My granddaughter, Desirée, 6 years old.

My grandson with his pants slipping down (one year old).

Hubby and I in Buenos Aires, Argentina.



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Hello from Costa Rica! I'm a Costa Rican, living in Costa Rica.

What I've found, so far, in my journey to losing weight and maintenance:

1. It's all up to you, nobody else, though the encouragement and support of people (i.e. SP) is a must.

2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out for losing weight. For maintenance it has become a matter of eating similar every day including a little indulge every day at lunch.

3. I had a hard time when losing weight and I'm having a hard time maintaining (sorry but for me, hard time means "suffering" and it's what best describes this journey! I feel we're dealing with a basic instinct, that's why it's so difficult to handle!), though it has been totally worth it. I'm still hoping for this journey to become easier with time... Don't know if it ever will.

My weight loss story:

For about 3 years, I was unable to get the motivation and determination (the big push) necessary to embrace and enjoy a complete change in my lifestyle seriously, until I got into the 5% challenges. I was always procrastinating the big start.

Thanks to the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge, I lost 5.4 pounds. And to the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge, I lost 4.6 pounds more and reached my goal weight (a total of 10 lbs lost). Aiming a more middle range BMI, I decided to go for 126 lbs which I reached (for a grand total of 19 lbs lost since I joined SP).

I am extremely happy I've found invaluable friends along this lifelong journey here at SP. My dear mentor: Ramona, GODS_TEMPLE.

Member Since: 12/5/2010

Fitness Minutes: 207,121

My Goals:
To have fun, sharing and accomplishing goals together with my SP friends in this lifelong health journey.

I reached my goal weight on Nov 8, 2014. My center weight is 126 pounds. The lifelong challenge of maintenance has begun.

My Program:
2016 Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
A minimum of 60 m of exercise, walking/hiking/other, 6 days a week. This may include 30 min of stretching and ST, 2 to 3 days a week.

As for my diet, nothing specific but to eat as healthy as possible within my calorie range to maintain or lose weight.

Personal Information:
I live in Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica, in the mountains (at an altitude of 4757 ft). Married for a lot of years (almost 39). 3 grown-up kids already gone, and three grandkids. I'm currently working as a caregiver at home for my granddaughter 6, and her baby brother 10 months old.
My first SparkFriend in this page is my daughter and my granddaughter (pic taken about 5 years ago).

Other Information:
Besides my family, I love my daily routine of exercise, Internet forums -SP, reading, watching movies, my pets, 4 dogs - 4 cats. I love to travel overseas, but can't afford to do so as often as I'd like to.
I'm an atheist with total respect for people's beliefs.

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    Thanks for your comment on my Spark Page. Let's see if we can encourage one another to start turning things around - bit, by bit.

    and yes, Team GB did BRILLIANTLY in the Olympics! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    46 minutes ago
    What great Gramma you are to take care of yer 2 Grandchildren!--- Lynda
    21 hours ago
    How kind of you to remember me and to leave a comment on my Spark Page - thank you!

    I took part in a hill-running race this evening after work. I was almost, but not quite, last out of the 61 entrants, although there weren't that many women taking part. But I was really disappointed to find that I'm SO much slower than I was even last year and certainly than in 2012. I think that at least part of the reason is that I've gained weight... emoticon

    I keep having good intentions, but failing to make the necessary changes. No-one to blame but myself.

    How are things with you?
    23 hours ago
    Hi Patricia

    Your more than welcomed emoticon
    1 day ago
    Hola Patricia, I'm still around until September...I will certainly be back when I can for more Awesome A Team Challenges! You and allour Team leaders added to an awesome experience! Mucha Gracias!
    1 day ago
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