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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: 261,312

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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    Thank you my wonderful SparkFriend. It is encouraging and motivating to read such beautiful words. I just love my SparkFriends and truly am blessed to have so many!



    57 days ago
    Hello my beautiful friend! Thank you, for somehow finding that picture to comment on. That was indeed a low point in my life, but my AHA! came a few days before that when I couldn't get out of bed. I had to roll off the bed, (on the wrong side), get to my knees then to my feet. I hadn't joined Spark at that point and hadn't heard Chris Downie's story, but I knew I had to move. I walked in place for a few minutes, made my way to my computer and joined Spark People.
    58 days ago
    I see that the scale was fickle this week, but your hard work will pay off! Keep it up!
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    59 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog "I am happy in my Body". It means so much to me. Also, I'm barely 5 ft tall. a pound of extra weight shows. emoticon I went over to my neighbors to help her connect her modem and she have me some clothes she was getting ready to donate. I was able to fit into a size 10 slacks. Yeehaw!!! I was wearing size 18 when I weighed 170 pounds. It's been over 25 years since I wore size 10 in anything! I still want to shed at least 9 more pounds, and I will be at my ultimate goal weight!

    It is just so awesome going through this journey with my SparkFriends.


    68 days ago
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    Thanks for the good wishes. "Daisy Day" is fun. I hope you will be back in Canada soon and are feeling good about your 5% challenge. emoticon
    71 days ago
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