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I joined SparkPeople just over six years ago (September 2010) but until January of 2016 I was just an occasional "participant and never seemed to be able to stay the course for more than 2-3 months. By the end of 2015 I'd reached my highest weight ever.

Since I came back to SP at the beginning of 2016 I've become more involved with teams and challenges and made a strong commitment to developing an exercise "habit" , I have lost over 50 pounds. I still have just under 20 lbs to go to get to my initial goal weight. The goal I set might still be a bit higher than my ideal weight but I know it is attainable. Once I reach that goal, I'll decide if I should lose another 5-10 pounds. While I have good general health, I knew that excess weight and lack of activity were not conducive to staying healthy long term. As the grandma of an active 4 year old grandson, I want to be around for a LONG time and be able to keep up with him when he comes to visit us .My daughter and her family recently moved across the country and are now living just over an hour away from us so I'll certainly be seeing more of him.

I have done the 5%Spring and Summer and Fall Challenges (2016) as a member of the Awesome A's team and made some great Spark friends during those challenges. I'm thrilled that I not only made my goal of losing 11 lbs in the spring but surpassed it by a little bit! The challenge motivated me to bump up my exercise which probably helped me to reach my goal. Unfortunately I didn't quite get to my goal in the Summer or Fall challenges as my weight loss seemed to slow down over the summer months and even into the fall, but I will be working hard to meet my goal in the winter challenge!

When I first came back to SP in January 2016, I set a timeline of being at or close to my goal weight by the beginning of 2017, but with the slow down in weight loss over the past several months, it will take longer than I originally anticipated. How much longer really doesn't matter as I haven't come this far to give up on reaching my goal now!
I enjoy reading and knitting - not very active pastimes! I go to a monthly book club, and a weekly knitting group which meets at our local library. I am able to walk to the knitting group each Tuesday. I enjoy singing in - and at the present time, conducting - a small choir that visits several nursing/retirement homes each month from October to May. I'm a big CFL (Canadian Football League) fan and enjoy following my favourite team during the season, and off-season too! My DH and I attended their 2016 Labour Day game against their biggest rivals which they won - of course! We are now making plans to attend the Grey Cup game being played in our nation's capital Ottawa in late November 2017. I'm hoping that my Ticats might make it to the big game this year!

Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 24,760

My Goals:
Continue to lose weight
Continue to maintain a more active lifestyle with regular exercise
Stay committed to my goals!

My Program:
Exercise 6 times a week (daily cardio + strength training 3x a week)
Track food and exercise daily
Eat more veggies and fruit.

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From Orillia ON
Retired from teaching 9 years ago.
Married to my hubby for 39 years.

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