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After losing 10 lbs on my own, I joined SP in August, 2011 and lost 15 more lbs with the help of the Spark Teams, especially the 5% Challenge. These challenges are great motivators for me. I intend to continue using them to maintain my weight loss.


In less than a week, we'll begin the Winter 5% Challenge of which I am in dire need right now. I got carried away with the holiday eating, and will therefore need to lose the full 5%, 7 lbs, to be back at goal weight. Geesh--will I ever learn! But I WILL DO IT... again.


I ended the Fall 5% Challenge at 132 lbs by eating a plant-based diet and doing regular exercise. It all fell apart at Thanksgiving, but I'm doing my best to keep the weight gain moderate. At least I now know what works to get it off again.

Update 9/4/2016

I ended the Summer 5% Challenge at 137 lbs, and I'm still there even though I've stayed with my regimen rather well. It just shows that those challenges give me the extra umph I need to make progress. With the fall Challenge I should make my goal of 133 with good muscle tone.

Update 6/14/2016

Well, I'm 9 lbs heavier than I want to be at 142 lbs. Too many trips that were food-a-thons -- can you imagine New Orleans?! Oh well, with the help of the Summer 5% Challenge, I'll get it off -- just watch me! :)

Update 1/5/2016

I'm starting the winter at 136 lbs, just 3 lbs above goal, and I'm pleased about that. I will be taking trips where I will come off my eating plan, but I will make every attempt to do it less than before--it's just that my body reacts immediately when I do this by putting on 5 lbs, and all of it can't be water because it takes weeks to get rid of it. Still I'm hopeful to begin spring at or below 133.

Update 9/24/2015

I'm bouncing between 138-140 lbs again, so my goal for the Fall 5% Challenge will be to lose 7 lbs. to get back to my goal weight of 133 again. For me, this seems to be maintenance!

Udate 7/25/2015

I'm using the Summer 5% Challenge to stay within 5 lbs of my goal weight of 133. I tend to venture up toward 140 as soon as I re-incorporate carbs -- so then I work my way back down. Since I can't stay away from carbs forever, I guess this is going to be a lifestyle choice for me. I'm at 138 one week after a long vacay. I'm walking 3 miles most days and enjoying a yoga class twice per week.

Update 11/20/2014

During the Fall 5% Challenge, I not only hit my goal weight of 133 lbs, I surpassed it and got to 128 lbs. Of course 10 days of vacation has me back up to 136 lbs, but now I know that cutting way back on the carbs works for me to lose weight, and I'm heading back to goal already.

Update 6/19/2014

For the Summer 5% Challenge, I'm determined to do what I haven't since 3 years ago -- lose my 5%! I will do this -- 8 lbs are coming off!

Update 3/25/2014

I'm SO ready to begin the Spring 5% Challenge. My Achilles tendon is healed though it still gets very sore after even a short 1 mile walk. I intend to gradually extend my outside walking and continue using the elliptical trainer and doing my PT until I no longer feel it. It's just in the last couple of weeks that I have even felt as if I was walking normally, so I have high expectations for the progress I will make in the next 8 weeks. One thing I'm committed to, my plant-based diet, finding a plan that will stimulate my metabolism, and whatever else it takes to get these stubborn 10 lbs. off. That's a promise I'm making to myself!!!

Update 7/25/2013

I'm gearing up for the Summer 5% Challenge. With a partially torn achilles tendon, I won't be walking or jogging, but I will do floor exercises and weights and continue with my plant-based diet to lose my last stubborn 9 lbs. I will do this!

Update 5/3/2013

I'm gearing up for the Spring 5% Challenge. I will walk/jog and eat LESS to lose my last 9 lbs. I can do this!

Update 1/22/2013
I'm all signed up for the Winter 5% Challenge where I will lose these stubborn 11 lbs during the 8 weeks of the challenge. I will get back to my exercise regimen; I'm already back to eating more healthfully--so if I track my calories, I'll be on my way to victory! Hopefully I'll gain some insight to maintenance this time--outside of no more cruises....

Update 12/25/2012
Having ended the Fall Challenge 4 lbs above goal weight, I am now back from a cruise where I proceeded to add 9 more lbs. So I'll be starting the Winter Challenge 13 lbs up. Gee-gads! I'm determined to get them off, but this has to stop. My maintenance is just a continual--lbs. on-lbs. off. There must be a better way that doesn't involve calorie-counting.

Update 8/19/2012
As predicted the Summer Challenge got me back to my goal weight of 135. I LOVE those challenges! Now if I can just maintain till the Fall Challenge....

Update 6/7/2012
Ended Spring Challenge at 136 lbs--within maintenance range, but ate my way up to 140 in Mazatlan, Mexico. I know the Summer Challenge will help me get back down to 135--of course I'll aim for "the cushion" of 133. My body doesn't seem to know how to maintain that weight, but I'll keep trying through more intervals with my exercise this summer.

Update 3/17/2012
Well, I could not hold onto the 2-lb cushion. Nor did I hold onto the 135 -- maintenance is still a mystery to me. But at 137, I'm going for 133 again with the Spring 5% Challenge. I can do this--again!

Update 1/29/2012
2 lbs below goal; now in maintenance. The Winter 5% Challenge helped keep me on the plan!

Update 11/19/2011
I have now lost 13 more lbs, and am just 2 lbs from goal and maintenance. I want this to be the first year of a lifetime where I eat sensibly and continue to exercise through the holidays, and do not start the new year "on a diet." After my success with the Fall 5% challenge, I have renewed faith in myself--I CAN DO IT!

Member Since: 8/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 112,707

My Goals:
To lose 7 lbs. through healthful eating and increased exercise--and maintain my goal weight!

My Program:
Winter 5% Challenge

Goal: To re-attain my goal weight of 133, by using a low-carb/Keto diet emphasizing healthy fats and vegetables.

Activity: Moderate exercise, such as walking most days of the week; elliptical trainer 2 days week, weights 1 day week.

Previous Activity:
Fall 5% Challenge

Goal: To lose more than 5% of my weight (7 lbs total) and combine a plant-based diet with the Fast Metabolism Diet and walking or elliptical, floor exercises + strength-training to get to my goal of a slim, well-toned, strong body.

Activity plan (to be tracked on SP):

Minimum 60 min. per day of a combination of walking, walk/jogging, weights, elliptical.

Summer 5% Challenge

Goal: To lose 5% of my weight + (7-9 lbs total) and develop an eating/workout plan to maintain my goal weight and build a well toned, strong body.

Activity plan (to be tracked on SP):

Minimum 60 min. per day with a combination of walk

Personal Information:
My name is Jonnie. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm 2 years retired from college teaching and think I've found my footing in retirement now. I have a 2-day part-time position in public schools administration that keeps me engaged, and I spend winters in a warm climate and travel as much as possible throughout the year. Love, love travel!

Other Information:
I'm a retired foreign language teacher. I enjoy traveling, visiting friends or hosting them.

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