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

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

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1986 My family with my brothers in New York City.


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On April 30, 2018, I celebrated 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 the beginning of June till end of August 2018 due to lack of exercise 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?

Last September, I reached my 70th birthday 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: 288,078

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.

Other Information:
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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    Hi, Lise! I will be out of internet range Fri.-Sun., but I will keep track and catch everything up, come Sun. Night. Looking forward to week 7!
    8 days ago
    Hi Lise! Thanks for the email you sent!!
    I tried to reply, but my computer is behaving strangely and wouldn't let me email you back!! Very strange... technology frustrates me sometimes.

    I am enjoying the challenges very much and am so glad that I joined! It's funny how posting those numbers when you know other people can look at them makes you consider what you are posting just a little bit more. I'm going to start my 5K training for the summer again, so my exercise numbers should come up abit, which I am looking forward to.
    The biggest thing is the Calories In and Out!!! Wowee - I am enjoying the way that it is making me so much more conscientious about what I am consuming. It also makes it clear why I was having such a hard time getting those numbers to drop in my weight. I have been more accurate with my amounts, and not letting myself join my hubby in the little snacks he is always partaking in! :)

    This first month of the challenge is truly an educational experience. I am looking forward to next month when I am "in the groove" and can achieve even greater results! Thank you so much for inviting the members of the team to join - I am so glad that I did! I can see this becoming something that I do on a regular basis.
    We are camping this weekend, but I will be faithfully writing down my numbers to update all my information when we return on Tuesday...

    Have a great day and a wonderful weekend too!!!

    8 days ago
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    Good to be back with Spark and see my old Spark friends again.
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