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...slowly but surely!

I originally joined SparkPeople in March 2009. I had let myself go.
Being tall, I can carry a lot of weight before it really shows, but I had pushed that about as far as it would go. My peak weight (in early 2009) was 13st 5lbs (187 lb).

Thanks to SparkPeople, I lost 2 stone (28lbs), and dropped at least one pants size - nearer two. Looked great, and attracted much favourable comment. But then relaxed and thought I knew it all. Stopped being so careful with my wine intake (I do love my red wine!) and gradually crept up and up...

A couple more years passed and I was just stupid and lazy. Carried on with an unsustainable lifestyle, my weight continued to creep up and my new maximum (at the end of 2015) was 13st 11lbs - 193lbs, including plenty of tummy fat. Even my Dad started to notice and comment. Went for a flu jab and registered high blood pressure. Lots of warning signs, so I got myself a FitBit with some Christmas money, and am now Sparking again!

Member Since: 3/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 32,735

My Goals:
Make exercise my friend.
Make Sparking second nature.
Learn to drink in moderation.

My Program:
Exercise daily as a matter of routine.
Eat according to my plan.
Get the sleep
Drink that water!
Watch the WINE!

Personal Information:
I live in darkest Essex with my husband and 2 adult "children", 2 cats and a dog. Lovely family, good life.

I'm a freelance IT trainer. Computer help anyone? Reasonable rates!

Other Information:
I sing (tenor!) in our local church choir - great bunch of people. I was an alto but we ran short of MEN, and though we now have a brilliant new real tenor, I'm still there...

I also sing in a choral society for more challenging pieces in a larger group. Currently working an a Bruckner Mass (No 2 in E minor) and a Parry motet: "At the round earth's imagined corners sing". Concert in April.

Oh, and I'm trying to teach myself the trumpet... And the flute...

I just love making a noise!

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  • v no profile image MKOEHLMOOS
    You sound just like me. I'm tall too and have trouble keeping on a healthy plan. It doesn't matter how much I lose I always get to my comfortable size and doesn't go lower. I'm so into the clean plate mentally. It's frustrating
    1391 days ago
  • v DI_NAMIC
    Good to see you back here, Claire. I love my Fitbit. Using it pushes me to complete my steps total. Hopefully you are dry underfoot. Newport recreation ground has reverted to pond status.
    1748 days ago
    Welcome back Claire! Thanks for offering to help me get excited about cooking again. I am a vegetarian and like to be done in twenty minutes. I do alot of Indian/ fusion cooking but lately it just feels like too much effort. Ideas?
    1760 days ago
  • v ANNEMAC5
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my weekend pictures blog. Time flies hope you and your family are well. Anne :)
    2390 days ago
    Hi Claire,
    How's it going? Thank goodness Sparkpeople doesn't boot you out if you relapse and have to start again!!!!
    Hope you're still enjoying your walks. x
    2549 days ago
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