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This is what exercising feels like on most days, except I'm hauling around an extra person!

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Hello and thanks for stopping by. After years of ignoring my health and the ever-creeping weight gain, I decided enough was enough. No more telling myself that I was fine the way I was or that I'd lose the weight next year (or the year after that).

I joined Spark in January 2010 and combined with walking and a low-carb diet, went down 23 pounds, as well as several inches. I haven't regained the weight, but over time I lost my motivation and went back to eating as before.

I started walking again in June 2012 without changing my eating plan. My legs got firmer, I had more stamina, but the weight didn't budge. At the doctor's office, my blood work came back slightly lower than before, but still too high. That was enough to motivate me.

I'm more determined than ever to succeed. I have to be tough on myself but also positive that this time I can make it all the way to my destination. No detours, rest stops or excuses.

I plan to blog about my eating/get healthy plan as honestly as I can, including failures and successes. I know we're all different but I would like to share my journey so you may benefit from my experience, and I in turn by reading about yours. Together we can do this! :)

Member Since: 1/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 12,964

My Goals:
To lose weight and lower my blood work results in 6 months time (03/13)

First Marker: To get under 200 lbs by end of December.

My Program:
I'm on a low-carb eating plan. I go to the gym 5x a week and take Zumba, Yoga, Aquafit and Pilates classes. It seems like a lot but I have energy to spare. I meet my trainer once a week. He's great, if a bit relentless. I walk everywhere, including to and from the gym - a minimum of 30 minutes per day. I'm starting to incorporate weights into my routine. I'm new at it, and it still intimidates me, but already I can feel my arms getting stronger.

Personal Information:
I live in London with my husband, daughter, and kitty cats. In a previous life I was very active, roller skating, biking, swimming and dancing. 20 plus years later, that's all changed, but I aim to recover some of that vigour. Who says it can't be done?

Other Information:
I love reading books, watching films, traveling and cooking shows. I have recruited my family into my health makeover. It's great to have them along for support. I find that sharing my experience makes me more accountable.

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    How are you doing? Hope you are having a healthy day!!!
    4063 days ago
  • v JANTWO
    Welcome to Wii Fit Plus!!!! We are so glad to have you on our team!!!! Be sure to check out the challenges and postings. Feel free to ask any questions or post any accomplishments that you want to share with the team. We are a very supportive team with very caring people. Please introduce yourself to the team and get ready to Wii!!!! We can lose the weight and get healthy together!!!!

    4064 days ago
  • v WATOGA17
    I'm glad my blog helped to inspire you! Thanks for the comment and for friending me!

    4064 days ago
  • v WATOGA17
    Welcome to SP! This is a wonderful place to find information, support and motivation! The best advice I can give you is find a team where you feel comfortable and stay involved! It makes all the difference. I hope that SP will be as good for you as it has been for me!

    Best wishes on your journey,

    4064 days ago
    Welcome to sparkpeople! If you ever need any support or a kick in the but you can always vent to me or post a message on my page. Congrats on taking the first step !!
    4064 days ago
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