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July 2016 in the Lake District.

Wedding in August 2016

Our little family, The Pickle is 5 days old, and the no sleep really shows!


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I decided to loose 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 pregnancy 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 2.5 years old). I didn't care much about myself at all.

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: 79,610

My Goals:
Get back to pre-pregnancy weight.

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 one daughter, 2 cats. love reading, films, cooking.

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    Bwahahahaa!! "insipid fruit teas." Yup. I only like the Stash Very Berry cold, like in my 40 things.
    P.S. Thanks for the link to that song. Pretty epic!!
    And yes, I would join a Curry Lovers Team. emoticon
    11 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2017 10:05:31 AM
    We need to set up a curry lovers team lol!
    12 hours ago
    You know, I'm lucky that the woman who counsels the "difficult" children at the new school is one of my old ballet students. I'm just holding off until I know for certain she will be allocated a place there. I won't know until mid-May. I completely agree with you: both doctor and School headmistress know that I found Aimee in the kitchen with a knife to her wrist crying saying she wasn't able to do it (cut her wrists); that she has been throwing chairs, kicking walls, punching furniture; that she has "threatened" me with scissors, a hairbrush, a bread knife. Yes, I do think it is "acting" and none of it are serious attempts, but that doesn't take away my very real worry of why she is doing it; it isn't normal behaviour; what is this (then) 11 yr old child desperately crying out for? I am horrified that these professionals have been told these things about Aimee and wilfully do NOTHING. And so it's down to me to get on and do the best I can. It's hard, and terrifying.
    12 hours ago
    No....noone is helping Aimee.I reached out to the school principal and told her everything. She spoke to the school medical officer who says that without a letter from her doctor he can do nothing, The doctor says that without a letter from the school she can do nothing, and I am there in the middle crying and begging for someone to help this child, and yet noone is. They say a child's mental health is the most important thing , but when it comes down to it there is NO help out there at all. Everyone just washes their hands and look the other way. I'm pretty sure that most of her anger comes from a sense of injustice of stuff that happens at school, so I'm pleased that in June she leaves there forever and start anew somewhere else after the summer when she starts high school. I am clinging on to the hope of that being the answer
    13 hours ago
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    I don't know if you get Hulu where you are but The Handmaid's Tale has been made into a Hulu show, and will be appearing shortly. The trailer makes the show look good. I don't know the actress's name but she will be playing ofel. (sp)--the lead. I love that actress.
    1 day ago
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