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Love me, love my cats. :) P.S. I don't throw my cats like the Crazy Cat Lady on the Simpsons. ;)

My favourite cat Lennon. He's part Siamese. Update: My sweet Lennon passed away June 2012.

A younger and slimmer me. I'd like to get younger and slimmer again, but I'll settle for slimmer.


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I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!!! It's time to get healthy...

January 18, 2011 update: After falling off the rails big time, I joined a Rosemary Conley diet and exercise class yesterday. I'm trying really hard to get back on track and not wallow in self pity over putting so much weight back on.

May 20, 2010 update: I've strayed and put some weight back on, but I'm back on track now. I will carry on with this journey and I WILL SUCCEED!!!!

October 6, 2009 update: I'm down a total of 37.2 lbs now! I'm going to the gym regularly and have made a number of positive changes to my lifestyle. My blood pressure is normal again also. It had been high to mildly elevated for the past 10 years. I'm quite happy with my progress. :)

August 4. 2009 update: I'm still plugging away. I'm now down a total of 24.2 lbs. It hasn't been easy because life has thrown various obstacles at me as life tends to do... However, I keep picking myself up, dusting myself off and proceeding with my journey.

Yesterday I started a gym program which includes cardio and strength training. The program should help a lot with toning and inch loss. I will reach my goals!

June 23, 2009 update: I've been involved with Sparkpeople for 5 weeks now and have lost 15.4 lbs. I've met some amazing people from various continents who are on the same journey as I. I'm involved in the Summer Sizzler's challenge on Team 300 Plus, which is helping to keep me motivated this summer. I still have a long road ahead, but my life is certainly headed in the right direction now!!! I've even tried belly dancing classes!!!! Wow!

Member Since: 5/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 34,124

My Goals:
1. Be able to buckle an airline seatbelt again without having to ask for an extension.

2. Be able to walk continuously for one hour without having pain in my knees, ankles and hips.

3. For once in my life, know what it feels like *not* to have my thighs rub together.

4. Be able to keep up with my husband when we're on holiday and out and about.

5. Be able to buy clothes in a regular shop, not one specialising in plus sizes.

My Program:
Eat healthily but allow myself treats.

Various activities including:

Aqua Aerobics
Gym programme with cardio and strength training elements
Nordic Walking when my Achilles tendon isn't causing me problems

(Gym programme was added in August 2009 to incorporate strength training and additional cardio).

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Middle aged American lady (from Georgia) happily married to a wonderful Englishman. Have been living in Liverpool, England area for the past 14 years.

Beatles fan, cat lover, enjoy crochet, knitting and reading. I'm also learning to sew on my new sewing machine.

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    hi , yes we had a good day fishing, and i hope your weekend went good as well.. hugs :) emoticon
    2518 days ago
  • v EVELYN5877
    You are doing really well, I found that there was almost a tipping point where my joints started improving a lot, so I felt like doing more, which speeds up the metabolism etc. My knees lock, especially if I sat down for long, but if I stood for any length of time, the hamstrings played up, that made them more inclined to lock. I had to lift up my leg with my hands, try to relax and then bend the knee still with my hands. It would release with a huge crack! If I sit for a long time they still do it, but nothing like they did, and the constant clicking has stopped. So keep going and live in hope. emoticon
    2523 days ago
    2552 days ago
    Happy Earth Day :)

    2556 days ago
  • v EVELYN5877
    Do you have just the one cat? I have three at the moment. One elderly black and white who moved in with me in 1998, and two youngsters, brothers who are a year old today. Oz is furry and cuddly and ginger with white chin and paws, while Archie is siamese shaped, long and lean, slightly boss eyed and very ginger. He's always in trouble. I also have a female bunny called Smudge. I am also a knitter, and cross stitcher, and like
    mcCall-smiths books. Congrats on the weight loss, it needs a lifetimes dedication. My goal is to sit in the bath without panicking that I won't be able to get out!
    2562 days ago
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