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Hello from Costa Rica! I'm a Costa Rican, living in Costa Rica.

What I've found, so far, in my journey to losing weight and maintenance:
1. It's all up to you, nobody else, though the encouragement and support of people (i.e. SP) is a must.
2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out for losing weight. For maintenance it has become a matter of eating similar every day.
3. I had a hard time when losing weight and I'm having a hard time in maintenance, BUT it ...
Hello from Costa Rica! I'm a Costa Rican, living in Costa Rica.

What I've found, so far, in my journey to losing weight and maintenance:
1. It's all up to you, nobody else, though the encouragement and support of people (i.e. SP) is a must.
2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out for losing weight. For maintenance it has become a matter of eating similar every day.
3. I had a hard time when losing weight and I'm having a hard time in maintenance, BUT it has been totally worth it. I'm still hoping for this journey to become easier with time... Don't know if it will.
My weight loss story:
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: 220,153

Fitness Minutes: 185,221

My Goals:
To have fun, sharing and accomplishing goals together with my SP friends in this lifelong health journey.

I reached my goal weight on Nov 8, 2014. My center weight is 126 pounds. The lifelong challenge of maintenance has begun.

My Program:
2016 Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
A minimum of 60 min of exercise, walking/hiking/other, 6 days a week. This may include 30 min of stretching and ST, 2 to 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 live in the mountains (at an altitude of 4757 ft). Married for a lot of years (almost 39). 3 grown-up kids already gone, and three grandkids. I'm currently working as a caregiver at home for my elderly mom (with senile dementia), my granddaughter, and her baby brother.
My first SparkFriend in this page is my daughter and my granddaughter (pic taken about 5 years ago).

Other Information:
Besides my family, I love my daily routine of exercise, the Internet forums -SP, reading, watching movies, my pets, 3 dogs - 4 cats (all rescued). I love to travel overseas, but can't afford to do so as often as I'd like to.
I'm an atheist with total respect for people's beliefs.

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LEANJEAN6
2/2/2016 4:38:24 PM

I love that you live in Costa Rico--- so neat! And so different than here--We could switch houses for a week--LOL--- Do you want to see snow?--LOl-Lynda



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SHERRYLHBB
2/2/2016 4:35:54 PM

Thanks for the maintenance anniversary congrats! I appreciate it. emoticon



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BARBIE176
2/1/2016 10:11:45 PM

emoticon Just stopping by with an inspirational quote for you for today:

“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” ~ Steve Jobs

So, be sure to find something you really care about and you will find yourself achieving your goal. Have a Healthy month! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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SHARON10002
2/1/2016 10:40:25 AM

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F - Forge ahead no matter how small the step.
E - Each new day offers the chance to start anew.
B - Believe in yourself and all that you are, and wish to be.
R - Remember the reason why you started this journey.
U - Unless you move, the place where you are is the place you will always be.
A - A bad day is only as bad as you let it be.
R - Roll with life’s punches, and rise again.
Y - You are loved . . .
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Thanks for stopping by and joining me for Friday Happy Hour blog. Hope your February is fabulous!



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KRISZTA11
1/31/2016 3:29:04 AM

Thank you for responding to the maintenance thread about carbs and fats. I can imagine how smart you need to be to eat well with those restrictions.
25 years ago my husband was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and my hear sunk when I saw the recommended diet. But we got lucky, his disease is mild despite he eats everything he likes except milk.



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