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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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    Thanks for your birthday wishes!
    2666 days ago
    So great about the two pounds you lost! !! That's just right. My story is so close to yours. I've been back on the program for four weeks, no cheating or wine. I haven't lost anything. That's frustrating but I'm not going to give up. Just wanted to complain to someone I know would understand. I know my two pound lose its right around the corner.

    So glad you are learning some new instruments. I play the flute. Wish I could give you lessons. Sing alto too but prefer tenor.... They have all the amazing parts. Music is such a delight. Take care my friend. . emoticon emoticon Jan
    2694 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2013 6:37:04 AM
  • v ANNEMAC5
    Thanks for lovely comments on my sons wedding blog. Hope the snow is not affecting you. emoticon
    2705 days ago
  • v AUNTBEE6
    Thanks once again for all your encouragement!!!
    2724 days ago
  • v DI_NAMIC
    Hello Claire. Thank you for commenting on my blog and hope all is going well with you. Coffee and Gluten free (or the other kind!) cake somewhere in S.W., whenever you would like?
    2737 days ago
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