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this was me at 112 lbs in 2012. I'm now (Aug '16) about 116 lbs - so close to getting back there:)

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In July, I took the theme of 'connecting' and made a stupendous effort to achieve this. I'm not sure I can keep it up, but I'm going to try! For August, I'm going to take time to PLAY! I am reading a book by Diane Ackerman called Deep Play.

I am 61 yrs old, 5'3" tall and weigh around 8 stone 7lbs - so I'm in the 'healthy' range. My issue is less being fat, and more about my relationship with food.

I am learning to manage my behaviour around food with the NoS diet which is working well for me. Three 'proper meals' a day - no snacks, sweets or seconds on weekdays - with some freedom at the weekends and on special days like birthdays. Good old-fashioned regular eating pattern! My behaviour around food is being modified very happily with this system. So glad I found it. Check out the NoS team page if you're curious!

I want to be fit, supple, happy, healthy, full of energy!

I'm keen to be lean!

I've also noticed that a lot of my status updates are about the weather - very British!

".. every pound of weight loss results in five pounds of stress taken off your knees, seven pounds off your ankles, and a whopping ten pounds off your spinal discs!" it's worth the effort!

And, an odd thing you might think, I've set my ticker to show how long until I retire. I was expecting to retire at 60 yrs old, but the rules changed and now I have to work until I'm 66. I am tired of working and looking forward to retiring! Having it on a ticker shows me exactly how many days - and inspires me to take on challenges and projects along the way.

Member Since: 11/17/2012

Fitness Minutes: 21,320

My Goals:
These are my physical goals: I want to have achieved the following:-

1) to keep my weight under 8 stone 7lbs

2) to get and keep my waist under 29"

3) to maintain a supple and strong body into my later years

4)To be a slim, strong, fit woman!

August 2016: 8 stone 4lbs (116lbs) BMI 20.6 (normal range) WHR 0.86 (high risk - apple shape)

My Program:
for the emotional reasons for eating: Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss programme

NoS diet - No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S

I aim to do some form of exercise every day - it changes! Usually I put it into the Spark Fitness tracker & I make that public on my Spark Page.
I sometimes run. I sometimes to Yoga with Adrienne. I sometimes do strength-training. I sometimes hula-hoop. I walk a lot. I am on my feet all day at work and very active. I don't go to the gym or do any classes.

Personal Information:
I live by the sea in the South West of the UK. I work full-time to provide services for adults with learning disabilities. I am a Nichiren Buddhist.

Other Information:
Books I've found useful:
'Eating Less - say goodbye to overeating' by Gillian Riley
'The end of overeating - taking control of our insatiable appetite' by David A Kessler
'Caffeine Blues - wake up to the hidden dangers of America's #1 drug' by Stephen Cherniske
'Raw Emotions' by Angela Stokes
'100 Days of Weight Loss' by Linda Spangle
'Life is Hard, Food is Easy' by Linda Spangle
'Body in Action' by Sarah Key

My Community Journal:
The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force

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  • v BDTHOM
    The bit of water I'm sitting beside Hood Canal it's not a canal but a narrow fiord off the main body of Puget Sound. Its about 2km wide and about 53m deep. It is tidal and the tide is in.

    Blue huckleberries are more tart then the farm raised blueberry.
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    Comment edited on: 8/28/2016 6:45:18 PM
    cool! or rather HOT! you're going to be a Firecracker, too! emoticon
    2 days ago
    Most of us can stand to lose the 5%, heh!
    Would you settle for working on upper body strength with hand weights, as a sub for being "smaller"? I've read that runners tend to be stronger in the lower body than the upper body. Perhaps you work your upper body at your work, though-?
    In any case, it's great that you're at a healthy weight!
    2 days ago
    emoticon For commenting on my 5% challenge blog! I'm on the Tiger Monarch team if you want to join us for the challenge!
    2 days ago
    Thanks so much for the encouragement! I hope your toe heals quickly too. I felt pretty silly going to the ER for a broken toe but it was sticking off in the wrong direction so it scared me that I broke it so badly that it would need a pin to set. Thankfully it didn't but the nurses said it is always best to get it x-rayed because if it doesn't set right it can cause a lot of trouble later and also that bone infections can happen. So maybe keep an eye on yours if it doesn't feel like it's healing well. Yes I'm so sad too that the running has been stopped. :( But we we will both start back, hopefully, in about 6 weeks. :)
    3 days ago
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