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Saturday, September 21, 2013

it's been lovely to pop in this evening and catch up with a few folks. i'm so proud of everyone for continuing their journeys and for being committed to getting healthy and happy.

as some of you know, i took a deliberate back step from spark after finding i was spending 30 hours in a week checking blogs and chatting. let's face it, if i'm chatting, i'm not exercising, am i?

i'm happy to report that things are going really well for me at the moment and it seems that my mindset is far more positive that i ever thought i could maintain. to be honest, i can attribute a lot of it to the 'fake it til you make it' school of thought but i don't care, it helped and i'm there. it's all part of the journey, baby.

so what's changed for me? thanks for asking!

since joining spark, i've lost 112 pounds. i've moved from wearing uk size 28 clothes to a size 14. i've got energy and i've even been out on a bike. in public. big news - i've also discovered i've got a neck.

sadly, things didn't work out with the big rugby brute last year but that was because he worked too hard and wasn't really ready for a foxy lady like me rather than things going horribly wrong. happily, i have a new man in my life that is the best thing since sliced bread. he's a little bit awesome and thinks i'm amazingly awesome. he has 3 kids and they also consider me to be strongly in the awesome category, which is helpful as i place them there too.

i got a massive promotion at work, with massive amounts of 'more work' and lots less of 'nice time' but that's all good. with the promotion comes a nice little financial perk that has allowed me to buy a few pairs of jimmy choos and the cutest chanel heels ever known to man. i've always been a shoe freak but now my feet are thinner and my knee doesn't hurt so much, the expensive shoes are far more my thing. i think i've created a monster.

so that's my story so far. feeling a bit awesome and trying to be happy every day, and succeeding. how about you?

how it was...

how it got to be...

how it is now...

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CULAINA 9/22/2013 2:16PM

    Oh, sorry to hear that Winnie. I'm so glad that you've turned yourself back around. I remember you being so incredibly driven when I was a regular here. It made me so jealous! You can do it again, you are awesome xx

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WINNIE1978 9/22/2013 9:48AM

    Things could be better for me... I gained back a good bit of the weight that I had lost. I guess I should be happy that I haven't' gained it all back though. I went through some stressful stuff and a lot of change (I am not a fan of change) and I handled it very badly... turning to food, neglecting exercise. I'm working on eating better now... then I need to add the exercise back in. I really have no excuse now since I have a home gym now!

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CULAINA 9/21/2013 8:25PM

    ah winnie, lovely to hear from you. how are things going for you? you look amazing!

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WINNIE1978 9/21/2013 7:34PM

    I sparking love this blog!!!

I'm so happy to hear that everything is going so well for you!

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Knock knock

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hello peeps,

All is going well with the weightloss! I now weigh less than i did when I got married which was the lowest I had been during my adult life. I also weigh less than my pops which was a silent goal of mine.

With the weightloss, comes more good news - my knee is improving. I am not ready to run or jump yet but I'm happy to report that I can now walk without crying and I can get downstairs on my feet rather than my bum.

Don't even get me going about my new man...all 6ft 2 of rugby playing hunk who loves short girls with cheeky smiles - seems my luck is in *wink*

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ARNETTELEE 10/15/2012 3:45AM

  Great going!

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WINNIE1978 10/15/2012 3:06AM

    I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well!!! I'm glad your knee is feeling better and I hope it continues to improve.

No more details on the hunk? Such a tease! emoticon

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Hello, you might remember me

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hola peeps,

I haven't posted for a while but for very good reason. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I have an addictive personality and so in trying to motivate myself to lose weight, I swapped my constant fridge-checking for a constant sparkblog checking.

Upon finding out that I had spent over 30 hours on spark people in one week, I decided to go it alone for a while. I hope you all understand.

I'm back now and determined as ever to lose weight. Since I was here last, I've lost 14lbs/7 kilos and kept it off. I do declare I'll never get used to the weight tracker on here and my absence so far has only served to fuzz my brain even more!

The status of my knee is something that has caused me a lot of upset since I was here last. After many scans, X-rays and poking about, it has been decided that the tear and sprain are not what's causing the pain. The pain comes from the complete breakdown of my knee due to my weight. Suck on that, girly. The hospital can't help me, they've advised dramatic weight loss and a replacement kneecap once the old one has completely crumbled.

Hearing that my body cannot support my weight has been a massive wake up call. It is not news to me by any means but it has just driven the nail through to the other side, if you know what I mean.

One big positive is that I've had a friend over to stay from Canada and he spent the entire week trying to make me his new girl. He's a lovely guy (though not the guy for me) and despite my constant brush offs, we had a lovely week together and the boost to my self-confidence didn't go amiss!

I'll be having a look around and hopefully reconnecting with people but won't be venturing into the fora or joining any challenges. I've just got to do what's right for me.

Right then, who's missed me? Lies are acceptable emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOOKWORM27S 6/26/2012 9:13AM

    Welcome back! I know how addicting Spark can be. But it keeps me from mindless eating...... so I guess I have swapped one addiction for another.

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APLUSGURL 6/21/2012 11:05AM

    Oh honey, I'm so sorry to hear about your knee :(. I understood leg problems. I did not have knee problems per say, but my calves would occasionally swell because of inflamed varicose veins. I has leg surgery about two years ago, and my legs feel and look so much better! I understand addictive personalities as well. I have a tendency to put my EVERYTHING in ONE thing, but then slack on everything else. I've had to learn balance (and it's still a struggle). I also left spark once school started. I'm off for the summer, but the semester will kick back in this fall, and I have to at least check in here and keep my healthy lifestyle going! The good news is that although I gained ( good ol' freshman 15) I still managed to keep off 65 lbs! I am so glad to see you back! WE CAN DO THIS GIRLFRIEND!!!! I'm glad to see you back! emoticon

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WINNIE1978 6/20/2012 7:07PM

    Welcome back!

Congrats on losing 14lbs and keeping it off! emoticon

Ouch! The knee problem really sucks. I'm surprised there's nothing they can do. Hopefully as you lose weight the pain will ease up too.

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LITTLEKIM4 6/20/2012 2:19PM

    Yay! I'm so glad to hear from you! I have missed you, and it really filled me up with a sense of joy when I saw that you had stopped in. I'm so happy to hear that you've lost weight and kept it off! Quiet honestly, when you were no longer posting on Sparkpeople, I was afraid that had meant you had given up. (Hasty assumption, I know. But when I am missing in action from SparkPeople, it usually means I'm not putting a lot of effort into eating right, etc.).

I really understand the need to rein in how much time you spend on SparkPeople. I am really trying to find a balance where I utilize the site, but don't let it take over my life.

I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. What you said is right, though, in that things like that can be a real wake-up call.

I sure hope that you continue to be successful with your weight loss efforts, and I hope you can find time to stop in every now and then to let us know how you're doing.

I've missed you, friend!

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MOSTMOM1 6/20/2012 10:41AM

    I wondered where you were, but I totally understand the break. Ugh on the news, but maybe you're right, maybe it was the wake-up call you needed. Why do we have to learn the hard way? Why? sigh
Well, you're back, so GO GET 'EM, GIRL!!!

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CHANGINGSAM 6/20/2012 9:41AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee! I'm glad that you decided to continue making changes though. I was wondering where you were. Glad you're back!


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BESTCK 6/20/2012 7:50AM

    I missed you terribly, but I was having a Spark crisis as well, so there you go!

Sorry to hear about your knee but it seems you're off to a great start getting that weight off.

Don't you wish we could use our addictive personalities for good instead of evil? emoticon

Glad you're back. Missed you!

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Over and over and over again

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I've had a few setbacks in the last month. I'm dusting myself off and coming back.

This is me doing just that.

Ready to soar again.

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LITTLEKIM4 4/6/2012 11:33PM

    I know the feeling!

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BESTCK 3/12/2012 12:44PM

    We haven't lost if we just keep trying. :) Hugs to you!

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WINNIE1978 3/8/2012 5:40AM

    I'm glad you are dusting yourself off and preparing to soar again! emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/8/2012 3:59AM

    you are doing the right thing, the only way is UP!
best wishes, Sandra

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RICHILA 3/7/2012 9:48PM

    "Pick yourself up, dust yourself off..." That's what we all do. Success is picking yourself up one more time than you fall. emoticon

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Holy crap, batman

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I think the universe is conspiring not against me, but towards me.

Did you ever have one of those days?

I woke up early, full of energy and ready for the day. It's the first day of the holidays, why wasn't I dragging my ass out of bed several hours later? Oh well, up and at them.

The guy who comes to do some odd jobs for me was over so whilst I was waiting for him to finish, I cleaned the house, did the washing and sorted the recycling. What is wrong with me?

Whilst tidying, I found the batteries for my wii remotes so turned it on and did 10 minutes of wii fit to test them out. My knee felt out of breath so I sat for a few minutes, staring out at the sun glaring through snow. I started to fidget. Before I knew it, i was 30 minutes into a workout and having a go at the new Zumba game I got for Christmas. Stranger and strangerer.

Time for lunch, I made a sandwich and munched on a banana as I checked my emails. What's this? I hadnt won the car in the Christmas draw. Shame. Wait, what was that? I've won a year's gold membership to a posh gym? Are you kidding me? I bounce around in a hysterical fashion until a) my knee collapses under me and b) I get the cold sweats at the thought of being in a gym in front of other people. This has got to be a message, surely. Someone's trying to tell me something.

After a bit of shopping, I relaxed for a bit of tv time but I couldn't settle so I opened a door I haven't opened in a while. I opened the door under the stairs. Now, this door leads to a cupboard that I don't use. Until recently, I thought it was near empty until I discovered thatmy housemate was only an excellent cleaner and tidier because she throws everything in there. Seriously, it's like a scene for hoarders:buried alive in there. So it's almost 1am and I'm still going strong. The cupboard is half empty and everything is being redistributed, whether it's to the bin or recycling, into another room or straight onto eBay, whatever it is, it's getting sorted now.

Seems I am too. *grin*

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BESTCK 2/20/2012 12:37PM

    Awesome. I love it when I have days like that. Glad you got yours.

What holidays, btw? I think we could use another holiday over here.

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LITTLEKIM4 2/15/2012 7:59PM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a busy, productive day. Congratulations on winning the gym membership. You're right. That must be a sign. :-)

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    What a great prize! I hope you can get up the nerve to go! Just remember - everyone starts somewhere!

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SUSIQZER 2/12/2012 2:28PM

    What a great day!!

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ERLYWA 2/12/2012 12:49PM

    Wow, what an awesome day! Reminds me of a quote I read awhile back about the Universe conspiring FOR us, not against us :)

Way to go! And congrats on that gym membership, I'm jealous! :)

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CHANGINGSAM 2/12/2012 11:00AM

    I love those kind of days!

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CELLISTA1 2/11/2012 11:23PM

    This is great. You're doing all this stuff even though you don't really want to, it's like - oh, it's happening TO me. Very funny and very good. You really won the gym membership? You have to do it, even if you feel embarrassed at first. When you go, ask about new member orientation and get as much advice as you can. Buy some new shoes, a couple of new t-shirts, and some workout pants and just get in there and get started. 1. You won't be the only overweight person, and 2. You're doing it for YOU so who cares what the other people are up to?

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IMKFOX 2/11/2012 11:15PM

    I love those kinds of days! Congrats and enjoy it!

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MKPRINCESS007 2/11/2012 10:28PM

    Oh my gosh! What a day! When a day is so good, who wants to see it end? Is that why you were still up at 1am? LOL
Congrats on a successful and productive day! Make use of that gym membership!

Keep having a great weekend!

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WINNIE1978 2/11/2012 9:02PM

    You are awesome! Sounds like you've accomplished tons of stuff today! emoticon

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