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March 2019

Hi nice to meet you, welcome to my page

We have been here in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK for 5 + years (23rd October 2019 will be 6 years to the day) and it's been the most joyous, best thing we've ever done and should have done it YEARS ago.

I have a spare bedroom as a dedicated gym room &I've chosen one feature wall to be a mauve berry shade, such a mood enhancer and am looking for a motivational picture to go on the wall facing the multi gym machine I treasure.

If you're really interested in my workouts, look at my trackers. Just to say I mix free weights and use Pilates Ball and Swiss ball for my core on a regular basis, use leg and arm weights for ST too and go for long soul invigorating walks along the beach near where we now live. I'm back to using my kettle bell and have increased the weight to 6kg to up the ante from January 2019.

That is not the cause for celebration.

The reason I'm so upbeat is because doing that this is the norm for me now and it's all because of what happened 10 years ago today on St George's Day (23/4/2007), the Saint's day for England.

Prior to April 23rd 2007 I was unable to walk 100 yards without help some days and spent my time at home having been medically retired in 1989. I was on a cocktail of spasm and pain-relieving drugs for Dystonia before an op and the side effects caused depression and weight gain ( least that was the excuse I hid behind. Portion control wasn't the half of it!) My life was, looking back, HELL.

Then I had the deep brain stimulation op for dystonia that changes EVERYTHING and the moment I woke up I just knew it had worked.

I have a set of metal rods embedded in my brain now connected to a battery pack in my upper chest, very small- similar to the way a pacemaker works, which cuts out messages to my muscles that caused some severe and painful tics or spasms

I could now do housework without getting tired and ironing was so much easier- no shoulder and neck pain. Yes, folks I relished trying everything I couldn't do, or do with difficulty, just to try out this new gadget.

I made my mind up that once I was fully recovered, I wasn't going to waste the surgical team's efforts; I was going to live life well and get out and enjoy myself.
Confident that I could do more I resolved to ditch the extra 34 pounds I was hauling around because of not being able to exercise and having joined SP in the September 07 I decided to research nutrition and exercise and make 01/01/08 my start date.

I tracked everything on the nutrition tracker; every morsel that passed my lips, did regular weigh-ins (and took measurements) and what little cardio exercise I could do. Talk about out of shape-5 minutes was enough to knacker me!! I set myself mini goals and rewarded myself for each goal met.

By 23rd March 08 the 34 pounds were gone, and I was exercising daily, eating much more healthily and my palate had changed beyond recognition.
Gone were the pizzas, burgers, cakes, deep-fried fish and chips and takeaways.

In came grilled fish, oven baked chicken, masses of raw veg and fruit, brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta and a fondness to try something new to eat every week.
OMG the contents of my fridge now are SO different!

I conquered the agoraphobia, finally facing up to that in the spring of 08 with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy....which like the op has been successful and I travelled on the London Underground on my own- never done that before EVER.

My other half supported me by buying me the ankle weights and dumbbells I wanted and went on to surprise me with a stair stepper, stop watch and pedometer for my 51st birthday bless him and for Crimbo 2008 Pete announced that he had treated us to a multigym as a Christmas present to us both from us both, which is in our spare bedroom along with the bike. WOW my own gym LOL. He then surprised me with extra stocking filler presents as he called them of a stability ball, resistance bands and a yoga mat (much needed as our floor was getting too hard for my smaller, less padded body lol).

Feb 1st, 2011 saw another operation to replace the failing battery with a rechargeable one and once a week for an hour I sat with a portable recharging unit and recharge myself. I thought it might keep reminding me I still have dystonia, but it hasn't, and the hour soon goes!

June 23rd, 2016 I needed a replacement battery as the old one became faulty- only needed a long weekend stay in hospital and it coincided with the UK's referendum to leave the EU on the can't forget the date can I!!

So, fast forward to today you can see where I'm coming from;

Why am my maintaining weight is still stable at around 122?
coz I any lower I'd be scrawny ...not attractive in your 60's!

Why I love ironing.......well almost.... coz I can!

Why I love to clean..........coz I can and it's a great workout

Why I love to do gardening...........coz I can, and I get fresh air for free

Why I love to exercise.......coz I can, and I feel alive and sexy afterwards.

Why I love to eat healthy food.... coz it feeds my body and fuels me to be active

Why I love to go walking along the beach with music blaring on my iPod..........coz it feels good to feel my hips move freely and I know Quasimodo has gone for good.

Why I love to go shopping for clothes and going out to theatres.......coz I can, and I'm not embarrassed any longer by spasms or tics.

Why I love to use weights..........coz I never had muscle strength at all before and it's given my curves and contours in all the right places and muscle definition

And why I love to Spark...........coz I have had an amazing journey and you, my spark friends, you've been there supporting and encouraging me all the way to push until I can say now that I am a healthy specimen and that my cup is 99% of the time FULL if not overflowing

AND MORE-I fully intend to keep on this course despite other age-related issues!! In fact, the local resident PT (whom I have a massive soft spot for) has a mantra; YOUR BODY WAS DESIGNED TO MOVE…SO MOVE.
And I do….it keeps those age-related issues to a minimum- I relish my independence 521

Member Since: 2/22/2010

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My Goals:
It only took me from 1/1/2008 to 23/3/2008 to ditch 34 pounds and I intend staying a UK size 8/10, eating healthily with the occasional treat, exercise on regular basis and live life to the full!

My Program:
At least 5 cardio sessions a week (walking or cycling) and strength training 4 times a week minimum; set goal to use my multigym twice a week and/or weights.

Personal Information:
Caz, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk UK

Other Information:
I am an ardent fan of UK singer Robbie Williams and enjoy eating out and going to shows and concerts/live music

Taken up Kettle bells and adore ST

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