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Sarah Ann 02-07-2002 09:45 AM

Hello, I'm.........
..... Sarah. What to put.... I am 46 (47 in June). I am 5ft 7ins, 13st 11lbs as at last Monday, and blonde (out of a bottle and I don't want to know whats underneath!!). I am married to Kevin and its the second time around for each of us. I have got a daughter, Vicki, age 23 who drives me nuts, but I love her dearly and I am very proud her. I divorced her father when she was one and brought her up on my own. I think of that time as a very positive and mostly enjoyable experience.

I was raised in London and have lived all my life in the south until these last few years when we moved to Yorkshire (big mistake). I stopped working in my mid 30s to pursue a dream which was to return to full time education and I managed to get a fairly decent degree in Law. I specialised in Criminal Law (specifically working with young offenders), but I don't work now and to be totally honest I don't miss it at all. I think it was the challenge of the degree that interested me most. Kevin and I are hoping to become foster carers soon and we have had our initial application approved - we will start training this month - our final appraisal will take place in June and (fingers crossed) we might get our first foster child in July.

I am not one of those people that wear their weight well - I look very definitely BIG. I am a yo yo dieter - and (I think) this is my ninth downward trip on my yo yo - and I am really hoping that it is the last because I have been told by my doctor that yo yo dieting is the worst thing I can do for my health, I would be better off staying large.

I had a hysterectomy in October 2000 which was a bit of a disaster and left me bed bound for about 3 months and housebound for a further 4 months. By the time I was finally fit enough to leave the house I found I had developed almost a phobia about being outdoors on my own and had trouble with that for quite a while until we bought a dog (George) and I had to walk him every day. The internet was my life line during that time and I made many good and supportive friends who I am still in touch with.

As a result of the hysterectomy and the subsquent illness I am left with high blood pressure and I have a family history of osteoporosis so I try and deal with them both by walking, walking, walking. I live on the edge of one of the Yorkshire Moors and, while I don't particularly like Yorkshire, I do like the actual location of where I live.

I have chosen to follow an American devised eating programme specifically designed to reduce blood pressure, except that I have also restricted the calories as well. The diet is VERY high in fruit and vegetables and complex carbs, but fairly low in animal proteins, fats and sugars. Basically I have 1,000 cals a day plus all the fruit and vegetables I can eat and this diet is working quite well for me at the moment.

I know what to expect from being at my goal weight - for me the challenge isn't so much getting there as staying there.

P.S. I noticed that other people have mentioned hobbies - mine are cooking, cooking, cooking and cooking - I also really enjoy reading and listening to music (currently totally in love with Robbie Williams' Swing When You're Winning CD) - I also do a bit of tapestry, DIY and, of course, I browse the Net a lot.

Phoebe 02-07-2002 10:51 AM

Thanks for starting the thread Sarah :)

I am Phoebe and I am 33 years old. I live in Barnstaple, North Devon and work in the Examinations department of a further education college. I am divorced and currently in a serious relationship although unfortunately my partner lives in London. The relationship is currently going through a little rough patch as he was intending to move down here to live with me but that move is (temporarily hopefully) off the table as he works for the Post Office and has been told that if he moves now he will lose all his seniority (not a good idea when the Post Office intends to make 30,000 job cuts). Being in a long distance relationship gives me plenty of reason to comfort eat as we only see each other at the most every other weekend. The upside is that when we do meet, we make the effort to do nice things and since we met (July 2000), we have been to Amsterdam, Bournemouth, Bath, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cork and just recently Brussels. A trip to Las Vegas is planned for the Summer!

When I was married, I suffered greatly from depression and at my heaviest (Summer 1998), I weighted 18 st 7. I did get right down to 11st 10 a couple of years ago but am now 14st 10. I would be devastated to put all the weight back on so I try to encourage myself that this gain is a result of a divorce and all the hassle that goes with it. I count calories as an eating plan and try to have no more than 1500 to 1600 a day. I also drink 2 litres of water a day at work and walk reasonably regularly. I get disheartened though if I don't see results quickly enough and get upset that weekends away with bf tend to sabotage my efforts to be good in the week.

I would love to get to my target weight of 10st 7 for loads of reasons but most of all to boost my self esteem and self image and to show that I can do it.

Just a few other things, I have a cat called Gizzy (substitute baby :D ), am vegetarian, enjoy drinking wine and gossiping with friends, collect ceramic Piglets, could eat crisps for England and love any music by David Gray.

Phoebe :)

Smiling Sal 02-07-2002 11:14 AM

Hi, Iím Carol. Iím 35 (36 in May). Iím married to Ray and we have two adorable but very cheeky boys, Sean aged 6 & Steven aged 4. We have a mad cat, Scruffy who is 15 years old, but still thinks she is a kitten, and a stray cat, Pinky who visits when she feels like it, we also have goldfish.

I live in Falkirk in Scotland, halfway between Edinburgh & Glasgow, and work full time in IT Support / Training / Project role with a local ecomonic development company. I enjoy my job, but am ready for a change, I joined the company 3 years ago and as I liked it decided I would stay until Steven started school as they are very flexible about working times. Steve starts school this & I have started to look, not very hard so far.

I enjoy walking but would say that swimming is my favourite exercise. I also do aerobics and love to go for bike rides. During the winter though I am stuck inside on my exercise bike. I need to lose weight so the tyres on my bike do not look like they are constantly flat. When I have reached a stage where I am happy & confident at my weight I am going to try some Ďdifferentí sports. I really fancy trampolining , which I havenít done since I used to go to youth club & water skiing which I have never done.

I want to lose weight to please me. When I met Ray I was very slim, probably about 8 stone 10lbs. I was only 17 & lived on an apple at lunchtime and would only ever eat half of whatever mum made for dinner. Looking back I realise I had a problem with eating them, luckily for me it was only temporary and by the time I reached my twenties I was a healthy 10 stones. After that my weight started to balloon. I have tried serveral times to lose weight, my most common approach was to count calories. I recently decided this involved too many sums and have moved over to WW points. It is much easier to count to 24 than it is to 1750. I do not want to get to stage where I need to starve myself to keep to a weight ever again, I am aiming to get down to 10 stone 5lbs. Sounds like a nice number, but I will be gauged by how I feel when I get closer to it.

I donít have much spare time, but when I do I enjoy decorating. I am not very good, but I like doing it. I have decorated half of my house, all of it green for some reason Ė we didnít set out to do that it just seems to have become a common theme. I also like to read. I will read just about anything, although I mainly enjoy historical novels. I also like to relax in the bath with a large glass of diet Pepsi, used to be a large glass of wine, but that has gone by the way side in my attempt to become more healthy.


flumper 02-07-2002 11:37 AM

great idea sarah
:wave: hi im kim im 29 married with 4 kids 1 boy hes the eldest and 3 girls. i live in glasgow but im origanlly from smaller town in scotland bit of a shock moving to such a big city.i dont go out to work but hopefully as the weight goes my confidence will come back and ill feel able to face an employer
i started of this diet at 222 im now 216 i hope to get down to 175 by sept and then down to about 116 im a comfort eater big time.food has been my best friends at times and others its been my worst enemy although its not the foods fault its mine ive tried all the diets going ,ive been doing this since i was about 14 and now im coming up to 30 i want to finally grow up and take responsibility for my own weight .
we dont have any pets although id love a dog but DH just doesnt seem to take the hint!! maybe some pedigree chum on his plate would make him grasp the fact:lol:
i dont have much spare time to myself and i dont exercise although once i get down to 210 i am going to make a start on it,its finding something to target my problem areas and something that keeps me interested i have a very low boredom threshold i get bored to easily i think thats why dieats havent worked before for me.i do love DIY too i think somehwhere should tell you how many calories you burn of scraping paint and wallpaper i listen to all kinds of music but i have to admit im a sad 80's person i love music from then

tupperware queen 02-07-2002 11:41 AM

Hello everyone! I am 41 years old , and live in London. I am originally from Yorkshire but moved to london as I married a Londoner and he was unable to find work in my part of the country. I work as a teaching assistant in a primary school and have a son aged 6.
I miss my home town, family and friends and have found it hard to build up a circle of friends here, but I feel as if it has finally started to happen!!
I have always had problems with my weight, my fathers family were all obese. I lost weight as a teenager by living on very little food but of course I couldn't keep that up.
I lost weight again and reached target in 1987, I managed to stay at target until 1993 when I got married/moved to London/lost my father/had a baby it crept on and from 10stone 7lb target when I married I had hit 15 stone in August 95 after the birth of my son, I then gained a stone a year until in Jan 2001 I decided I really had to do something and change my life once and for all. I was over 20 stones and was facing a major operation last year so thought it was 'now or never'.
I lost 3 1/2 stone last year had the op, gained 15 lb recuperating, decided in Nov last year I had to get back to my slimming club as I was in danger of putting it all back. I lost quite a few pounds before christmas arrived but after a choc filled xmas went back 12 1/2 lb heavier in Jan this year. It has taken me until this week to lose my xmas excess!!
I found this site last month and have found it a great help, it is good to know you are not alone, we will all have our strengths and weaknesses but we can get each other through this.
My hobbies are really my family and the internet. I try to swim at least once a week and walk for 30 minutes twice a day (to school and back!) . I like to go on family bike rides but havent been out this year yet...I am blaming the weather......will try harder when it doesn't get dark so early!!
I love food, all of it, my weaknesses are choc, alcohol, takeaways, pizza and pasta! The biggest problem being large portions, I am an all or nowt sort of girl!!
My original target of 10 stone 7lb is but a dream at the moment, I am 5ft 11" and am going for 11st 13lb to start with I will be thrilled to reach that!!
I love to read, watch films, good drama on tv etc. I love a girls night out with my mates and can yak for the UK!! It has been more of a girls night in recently and I know my weight is the reason for that, I do love to cook for people though!!
I love to get messages from people on here too so please feel free to drop me a line if you ever need to let off any steam!!
Well that is all I can think of so tara for now......;)

veggie 02-11-2002 04:47 PM


Come on whos next to add theres?

Sarah Ann 02-12-2002 04:00 AM

How about you, Veggie????

Delaney 02-12-2002 09:49 AM

Well Veggie's obviously shy so I'll go next...

I'm Melissa and I'm 30 (31 soon boo hoo) I live in south Leicestershire but originally from Nottingham where all my friends and family are. I'm married to Dave and have 2 daughters, Laura who is an absolute angel aged 6 and Olivia who is 2 and who we call Suburban Guerilla.

I have PCOS and began piling on the weight with my first child. Up until then I had been around the 12/13 stones mark and was totally happy. Fell pregnant with Laura and gained 6 stones and have struggled to get it off since. I've been on every diet going;
Slimming World - 3 times, Weight Watchers - 4 times, Scottish Slimmers - 1 - never again!! Then I joined Rosermary Conely 2 years ago and lost 2 stones - dropped out, put the weight back on and now I'm back since January 2nd.

Although I go to the club to get weighed I don't really follow the plan. I need the threat of getting weighed publically but for the first time in my life I have changed my eating habbits. I no longer think about food all day and keep myself busy - I am determined that this is it - failure is not an option!!! I aim to lose 1lb per week I know that seems very slow but I want it to stay off.

My mother has had eating disorders all her life and I've grown up with my father being repulsed by fat women....

My hobbies are chatting to you guys (for my motivation and inspiration, thank you) I love shopping, reading trashy bodice ripping historical romance, low impact aerobics, going on holiday (I'm very lucky my parents have a villa which I go to several times a year) and gardening (I know that sounds sad but don't hold it against me).

That's all I can think of for now - doesn't look like much does it??:lol:

Jano 02-12-2002 10:37 AM

I have kept away until now as I am very boring, but I suppose it's my turn :)

I am 47 (just) and I live in The Black Country, not too far from Birmingham or The Merry Hill Centre which is a shopping complex to which people come from far and wide to shop in the same shops as they have in their own towns:yawn:

I have been maried a loooong time, 25years+ and have 2 sons 19 and 22 coming who are sometimes more trouble now than they were when young, at least I knew where they were then :)

I am a School Secretary and have been in my present job for 10 years, this keeps me very busy as it is hectic. The school is a senior school and has about 950 pupils all 11 -16 years.

I have 3 cats, whom I love to death and a sunflower yellow sports car which I love now that it is feeling better:) DH bought me my own number plate 6 months ago, so with a reg. with Jans on it, everyone knows where I am and wherere I've been;) :p

I like to visit here and go out with friends to concerts or to eat. I love to cook, when I have time and I love wine. I love to travel and usually go away about 3 times a year, mostly abroad. My DH is self-employed and if I don't book to go away he would never take time off.

I have been overweight for ever. I was 11stone when I was 11 although I try to contol it. If I didn't I just know I would get bigger and bigger. My father and his family were big and my youngest son is exactly the same. At the moment he says he doesn't care... but I hope there will come a time when he will do something about it. So. I am sorry to all of those of you who don't belive that it's in the Genes, but I do. I just think that we have to take more care and accept that we have to exericse more and eat less. There are times when I feel hopelessly out of control, and that is usually the time I start to get myself into check a little.

I also like gardening and I love to sit in the sun with a nice drink and a magazine. I like to sit out on hot nights with friends or alone and contemplate the dayand relax. ( yawn yawn)

I have done WW and am doing SW at the moment. I think I have done them all in my time, some with success and others not. If I have to be honest, I don't think I will ever be slim or stay slim, although I tell myself that next time I'll keep it off. I don't see any way of life for me any different to now. I think I will yoyo for ever. So many times I have thought that I am "cured", but of course, we never are!

Well, that's about it from me, I told you I was boring:lol:

Delaney 02-12-2002 12:40 PM

Jano you're not boring don't be daft :dizzy:

BritinNJ 02-12-2002 04:23 PM

Hello all,
I had a read of this page earlier during my lunch break and thought I had better introduce myself to you all. I did post a bit last week on another page, but didn't really say much about myself.
My name is Chris and I am 35, very soon to be 36...this Friday in fact. As luck would have it I have the day off from work so that has made me a real happy camper.
I currently live in New Jersey USA. I am originally from England and grew up in Suffolk. I married a USAF service man, his name is Dave, hence now living in NJ. We have two great kids, J, he will be 15 in a few weeks time and Hannah who just turned 12 a few weeks ago...we have an expensive time of life this time of year :)
We have lived in NJ for just over a year. I have to say, it's not my most favourite residence. The previous five years before moving here were spent in Arizona. I hated the first two, although I did manage to convince myself that I would shed pounds by pure sweat, just breathing in and out when the temperature reached 115 degrees. However, that didn't actually happen. I have gained about 30 pounds since moving to Nj and I blame the change of climate, cos it was blooming cold here when we arrived...never seen so much snow in all my life! I do realise tho that it wasn't the weather, it was me opening mouth and inserting yummy fattening food into it that helped.
I just joined WW last week, with a friend, and they gave us this web page addy to browse, so that's what I have been doing since last week and reading all your fabulous comments of support toward one another. The fact that the title was Fat chicks in the UK immediately caught my eye. I felt I should sign up and post comments cos you all sound so nice and make me feel less homesick, which I do have moments of.
Well I think I have waffled on enough for now. I would just like to say that I shall spend time and read more of your comments, and hope that you enjoy my imput every now and then. Thanks for being there. :)

Tizme2000 02-12-2002 06:25 PM

Short Bio
Hi All,

I feel like grandma Moses seeing all your ages. I am 65 years old and trying to lose weight but it is very difficult being disabled and having thyroid problem.
I have had 4 children but they are all gone now good knows where and dont contact me any more. I am not worried about them as they have never done anything for me.
My hobbies are painting writing, car rallying and groweing old disgracefully.
I live by the sea in Poole Dorset on the back of the harbour so get sea breezes most of the time which ruin my garden with the salt. It is a very pretty County. I also have a Sppringer Spaniel called Sam and he is a gentleman such a beautiful dog to own.
I have a lot of weight to lose so dont count lbs but go by dress sizes for now.

Jano 02-13-2002 03:52 AM

Growing old disgracefully, I love it..........

ChiChi 02-14-2002 06:41 AM

So Im the baby of the group by a long way then!

Ive just turned 18 (yesterday!!!)!

When I was little I wasnt overweight at all, I think I started putting on weight at the very, very beginning of puberty at about 8 or 9 years old, I managed to get down to about 9 and a half stone when I was 15, but I didnt even realise I had lost weight and also didnt realise when I'd put it all back on again! Doh!
So now Im 12st 9lbs (I wighed myself again yesterday & I'd lost pound, YAY!) When I started dieting I was 13st 2lbs so Ive lost half a stone but cant see any difference, when do you think I'll notice a difference?!

I live in Sussex and at the moment I am studying Travel & Tourism AVCE, Ive got another year and a half of that before I go to university & I am extremely determied to not be overweight at all by the time I start uni!!

Not much else to say as Im only 18 so obviously no husband, no kids, no job etc! Well I do have a part time cleaning job which I suppose is a good thing coz most of my mates who have part time jobs are just sitting at checkouts but at least doing housework means Im continously moving, carrying heavy industrial hoovers between 3 floors etc!

Jano 02-14-2002 06:49 AM


I'm sure you'll soon start to notice that weight loss, keep at it


Sarah Ann 03-01-2002 02:26 PM

I thought I'd just bring this thread back up to the top.... anyone feel like adding to it??????????:dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:

Jano 03-02-2002 05:30 AM

Its your turn BPF
Come on... we've all done it!!!


Delaney 03-02-2002 07:53 AM

BPB - that's no excuse - come on.

zanyjaney2001 03-02-2002 07:17 PM

Could have sworn I'd done mine but it's not there so must have been dreaming; here goes.........

My name is Janice although most people in 3fc know me as Janey. I'll be 40 this month (10 days and counting ;) ), been married to the man I love for almost 13 years and we have 2 children, a girl of 11 who has Asperger Syndrome as well as being a very hormonal adolescent right now and a boy of 9 who just acts like he's an hormonal adolescent :shrug:

I work full time for a housing association and study at college one day a week for my HNC in Housing :yawn: which, yes, is as interesting as it sounds. I previously passed my law exams to become a legal executive but, surprise surprise, living in a rural area couldn't get a job which enabled me to pick the children up at 5.30pm when childcare stopped so had to change tack and do business instead.

I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. Each time I've joined ww I've lost then put on more than I'd lost and so the cycle would repeat. This last time though I managed to lose 42lbs before hitting a blip and I've put on 10lbs since Xmas whilst struggling to get back into the programme :ink: Just need a good kick up the arse I suppose :lol:

Waffled on for long enough, haven't I ??

Janey :wave:

Sarah Ann 03-08-2002 05:16 AM

Anyone else....???????????

flumper 03-08-2002 05:18 AM

yes come on dont be shy now get in here and tell us all the nitty gritty details..........im joking it would be nice to know more about people that come on here (im nosey)

bluelily 03-09-2002 03:17 PM

Hi all. This is my first post here, and this seemed to be a good place to start. So, introductions first. I'm Nyssa. I'm from New Zealand, but have recently married and moved over to the UK and am now living in Caerphilly, Wales. I'm 26 years old, soon to be 27 in April.

My weight has been steadily going up since I finished chemo (diagnosed with Hodgkins) two years ago. At the start of it, I was a little underweight at about 58 kilos so I was told on the doctors to eat alot more. Much of the time, due to the chemo I didn't feel like eating so they suggested that if I felt like eating an apple, eat an apple pie. Before getting sick I'd never been one for junk food, I ate fairly healthy, but never was skinny. I always saw myself back then as being overweight, but looking back now on the photos, I don't think I was. But anyways (got a little side tracked there), the bad habbits that were suggested to me upon finishing the chemotherapy, stayed.

To make it even worse, currently due to financial restrictions, I live with my husband with his parents (who are really really lovely people), problem is, his Mum likes to do 95 % of the cooking, and well.. her meals aren't too good. In fact, calorie wise they're pretty bad. Deep fried home made chips every other night. Fried chops... etc. The food is absolutely delicious but since moving in a year ago, I've put on 2-3 stone. Both my husband and I have tried talking to her, but it's hard. In her mind, as long as a meal as meat and three veges then it's healthy. We pay a weekly allowance to her for food, and ask her to stop buying the sausage rolls, and chocolate and other yummy stuff, and suggest alternatives, but to no avail.

We're on a (very) low income, with only £10 to spend after board a week, leaving little money to get alternative food.

I REALLY want to lose weight. There are no full length mirrors in the house, and every time I get out of the house and go clothes shopping or to the bathroom in the pub and see myself in the mirror I want to just go straight home and cry. Everything I have to wear looks bad on me. Which considering the size of my wearable clothes section of the wardrobe (ie the clothes that I have that still fit me), next to nothing. I find myself doing the cliche thing and hiding under bulky woollen jumpers and shapeless jeans. No doubt making myself look ten times worse.

This is shaping up to be a little longer than I wanted.. but wanted to end the depressing side of it. I am very keen and positive about trying to lose weight. Just need to work out the hows of it!

I am currently 188lbs, and would like to be about 140lbs. I don't want to be skinny, I don't think with my body frame and height I could be, but I would like to be 'average' again.

Umm, yeah, sorry for blabbering on a bit there. Looking forward to reading through the posts. It looks like a really good support network here.

Ruthxxx 03-09-2002 06:21 PM

Canuk Here!
...but I do lurk on this thread and do the Bertlitz simultaneous translation on chat. :D I sometimes think I am am more Brit (Irish actually) than North American because I sure understand what you chicks are on about.

Like Tiz, I am aging outrageously - was 63 in January. Live in the really rural Canadian boonies but am a big city woman who has travelled extensively and know many of the places you UK Chicks talk about.

Now besides Tiz, who has a spare bed? I'm getting the urge to travel again! Just joshing - my DH is not at all well so there is not travel in my furture for a while. :shrug: Such is life!

Don't mean to butt in but could not resist since I lurk a lot. :love:


Sarah Ann 03-10-2002 05:11 AM

Hiya Ruth and Nyssa - gosh - NZ and Canada - we ARE getting exotic!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: Ruth - I don't think we have had a lurker before... LOL.

Nyssa - difficult problem! I suppose the only way to diet without offending her is to do it very slowly, a little step at a time. For instance how about just starting off by only eating the lean part of your meat, or the inside of your pie/pasty and only eating a few chips, but eating as much of the veggies or other low fat stuff (baked beans, tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce) as you possibly can.

I think you need to really tell her when you are starting your diet and apologise up front that you won't be able to eat all of her delicious meals and then stick to it. Perhaps you could get her in to a sort of girlie huddle and try to persuade her to be on your side in this... how about telling her that it would be better for your health rather than as a sort of fashion/image thing. I find that most people are really helpful when I tell them I need to lose weight for my health. I would think that right now (because of your health problems) you will have been told to increase the fruit and vegetables in your diet anyway, so you won't be lying.

If you can't get her on to your side in this then perhaps you could visit reasonably priced shops like Kwik Save, Netto or Aldi - or your local market - and buy some cheap fruit to fill up on when you have cut down the size of your meals.

bluelily 03-10-2002 09:24 AM

Thanks for the welcome Sarah Ann!

I will endeavour to take your advice. I had a bit of a talk to the Mother In Law last night, and am trying to work out some things. Will be try to go grocery shopping with her and help pick out a few things. Also made the suggestion of grilling meats instead of frying, which I think she might try. So far, even though it's been only two days, the diet's going well! I've stayed well under my calorie max for the day, but that has largely been because I've been cooking the last two nights.. we'll see what happens tonight.

If nothing else, while I'm short on money, and have not as much control over what's in the fridge, I'd like to be able to at least maintain my weight and not put on anything.

Sarah Ann 03-10-2002 09:37 AM

Hi Nyssa

I am so glad that you have managed to come to an agreement with your MIL.

I take it that you aren't going to attend any classes, so I thought that you might need the extra support that the women who post on UKFCs get from each other, we are a friendly bunch and its nice to see a new face(!!).

Us UKFCs have got a weekly weigh in thread which most of us post our weight losses on each week (especially if we don't go to a diet class) and we have got a general chat thread over at Hello from One Fat Chick in England (we are currently on thread no. 12!) There are lots of other threads as well, but I think that those two are really the busiest.

Good luck with your new eating plan and it would be lovely to hear how you are getting along.

bluelily 03-10-2002 12:29 PM

You guessed right with the non-attendance of classes.. at least at this stage, but who knows! I might get signed on with a job next week and I may be able to get more of a move on this stuff!

I'll did have a little bit of a look at the other threads, but will look in more detail tonight and start a bit of a post, specially on the weigh in, though I probably won't be doing that again till next Saturday - a week from the start to the diet.

tupperware queen 03-10-2002 01:59 PM

Well done bluelily, your situation cannot be an easy one!!
welcome aboard you will like it here we try to help each other and have fun in the process. I have never been to NZ but have friends there, do you miss home or is Wales a good substitute??
Hope to hear from you often, bye for now.

bluelily 03-11-2002 04:29 AM

Wales isn't a too bad subsitute, there's some really lovely countryside here that reminds me alot of back home. Lots of forest and hills and the like, but still miss New Zealand and my family and friends a **** of alot.

Shad 03-11-2002 05:06 AM

Re - Hello I'm.........
I've lurked around this site occasionally as well. Sort of introduced myself on another thread, but just in case you're wondering who I am or even if you're not wondering this is me!

My name is Joy. Shad is actually my 13 year old dog! He and the Cat live with me - or should that be he and I live with the Cat. I live in Australia but am actually a Kiwi. Somone has to raise the IQ rate in Aus! I'm 52 years young and my one aim in life is to live long enough to extract revenge on the kids. I have two boys - age 28 and 26 whom I love dearly but am glad they no longer live with me.

I started life as an average kid, average size etc., and bought up on the wonderful foods of NZ - lots of fresh fruits and veg. Rich creamy dairy and lots of Lamb and Beef etc. All the things NZ is famous for. From about 16 right up until my eldest was 3( I was 28) I weighed 54Kg (81/2 stone). Even after the babies were born I was back to 54 in about a week.

Then my ex and I bought a taxi licence and I drove from 5 in the morning until about 4 or 5 in the afternoon. And the weight went on. I got to 77 kg when my Dad died of Heart Disease and that bought me to my senses. I have struggled ever since.
I did once get down to 68kg but it all went back and plus some.

So I've started again at 80kg. Lost 2 kg (5lbs) last week and only 1/2 k this week. But I'll keep the loss - I'm not taking it back. I limit myself to 1200cal and 30g fat and keep a food diary. I also created a chart in Excel to plot the downward course. That's also where the food diary resides. It looks quite good. I put a picture in behind it of a place I want to visit. That will be my treat for the loss of 20kg.

I've enjoyed reading some of the things you people get up to. I have a laugh once in a while at the THINGS WE DO or don't do as the case may be.

Thank you to Jano for welcoming me earlier on another thread. Maybe I'll catch up with you all again another week.

Meantime have a good week and good luck to you all.

Posy 03-11-2002 12:26 PM

Hi everyone

I don't know how I managed to miss this thread, but I did until now :)

Well as most of you probably already know I'm Alison, I am 39 years old and will be 40 in september ...I am determined not to reach the big 40 and still be fat...
All my life I have been overweight, but in february 2001 I was at my highest ever 25 stone 4lbs and totally miserable about it. I made the decision then that I wasn't going to stay that way. I knew there was only one thing stopping me from being slim and that one thing was ME.
I knew it was going to be a LONG journey, I realised the weight had taken 38 years to pile on and I couldn't expect it to just disappear overnight.

I had a very happy childhood and there aren't very many instances where I can ever remember being really picked on by the other kids for being overweight. I got called the usual fatty names, but no one ever really went out of their way to make fun of me. I think the only thing that really did get to me was games. I was good at hockey and netball, but I dreaded cross country. I couldn't run very far before I was out of breath and used to end up walking most of the course, coming back long after the others did. I was good at all my other subjects and got good grades in my exams, mainly because I didn't really feel I fit in anywhere with the kids around me, so while they were all out playing, I used to lock myself in my room and study.
When I left school and started work I became more aware of my weight and attempted several times to do something about it.
I think over the years I must have tried every diet on the planet, some pretty good, while others were just stupid.
I wouldn't say all the diets didn't work because if I am honest my failure wasn't down to the diet being no good, it was down to me giving up. Which I'm sure many long term dieters will agree with.

I met my husband when I was 15 and we got married 2 days after my 20th birthday. He said he loved me for who I was, not for what size I was. He never made any comment about my weight ever, but if I said I was going on a diet he would support me as best he could and encourage me. He always said he didn't care about my weight, but he did care that my weight was making me unhappy.

I did manage to lose 114lbs about 13 years ago, but I didn't make it to my goal weight , falling short of it by about 70lbs. I joined a slimming club and was given a diet to follow that basically allowed me 1500 calories a day to eat, I used 1000 calories for my meals and allowed myself the other 500 calories for little treats, so that I wouldn't feel I was being deprived of anything.
My motivation to lose that weight was wanting a baby and being told that my weight was probably the only thing stopping me. And as you've probably already guessed, the reason I didn't reach my goal weight, was because I got pregnant.

I managed to keep my weight under control throughout my pregnancy, which really wasn't down to anything I did, I was hospitalised and on complete bed rest from my 6th week onwards and the hospital food was disgusting, so it really isn't any wonder that I didn't put on much weight.
My son was born 5 weeks prematurely by caesarian section and the first day I was able to get out of bed I jumped on the scales ( well I sort of stepped gingerley onto them..I wasn't in much of a state to go jumping onto anything...lol ) but I was thrilled to see I was only 7lbs heavier than I was before I was pregnant.
I stupidly believed that the weight would just fall off because I was breast feeding, but... Oh how wrong I was!!....My appetite went through the roof and I just ate and ate, I wasn't helped by the fact that my baby never seemed to sleep, I was awake all day and all night, just grabbing cat naps here and there. I used to eat sometimes, just to keep myself awake. I was sore for a while after the surgery, so I used that as a big excuse not to do much in the way of exercise. And of course, when I ate, what I did eat, was all the things I shouldn't, chocolate, cake, biscuits you name it, if it was unhealthy I ate it!!

From then on the weight just started creeping back on. Every now and then I would make half hearted attempts to lose it again, starting off with all the good intentions in the world, but giving up pretty quickly.
I've heard it said by so many successful slimmers, that you know when the time is right and your ready to lose the weight. I guess before the time just wasn't right for me. Deep down I know I wanted to lose weight, but I don't think I wanted it badly enough.

Well now I DO and this time nothing is going to stop me from reaching my goal weight.

As I know from my previous experience, I can lose weight following a diet based around 1500 calories a day, I have decided that is the way I will do it again this time. I know I can eat anything I want, just as long as I work it into my calorie allowance. If I know I will be going out at some time in the week, I save up my treat allowance the day before to use on that day and if I do go over I use the treat allowance for the day after as well.

I know there will be times when I don't lose any weight and at some stage I will hit a plateau,
There may even be times when I put on weight...I'm not trying to kid myself that I can be a complete angel the whole time, but I feel I am ready now to complete this journey and any small setback will not stop me from reaching the end.
I have to do it now....as a friend said to me yesterday...my story is here now for the whole world to see...how can I stop now.

So far I have lost 137lbs with another 76lbs left to go to reach that magical final goal for the first time in my life I really feel in control and I know I can do it this time.

I would just like to finish this with a message to all the friends I have made on the 3fc's website and my email buddies.....I thank you all from the bottom of my heart...this is a long tough journey and you all give me the encouragement, support and strength to complete it. I hope I am giving you all back as much as I am receiving...Thank You !!!

Ali :wave:

Jano 03-12-2002 11:34 AM

promises.. promises!!
( I think you are somebody famous and don't want to let on. You just come here to see how the other 1/2 live!)

Sarah Ann 03-12-2002 11:53 AM

You must be reading my mind, Jano......

Delaney 03-13-2002 03:05 PM

At last... well done BPB.

(I'm planning on doing a floristry course too - in September when both kids are in school).

tupperware queen 03-13-2002 04:16 PM

Hey BPB me and you might be bumping into each other all the time in karen Millen soon!!

Sarah Ann 03-14-2002 03:04 AM

Hiya BPB, I know what you mean about being more attractive if you had a DVD drive and Joystick..... I think I would DEFINITELY be more attractive if I wore a mud covered red and white ensemble and raced up and down a football pitch!!!

Jano 03-17-2002 11:35 AM

At last BFP...... I love flowers. What do you mean 31:eek: you are just a baby gal, what a wonderful age, still have youth and experience to go with it. Well done on the post.

(Don't believe her.... Still think she is someone famous:^: )

Jano 03-17-2002 04:22 PM

I could be very wrong.... but I don't think we have seen veggies contribution to this thread:( Have I missed it .. if so I apologise in advance!!

veggie 03-18-2002 07:30 AM

Hello I'm...
Totally knackered and hungover hows that???? As soon as I get a life you'll be the first to know!!!!

Jano 03-26-2002 01:54 AM

For the new friends
Hi I thought our new friends would like to read this and maybe do their bit!!!

(it was getting lost on page 2:( )

Hi to all!!

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