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I decided to lose weight when I was suffering from heel pain and my mobility was being affected. I was scared I would hurt myself and never be able to recover from it, at 323lbs this was a real possibility!

I met my original goal of 140lbs in 2010. A loss of 183lbs. My current goal is to get back to 160lbs.

I am still here after re-gaining a significant amount of my losses during 2 pregnancies and post-natal depression. This is something people need to open up and talk about more. My depression left my only caring about the small human entirely dependant on me (literally as I exclusively breast fed for 6 months, and continued until she was 2.6 years old). I didn't care much about myself at all.

I had another baby June 2018, after a difficult pregnancy, and dramatic birth and subsequent complications mean I have a long route to health again. I am exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months, so her health and my supply come first, but healthy eating is never wrong! Even if not losing much weight for now.

Weight loss for anybody or reason other than your own reasons doesn't work. You have to want it yourself.

Thats why I set myself very small weight loss goals, never looked at the 'big' picture as it didnt seem achievable. In doing this, remaining positive in meeting these small goals, they all added up into something much bigger and better.

I cannot deny its been hard, I cannot deny its got me down sometimes, but I also cannot deny its worth it.
Its worth being surprised by yourself at finding a motivation you never believed you would have.

Member Since: 2/21/2009

Fitness Minutes: 108,100

My Goals:
Get back to pre-pregnancy weight, regain strength and health.

My Program:
Education... learning about whats in our foods, whats good nutrition. Lower carbs, trying for under 100g net carbs a day, difficult when sharing meals with my vegetarian husband!

Personal Information:
I live in England, on the West Coast, in Blackpool, I grew up near Cambridge.

Other Information:
I am married and have two girls, 1 cat. I love reading, films, cooking, big fan of things like Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, Buffy and most types of horror films!

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    thanks for sharing the British Quinoa Company with us - I've checked the website - looks fabulous. There are a couple of companies now growing UK pulses too. Isn't it good?!
    19 days ago
    Good morning! My ceramic measuring spoons are indeed from The Pioneer Woman range, to answer your question. :) Have a great day!
    19 days ago
    In Penzance yesterday we were blessed to have 100% cloud cover, and a strong s-w breeze = it was about 21c.

    My brother lives in Kent and says they were sent home a lunch-time because it was too hot to work.

    How is it up in Blackpool?
    22 days ago
    It's so true! Canada is a HUGE swath of land. I am about a 5-6 day drive from Edmonton or a 5 hour plane ride. On the other hand I am only a 2 day drive away from ANOO_YOO. My hometown in a 2.5 hour plane ride away. Heck, it takes me almost an hour to get to Ottawa!
    Interestingly, my cousin is moving to Stony Plain for a new job in August. Stony Plain is very close to Edmonton. I'm happy to hear that a trip to Canada is on your agenda. A trip overseas is on mine.
    28 days ago
    If you ever decide to come to Canada, there will be a towel and flip flops waiting here for you and your sweet lil family.
    28 days ago
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