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Hi nice to meet you, welcome to my page

January 2017
We have been here in Gorleston,Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK for 3 years and it's been the most joyous, best thing we've ever done and should have done it YEARS ago.

I now have a spare bedroom as a dedicated gym room for yours truly and I've chosen one feature wall to be a mauve berry shade, such a mood enhancer and am looking for a motivational picture to go on the wall facing the multi gym machine I treasure.

If you're really interested in my workouts, take a look at my trackers- I'm not going to keep posting them here. Just to say I mix free weights, and use Pilates Ball and Swiss ball for my core on a regular basis, use leg and arm weights for ST too and go for long soul invigorating walks along the beach near where we now live. I still intend to get a Aero Pilates workout machine for the gym and look forward to the cardio and ST that offers, just need to get one that folds away!. I'm back to using my kettle bell and have increased the weight to 5kg now, getting a 6kg one to up the ante from November 2014. The bike I had is history, left it behind for the scrap metal ma and bought a new one once here.. The Aero Pilates machine will my new challenge and a 6kg bell!

That is not the cause for celebration.

The reason I'm so upbeat is because doing that this is the norm for me now and it's all because of what happened 10 years ago today on St George's Day (23/4/2007), the Saint's day for England.

I underwent a life-changing brain operation for dystonia and the moment I woke up I just knew it had worked.

I have a set of metal rods embedded in my brain now connected to a battery pack in my upper chest, very small- similar to the way a pacemaker works, which cuts out messages to my muscles that caused some severe and painful tics or spasms.

I was unable to walk 100 yards without help some days and spent my time at home having been medically retired in 1989. I was on a cocktail of spasm and pain relieving drugs before the op and the side effects caused depression and weight gain ( least that was the excuse I hid behind. Portion control wasn't the half of it!) My life was, looking back, HELL.

Fast forward to 2007 and after the op.
I could now stand up straight instead of doing a Quasimodo impression and could walk around the hospital the following day, up and down stairs and be able to see my feet- I could not look straight down b4!

I could do housework without getting tired and ironing was so much easier- no shoulder and neck pain. Yes folks I relished trying everything I couldn't do, or do with difficulty, just to try out this new gadget.

I made my mind up that once I was fully recovered I wasn't going to waste the surgical team's efforts; I was going to live life well and get out and enjoy myself.

Confident that I could do more I resolved to ditch the extra 34 pounds I was hauling around because of not being able to exercise and having joined SP in the September 07 I decided to research nutrition and exercise and make 01/01/08 my start date.

I tracked everything on the nutrition tracker; every morsel that passed my lips, did regular weigh-ins (and took measurements) and what little cardio exercise I could do. Talk about out of shape-5 minutes was enough to knacker me!! I set myself mini goals and rewarded myself for each goal met.

By mid March 08 the 34 pounds were gone and I was exercising daily, eating much more healthily and my palate had changed beyond recognition.

Gone were the pizzas, burgers, cakes, deep-fried fish and chips and takeaways.

In came grilled fish, oven baked chicken, masses of raw veg and fruit , brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta and a fondness to try something new to eat every week.
OMG the contents of my fridge now are SO different!

I conquered the agoraphobia, finally facing up to that in the spring of 08 with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy....which like the op has been successful and I travelled on the London Underground on my own- never done that b4 EVER.

My other half supported me by buying me the ankle weights and dumbbells I wanted and went on to surprise me with a stair stepper, stop watch and pedometer for my 51st birthday bless him and for Crimbo 2008 Pete announced that he had treated us to a multigym as a Christmas present to us both from us both, which is in our spare bedroom along with the bike. WOW my own gym LOL. He then surprised me with extra stocking filler presents as he called them of a stability ball, resistance bands and a yoga mat (much needed as our floor was getting too hard for my smaller, less padded body lol).

Feb 1st 2011 saw another operation to replace the failing battery with a rechargeable one which will last me til I'm 62-or there abouts- and once a week for an hour I sit with a portable recharging unit and recharge myself. I thought it might keep reminding me I still have dystonia but it hasn't, I usually spark and catch up on blogs so I'm distracted and the hour soon goes!

June 23rd 2017 I needed a replacement battery as the old one became faulty- only needed a long weekend stay in hospital and it coincided with the UK's referendum to leave the EU on the can't forget the date can I!!

So 10 years on you can see where I'm coming from;

Why am my maintaining weight is still stable at around 122?coz I any lower I'd be scrawny ...not attractive in your 50's!

Why I love ironing.......well almost.... coz I can!

Why I love to clean..........coz I can and it's a great workout

Why I love to do gardening...........coz I can and I get fresh air for free

Why I love to exercise.......coz I can and I feel alive and sexy afterwards..

Why I love to eat healthy food....coz it feeds my body and fuels me to be active

Why I love to go walking in the park with music blaring on my Ipod..........coz it feels good to feel my hips move freely and I know Quasimodo has gone for good.

Why I love to go shopping for clothes and going out to theatres.......coz I can and I'm not embarrassed any longer by spasms or tics.

Why I love to use weights..........coz I never had muscle strength at all before and it's given my curves and contours in all the right places and muscle definition

And why I love to Spark...........coz I have had an amazing journey and you, my spark friends, you've been there supporting and encouraging me all the way to push until I can say now that I am a healthy specimen and that my cup is 99% of the time FULL if not overflowing

Member Since: 2/22/2010

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My Goals:
It only took me from 1/1/2008 to 26/3/2008 to ditch 34 pounds and I intend staying a UK size 8/10, eating healthily with the occasional treat, exercise on regular basis and live life to the full!

My Program:
At least 5 cardio sessions a week (walking, stair stepping or aerobics) and strength training 4 times a week minimum; set goal to use my multigym twice a week and/or weights.

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Caz, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk UK

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I am an ardent fan of UK singer Robbie Williams and enjoy eating out and going to shows and concerts/live music

Recently taken up Kettle bells and adore ST

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    Thank you CAZ for the soup. I am trying so hard to feel better. Hopefully I will be able to kick this bug to the curb soon.

    Hugs Susan emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v AKELAZ
    Thanks Caz - encouragement much appreciated at the moment. 'Winter mood' has settled on me and also have a load of mouth ulcers which is nothing (apart from painful) in itself but more incapacitating than I would ever have thought. AND - are YOU OK? Wearing looking after the menfolk and your own pain can't be helping. Did you go for dinner for your anniversary? If so - hope you enjoyed each other's company and had some fun. More emoticon s and BIG emoticon
    2 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2017 7:40:16 AM
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon My friend,
    (I know this is kind of long..but hope you take the time to read it. If you choose to read it, I hope you find it very truthful., as it really makes us think of how the world is today.)

    emoticon emoticon emoticon THE PARADOX OF OUR TIMES emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
    Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
    We spend more, but we have less.
    We have bigger houses, but smaller families
    More conveniences, but less time.
    We have more degrees, but less sense
    More knowledge, but less judgement
    More experts, but more problems
    More medicines, but less wellness.
    We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
    We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often
    We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.
    We have added years to life, but not life to years.
    We've been all the way to the moon and back
    But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
    We've conquered outer space, but not inner space.
    We,ve cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.
    We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.
    We've higher incomes, but lower morals.
    We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
    These are the times of tall men, and short character;
    Steep profits, and shallow relationships.
    These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare,
    More leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
    These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces;
    Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
    It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom.
    A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
    And a time when you can choose,
    Either to make a difference,. or just hit, delete.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ~Barb~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
    Hi CAZ, thank you for the goodie. I am trying as hard as I can get get better. Going to try a walk outside in the fresh air this afternoon.

    Hugs Susan
    3 days ago
    CAZ, Click on LEARN at the top, then scroll down to SPARK PEOPLE BLOG and open. Scroll down a bit to 5 EASY YOGA POSES to do from a chair. Great back stretches, something I can do for breaks right here in my office! Thought of you too when I previewed them last night. Easy does it. emoticon
    3 days ago
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