I am 53 years young with a supportive OH. My main hobbies are card making and reading. I have arthritis and diabetes so my goal is to get slimmer and healthier so that I can do more fun things in my life with less pain. I have never been small and have been on and off diets my whole adult life gaining more than I lost each time. Finally twigged that I needed to stop eating diets foods and find healthy foods that I enjoyed enough to eat all the time. I am also an emotional eater and had ...
I am 53 years young with a supportive OH. My main hobbies are card making and reading. I have arthritis and diabetes so my goal is to get slimmer and healthier so that I can do more fun things in my life with less pain. I have never been small and have been on and off diets my whole adult life gaining more than I lost each time. Finally twigged that I needed to stop eating diets foods and find healthy foods that I enjoyed enough to eat all the time. I am also an emotional eater and had another aha moment when I realised that I associate food with being happy and secure.
First stone lost! 30/7/2012 Second stone lost! 6/11/2012
Done with diets - I'm on a permanent lifestyle change. I am eating healthy foods most of the time - I'm no saint! But I am tracking everthing daily. I am starting to exercise little by little - need to strengthen my muscles to support my joints and reduce the lower back pain when I walk. The chair exercises are brilliant! I have started to use the visualisation techniques I read about on here.
I live in Cheshire in the UK.
I like to read and make cards and explore new places..
Hiya! Thanks so much for visiting my recent blogs. Your encouragement is always so welcome. Spark Solution certainly arrived at an opportune moment but that and an accompanying trial on Spark Coach are taking up so-o much of my time. However - I'm so bad at sticking to all this that I just thought some public accountability would be good. That said - I totally agree that there is often stuff in one's way and the path is never smooth. Just gotta persevere. I see from your status that you're contemplating a further push and hope that means things are calming down a bit. Let me know when you can. BIG and more thanks. XXX
Hi! I just wanted to say hello and that your idea of giving up diets and having success with that is an inspiration to me. I have tried everything from Weight Watchers to Atkins to South Beach to counseling to Overeaters Anonymous, and nothing works for me for the long haul. I have a serious problem with emotional eating, but I'm determined to get this under control. I just want to learn how to eat sensibly in a way that I can live with! It sounds like this is something you have had success with, and that gives me hope! Thanks! :)
Kaye - thanks for visiting my blog. Have to say I’m pleased too –thought I’d slipped – AGAIN! – but find that despite focusing on everything BUT Sparking –it was lodged in my brain somewhere. I’m not housewifey either but I do love a project – painting and decorating/gardening/etc – anything with an end product! Don’t do that daily dusting thing cos I don’t think a little dust hurts and if I leave it I can eventually see what I’ve done so for me it’s more satisfying. THIS however was a different matter – just couldn’t be left more than half a day and was vital but bo-o-oring . De-cluttering only came about cos my OH and I are probably 20-ish years older than you and yours and are beginning to lose a lot of friends so I just thought that I didn’t want to leave either of us (or my kids for that matter) with loads of c**p to sort out. My elder son has just started an internet business helping people to change attitude to their clutter and I wanted to give him a hand with his start-up. He really came up trumps. I NEVER imagined anyone could encourage OH to clear or chuck – but my son just burrowed under his resistance and it all got done. As for waste – my son persuaded me to donate everything to the charity shops or re-cycle at the local tip where they’re really helpful at finding ways to re-use things. Not ideal but better than hoarding or landfill. Hope the exerdcises are keeping your arthritis at bay – I count myself lucky so far but I do know from friends how debilitating and limiting it is. Keep at it all – personally I’m beginning to accept that if we don’t give up it will come good in the end. 'n BIG and thanks. PS - rather long - sorry!
Hi Kaye - thanks so much for dropping by - sorry I've taken so long to get back - been engulfed in more dust than I've ever seen - had to have a ceiling renewed in the very old building where I live and they even had to renew the lathes so all the black filth and soot from the loft flew everywhere. No fun at all and it comes back endlessly. Also needed to go to Dorset to the other little house to sort out a dispute with a neighbour - went OK but all stressful. So I guess Spark is one thing too much right now. I do think of you you though and am not surprised you're not Sparking much either with your arthritis troubles. For me it takes serious focus to get on with the business of weightloss. Dunno if you're the same. Glad the exercises are helping. Will def be back soon and catch up properly. In the meantime take care and thanks for thinking of me BIG