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Hello and welcome.

I've been doing this Spark thing for about six or seven years now, which is a long time really. During that time I've lost weight, gained weight, started new gym regimes, given up on gym regimes, signed up for events, failed at events. I'm heavier, unhealthier and generally more slothsome than I've been for a long time - though not my heaviest or most slothsome, so I give thanks for that.

The six or seven years have shown me what I always have known - there is no easy way to do this. It may be simple but its not easy.
Eat well
Drink plenty of water

Having the support of a great circle of friends makes a lot of difference, but its still not easy.

As you get older you're led to believe you don't really change - change is what happens when you're younger and as you age you set to who you are. I've found this to be utter bunkum! I'm very different now to the person I was seven years ago; seven years prior to that I was someone else again. Sometimes I wonder if I'm really me at all.

I like the me I am at the moment - that's not always been the case.

Liking yourself is probably the most important thing I've learned from Spark People. You're stuck with yourself, you might as well like yourself, because being stuck with someone you don't like is a real drag.

Member Since: 11/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 142,093

My Goals:
Take the opportunities that present themselves.
Say "yes" to things that make me a bit nervous...
... and learn to say "no" - the world won't end
Be grateful on an ongoing basis

My Program:
Eat proper portions of good food
Do things I like that make me move - swim, dance, walk, yoga
Drink the darn water! Don't just say you're drinking it!
Sleep early, wake early
Losing weight is hard; being overweight is hard; maintaining weightloss is hard. Choose your hard.

Personal Information:
Always a rolly polly kind of child, I grew into a fat woman and have remained that way, with a few intermissions of the kind of thinness that just makes you dissatisfied with everything. I have probably lost my entire body weight two times over and two times over I've put it back on again, thereby proving I'm very good at losing weight and absolutely useless at it.
But guess what? There's more to me than that and more to life. I'm bored with that and its not working. Lets try a new game.

Other Information:
I'm a 55 year old living in London. I have two grown-up children, a proper job, a house and a lot of the other accoutrements of being a proper adult. Luckily I'm not one.

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