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I decided to lose weight when I was suffering from heel pain and my mobility was being affected. I was scared I would hurt myself and never be able to recover from it, at 323lbs this was a real possibility!

I met my original goal of 140lbs in 2010. A loss of 183lbs. My current goal is to get back to 160lbs.

I am still here after re-gaining a significant amount of my losses during 2 pregnancies and post-natal depression. This is something people need to open up and talk about more. My depression left my only caring about the small human entirely dependant on me (literally as I exclusively breast fed for 6 months, and continued until she was 2.6 years old). I didn't care much about myself at all.

I had another baby June 2018, after a difficult pregnancy, and dramatic birth and subsequent complications mean I have a long route to health again. I am exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months, so her health and my supply come first, but healthy eating is never wrong! Even if not losing much weight for now.

Weight loss for anybody or reason other than your own reasons doesn't work. You have to want it yourself.

Thats why I set myself very small weight loss goals, never looked at the 'big' picture as it didnt seem achievable. In doing this, remaining positive in meeting these small goals, they all added up into something much bigger and better.

I cannot deny its been hard, I cannot deny its got me down sometimes, but I also cannot deny its worth it.
Its worth being surprised by yourself at finding a motivation you never believed you would have.

Member Since: 2/21/2009

Fitness Minutes: 115,509

My Goals:
Get back to pre-pregnancy weight, regain strength and health.

My Program:
Education... learning about whats in our foods, whats good nutrition. Lower carbs, trying for under 100g net carbs a day, difficult when sharing meals with my vegetarian husband!

Personal Information:
I live in England, on the West Coast, in Blackpool, I grew up near Cambridge.

Other Information:
I am married and have two girls, 1 cat. I love reading, films, cooking, big fan of things like Harry Potter, Terry Pratchett, Buffy and most types of horror films!

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  • v MSMITCHELL2696
    The pummelo is the original fruit, grapefruits are offsprings of them. They are less acidic and have a surprising sweet finish to the tang of the citrus. They are less acidic and very pleasant.
    8 days ago
  • v MSMITCHELL2696
    I saw you asking about grapefruit on a post. Have you ever tried a pummelo? I recently discovered them and they are less acidic and wonderful.
    8 days ago
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    14 days ago
    We truly live in an era that is really diverse and accepting on so many levels, but as much as we (all humans) are tolerant, there is a loud group that is completely intolerant.
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    16 days ago
    Yes, I do recommend Birkenstocks. They are a bit expensive but they last. The pair I had before this lasted for 7 years. They are a very good shoe with good support and I have found them online for a bit less than shopping in person, however you should know for sure what size you take in these shoes and know if you like them before that risky online purchase. Mail order returns are a bit of a pain in the butt.
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