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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?








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On April 30, 2014, I celebrated five years on this journey. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 161.26 lbs. 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 ...
On April 30, 2014, I celebrated five years on this journey. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 161.26 lbs. 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 many ups and downs on 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 do not want to 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 65 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.
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Member Since: 4/30/2009

SparkPoints: 174,965

Fitness Minutes: 149,360

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, Talkatone, 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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PAM_COOPER
9/5/2014 11:59:47 PM

Thank you for your kind words on my Spark page.
I was quite surprised at being featured.
It has motivated me once again to STAY the course (maintenance).

I have struggled with a few returning pounds since I quit smoking but plan on being back on track by the end of the year. I had some unwanted pounds (10) just jump right back on in no time flat! Now it's time to knock them off again! lol

Thanks again for stopping by.




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SPARKFRAN514
9/5/2014 6:43:45 PM

Thank you for the nice welcome to the community team .
this team sounds fun meeting new Spark friends and helping each other reach our goals .

“Every dawn, a new beginning, every day, a free gift: to get it right
Anne Barnhill




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WILDKAT781
9/4/2014 5:33:41 AM

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Thank you so much for visiting my “New Beginning” blog!!!! I really appreciate your support!!!




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SETTIMIA
8/29/2014 6:56:18 AM

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY KIND COMMENT. HOPE YOU ARE WELL X



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KATPRIEBE
8/21/2014 2:34:38 PM

Thank you for the welcome, but I was deleted from the group by an "opps", (hee-hee). But the warmth of the group is always appreciated.



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