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Me in December 2008. This is what I call a full figure.

Off to a New Year's party (Dec. 31, 2008). Don't I look like a happy camper?

1986 My family with my brothers in New York City.



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On April 30, 2018, I will celebrate my 9th Sparkversary. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 149.6 lbs. I did gain a little bit over my holidays from end of September till end of November 2017 but my aim is to continue on my journey to reach my ultimate goal. Over the years, Spark People has helped me with the following:

- I have become more aware of the importance of eating well and leaving junk food out of my diet.
- Exercise has become a routine for me.
- The need to sleep a minimum of seven to eight hours a night.
- The importance of staying active online because I am positive that I would have regained my weight if I had not continued on SP.
- The importance of food tracking on a daily basis.
- Soft drinks are no longer drunk in the household.
- Desserts are made for guests only and we don't miss it.
etc. (the list goes on)

Like many of you, I have had ups and downs over the course of this journey. I am presently overweight as per the BMI scale and I will continue my journey to reach my healthy weight.

The truth is that with the weight that I 'have' lost, I have found my self-esteem again and my willingness to continue this struggle. I even look forward to going out more and dressing up again because I can actually look better in the clothes that I have. That is a nice feeling... Truly, I will not go upwards again as I know what that feels like. Yes, with the weight on, I could still do a lot but my cholesterol was high and my BMI was on the obese side -- who's kidding who here?

I am 69 y.o. and never did envision myself being a heavy senior citizen. Looking at my December 2008 picture beside, it was obvious to me that it was time that I got myself moving again and by doing so, it has proven to be beneficial all-round.

Member Since: 4/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 249,903

My Goals:
My goal is to lose the excess weight I have accumulated and get my BMI and cholesterol to healthier levels. I want to be a role model for my daughters and grand-children.

My Program:
I am watching and marking down EVERYTHING that I eat. I am exercising on a regular basis. Initially, I had scheduled one day off and now I find myself doing something on that day too!!!

Personal Information:
Originally from Canada, I have resided in West Africa since 1975 (during my entire adult life). I do get a chance to go and visit my family frequently but miss them a lot. Thanks to my MagicJack, Viber, Skype, I can communicate even more now with everybody.

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One of my favorite saying is: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do". Mother Teresa

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  • v RONDAJO56
    Good Morning! emoticon for reading my blog and the wonderful congrats u gave me. And all the hard work u put into keeping our tally correct! emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v KMICHA
    Hi again!

    I was replying to you on my phone and I had limited space to comment for some reason. I have been lurking on Sparks since mid May. On May 16th, our 26 year old son was killed while riding his motorcycle. A woman turned right in front of him; he didn't have a chance. She must have been distracted, for it was night and all the lights on his bike were working properly and it was well lit. It has a been a difficult 8 months as we navigate this valley we find ourselves walking through. But we have hope. We know our son was a believer in Christ and that we will see him again. It is a Somber Joy.
    9 days ago
  • v KMICHA
    Hello my Friend It so good to hear from you, it has been a long time. Glad to hear you are thinking of moving back this way. I'm sure you will miss it there but to be close to family again❤️ i will write more from my computer, limited space here.❤
    9 days ago
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    10 days ago
    feel free to copy any of my memes....I'm flattered
    Best wishes on the challenge emoticon
    11 days ago
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