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Hi - welcome to my SparkPage.

I have lived all my life in New Zealand - north of Auckland.

I really enjoy SparkPeople and find the many facets of it to be very enjoyable and helpful. Having a SparkPage also increases the friendship and camaraderie we can get on this site :-) It is also an excellent tool for helping us to reach our goals!

I am a firm believer in actually LISTENING to what others say when they feel they need to unload (have a problem.) Unfortunately a lot of people don't do this. It has happened to me in my life, and from people who should have known better. The heartbreak and emotional turmoil it can cause can be very devastating. Please, don't just assume that you KNOW what the other person is thinking - odds are you may be wrong!

Take care :-)


Member Since: 6/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 45,379

My Goals:
1. Be as healthy as I can
2. Help where I am able
3. Get to a weight that my spine will happily accept AND MAINTAIN THAT WEIGHT!


My Program:
1. Exercise when I can. (Pilates and walking)
2. Eat a very balanced diet (and not get annoyed with myself for the very occasional slip-up)
3. Give myself permission to one day per fortnight to eat whatever I want (helps us to stay on our journey:-)
4. Pace myself sensibly so I don't get overtired or suffer too much pain.




Personal Information:
I live in a little seaside village north of Auckland. This is the furthest south I have lived and about 40 miles North/West of here the furthest north. I have Acid Reflux,Arthritis, Scoliosis, Benign Essential Tremors and Allergies. I USED to have High Cholesterol but with weight-loss came a HUGE improvement. I suffered from depression and Post Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders, both as a sequale to a bad car accident in 2001. I suffer from bad fatigue if I overdo it, and believe me, it doesn�t take much for that. I had Carpal Tunnel surgery to both wrists at the same time:-( Apart from that I am perfectly healthy (as opposed to perfect, which of course, I am (my tongue is in my cheek, now) I married in 1975 and have 2 grown "children". Our Daughter has Keratoconus in both eyes and needed corneal transplants because she was going blind. At the time of her first op her baby was a few weeks old. Our son has this condition too - hubby and I managed a 100% hit rate.


Other Information:
I have 2 grandsons - 19 yrs and 7 yrs. The younger one has a number of serious allergies. I used to work in Health Care but am unable to now. I was in St John as a volunteer for a number of years - about 7 of those I was a Divisional Manager. I haven't practiced since my accident. I can sometimes be a bit long-winded and tend to waffle a bit,....... SO BE WARNED!
At my heaviest I was over 95kg (about 210lb) - and that was with what a Dietician had told me was a very healthy, balanced diet - (Usually about 1650-1850 Cal's per day.) Anyway, I have lost a lot of weight - 27kg (approx 59lb). It took 16 months to lose the first 23kg and I happily sat there for quite a while before deciding to shift on down again. My diet just needed tweaking a little to get me there. I like healthy cooking and often make up my own recipes. In a past work-life I was also a Cook - in a Tourist Cafe (no fast foods) and also as a Rest Home Cook.




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  • v OFFERINGITUP
    I read your comment in Can Good Enough Be Enough? and just knew I met another Spark Friend. I live in Canada emoticon and feel as you. I do the best I can now that I am in my 60s. I love life and can see that through it all you do too.

    Have a really lovely day!
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    3 days ago
  • v ELAINESHAFF
    Thank you for your goodie. When I got home from Florida, I had smaller pants in my closet that I can wear.
    14 days ago
  • v WNCGIRL
    I am so proud of your success. You have tremendous courage. Hope this COvid 19 will be over soon.
    23 days ago
  • v RAYLINSTEPHENS
    I'm going to use the Coconut Water until what I have is used and I stocked up due to Covid-19 as it was becoming hard to find.

    That said, I have found that buy switching Nutritional Drinks, I am actually able to get more in a "meal replacement" shake but I need to be consuming more water. I learned that low potassium and dehydration share many of the same symptoms, ie: High BP and High Cholesterol so I'm hoping for better blood test results in August.

    It was only because I was afraid I was consuming too much Potassium and I looked it up and learned I was falling far short of the daily needs. Put it in your Nutrition Tracker to see how you're doing and where the Potassium is coming from - it was an 👀 eye opener for me to learn that we need 3500-4700 and most of my potassium was coming from coffee and peanut butter 😲. Coffee being a diuretic was causing mild dehydration and the PB binges caused me to have some weight gain.

    Praise the Lord that I can still learn at my age! I pray I am able to learn something new every day for the rest of my life 😇😁

    Huggers,
    linda
    P.S. google potassium needs to learn that in November 2019 the new USDA daily requirement is 4700 👍
    29 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/26/2020 9:08:52 AM
  • v RAYLINSTEPHENS
    Awesome about your being able to balance your nutritional needs!
    That's a 3 thumbs up emoticon emoticon emoticon
    I hadn't looked up the electrolytes in bananas, but I will modify my blog with thanks to you 🤗

    Calorie-wise, I'm still better off with the Coconut Water for now - the average banana has 100 calories but the coconut water is only 60 and I'm getting my water needs met.

    I have discovered that Chocolate has a LOT of Potassium and since I mostly use Nutritional Shakes instead of solid foods, I just switched to Chocolate emoticon emoticon shakes. I was drinking the Premier High Protein until I discovered my need for more Potassium and after I switched back to SlimFast, I'm doing a lot better.

    Ever since losing my DH, it is just easier for me to drink my meals and I've never felt better - but yes, I do still have binges from time to time. Upping my Potassium Levels has helped to curb my hunger; could be mental but I'll take it 😁🤣

    Thank you so much for your input today! Everything helps and I learn more every day.

    Huggers,
    linda
    30 days ago
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