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December 9 - 159.9 lbs! Woo Hoo! New goal 150 lbs. by February 28, 2017

November 30/16 - 161.5 lbs. 1.5 lbs. to go!

November 25/16 - 1 month to Christmas... 162.2 lbs. 2.2 to go to ready my goal for December 31.

November 14/16... 164.3 lbs. 4.7 to go by December 31. Down 27.7 lbs from start.

October 23/16
Woo Hoo! Back from train/cruise vacation and down 1.6 lbs. O.9 lbs. to go to reach my goal of 165 by the end of the year... let's set a new goal... 160 lbs. by January 1... I can do it... I WILL do it!

September 18/16
I've lost 20.8 lbs. since May 1/16, and am on track to weigh 165 by the end of the year... 2.2 lbs to go, although with a month's vacation and the holiday season, it will take hard work and commitment.

My next goal will be to lose the "final 15" during 2017. I'm gaining confidence that I can do it!

A very special thank you to my Spark Friends for your encouragement, cheering me on, and for the pushes when needed.


April 16/16

I joined Spark People in January, 2011, to lose weight before my son's April wedding.

Since that time, I've lost weight, regained it, lost again... you get the picture. Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. It offers a network of teams, challenges and wonderful friends.

Even though I haven't reached my goal, I believe that Spark People has helped me break the pattern of gaining weight each year. I plan to follow this program for the rest of my life, and to gradually reduce my weight.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 96,733

My Goals:
My husband and I love to travel, and I want to be able to walk, climb, explore and enjoy new places with him.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:

- eat NOTHING directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts

- 8 glasses of water/day

- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day

- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes

- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods

- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan

- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden, walking and cycling. In the winter, I swim and use the treadmill

- ST including resistance band, medicine ball, stability ball, floor exercises and free weights

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario

- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend

- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer

- cat lover

- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Weight loss goals:
- 178 lbs. by June 30/16
- 170 lbs. by Sept. 30/16 - actual 167.2 September 18/16
- 164.6 lbs., November 2/16
- 162.4 lbs., November 18/16
- 160 lbs. by Dec. 31/16 - 159.9 lbs. December 9/16!
Long-term goal 150 lbs. by June 30/17

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    Thanks Gail for your comments on my Pearl Harbor blog. I still want to visit the memorial, so many lives lost. And I loved hearing about your town's Christmas parade! (The last time I watched our local parade, the police department marched with their dogs, several of the dogs were trained to sniff out pot -- needless to say, the dogs pointed and barked at several young people in the crowd!)
    1 day ago
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    My Husbands Fathers side is Scottish, (his Mothers is Irish) he wore his family tartan kilt for our wedding. We would love to be able to move to somewhere remote in Scotland, we have both lived there in different places and just dream of going back.
    3 days ago
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    I don't think there's any snow left to send your way, Gail, and it's still falling. Even the snowmobilers haven't ventured out yet. emoticon We had a good run of mild weather so can't complain too much now that winter is flexing its muscles. At least tromping through the drifts burns lots of calories.
    3 days ago
    Apparently they've been talking for a while about wanting to move to the west coast, but she's the one who's been job-hunting. The plan is that she would go out first and he starts looking for a job out there while he winds up at his current job, then joins her in six months whether he has found one or not. He does something high-tech with developing mobile apps, so I don't think he'd have that much trouble finding work.

    I just hope she doesn't get out there and then the relationship fizzles. He's always lived in Columbus and is close to his parents who are nearby, I wonder if he might get cold feet when the time came. I'd hate to see that happen because I feel like this is a good guy for Amy.

    3 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/6/2016 8:30:18 PM
    Wow, you stay up till midnight? I try to force myself to stay awake till 10, and most nights I fall asleep around 9:30 sitting bolt upright in front of the tv. Daylight saving just made it even worse - now I'm getting sleepy after 8!

    I'm thinking it does make sense to have that evening snack be the same thing each night, and was going to stick with my hardboiled eggs but I can see I'm going to get tired of them. Yogurt might be better because you can dress it up differently.
    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2016 7:20:13 AM
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