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I hope to lose 42 lbs and regain my self-confidence, zest for life and MOJO along the way.

I have never actively taken part in forums before and know that this can make a difference to my success. So here goes with the start of another interesting journey and learning lots along the way.

I have been a serial dieter and lost and regained weight over many years. I gave up dieting several years ago as I realised that the all or nothing approach was not doing me any good both physically or emotionally.

I realise that I tend to start off with great enthusiasm for new things, new starts etc and then after a few months go back to my old comfortable ways. So this time I aim to be consistent in making small changes each day, record my activies, moods, results etc and share in the community.

I'm looking forward to enjoying the journey and not just focussing on the results

Member Since: 4/4/2010

Fitness Minutes: 9,779

My Goals:
Lose 42lbs (3 stone)
Gain more confidence so that I can start dancing again without feeling self-conscious
Be a great role model for my 4 year old daughter
Feel energetic, happy and have that real zest for life as I know that I am living each day with conviction

My Program:
I'm aiming to start off with small steps as I tend to jump in at the deep end, take on too much and then lose focus so give up a few weeks in.

Therefore I am starting my recording my nutrition and fitness and observing the patterns and how I feel

I also aim to be active on the community here by keeping my blog up to date, reading inspiring posts and articles and supporting others in their goals

Personal Information:
I live in the beautiful University city of Cambridge, UK and am from Staffordshire.
They say life begins at 40 well it did for me - I ran my first half marathan a month before my 40th birthday, got married at 40, started my first business at 41, moved to Australia at 42 and had my first child at 42!

I have a beautiful 5 year old daughter called Ellie and a supportive and loving husband.

My husband is from Perth, Western Australia where we lived for 2 years and where my daughter was born

Other Information:
There are so many hobbies that I love that I seem to have given up over the years and are back on my list of things to do. These include
Dancing - I used to do ballroom, latin and salsa and am loving zumba.
I also love knitting and have a half-finished cardigan and stash of wool that could keep me busy for the next 5 year!
I also love singing and music and have recently started playing again, after buying a new digital piano. I'm hoping this inspires my daughter to want to learn and play

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    Hey there beautiful lady....
    Havent seen you fo some time....
    Just stopping by to see if you have found your mojo again and how you are doing
    2830 days ago
    Good luck with your detox! It's good to have a little kickstart every now and again. emoticon
    2929 days ago
  • v VW_STEPH
    I'll let you know how it goes with the kettlebell :)
    It's sitting by my fireplace at the moment, looking all mean and scary, haha!
    2938 days ago
  • v no profile image SHAPNUP
    Hi there,

    Thanks for commenting on my motivation blog. It sure can feel like we're punishing ourselves when we're in that negative mode. It's taken me some time to be able to do good things for myself without feeling guilty!

    Have a great day! emoticon
    2965 days ago
  • v 1DRWOMAN
    Thank you for taking time out of your day to congratulate me on being M.O.D! I really appreciate it. Congratulations on all your success! Have a great day and an even more fabulous week! You can do anything if you want it badly enough! xox
    2983 days ago
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