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Hello and welcome.

I’ve been doing this Spark thing for about nine years now, which is quite a while. During that time I’ve lost weight, gained weight; started new gym regimes, given up on gym regimes; signed up for events, failed at events. It seemed that my weight rolled in and rolled out like the tide - a force of nature that I had no say in.

That all changed last year on Christmas Day, when at the point where I should have been serving dinner I was being rushed into hospital. I had acute pancreatitis brought on by gall stones… which in turn had been brought on by the vast amounts of cheese and other lovely but ultimately terrible food I’d been eating. Being in pain and feeling so awful was one thing - watching the people I love most in the world being put through so much worry was far worse. Knowing I’d brought that on by the choices I’d made was the worst thing of all.

As a result I’ve changed my diet completely. Its been easy and at the same time very difficult. Easy because I don’t really have a choice. Difficult because choice is still there, all around me. In the end it does come down to choice - in the past the choice between eating what I wanted to the point of nausea and fitting into a pair of trousers some time in a non-specified future was no choice at all - the cheese always won. Now its no longer about how I look and the clothes I can wear - its about how I feel and how healthy I am. If I look better and fit into clothes that’s a bonus, but its not the reason I’m here.

Now I eat a plant-based, low fat diet. Its simple but its not easy. It takes a bit of planning. Its worth the effort.

My plan is this:
Eat well
Drink plenty of water
Follow the rules and don’t get hung up on the numbers
Allow people to help me

Its now the end of April - since Christmas Day I’ve lost a little over 50lb - although I did have an organ removed in the process, it was a gall bladder so it was only a small one.

I am both completely the same person I was when I started with Spark People and totally different, I’ve been through a few metamorphoses, each time emerging as a different version. Sometimes I wonder if I’m still me at all - but then who else would I be

I like the version of me I am at the moment - that hasn’t always been the case.

Liking yourself is probably the most important thing I've learned from Spark People. You're stuck with yourself, you might as well like yourself, because being stuck with someone you don't like is a real drag

Member Since: 11/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 146,138

My Goals:
Take the opportunities that present themselves.
Say "yes" to things that make me a bit nervous...
Learn to say "no" - the world won't end
Be grateful for the abundance in all things all around me

My Program:
A plant-based, low-ish fat diet.
Do the things I love - swimming, dancing, yoga - just don't call it exercise.
Enjoy drinking the water
Get up at the same time each day - the going to sleep time will take care of itself
Allow people to help me

Losing weight is hard; being overweight is hard; maintaining weightloss is hard. Choose your hard.

Personal Information:
Always a rolly polly kind of child, I grew into a fat woman and have remained that way, with a few intermissions of the kind of thinness that just makes you dissatisfied with everything. I have probably lost my entire body weight two times over and two times over I've put it back on again, thereby proving I'm very good at losing weight and absolutely useless at it.
But guess what? There's more to me than that and more to life. This time its about health.

Other Information:
I'm a 56 year old living in London. I have two grown-up children, a proper job, a house and a lot of the other accoutrements of being a proper adult. Luckily I'm not one.

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    Hey girl! You are right - I don't want to be anybody but me....although I would like the packaging to be a little different! emoticon After my second divorce (sigh....) I took almost two years to get centered, go to therapy to undo the damage being married to a crazy alcoholic did to me, and start loving myself again. I feel like I am there - now I just need to lose the weight that I put on to protect myself during my marriage. (gotta love a good therapist!) I CAN do this and I WILL do it! Today I weigh what I did at nine months pregnant with my baby girl - can't really call it baby weight though - she's 17! lol

    Glad you are becoming a ...what did you call it? Whooping Americans? Whoop whoop! :) Keep up the good work sister...we'll all do it together!


    4017 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2010 2:06:15 PM
    Liz - thanks for the words on my blog. You are right in so many ways - sometimes I think too much - but sometimes I clearly don't when I can't seem to figure myself out. I will take your words to heart and try to figure out what I am keeping myself "safe" from. Interesting comment that one. Hmm.....

    I am so with you on the picture thing. I need to get different pictures that show the "real" me on there. Spoke with Gina yesterday about taking pictures of ourselves in shorts and sports bras....AND posting them on our websites.....

    Keep up the good work and don't think so hard about things. I'll try not to as well. I'll keep in touch - look for my new pictures this weekend! (Gina's too!)
    4020 days ago
    As a SP friend and real life friend of Louise (Schnebl) I appreciated your comments on her blog today and I think she will to. I just have a minute but I did not want that to go by without letting you know. Very insightful and meaningful-I would rather have a rant that is intelligent and thoughtful than 10 comments that say "Way to Go".

    From one complex woman to another-keep moving!

    4021 days ago
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