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Josephine's Struggle!

I live in England but have chosen to join the US site as I generally find more enthusiasm and a less reserved manner from your side of the Atlantic! But I see that SparkPeople is global, so welcome friendship and support from absolutely anywhere,even Lil Ol' England! I am a newly-turned 60 but with a zippy youthful personality without being 'mutton dressed up as lamb'. I am not in paid employment but have an incredibly busy lifestyle crammed full of a wide variety of things. I have had ...
I live in England but have chosen to join the US site as I generally find more enthusiasm and a less reserved manner from your side of the Atlantic! But I see that SparkPeople is global, so welcome friendship and support from absolutely anywhere,even Lil Ol' England! I am a newly-turned 60 but with a zippy youthful personality without being 'mutton dressed up as lamb'. I am not in paid employment but have an incredibly busy lifestyle crammed full of a wide variety of things. I have had pretty much a lifelong struggle with my weight but it was under control until about 20 years ag0, when I left the RAF. Indeed, there were times when i was fairly thin. I'm now utterly miserable on the inside and, having investigated bariatric surgery as I was so desperate, I've decided that I don't want to go down that route if I can possibly avoid it. But I can't do this alone, that much I know. My eating is out of control when my husband isn't around to keep me disciplined and I am a secret eater who can stuff the most amazing amount of food into my mouth, even though I know I don't need it; then I hate myself more and so the cycle repeats itself. I have no health problems really, other than a chronic bad back, from an injury 30 years ago, which I've learned to live with and refuse to let thwart me unless it's in an acute phase; worse is double arthritis of the feet which revved up about 3 years ago and is a real bummer as walking the dogs, for example, or walking to exercise, cripples me for a good two days afterwards - it's one of the reasons to lose weight but currently it also stops me from good walking. I am stoical and refuse to give in to all but the worst pain and I'm a lively, upbeat kind of person. I am a passionate gardener, lugging boulders, rocks, trees, all sorts of stuff and digging - but still the weight does't shift! So then I go and - you guessed it - eat! I have no children or grandchildren, but 3 dogs, 2 parrots, 3 cockatiels a hand-reared orphaned wild rabbit and I am a hedgehog rescuer/rehabilitator. I am Chairman of our parish, Advertising Manager for a local magazine and writer of two articles in it; I am on a 2-year part-time study course in horticulture, with heavy exams twice a year - and I've started with my new dog at obedience and, later, agility if I can run enough! We live 10 miles from the nearest town, 4 miles from the nearest shop. I don't want to go to a gym at this age and weight and I hope someone reading this will encourage me because I am running out of motivation. Even though I know what the answers are, I still end up failing - if it was easy I wouldn't be writing this now! I'm so used to failing at diets that I'm now sceptical about every single regime, and I've tried most of them. Have I another diet left in me? Gosh, I hope so. But I'm probably already sounding wobbly! So, reaching out across the Atlantic and anywhere else, I hope finding Sparkpeople will prove to be a turning point for me. Some of your success stories are stunning and I want that for me, too! Thank you for reading this.
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CHEBBA is ever-so-slightly cooler, but not much. A quick rain shower last night helped, but gardening in the sun again today was still very hot. Do I sound ungrateful?
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Member Since: 9/20/2011

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My Goals:
Oh dear - goal setting terrifies me. If I set them and fail to achieve them I know I'll be demoralised and be consumed by the feelings of failure AGAIN. If I don't set them, I won't fail to achieve them - but I'll also feel as if I'm pathetic and copping out!

My Program:
At this stage, just trying to get started, organised, disciplined, motivated and serious about the challenge. I must take each day as a new day, with little baby steps of success which will build confidence that I can do this.

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I'm 60 and live near Grantham, South Lincolnshire, England, in a rambling old farmhouse with my husband, who is in the RAF.

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I'm a hedgehog carer & horticulturalist with a large garden filled with rare/unusual bamboos, ferns & shrubs. I'm an ex-Air Traffic Controller & used to have my own business as a dog artist producing my own exclusive designs of Christmas cards for breed clubs or studies of different breeds on bone china/exquisite, hand-gilded porcelain which, although now a hobby, I still produce & fire in my kiln. I showed Old English Sheepgods for over 25 years & judge them & other breeds. I'm a bit of a Dr Dolittle, there's always some bird or critter in my hospital wing, being hand-reared or rehab'd! I've 3 dogs, a hand-reared wild rabbit, 3 cockatiels called Raymond, Heather and Annice, and two Senegal parrots. I love most music esp. country, blue grass, and Tim Janis, my absolute favourite. Fav'e films are The Bridges of Madison County & The Shawshank Redemption, fave actors Brian Dennehy, Ed Harris, Edward Norton, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges.

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MARYANN2323
7/28/2014 1:29:51 AM

I used to have long, heavy hair, but it drove me to distraction. So I bit the bullet one day and had it all lopped off. Haven't regretted it once! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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INFLATED
7/25/2014 2:37:14 AM

Some states have had violent storms. We are to have cooler temperatures which will cool down the water in the pool. Usually July and August are our hottest months, but this year the temperatures have been up and down.

I was so happy to get in the pool and go for a swim!



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TEENYSMOM
7/22/2014 9:06:44 PM

Sure, I'll hop right on an plane and be there in a jiffy to do your floors!! NOT!! Have I ever told you that I am terrified to fly? Aside that it took me literally all day to do my floors, and I only have a 1400 square foot house. I could only do one room at a time, sometimes only half of a room then I had to sit down and rest. But seriously, if I were not afraid to fly and were in better health, I'd love to do your floors for you. emoticon Starr



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MARYANN2323
7/22/2014 1:40:53 AM

I try not to dwell on the things out in the freezer...even if they do call my name sometimes. emoticon



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MARYANN2323
7/19/2014 8:36:35 PM

See if this helps...Go to start page and click on "Account/Email Preferences" on the top left hand corner. Then click on "Community" From there, go to Friend Feeds. Click on the things you want to see.
Maybe your settings got cleared somehow. Hope this works. emoticon



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