YICHE12
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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 151.1 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: 261,483

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 FaceTime, 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 HOLISTICJESSICA
    Thank you for the welcome! I have been on the community team many times. Over the years I have gotten busy and not been able to be as active on SP, off and on. But, I always maintain my healthy living and view the emails when I can. I am happy to be back into it again. Life has given me an opportunity to slow down a bit and get back to some of the things that I love.

    You have done a wonderful job on your journey! I have talked with you over the years and have truly enjoyed your support. You are a wonderful woman. Thank you for stopping by my page.

    Jessica
    7 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2018 8:06:46 PM
  • v ERIECANALGAL
    Hi Lise,
    Thanks so much for the goodie. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
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    Dottee
    2 days ago
  • v CYNFIT4LIFE
    I love the photo at the top of your page. You both look so happy! Such lovely smiles - no wonder you're so great at boosting the rest of us up. Cheers!
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    23 days ago
  • v BJAEGER307
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    Great to have you as our Daisy of the Day! Thank you for being out leader and keeping watch on those totals everyday. You are a great leader.

    Enjoy your Daisy Day to it's fullest!

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    40 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2018 10:43:08 AM
  • v CYNFIT4LIFE
    Happy Daisy Day! Thank you so much for all you do for our team - without your hard work, none of this would be possible. I'm really enjoying the challenge. Best wishes!
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    40 days ago
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