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Hello from Costa Rica!

I've found three constants in my journey to losing weight (not maintenance):
1. It's all up to you, nobody else.
2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out.
3. You have to suffer, but it's totally worth it.

Thanks to the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge, I lost 5.4 pounds. And to the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge, I lost 4.6 pounds more and reached my goal weight (a total of 10 lbs lost). Aiming a more middle range BMI, I decided to go ...
Hello from Costa Rica!

I've found three constants in my journey to losing weight (not maintenance):
1. It's all up to you, nobody else.
2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out.
3. You have to suffer, but it's totally worth it.

Thanks to the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge, I lost 5.4 pounds. And to the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge, I lost 4.6 pounds more and reached my goal weight (a total of 10 lbs lost). Aiming a more middle range BMI, I decided to go for 126 lbs which I reached (for a grand total of 19 lbs lost since I joined SP). For about 3 years, I was unable to get the motivation and determination (the big push) necessary to embrace and enjoy a complete change in my lifestyle seriously, until I got into challenges. I was always procrastinating the big start.

I am extremely happy I've found invaluable friends along this lifelong journey here at SP. My dear mentor: Ramona, GODS TEMPLE.
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Member Since: 12/5/2010

SparkPoints: 148,037

Fitness Minutes: 148,765

My Goals:
To have fun, sharing and accomplishing goals in the life long journey towards our health, in our lifestyle change.

I reached my goal weight on Nov 8, 2014. My center weight is 126 pounds.
No tracking food since Feb 21, 2015 (experimenting).

My Program:
Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
A minimum of 120 min of exercise, mostly hiking, 5 to 6 days a week. Plus 20-30 min of stretching / ST, 3 days a week.

As for my diet, nothing specific but to eat as healthy as possible within my calorie range to maintain or lose weight.

Personal Information:
I live in Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica. I'm a Costa Rican. I live in the mountains (at an altitude of 4757 ft). Married for a lot of years. 3 grown-up kids already gone, and two and a half grandkids. I'm currently working as a caregiver at home for my elderly mom (with senile dementia), my granddaughter, and another grandson baby on the way.

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My interests:
Besides my family, I love walking/hiking, the Internet forums -SP, reading, watching movies, my pets, 4 dogs - 4 cats. I love to travel overseas, but can't afford to do it as often as I'd like.

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WATERMELLEN
2/18/2015 7:53:59 AM

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2/18/2015 6:25:20 AM

Thank you for my sparkgoodie and for helping to make my day as Leader in the Spotlight a special one.



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2/17/2015 2:55:36 PM

Oh yum--thanks so much for the chocolate on my spotlight day! Hope your week is awesome ;-).



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2/16/2015 9:00:29 PM

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Just stopping by with your inspirational quote for the day by Zig Ziglar:

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily."

Guess that means I had better starting repeating my motivation each day! Have a Marvelous Monday and a fantabulous week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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HOLLYM48
2/16/2015 6:17:13 PM

Thanks so much for stopping by my latest blog and for your comment and encouragement! I agree that all of here on SP that exercise daily and are committed to any form of exercise is an athlete and I will just keep on doing the best that I can! I hope your week is off to a good start!



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