will try to tweak things around so I can have a snack before bed.
    And you're right, on your own blog - the price of freedom (or weight loss) is eternal vigilance!
    3182 days ago
    Hi there,

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Just stopping by to say hi.
    I saw your comment about being able to sing 3.5 octaves. That is awesome. I can carry a tune, but that's about it. My musical experience comes from years of piano lessons and being in band, although I don't play much nowadays.

    3259 days ago
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