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Drinking a Singapore Sling on a boat tour on Singapore harbour on 1 July 2011... around 102 kgs

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Our dog Max

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Taken last Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 at my father-in-law's 93rd birthday party. A real eye opener...


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Hi, my name is Sandy. I am trying to change my become healthier and fitter. Although I joined Sparkpeople in August 2010, at my youngest daughter's suggestion, I looked at it a bit, but didn't commit to really do anything.

While on holidays in Greece, there seemed to be more time to investigate the site and here I am.

This is a journey and I have had my ups and downs since returning from holidays - ingrown toenail had to be cut out and I have had lots of pain in my back - bulging discs - but after a spinal epidural in August 2011, virtually pain free - YAY - hopefully no surgery.

I love the support we all give to each other on Sparkpeople and the Spark teams.

I am going to be more focused on tracking both food and exercise .... tracking is the hardest thing I find to do ... I don't like admitting it, but here I am ... I have.

16 February 2012 - for the last few days - I have been following the WW Filling and Healthy food list. Eating lots of vegies, fruit, having protein, low fat dairy. This seems to be working for me. I am dedicated to SparkPeople and the support. I joined WW online and found the F & H which seems to be suiting me. I find tracking very difficult, particularly using the tracker and the difference in the food names between Australia and the USA.

March 2012
I took a voluntary redundancy from work, so I am officially retired.

May 2012
I have committed to tracking and exercise and staying on track.

My blog in Thailand for our holiday is

December 2016

Wow. Where have the years gone?

I have had another 2 surgeries and a hip replacement. My weight has not gone down!! The doc wants me to lose 5 kgs by Christmas. Don't know what I weigh at the moment. Been gone from home for 11 days. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I need to change!!!!

Member Since: 8/23/2010

Fitness Minutes: 24,267

My Goals:
Lose at least 27 kg

Do more exercise
Try to get off blood pressure tablets, cholestoral tablets, and anti-depressants.

To read this poem posted today, every day to keep myself motivated for my new lifestyle journey ....

It will hurt.
It will take time.
It will require dedication.
It will require willpower.
It requires sacrifice.
You will need to make healthy decisions.
You will need to push your body to its max.
There will be temptation.
But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it's all worth it.

Thanks Joan for sharing this......

Starting weight: 102 lg
Goal: 5% - 96.9kg - 16 August 2012
Goal: 10% - 91.8kg

Goal - 90kg - will make me overweight not obese.

75 kg will put me in the high range of healthy weight.

My Program:
Eat healthily

Exercise regularly

16/2/12 - Following Weight Watchers Filling and Healthy foods.
24/5/12 - Went to a WW meeting

Personal Information:
I am married, with 4 grown up children. I have 11 grandchildren.

I am retired.

Other Information:
When time permits, I love to garden, read, sew including patchwork.

We have a dog called Max who has been with us for over a year now and is the love of our lives (LOL) We took him from the dog rescue when he was about 2 and he is such a delight ... sadly our other dog and cat are no longer with us.

I play piano at our local church and part of the ministry support team.

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    Glad you found our Pre-D team. We have lots of great tips to help you move towards a successful goal!

    1695 days ago
    Happy New Year! How did you celebrate? I usually watch as the year changes from Australia to over here but for some reason I can't get a satellite signal. Hope it was an awesome event.

    Me, I'll either sleep right on through or try to see the fireworks they set off on Pike's Peak are visible.

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