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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: 115,619

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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    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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    19 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.
    29 days ago
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    I saw your comment-re: would you recommend Birkenstocks. A resounding YES from my corner of the world! I have several pairs of their sandals, and then a pair of regular shoes too, for when I work office jobs, or need shoes in the winter. The shoes look clunky, but there are many styles of sandals. I've had a couple of pairs re-soled, which is something that one can do.
    29 days ago
    emoticon for your comment about our sweet LUCY, emoticon . She seems better today. She is 15 & having a hard time in hips. Not jumping on sofa or anything. She's not walking as far as she use to, either. Otherwise she is in very good health. I'm keeping her kinda of relaxed. Not pushing her. She use to be able to walk much farther than me, by miles. That has changed. We love her so much! emoticon
    31 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. emoticon
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