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I accomplished my goal two weeks before my target date. I know I was extremely focused, committed, and on track, but what kept me aligned throughout the weeks were my teammates and the awesome teams I joined here at Spark.

Together, we did something right!

I travel, and have lived in many places. Wherever I can stay for a few months quickly becomes my home. Traveling has its cost however, and becoming endeared to a place which one leaves in a few months, is a painful experience. Italians say that "partire e un po morire," which means parting is a little bit like dying. And it is true for me: I die a little when I leave a place.


A place that is home for us is one with a good library. When I left the States I missed the libraries most of all. Now that I travel I marvel at the great library systems of other countries. My wish, in this globalizing world of the 21st Century, would be that instead of a McDonald's within ten minutes of your home, there were a public library.


I am totally for education as a way to overcome all obstacles (yes, even weight issues). Encourage your children to continue their schooling. Better yet, get yourself in a learning environment. School is whatever that may be for you: adult education, interest groups, community centers, hobbies... there are no parameters to learning, and no boxes to check!!!

Read, Learn, Grow, and Enjoy... Everything you do each day can be a learning experience. Every activity you engage in can be interpreted as part of a creative/learning process.

So... as the motto for a popular cruise line goes: " Get Out There " ...and I add learn something!


This is how my weight story goes:

Ap 30 '08: 64.5 Kilos (141.9 lbs.) Perhaps it was a mistake to weigh myself during a 14-night cruise... but it woke me up to an ugly reality. I returned home and began my usual dieting routine.

June 08: 132 lbs. After losing about 10 lb on my own doing an old Weight Watchers low fat high fiber diet, I came upon Spark, and began rearranging the way I looked at my eating habits and my relationship to food.
The rest, below, makes total sense, since I abided by my new methods continuously.

Aug 30 '08: 55.5 Kilos (122.1 lbs.) Reward: Mountainbike
Sep 30 '08: 54.0 Kilos (118.8 lbs) Reward: Week in Italy
MidOct 08: 52.0 Kilos (114.6 lbs) Reward: Dress up regularly for main meal at home
Nov 3 '08: 50.0Kilos (110 lbs) Reward: Trip around the world, Eastward
MidApril 09: 51Kilos: Not bad, considering almost six months on the road
MidMay 09: 47.5 Kilos: Back on track
MidJune 09: 50 Kilos
MidJuly 09: 49 Kilos
MidAugust 09: 47.5 Kilos
MidSeptember 09: 47.5 Kilos: It looks as though I learned how to do this maintenance thing.

1 Aug 10: 53.5 Kilos

Or maybe I didn't. AFter seven months in the U.S. I gained over 12 lbs. It was so difficult, without a home, without my own kitchen, and without the daily support support of this network. But I'm back on track, tracking, and exercising.

15 Aug 10: 52 Kilos

Member Since: 6/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 30,095

My Goals:
Rely less on tracking, and more on my new habits.

Visit and spend time in a long list of countries in the next 13 years.

Read at least one author from each country... in the world.

My Program:
Exercise is my key to keeping weight off. I am committed to mountain biking, running, and strength training to help me in staying fit.

I am a sensual being, and food provides for all my senses! In having followed Spark's advice, however, I have learned that I am in control of what I eat. I can state firmly that food and eating no longer have a hold on me, mainly because I came to understand the concept "portion" through Spark.

Personal Information:
I was born in a tropical island in the Caribbean where the waters were acqua green, like the background color of my sparkpage, the breeze blew soft and balmy... now I live in Europe and miss my palms!

Five languages and counting. I'd like to learn Portuguese next.

Studying is my one passion; I'm an eternal student.

Cooking is another.

Visiting places where I don't know the language is a major thrill for me: it affirms humanity beyond limits. Places that are altogether, running like clockwork, and in perfect order are not my favorites. Visiting a place where not everything is provided, where not all the information is obvious really allows humanity to come through. Because you must rely on people to help you out, as a traveler you get in touch with a different level of culture and people shine through the chaos. Try it! Go off the beaten path... you'll be transformed!

Other Information:
We're in a different country for part of each year. The real challenge comes when we travel, as I often don't have a kitchen to work from, sometimes for months. I took up this challenge in November 2008. We spent about 3 months on the road, from Athens and Cairo to Mumbai, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand... and my weight did not increase! After all that time of eating out and having no kitchen, I did not gain any weight! I learned to make the right choices, all on my own: I won this year!

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