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Venetian-British hybrid; world-travelling, word-writing, game-playing, SciFi-loving, food-cooking geek.


Last year I lost weight mostly by being careful about what I ate, especially once I discovered the 5:2 Fast Diet. I discovered that I really, really enjoy fasting!

As with life, I take a logical, proactive approach to my health; I've never been one to become overly emotional about things (with the exception of certain films and wildlife documentaries).

The way I look at life is that if there is a problem, then find a solution... don't whine about it!

If we want something badly enough, we'll always find a way; if all we can do is complain, and cry unfairness, we're not not committed to making a change. Life can seem unfair but it's up to us to make the most of what we have at our disposal, and live the best life we can, right? It's a waste to sit around whining!

Last year, exercise was difficult because of several injuries - I really don't recommend falling part-way down a mountain in order to get a wake-up call - but I persevered with diet, and it's now second nature. I'm actually quite proud of the fact that I have no problem fasting while I'm developing, cooking, and writing about recipes. Go my inherent stubbornness!

June 2016:
It's been just over a year and a half since falling down that mountain, and although I am not 100%, I am pretty much recovered, which means...

... it's time for some thrilling heroics.


Member Since: 1/4/2016

My Goals:
To be fit again
To have fewer migraines
To get rid of IBS issues
To be able to sleep for more than two hours at a time
To be as slim as I was when I was during my 40s
To be able to hike my local mountain trails

My Program:
5:2 fasting
Resistance bands/strength training
Pilates to rebuild my core strength

Personal Information:
I'm a writer, which enables me to live all over the world, wherever I choose.

I generally change countries three times a year but if I fall in love with a place, I'll return.

As of June 2016, I'm living in Serbia's capital city - Belgrade.

To date, I've lived in 49 places around the world in 52 years. I've travelled all of my life, and have never lived anywhere longer than five years. I'm not ready to settle down yet!

Other Information:
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” - Michaelangelo

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    Hi, I was just wondering whereabouts in the UK you will be visiting in April? I hope it is more cheerful weather than we have now.
    1704 days ago
    Checking to make sure you saw the invite to the stashbuster team in your SP mail
    1707 days ago
    Howdy and welcome to the Browncoat Team!

    We're a kind of laid back bunch that enjoys any and all discussion of Firefly, Serenity, and anything our BDHs are involved in. Or whatever else we decide to talk about! Please nose around and feel free to jump in!

    Some of us sometimes post on the team wall with quotes from Firefly or Serenity. It adds nice memories and fun. Join in if you would like. Or check to see what the quotes are.

    Also, please join one or more of our team goals and post about your goals and activities in the Food/Weight Loss/Fitness Discussions Forum. The team goals are set up to emulate our BDHs - a shiny goal for any of us!
    1717 days ago
    It's entirely mutual, Peachybum! emoticon
    1718 days ago
    Oh, seeing you here makes me happy! emoticon
    1718 days ago
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