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Hi - welcome to my SparkPage.

I have lived all my life in New Zealand - north of Auckland.

I really enjoy SparkPeople and find the many facets of it to be very enjoyable and helpful. Having a SparkPage also increases the friendship and camaraderie we can get on this site :-) It is also an excellent tool for helping us to reach our goals!

I am a firm believer in actually LISTENING to what others say when they feel they need to unload (have a problem.) Unfortunately a lot of people don't do this. It has happened to me in my life, and from people who should have known better. The heartbreak and emotional turmoil it can cause can be very devastating. Please, don't just assume that you KNOW what the other person is thinking - odds are you may be wrong!

Take care :-)

Member Since: 6/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 45,114

My Goals:
1. Be as healthy as I can
2. Help where I am able
3. Get to a weight that my spine will happily accept AND MAINTAIN THAT WEIGHT!

My Program:
1. Exercise when I can. (Pilates and walking)
2. Eat a very balanced diet (and not get annoyed with myself for the very occasional slip-up)
3. Give myself permission to one day per fortnight to eat whatever I want (helps us to stay on our journey:-)
4. Pace myself sensibly so I don't get overtired or suffer too much pain.

Personal Information:
I live in a little seaside village north of Auckland. This is the furthest south I have lived and about 40 miles North/West of here the furthest north. I have Acid Reflux,Arthritis, Scoliosis, Benign Essential Tremors and Allergies. I USED to have High Cholesterol but with weight-loss came a HUGE improvement. I suffered from depression and Post Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders, both as a sequale to a bad car accident in 2001. I suffer from bad fatigue if I overdo it, and believe me, it doesn�t take much for that. I had Carpal Tunnel surgery to both wrists at the same time:-( Apart from that I am perfectly healthy (as opposed to perfect, which of course, I am (my tongue is in my cheek, now) I married in 1975 and have 2 grown "children". Our Daughter has Keratoconus in both eyes and needed corneal transplants because she was going blind. At the time of her first op her baby was a few weeks old. Our son has this condition too - hubby and I managed a 100% hit rate.

Other Information:
I have 2 grandsons - 19 yrs and 7 yrs. The younger one has a number of serious allergies. I used to work in Health Care but am unable to now. I was in St John as a volunteer for a number of years - about 7 of those I was a Divisional Manager. I haven't practiced since my accident. I can sometimes be a bit long-winded and tend to waffle a bit,....... SO BE WARNED!
At my heaviest I was over 95kg (about 210lb) - and that was with what a Dietician had told me was a very healthy, balanced diet - (Usually about 1650-1850 Cal's per day.) Anyway, I have lost a lot of weight - 27kg (approx 59lb). It took 16 months to lose the first 23kg and I happily sat there for quite a while before deciding to shift on down again. My diet just needed tweaking a little to get me there. I like healthy cooking and often make up my own recipes. In a past work-life I was also a Cook - in a Tourist Cafe (no fast foods) and also as a Rest Home Cook.

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    Hello Fellow Kiwi ! :)
    I'm from Christchurch
    26 days ago
    Thank you for the friend add! Have a brilliant Sunday!
    33 days ago
  • v GOANNA2
    Hi Kris, thank you for asking but we are without fires here on the Gold Coast.
    Today I could not stop coughing as my asthma has resurfaced because of the air quality.
    I just cannot get over what is happening to our country. Morrison finally decided to deploy the
    defence forces to help evacuate with the navy ships and the army to help fight the fires.
    Queensland has just sent some of our firefighters to give the southerners a break.

    Those firies are real heroes and our PM said the volunteer firefighters liked what they do.
    He finally got talked into giving them a payment up to $6,000, yet he didn't hesitate
    to give Donald Trump 150 millionAUD to be in the space race. People here are asking
    if Jacinda is available???!!!

    How is your summer going. I'm sure that the ash and air quaiity are not very pleasant. I pray every day that there will be an end soon. As for us, there won't be rain here any time soon.
    I hope you don't have asthma and I feel for every one who does.
    Let's pray that there will be an end soon. It is a sort of humanitarian disaster, don't you think?

    Anyway, it is 11pm and I'm off to bed. Have a good week ahead and I hope your air clears soon.If you see where Brisbane is on the map, well the smoke reached as far north as Rockhampton. I think I will get myself a mask as I really do have difficulty breathing.

    47 days ago
    It was sunny, 68 and beautiful here today for Christmas. I grew-up in Southern California. Christmas day temps were between 58 and 78. Lots of sun. When I moved to Texas suddenly We had cold winters. Our coldest weather is late January through March.
    57 days ago
  • v GOANNA2
    Thank you for the Goodie and good wishes. I am glad you had a nice time
    with family. I also had a lunch yesterday with my friend. There were nine of us.
    I didn't over eat but as I have not bee feeling well, had pains in my stomach.
    I think there is a virus going around from the smoke in the atmosphere. I have
    started taking my Ventolin and Becotide again.

    I have not slept for 4 nights as I have a terrible cough. If it is still like this
    tomorrow, I will try to find a doctor.
    I went to my aunty's today just to wish them a Merry Christmas.
    Only stayed an hour and a half and when I got back at 2 pm, went straight to bed
    as I had sweats and chills. Slept till 5, so I needed that rest.

    My friend leaves for Auckland tomorrow, then will head to Napier as her dad
    grew up there. The plan is to visit Wellington so that they can go see the
    Lord of the Rings locations. I hope it is warm enough for them.

    We have the fires raging and our PM takes off secretly for a holiday in Hawaii.
    My friend called me from Calgary and he told me there was a photo of him
    on the front page of the Calgary Herald. What a laughing stock he has made himself.

    Anyway, the antibiotics are making sleepy, so off to bed again.

    Let's hope for a New Year filled with peace, love and above all, good health.
    Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.
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    58 days ago
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