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March 2010

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I'm in my 60's, single, work in IT and have had problems with my weight since I was 10. I would love to be a Spark success story, but I'm not.

6 June 2016: Once more into the breech
The weight is creeping up, the joints are beginning to complain. I intend to lose 10% of my body weight, and am going to follow a 5:2 eating plan.

4 Sep 2013: Take Action
I'm a procrastinator, and am mostly happy to chug along and take things as they come. But for some things, that's a bad strategy. It's time to do instead of be.

1 Jan 2012: Mindfullness
Since I signed up in 2007, my only success has been to make exercise a part of my life. I don't undervalue that. I suspect that fitness may be even more important than weight to our overall health and feeling of well-being. I didn't make my 2011 goals so I'd like to reframe them into a single word:


Be mindful when I eat. Taste. Enjoy. Stop.
Set the table in the evening. Treat myself as I would others.
Notice how much better I feel when I am lighter, and more fit.

1 Jan 2011:
I asked a colleague at work to be my fitness buddy in 2008, and since then I exercise between 2 and 7 times a week. We are lucky to have a tiny gym and a fitness trainer in twice a week, so I'm able to exercise in my lunch hour or after work. But without my buddy and the strength training classes given by the trainer, I wouldn't have done it. In those 2 years, I've lost a few pounds and gained strength, but most of all, I look and feel better.
For 2011, my goal is to improve my eating behavior and get below 100 kilos and to improve my fitness even more.

Member Since: 4/2/2007

My Goals:
For June 2016:
Weigh: 108
Walk: 30 minutes every day
Lose at least 10 kilos.
Set the table and take time for evening meals
Eat mostly vegetarian meals

My Program:
Healthy food choices within recommended calorie ranges.
2 x week Body Pump 30 minutes for strength
3 week walk for 30-40 minutes
1-2 x week walk/run 6 k

Personal Information:
I'm single, no kids, and have lived in the Netherlands since 1998. I grew up in Canada and call both Amsterdam and Canada home.
I studied music and library science.

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  • v WANDAH3
    So happy to have your visit to my blog's been way too long since I've touched base with you. It's been a busy year of a lot of "hurry up and waiting". Hopefully my surgery will be scheduled soon. I have another consult on Sept 18th and then God willing it will be soon after. My youngest got engaged in July and we are all excited about having a wedding to plan. Such fun.

    I'll pop back later to see what all you have been up to.
    1157 days ago
    I love that I have come to Barbara's Home Page! Thanks for the visit. I am trying so hard to fit in some healthy sparking to keep me focussed. Last year was very hectic and everything took a back seat to school. Fortunately, my health was maintained (I had perfect attendance!) but, I would like to be less exhausted this upcoming year. I'm glad that you are still around to touch base with. It's nice to have your support. I hope that I can return the favor in the upcoming days.
    1177 days ago
  • v WANDAH3
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012. Oh the opportunities and possibilities that lie before exciting. Thank you for your friendship it means a lot to me.

    1754 days ago
    I'm doing just fine. Working a bit hard. Getting bored with the rain though. Realy bored. It takes the mojo out of me when the weather is bad. I need the sun to live.
    1945 days ago
    Ik gebruik dezelfde sites om calorieen op te zoeken. Deze gebruik ik ook en is is echt super. laat je niet afschrikken door het hartinfarct gedoe om de voedingswaarde tabel te gebruiken
    1973 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/27/2011 10:58:49 AM
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