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this was me at 112 lbs in 2012. I'm now (Aug '16) about 116 lbs - so close to getting back there:)

It's amazing how many everyday object have 'faces' :D

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In July, I took the theme of 'connecting' and made a stupendous effort to achieve this. I'm not sure I can keep it up, but I'm going to try! For August, I'm going to take time to PLAY! I am reading a book by Diane Ackerman called Deep Play.

I am 61 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone 7lbs - so I'm in the 'healthy' range. My issue is less being fat, and more about my relationship with food.

I am learning to manage my behaviour around food with the NoS diet which is working well for me. Three 'proper meals' a day - no snacks, sweets or seconds on weekdays - with some freedom at the weekends and on special days like birthdays. Good old-fashioned regular eating pattern! My behaviour around food is being modified very happily with this system. So glad I found it. Check out the NoS team page if you're curious!

I want to be fit, supple, happy, healthy, full of energy!

I'm keen to be lean!

I've also noticed that a lot of my status updates are about the weather - very British!

".. every pound of weight loss results in five pounds of stress taken off your knees, seven pounds off your ankles, and a whopping ten pounds off your spinal discs!" it's worth the effort!

And, an odd thing you might think, I've set my ticker to show how long until I retire. I was expecting to retire at 60 yrs old, but the rules changed and now I have to work until I'm 66. I am tired of working and looking forward to retiring! Having it on a ticker shows me exactly how many days - and inspires me to take on challenges and projects along the way.

Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 21,159

My Goals:
These are my physical goals: I want to have achieved the following:-

1) to keep my weight under 8 stone 7lbs

2) to get and keep my waist under 29"

3) to maintain a supple and strong body into my later years

4)To be a slim, strong, fit woman!

My Program:
for the emotional reasons for eating: Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss programme

NoS diet - No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S

I aim to do some form of exercise every day - it changes! Usually I put it into the Spark Fitness tracker & I make that public on my Spark Page.
I sometimes run. I sometimes to Yoga with Adrienne. I sometimes do strength-training. I sometimes hula-hoop. I walk a lot. I am on my feet all day at work and very active. I don't go to the gym or do any classes.

Personal Information:
I live by the sea in the South West of the UK. I work full-time to provide services for adults with learning disabilities. I am a Nichiren Buddhist.

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Books I've found useful:
'Eating Less - say goodbye to overeating' by Gillian Riley
'The end of overeating - taking control of our insatiable appetite' by David A Kessler
'Caffeine Blues - wake up to the hidden dangers of America's #1 drug' by Stephen Cherniske
'Raw Emotions' by Angela Stokes
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle
'Body in Action' by Sarah Key

My Community Journal:
The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force

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  • v BETRHO48
    Thanks for the comments on my Niagara Falls blog, Gill. The entire site IS a wonder to behold. And you are correct about the noise, especially when one gets "up close and personal" to the Falls, which you can do with a tour of the Cave of the Winds.
    1 day ago
    I love all the folklore surrounding natural places. The funny thing is that Thor's cave is so huge it's almost cathedral-like, not cramped, dingy and claustrophobic like some caves. I always got a sense of peace and wonder as a child, and as an adult too. It's hard to imagine anyone believing it was inhabited by some vengeful, screeching goblin!!

    I don't really know the Cannock Chase area, Wetton is further North in the Peak District. It's a beautiful area. Might be worth a visit to your sister one day!
    1 day ago
    The Park Run photo was also where I did my run/walk the day before. I hadn't realised there was a Park Run there until I saw them all gathering at the start. As you can see, they got a little bit bunched up at that part of the race, so I was glad to be able to get out of their way!!
    1 day ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    It's turned out ok now the weather, washing is drying, but need to play catch up with couple more loads tomorrow.

    1 day ago
    Right on the firewall -- for 3 months now, thank you. Have a cheery evening
    1 day ago
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