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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 gardening, gardening, gardening! Excavated a sick Japanese maple alone until the final wrench, digging huge hole & severing many deep roots by hand. PHEW!!
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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!

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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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MENNOLY
4/15/2014 7:57:20 PM

Yes I did avoid a run in with the munchies by leaving the floor with the food. However this week will be a trackless week for food for me. I spent at least 8 hours packing and moving boxes today. We got started at 8 this morning and did not get back to our house until past 5:30. We filled the van twice. Hopefully we will only need to fill it once more tomorrow. Then we will help unpack boxes and put things away. Saturday they are renting a lorry to move the furniture.



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HOUNDLOVER1
4/15/2014 5:48:52 PM

The secret to normal blood sugars for me was to check my blood sugar after different foods and avoid all foods that raise my blood sugar over 120, limit portion size on all foods that send my blood sugar over 110 and eat as much as I'm hungry for of everything else. I tested a lot of different foods and used up over 150 test strips in 3 weeks but it was so worth it. Now I don't have to test with most foods any more as I know how my body responds.



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
4/15/2014 2:21:33 PM

"Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.
-Tom Venuto
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Thank you for commenting on my blog, "I'm Not A Quitter Anymore." Have a healthy day!



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NICKILL1
4/15/2014 6:55:33 AM

Hello from across the pond. Don't give up on yourself. You are worth the time and effort to help you feel better. Perhaps If you make small goals that don't seem so hard you won't feel so bad if (not when) you slip, just pick yourself up and keep going; don't look back. Good Luck



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SALAM4545
4/13/2014 10:27:11 PM

Thank you for your blog on leptins. It was eye opening and I will definetly research it further.



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