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Drinking a Singapore Sling on a boat tour on Singapore harbour on 1 July 2011... around 102 kgs

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Our dog Max

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Taken last Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 at my father-in-law's 93rd birthday party. A real eye opener...


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Hi, my name is Sandy. I am trying to change my become healthier and fitter. Although I joined Sparkpeople in August 2010, at my youngest daughter's suggestion, I looked at it a bit, but didn't commit to really do anything.

While on holidays in Greece, there seemed to be more time to investigate the site and here I am.

This is a journey and I have had my ups and downs since returning from holidays - ingrown toenail had to be cut out and I have had lots of pain in my back - bulging discs - but after a spinal epidural in August 2011, virtually pain free - YAY - hopefully no surgery.

I love the support we all give to each other on Sparkpeople and the Spark teams.

I am going to be more focused on tracking both food and exercise .... tracking is the hardest thing I find to do ... I don't like admitting it, but here I am ... I have.

16 February 2012 - for the last few days - I have been following the WW Filling and Healthy food list. Eating lots of vegies, fruit, having protein, low fat dairy. This seems to be working for me. I am dedicated to SparkPeople and the support. I joined WW online and found the F & H which seems to be suiting me. I find tracking very difficult, particularly using the tracker and the difference in the food names between Australia and the USA.

March 2012
I took a voluntary redundancy from work, so I am officially retired.

May 2012
I have committed to tracking and exercise and staying on track.

My blog in Thailand for our holiday is

December 2016

Wow. Where have the years gone?

I have had another 2 surgeries and a hip replacement. My weight has not gone down!! The doc wants me to lose 5 kgs by Christmas. Don't know what I weigh at the moment. Been gone from home for 11 days. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I need to change!!!!

Member Since: 8/23/2010

Fitness Minutes: 24,267

My Goals:
Lose at least 27 kg

Do more exercise
Try to get off blood pressure tablets, cholestoral tablets, and anti-depressants.

To read this poem posted today, every day to keep myself motivated for my new lifestyle journey ....

It will hurt.
It will take time.
It will require dedication.
It will require willpower.
It requires sacrifice.
You will need to make healthy decisions.
You will need to push your body to its max.
There will be temptation.
But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it's all worth it.

Thanks Joan for sharing this......

Starting weight: 102 lg
Goal: 5% - 96.9kg - 16 August 2012
Goal: 10% - 91.8kg

Goal - 90kg - will make me overweight not obese.

75 kg will put me in the high range of healthy weight.

My Program:
Eat healthily

Exercise regularly

16/2/12 - Following Weight Watchers Filling and Healthy foods.
24/5/12 - Went to a WW meeting

Personal Information:
I am married, with 4 grown up children. I have 11 grandchildren.

I am retired.

Other Information:
When time permits, I love to garden, read, sew including patchwork.

We have a dog called Max who has been with us for over a year now and is the love of our lives (LOL) We took him from the dog rescue when he was about 2 and he is such a delight ... sadly our other dog and cat are no longer with us.

I play piano at our local church and part of the ministry support team.

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    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!


    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!


    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!


    If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3206 days ago
  • v HONEYBEAR1461
    Hi Sandy welcome to the site. Have fun in Greece. We look forward to getting to know a little more about you when you get home.

    Take care,
    3206 days ago
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