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I decided to lose weight when I was suffering from heel pain and my mobility was being affected. I was scared I would hurt myself and never be able to recover from it, at 323lbs this was a real possibility!

I met my original goal of 140lbs in 2010. A loss of 183lbs. My current goal is to get back to 160lbs.

I am still here after re-gaining a significant amount of my losses during 2 pregnancies and post-natal depression. This is something people need to open up and talk about more. My depression left my only caring about the small human entirely dependant on me (literally as I exclusively breast fed for 6 months, and continued until she was 2.6 years old). I didn't care much about myself at all.

I had another baby June 2018, after a difficult pregnancy, and dramatic birth and subsequent complications mean I have a long route to health again. I am exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months, so her health and my supply come first, but healthy eating is never wrong! Even if not losing much weight for now.

Weight loss for anybody or reason other than your own reasons doesn't work. You have to want it yourself.

Thats why I set myself very small weight loss goals, never looked at the 'big' picture as it didnt seem achievable. In doing this, remaining positive in meeting these small goals, they all added up into something much bigger and better.

I cannot deny its been hard, I cannot deny its got me down sometimes, but I also cannot deny its worth it.
Its worth being surprised by yourself at finding a motivation you never believed you would have.

Member Since: 2/21/2009

Fitness Minutes: 111,322

My Goals:
Get back to pre-pregnancy weight, regain strength and health.

My Program:
Education... learning about whats in our foods, whats good nutrition. Lower carbs, trying for under 100g net carbs a day, difficult when sharing meals with my vegetarian husband!

Personal Information:
I live in England, on the West Coast, in Blackpool, I grew up near Cambridge.

Other Information:
I am married and have two girls, 1 cat. I love reading, films, cooking, big fan of things like Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, Buffy and most types of horror films!

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  • v NOME__
    I forgot to say - I came here from your post about your Grandad's great runner beans. Have you tried growing them yourself? They're dead easy to grow, and if you don't have a garden they'll even grow in a growbag next to your doortsep or on your balcony! Give it a try! They're so delish.
    3786 days ago
  • v NOME__
    Hey Pookiepup, sorry you're feeling lonely. I see you've lost 62lbs - that's amazing! I hope you're proud of yourself! Would be lovely to see a picture of your kitties - mine had his first birthday this week, but there's a pic on my sparkpage of him when he was tiny - it's soooo cute!

    Keep up the good work. emoticon
    3786 days ago
  • v MCL423
    Hi, I just wanted to stop by and send some support...your doing great, we all go through rough patches but eventually there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you will reach your goal and get back to that happy place you were at before. Just push through it I know you can do it!


    3786 days ago
  • v SONIA.B
    emoticon Hello there Beautiful,
    I am sorry that your so sad. I think that the 54 pounds that you have lost is fantastic. Don't look at it as being thin look at it as being healthy, less weight on your legs and feet, less stress on your heart. I am so amazed and PROUD OF YOU for doing this without surgery and pills. Your an out standing BEAUTIFUL WOMAN and you have done so much for your self. This is for you and all your hard work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs Sonia

    3788 days ago
  • v WALKFAST11
    Sending you some emoticon to brighten your day. Some emoticon to let you know your not alone. and we care. emoticon Pat
    3788 days ago
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