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My goals are to lose weight, beat anxiety and depression and move into a sustainable lifestyle with regular exercise and healthy eating.

The sustainability is as important to me as the weight loss - this has to be something I can maintain longterm, I cannot keep on playing yoyo.

Before my first pregnancy I weighed 154 lbs. During the pregnancy I put on 30 lbs, lost it, got pregnant again, put it on again, lost it again, maintained for five years, got pregnant again, put it on again, didn't lose it and just kept piling it on and on until I hit 220 lbs and finally said enough is enough.

Latest update - 20 weeks with SparkPeople 44 pounds lost as at 14th March.

Antidepressant free for five weeks!

Member Since: 11/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 24,452

My Goals:
GOAL 1 - 13 STONE (182 lbs)
Reward - Garage gym

(154 lbs)
Reward - Renew wedding vows

(126 lbs)
Reward - Cruise

GOAL 4 - Maintain 9 stone for one year
Reward tbd


Complete a 5k in under 30 mins

Run a "real" 5k

Complete a 10k

Get into my red dress without a struggle/get it on over my legs not my head

My Program:
Firstly, I'm tracking everything I do into Spark People. Food and fitness. I love number crunching, so the graphs and stats are great for me.

I'm exercising every day - some cardio, some stretching, and drinking my 8 glasses of water. It seems to be working so far.

Personal Information:
I'm from Slough, which is a town just outside of London in the UK.

I'm 43, married with 3 children.

In October 2009 I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression following the death of my beloved Grandma. I was in a very bad state, lost my job, became agrophobic, had panic attacks and stopped caring for myself in every way. I put on a lot of weight during this time. Now, thanks to my wonderful family, my GP and counsellor I am much better - and still taking one step up out of the dark pit every single day.

Other Information:
I'm in the middle of writing a series of science fiction novels. Haven't managed to find an agent yet and might end up trying to sell electronically through Amazon or the like, but at least while I'm writing I'm not eating or feeling sorry for myself, so they're as much therapy as art.

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    Thanks for your comment on my Temari balls. If you do all those other crafts, of course you could do these. They aren't as hard as they appear. There is a website, www.temarikai.com ,that gives all the information you need to get started. There are instructions, patterns, history, shopping sources...everything. Take a look. I'm not doing them right now because I have two kittens, 9 months old. They are far too curious to have threaded needles around. When they calm down, I'll go back to it.

    Take care...stay warm!

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    3515 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments on my blog. I truly appreciate it. I've been on this weight journey for awhile and I am definitely not quitting. This is just a break for me to get my head together! I am striving to maintain over the holidays--watching what I eat, etc. I will be going full force after the first of the year feeling refreshed and a new set of goals.
    3521 days ago
    Thanks for the email i think it's my honesty that has got me where i am in life i'm generally a very happy person.My weight is a sore point but i think a little bit of the your gonna be fat now forever off of everyone else has gotton me no where so i'm starting 2011 with the if i want to i'll do it and sod what everyone else thinks.

    I bet i'll be slim in no time.I wish you look although you seem to be doing great so far.I lost a stone no problem the first month after having my son but since then i hurt my knees and it's been so hard to lose not sure why but i'm so determind to lose that i know i'll do it.

    I love sp friends and knowing your from the uk is refreshing.Keep in touch i'd love to hear how your doing/.
    3522 days ago
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    Thanks for the SparkGoodie! Hope you had a great weekend :)
    3535 days ago
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