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me in nov 2010 before starting sparkpeople

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me in feb 2012 - after doing sparkpeople for 1yr 1 month, at about 68kg


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I've been big since I was 11, and hit a massive 99kg when I was 17. After a work's christmas party when I was 23 I saw a photo of myself and had my eyes opened to what I actually looked like, and I didn't like what I saw! I started sparkpeople in Jan 2011, and managed to get down to 68kg before falling off the wagon. I've had phases where i've gained a stone and lost a stone, but at the end of this year I realised I'd let more weight creep back on than I was ok with, so on the 1st of January 2014 I kicked it all off again. In June of 2014 I had a horrible cold I just couldn't shake and by the end of the year I knew something was really wrong. After 6months of tests I was given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as M.E. Turns out that cold I couldn't shake was glandular fever. I went from training for a Spartan Sprint to barely being able to walk 20m without becoming utterly exhausted, and no amount of rest took the exhaustion away. I spent a long time trying to get get things back on track, gradually increasing my hours at work, and it has been the hardest thing I have ever done. Every single day was a never ending fight, desperately trying to reach the end of the day and to sleep, knowing I would have to do it all again the next day. Exercising became impossible and my body continually screamed for energy, this combined with going on and coming off antidepressants meant I ballooned at a frightening rate. I gained back all the weight I had once lost and worse still was unable to do what I did last time to get rid of it. Everything I tried, including SP, just led to continued weight gain and after a point I decided not to care anymore because the stress wasn't worth it. But it's not all doom and gloom! Over the last three years my health has got better, nowhere near back to normal, but so much better than when I first got ill. I've left my old job and have started a completely new part time career, which I am really enjoying. I've started getting back into exercise with a weekly Pilates class and am hoping to continue to include other things, slowly, working towards restarting some of the things I used to love. Best of all on Jan 1st 2018 I decided to get back on track with the healthy eating and to be more positive. I don't know if this has coincided with my body and brain chemistry getting back in check a bit because the cloud has suddenly lifted. I'm finding it so much easier to be happy, and eating healthily is making the weight come off. (I am doing exactly what I did 6 months ago when I kept gaining weight, so I don't know what's happened but I am rolling with it). The end of last year was rough, but I'm making an effort to think positive, to let the bad things go and to try and see the good in every situation. So here's hoping the future stays bright and that I still see the sunshine when life throws clouds my way☀

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