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4/23/14 1:11 P

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lol I am a neighbour! :)

I'm trying to do the same..although my will power right now isn't that good.... I had 8 mini eggs last night because I was craving chocolate!

~Sylvia
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4/23/14 11:50 A

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You are like a neighbor in the Spark world emoticon

I am on Day 2 of nutrition tracking. It helps, because if I eat it I have to record it, so I look at something and think I don't want to go over and enter it right now.

Lynn
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PST - Delta, BC

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh


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LIFEASMRSA's Photo LIFEASMRSA SparkPoints: (19,009)
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4/23/14 9:29 A

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I am! In Vancouver :). But I work in Coquitlam

~Sylvia
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I'm always looking to meet more people! So drop on by and say hi!

"Remember that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Whatever the challenge, you will be able to face it, one step at a time."- Richard Carlson


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4/23/14 1:07 A

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It took me a couple of years on Spark before I found really active teams. It's kept me here and working on a healthier lifestyle.

Are you in the GVRD? I am in Delta.

Lynn
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PST - Delta, BC

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh


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LIFEASMRSA's Photo LIFEASMRSA SparkPoints: (19,009)
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4/22/14 9:58 P

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I would love to join the team! Thanks for the invite! And thanks for the compliment on my picture:)

~Sylvia
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WRJ&G Summer 5%

I'm always looking to meet more people! So drop on by and say hi!

"Remember that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Whatever the challenge, you will be able to face it, one step at a time."- Richard Carlson


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4/22/14 9:09 P

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Great to see you here! In a few weeks I will send you an invitation to the 5% Challenge and you can meet other active Sparkers.

I love your profile picture.

Lynn
Co-leader 2014 Summer 5% Challenge

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ndividual.asp?gid=63123


PST - Delta, BC

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh


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LIFEASMRSA's Photo LIFEASMRSA SparkPoints: (19,009)
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4/22/14 8:39 P

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Hello! I guess I'm about 3 months late for this..........but wow 6 years!

What have you accomplished in the last 6 years?
I lost about 30 pounds in my initial first year, kept it off for two, was a bit unstable for a bit......got married!!!! and then in past two years have gained back half of the 30!

What are you currently working on?
I want to lose the 15 pounds that I've put back on!

What challenges did you face?
Being consistent with my work outs and healthy eating :(

What are your proudest moments?
When I wore a bikini at my healthy weight! (back in 2009!)



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1/4/14 3:11 P

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It will be 6 years for me on January 22!

* What have you accomplished in the last 5 years?

I have continued to Spark all these years and have spread the Spark many times. My hubby and I have both improved our health and made good lifestyle changes.

*What are you currently working on?

I am getting ready for the 5% Challenge which starts Jan. 18th. The Challenges have kept me going the last 4 years. The teams are VERY supportive.

Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in weekly team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. You are welcome to join a supportive team - lose 5% of your weight, make new friends and improve your health!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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*What challenges did you face?

No biggies.

*What are your proudest moments?

I can walk 10K's and have the confidence to try new activities.

*Update us on anything you would care to share.

I love my fitbit!


Lynn
Co-leader 2014 Summer 5% Challenge

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PST - Delta, BC

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh


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1/3/14 3:14 P

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I am so glad to see that this team still has some active members!

Can you even believe it's been 5 years? Just wow!

I will answer the original questions to sort of re-introduce myself here!

* What have you accomplished in the last 5 years?

Well - SparkPeople was/is such a gift to me! I found it at the right time and I was ready to do BOTH healthy eating (vs dieting) AND exercise. In the past I would somehow gravitate to one or the other but doing both seemed too hard... too bossy... too unachievable but in January of 2008 things just started to click and Spark made it easy! I quickly fell into a new routine and within the first 16 months I consistently (dare I say, nearly easily) dropped about 75 pounds. I had heard rumors of plateaus and walls and such but until May of 2009 I didn't know. But when I hit that wall I hit it full on. I tried nearly everything to get over or around it. I battled hard, changing up my workouts, my calorie ranges, my routines... I tried working out harder, longer... and then I tried giving my body more rest and less intense workouts. For 3 years I battled on - consistently tracking and trying but I began to lose hope. It seemed that it didn't matter WHAT I did... I couldn't lose any more. I was working so hard and I was discouraged to think I was so far from my goal and my body was no longer cooperatiing with me. I couldn't imagine having to work this hard all the time simply to maintain. I slowly, almost unaware, missed logging in food. I would workout but it was less intense and I wasn't really pushing myself. I rarely got 'sore' from a workout or experienced that runner's high from sweating. I was loosing my drive and everything once again felt impossible.

(Sorry - this is turning into a blog post - which I am sadly WAY overdue for... )

Anyway - what I accomplished was slowly fading away! I really DID accomplish quite a lot in my five years here (nearly 80 pounds gone - with 50 STILL gone; I ran several 5K races and NEVER thought that would happen - or that I would enjoy it; I discovered I liked to sweat and I thrived on a good challenge, etc.) ...but I wasn't really finding the freedom and confidence that I gained while losing pounds and inches. As I regained some of the weight, I re-lost some of the joy and energy and confidence! The new/real me that I discovered at Spark was fading... I regained weight in the past year... stopped tracking nearly all together and lost my follow through once again. I KNOW what to do - but in the back of my mind, I hear the facts that it stopped working for me... I hear the excuses again louder than the hope for change. That is why I am back!

*What are you currently working on?

I am back to Tracking my food - A MAJOR tool that makes all the difference! I am looking forward to getting my Local Team a bit more active and finding some balance in my busier life to still workout consistently!

*What challenges did you face?

Right now? It's cold! LOL! Mostly - as I mentioned, my biggest challenge is letting past experience dictate my current actions! I know it worked for me once... it will work again! I am working on consistency in tracking and working out. Honestly - as much as I miss the smaller size clothes - I miss even more the self confidence and energy of being healthy! This time around it really IS less about a number on my jeans and more about feeling comfortable again in my own skin!

*What are your proudest moments?

Running a few 5Ks - each one, getting a better time!
Buying those Skinny Jeans!
Completing P90X (even though I literally did not lose an inch or a pound!)

*Update us on anything you would care to share.
(Well - obviously I already did that!)

I did just purchase the new Spark Activity Tracker. I considered just starting over and creating a new account - but I didn't want to lose the reality of my journey! So I am looking for a few active fun teams - or team members here - to help spur me on and keep me accountable! One of my fav things about SparkPeople is the people! I am an encourager and I love to speak life to people. It got harder and harder to feel like an inspiration when I kept hitting the same wall. It felt less authentic to say that they could do it when I was battling with thoughts and feelings of how I could not!

But - it's January and I am back and determind to find my Spark once again!
Who is with me?

Spark On!
~Karrilee~

Spark On!
~Karrilee~

Leader of: Yakima Sparkers; The Shack; Psyched about Psych; & Parenthood on NBC

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1/28/13 7:26 P

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These 5 years have been a learning experience for me. I did well the first 3 1/2 years. Then I started slipping back into a few old habits. About a year ago there were some major life happenings (totally beyond my control) that threw me for a loop emotionally. I have gained back what I lost and stopped being active on the site and physically for almost a year now. I am almost back together emotionally and am focusing on starting over with the healthier life style. I have continued to drink about 8 cups of water each day. Now I will start getting into a regular strength training routine and cardio routine.


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1/28/13 1:31 P

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Wow! I haven't been active on this site much so I didn't realize it's been 5 yrs.

I've finally reached my goal and I'm now maintaining. 2013 was the first time in many, many yrs that my goal was not to lose weight. What a wonderful feeling. I'm now focusing on other goals like running my first HM some time this year.

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1/28/13 12:16 P

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Wow we were thinking about the same thing today!

What have you accomplished in the last 5 years?

lost 20 pounds and kept it off
still Sparking
eating quite differently, not meat, potatoes and gravy every night

What are you currently working on?

getting back on track
will be joining a new gym

What challenges did you face?

consistency

What are your proudest moments?

excercised daily at the gym for 28 days

Update us on anything you would care to share.

Glad to see you are still here!!!

You are welcome to join the 5% Challenge which is starting soon

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Lynn
Co-leader 2014 Summer 5% Challenge

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PST - Delta, BC

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh


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1/28/13 9:57 A

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What have you accomplished in the last 5 years?
What are you currently working on?
What challenges did you face?
What are your proudest moments?
Update us on anything you would care to share.

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