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I've tried haphazardly to lose weight over the years; can lose 10 lbs, but then I plateau, get discouraged, gain it back and then some. I don't like not liking my image in the mirror. It's time to get serious. As I get older, it's harder to lose it. It will only get harder. I want it off, and I want to wear those cute red jeans I have collecting dust in the closet.

Joined SparkPeople in 2007, lost my way in 2010. I'm back to stay! 2/23/12.

Member Since: 7/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,131

My Goals:
1. I want to look and feel GREAT.
2. I want to model healthy habits for my kids.
3. I want to have more energy to do the things I enjoy.

My Program:
I've been walking at least 6 days/week for more than an hour each time. Once I learned I kill more calories/minute biking, I started biking instead of walking when possible. I'm measuring portions - an educational experience for me! I'm finding that I'm feeling full on smaller portions, and I'm focusing on increasing fiber and protein intake.
I'm drinking a lot more water than I ever did before, and it's not a chore any more.
I'm eating more fruit.
I haven't had a soda since Labor Day (and I've resisted several tempting opportunities!).

Personal Information:
I've lived in China with my husband, and Africa with him and our oldest daughter. We've traveled to many countries in-between. I'm an active member of Al-Anon, a 12-step program for people who have been affected by someone else's drinking. The tools I've learned there go a long way toward helping me with my weight-loss goals, like focusing on "one day at a time."
If you're an Al-Anon member, too, I'd love to hear from you.

Other Information:
Favorite quote: "There are no small acts when it comes to taking care of ourselves." Opening Our Hearts, Transforming Our Losses.

Memorable movies: Iron Jawed Angels and Paper Clips.

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    Hi there! I am a friend of Lois' and just read your comment about taking a 16 oz bottle of water with you on walks...and am inspired. I take my dog for walks all the time, but I never bring water. I am gonna try it! It sounds like a really great idea. Take care! DZ
    3697 days ago
    Wow you are really an Expat! As you have already met several of my teammates, I will welcome you again.

    I live in France and have been here since 1989. First Paris, then about 2 hours south with my French husband and dog. Certainly will be here the rest of my life.

    Glad to have you on board. Jump right into the Tea Room and don't mind the ruckus! Just push your way into a prime place.

    Best to you,
    3765 days ago
    Welcome to Expats Annie!
    I'm a French living in the UK and a very active member of the Expats (like most of us!), you should come and have a talk in our very chatty tea room.
    Look forward to hear from you.
    Take care,

    3766 days ago
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    Jambo again dear Annie!
    Thank you very much for adding me as your friend .. (Lovely Lynda and Coach Nicole are ALSO friend's of mine TOO!)

    .... its a Small-Big-Sparkworld .. Yeah!

    3766 days ago
  • v ROSEMARY24
    Jambo Annie!
    WELCOME to the lovely expats team!!
    I lived in Nigeria back in the 50's ... (a hundred years ago!).
    We lived in Kaduna and my very first kindergarden was there.
    I am SO in-love-with Beautiful Africa .. its MAGIC!
    My daughter and her family live in Guinea Ecuatorial ... I MISS them LOTS!
    I'm Irish Annie .. I'm now living en España .....
    How lovely to meet you here!
    3766 days ago
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