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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.

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 ...
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.

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!
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Member Since: 8/8/2011

SparkPoints: 97,169

Fitness Minutes: 69,122

My Goals:
To lose 8 lbs. through healthful eating and increased exercise--and keep the weight off this time!

My Program:
2014
Fall 5% Challenge

Goal: To maintain goal weight within 5 lbs, by using a low-carb diet that is necessitated by a medical problem.

Activity: Moderate exercise, such as walking most days of the week.

Goal: To lose 5% of my weight (7.3 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):

Exercise:
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):

Exercise:
Minimum 60 min. per day of a combination of walking, walking, elliptical and weights.

2012 Spring 5% Challenge


Personal Information:
My name is Jonnie. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Well, it's official--I'm retiring in December this year. I plan to spend winters in a warm climate and travel as much as possible. Love, love travel!

Other Information:
I'm a foreign language teacher. I enjoy traveling and visiting friends or hosting them during vacations. So glad to have my bathroom renovations completed.

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MLKDUD
10/26/2014 11:49:44 AM

Thanks for being a leader!!



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FLORIDASUN
10/26/2014 10:47:57 AM

I'm SO in the WEEDS with all the frenzy of season descending down here in FL...but I want you to know how happy I am for your spotlight day! If anyone deserves the shout out YOU do dear one! You are so dedicated and so supportive...we bears just love you to the moon and back!

Also a big shout out and kudos for your success on BEAR mountain...you are a great inspiration on that trek up the summit and down again! Know that I and the Teddy Bear team are truly cheering you on.

Come on January...is that the retirement month! What WILL you do once you are a lady with the freedom of time? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARDEG918
10/25/2014 8:48:50 PM

emoticon Now the other teams know what a wonderful leader you are. Thanks for all you do for the Teddies. emoticon



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RETIREESMITH
10/25/2014 5:38:28 PM

Hope your day in the spotlight was great. Thanks for your leadership and encouragement.
Madonna



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10/25/2014 12:50:06 PM

You look great! I hope you enjoy your day as LEADER IN THE SPOTLIGHT! emoticon



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