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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. ;)

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

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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: 34,666

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).

Personal Information:
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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  • v .DUSTY.
    Hi! emoticon To Team 300 lbs. Plus! We have such an awesome team! You're going to love it here! Best wishes on reaching all your goals and dreams. emoticon
    4207 days ago
  • v MELODYF67
    hello & welcome to SparkPeople! I agree with Leep - there is lot to see and do and it can be overwhelming. Do not fear it does get easier. The QuickFire team is awesome, I am a member as well. The fitness challenge of the day is always designed to be done in spurts throughout the day which I find wonderful since I can sneak them in at work. I have a team called Business Professionals which is for support of people with very busy lives. Trying to keep nutrition and fitness goals for those of us on the go can be difficult and we try to find innovative ways to fit it all in.

    Sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy SparkPeople! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4209 days ago
  • v LEEPFROG95
    emoticon emoticon I extend the warmest WELCOME to you.
    You may me a bit overwhelmed by the info that is here.
    But give it some time, and you will be an expert in no time.
    Everyone on this web site is here for the same reasons,
    maybe a little different end goals but we all want to have
    a better quality of life. Loving Spark is something you do.
    Being Spark member just becomes part of the new you.
    If you have any questions just ask, someone. That is the cool
    thing about this site there is always someone to help,
    to pick you up, to listen just to be there.

    Come visit my Spark Page check things out.
    Also, come and check out the QUICK FIRE TEAM,
    you can find the link on my page.
    The team has daily challenges something for everyone at every
    level. And We would love to have you join.....
    Enjoy the new journey.
    ~~~~~~Have a great day and enjoy SPARKING !!!~~~~~~~~
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    4209 days ago
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