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Hi. I am 38 years old, live in the UK, and am trying to lose weight for lots of reasons.

I've been overweight on and off throughout my life, but several years of being unable to work has left me at the highest weight of my life.

It's impacting on my health, my self-confidence, and my ability to conceive. So, it's time to change.

Member Since: 4/10/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,949

My Goals:
My primary goal is to feel and look better.
My secondary, but very important goal, is to improve the symptoms of PCOS and to try to get pregnant.
Improving the symptoms of PCOS will also hopefully help prevent the development of diabetes and lower my cholesterol. Fortunately my blood pressure is normal. Pretty much the only thing about me that is!
If I can also improve my anxiety and depression that would be an added bonus.

My Program:
I'm just beginning my journey. So far I have researched PCOS a fair bit, and found a lot of quite confusing information.

My main method seems to be to reduce my carbohydrate intake, reduce my overall calorie intake, and eat mainly protein, and good fats.

Foods I am particularly including, or planning to include, are: Chicken, Chick peas, Broccoli, Kale and Spring Greens, Sesame seeds, Wheat Germ, Salmon and other fish, Cinnamon, Romaine lettuce.

Foods to avoid: Mashed potato, Anything with white flour, white sugar, white rice. Anything processed. Anything with saturated or trans fats. Most cereals.

I am also supplementing with a large number of different pills, which so far have managed to restore my periods, which even last year were almost absent.

I get a fair amount of exercise. Although it's a bit sporadic, and I have issues with leaving the house due to anxiety, so this is something I do need to work on.

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I am from East Anglia in the UK. I'm 38. I used to work as a bookseller, but I've been unable to work for a few years now.

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    This coming Tuesday, May 1st, is the celebration of May Day.  This day has been adopted several times over for different purposes and may be called by different names so no matter what you celebrate;

    May you find happiness and health
    May you receive help when you need it
    May you laugh every day
    May you find and keep love 
    May you feel light and inspired
    May you be respected and valued
    May your wishes come true
    May you be a bright and shining fire to others
    May you experience beauty and bliss
    May you be nourished and cherished
    May you look in the mirror and find no faults, no insecurities, and no fears,
    for you are beautiful and confident, strong and brave.

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    The History of May Day: 

    "Etymologically, [May Day] is a homophone (same sounding word) for the international call for help. It is a corruption of the French imperative “M’aidez” meaning “Help me!” As a holiday it is claimed by many. It is known in the pagan world as Beltane, a fertility celebration... Beltane is the day of fire commemorating Bel or Belenos, the Celtic sun god. Indeed, in the modern Irish language, Bealtaine is the name for the month of May. The early Anglo-Saxons began their celebration on the eve before, feasting the end of winter and the first planting. It was a time of revelry and abandon... But this day’s celebration of the revival of vegetation goes back to the Roman practice of visiting the grotto of Egena. The people of ancient Rome honored Flora, the goddess of flowers and springtime.

    "...In America: The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States... But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions."

    "In 1886 it was co-opted as an international workers day to celebrate the 8-hour workday movement, following national strikes in the US and Canada. Later, the French declared May 1 the International Working Men’s Association holiday in 1889."

    History information gleaned from:
    and www.billpetro.com

    2127 days ago
    Love your Waterhouse picture! I painted a giant copy of that same one in college. emoticon

    I have another Sparkfriend diagnosed with PCOS, she struggles with it I know, her username is HAPPYHOMEGIRL.

    Welcome to Spark! There are so many wonderful things on this site to see, and so many wonderful people to meet and talk to! Check out some of our motivational members Success Stories, and Spark Pages for motivation - they are amazing! Also, there are so many wonderful Spark Teams on here to stop and see if they are right for you!

    Congrats on joining, and remember to take baby steps and stick with your fast breaks - taking it one step at a time is really key to making these changes permanent! Congrats again, and welcome!

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    Comment edited on: 4/28/2012 8:41:33 AM
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    We live on an incredible planet. It is full of magic and beauty and has the ability to take our breath away... literally. This planet we call Earth is my home. It is your home. It belongs to all of us. How amazing that we get to live in such an awe-inspiring place. Just please remember, when you come into our home, would you be so kind as to be on your best behaviour, put the trash where it belongs, turn the water and lights off when you're done, and for heaven's sake, wipe your feet...

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    This is our home:

    and this coming Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day. "Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet. Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility...
    Earth Day is the largest, most widely celebrated international environmental event."

    Want to help?
    Here are 49 Simple yet very funny things you can do to save the earth: (written from a husband's perspective in dedication to his wife)

    and 50 More Practical and consequently less funny ways to help the planet:

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    The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~Proverb

    To leave you with a smile inspired by the inhabitants of our incredible home, please watch: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ssXJtzFOjA

    Now, go outside. Appreciate, celebrate, and make a change. After all, we all live here together.

    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
    ~Dr. Seuss

    2138 days ago
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    "I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn

    Today, Saturday, April 14, 2012 is International Moment of Laughter Day.

    Seriously. You can't make up this stuff.

    "International Moment of Laughter Day is certainly a day to put a smile on your face! ... Laugh loudly and laugh often. Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, or just be silly with your friends. It is not the cause of the laughter that matters… but the effect.
    Researchers have begun to examine positive emotions and their impact on a person's health and aging process. Based on the results from a scientific study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughter may give a jolt to circulation and have positive effects on the heart. In addition, laughter may increase the body's production of nitric oxide (a chemical that helps dilate blood vessels).
    All of these positive impacts on your health are reason enough to laugh not just today, but every day! So go ahead and be silly and laugh at your own jokes. And don't forget that laughter is contagious!" www.punchbowl.com/holidays/internati

    "A day without laughter is a day wasted." ~ Charlie Chaplin
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    For ways in which to spread laughter be sure to read this wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Spread-Laught

    And if you need a helpful start on getting your laugh on, you absolutely must watch this amazing award winning 3-minute animation. Trust me, the irony of posting this on a weight-loss support site is not lost on me!

    2141 days ago
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    Welcome! If you need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP six month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received. This is a fabulous site and you will be astounded at what you get out of it if you give it your all.

    To celebrate your arrival here at SP, as well as to welcome in the Spring season, I would like to wish you a brand new start, never-ending moments of poise and balance and a joyful tip over on the scale to the side of light. I wish you a new dawn, an eternal youth and a morning star to wish on. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may they melt away with the winter and may you be granted a time of new light and a new life where your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle

    2142 days ago
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