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Moi - I'm now (Dec 2011) back to the weight when this was taken (2009)! Hurrah!

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I live in England but have chosen to join the US site as I generally find more enthusiasm and a less reserved manner from your side of the Atlantic! But I see that SparkPeople is global, so welcome friendship and support from absolutely anywhere,even Lil Ol' England! I am a newly-turned 60 but with a zippy youthful personality without being 'mutton dressed up as lamb'. I am not in paid employment but have an incredibly busy lifestyle crammed full of a wide variety of things. I have had pretty much a lifelong struggle with my weight but it was under control until about 20 years ag0, when I left the RAF. Indeed, there were times when i was fairly thin. I'm now utterly miserable on the inside and, having investigated bariatric surgery as I was so desperate, I've decided that I don't want to go down that route if I can possibly avoid it. But I can't do this alone, that much I know. My eating is out of control when my husband isn't around to keep me disciplined and I am a secret eater who can stuff the most amazing amount of food into my mouth, even though I know I don't need it; then I hate myself more and so the cycle repeats itself. I have no health problems really, other than a chronic bad back, from an injury 30 years ago, which I've learned to live with and refuse to let thwart me unless it's in an acute phase; worse is double arthritis of the feet which revved up about 3 years ago and is a real bummer as walking the dogs, for example, or walking to exercise, cripples me for a good two days afterwards - it's one of the reasons to lose weight but currently it also stops me from good walking. I am stoical and refuse to give in to all but the worst pain and I'm a lively, upbeat kind of person. I am a passionate gardener, lugging boulders, rocks, trees, all sorts of stuff and digging - but still the weight does't shift! So then I go and - you guessed it - eat! I have no children or grandchildren, but 3 dogs, 2 parrots, 3 cockatiels a hand-reared orphaned wild rabbit and I am a hedgehog rescuer/rehabilitator. I am Chairman of our parish, Advertising Manager for a local magazine and writer of two articles in it; I am on a 2-year part-time study course in horticulture, with heavy exams twice a year - and I've started with my new dog at obedience and, later, agility if I can run enough! We live 10 miles from the nearest town, 4 miles from the nearest shop. I don't want to go to a gym at this age and weight and I hope someone reading this will encourage me because I am running out of motivation. Even though I know what the answers are, I still end up failing - if it was easy I wouldn't be writing this now! I'm so used to failing at diets that I'm now sceptical about every single regime, and I've tried most of them. Have I another diet left in me? Gosh, I hope so. But I'm probably already sounding wobbly! So, reaching out across the Atlantic and anywhere else, I hope finding Sparkpeople will prove to be a turning point for me. Some of your success stories are stunning and I want that for me, too! Thank you for reading this.

Member Since: 9/20/2011

Fitness Minutes: 38,265

My Goals:
Oh dear - goal setting terrifies me. If I set them and fail to achieve them I know I'll be demoralised and be consumed by the feelings of failure AGAIN. If I don't set them, I won't fail to achieve them - but I'll also feel as if I'm pathetic and copping out!

My Program:
At this stage, just trying to get started, organised, disciplined, motivated and serious about the challenge. I must take each day as a new day, with little baby steps of success which will build confidence that I can do this.

Personal Information:
I'm 60 and live near Grantham, South Lincolnshire, England, in a rambling old farmhouse with my husband, who is in the RAF.

Other Information:
I'm a hedgehog carer & horticulturalist with a large garden filled with rare/unusual bamboos, ferns & shrubs. I'm an ex-Air Traffic Controller & used to have my own business as a dog artist producing my own exclusive designs of Christmas cards for breed clubs or studies of different breeds on bone china/exquisite, hand-gilded porcelain which, although now a hobby, I still produce & fire in my kiln. I showed Old English Sheepgods for over 25 years & judge them & other breeds. I'm a bit of a Dr Dolittle, there's always some bird or critter in my hospital wing, being hand-reared or rehab'd! I've 3 dogs, a hand-reared wild rabbit, 3 cockatiels called Raymond, Heather and Annice, and two Senegal parrots. I love most music esp. country, blue grass, and Tim Janis, my absolute favourite. Fav'e films are The Bridges of Madison County & The Shawshank Redemption, fave actors Brian Dennehy, Ed Harris, Edward Norton, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges.

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    Thanks so much for the call on my Birthday Jo. It truly was the highlight of my day. emoticon Love you for being such a great friend & "Twinnie." xoxo
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    Love is forgiving, accepting, moving on, embracing and all encompassing. And if you’re not doing that for yourself, you cannot do that with w/anyone else. Steve Maraboli
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    Oh I am sooooooo glad I took typing (also in the Dark Ages!) . . . . who knew it would be so useful! Also learned shorthand. NICE when you want to write yourself a note that NOBODY else can read (unless, of courese, they know shorthand, too!)

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