CHICAT63   62,644
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April 2014

Before pictures approx. 290 pounds

Grandson Alexis - 8,5 months enjoying his first Fall !

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Bonjour/Hola, my name is Josee,

On March 14, 2014 I turned 51 !
Healthier now at 51 then when I was 30. It's a been a fun ride and I don't plan to get off anytime soon *lol*. I still plenty of crazy things to do.

On January 29, 2014 at 02:04 am our grandson, Alexis Paul Claude Gason was born. He is such a joy to us !

In February 2013, I purchased a Groupn to try out a Boot camp, athelic performance center. Loved it, signed-up for twice a week in ...
Bonjour/Hola, my name is Josee,

On March 14, 2014 I turned 51 !
Healthier now at 51 then when I was 30. It's a been a fun ride and I don't plan to get off anytime soon *lol*. I still plenty of crazy things to do.

On January 29, 2014 at 02:04 am our grandson, Alexis Paul Claude Gason was born. He is such a joy to us !

In February 2013, I purchased a Groupn to try out a Boot camp, athelic performance center. Loved it, signed-up for twice a week in addition of my regular gym. Fast forward to May 2014 the center was Crossfit certified, we are Crossfit 819 (Canada). I have my BOX - did not renew my regular gym membership instead signed-up for unlimited membership at Crossfit 819.


- Surround yourself with positive people & support;
- Join teams here on Sparks and Facebook;
- Plan your nutrition and workouts (cardio & weight training);
- Fitness and nutrition journal;
- No negative people in your entourage if so bye-bye;
- Music: I could not work out without it;
- Reward yourself;
- Set mini-goals;
- Drink your water;
- Try new activities, dare to be bold;
- Involve your close family on your journey;
- Scale as a guide, also use your measurements, go by your clothing and or pictures;

Sparks People, I don’t remember how I found this site. I did join on my birthday March 14th, 2008.


You will notice I like the colour pink, it represents Breast Cancer that my Mom hard fought in 1988 which is a constant reminder for me. I live in the Outaouais region in Quebec, Canada very close to the Gatineau Hills. I am Francophone with a hidden passion for anything spicy & hot, I love the beach and sun with lots of sunscreen.

I work for Canada's international development agency, my job can pretty stressful at times. My family, married and I have two daughters Amélie is 21 and Catherine is 23. I have an identical twin sister, a younger sister & brother. My Mom is my hero, she is a breast cancer survivor she endured chemo and radiotherapy for 9 months (back in 1988).

My weight, losing weight for me is very difficult, after years of yo-yo dieting, overtraining + under eating I have always had an almost non-existant metabolism. I have been overweight since I was 9 years old, being teased in high school was the worst. People referred to my twin sister & I as the washer & dryer twins because we were so short & fat.

My highest weight has been 297 after giving birth to Amélie in 1993 and my lowest weight was 154 in 1988 to this day I do not know what it are like to have a healthy BMI or be a healthy weight. Plus to help matters *lol* at 51, I am officially entered the Big M (menopause).


Highest weight (photo below): 297 pounds
Lowest weight in 2010: 187 pounds, took a couple of detours and weight went back-up to 210 pounds.
Current Weight: 196.4 pounds, slowly but surely getting back to 187.


Pink Breast Cancer tattoo: Onderland 2010.04
Family First Name Initials tattoo 2011.08.16
Boudoir Photo Shoot - 2012.10.09


" Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more sucessful." - Mark Victor Hansen.

“ Act as if it were impossible to fail. “ – Dorothea Brand

" The best way to get me to do something? Tell me I can't do it." - Alicia Marie, figure champion and fitness model.

“ A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused. “ – Shirley MacLaine.

“ Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably…And never regret anything that made you smile. “ Unknown.

“ Just Do It, then do it again “ – Nike

“ Those who say it cannot be done shouldn’t interrupt the people doing it. “ - Author unknown.

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 current weight: 194.6 

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Member Since: 3/14/2008

SparkPoints: 62,644

Fitness Minutes: 113,415

My Goals:
- To be healthier
- To be sexier
- To be stronger
- To have more endurance

My Program:

- Crossfit x 4 week: Crossfit, kettle bell and olympic lifting.

- Rest day: I take a complete rest day a week.

- Walk my dog 4 days a week.

- Trail Run: Every Sunday with a group.

Nutrition: No processed foods, red wine, chocolate suffer from migraine. I limit grains and starches.

Water: I drink between 3 & 4 liters a day.

Personal Information:
French Canadian with native/latin flavour, outgoing.

Two daughters 21 & 23.

Sr. Contracting Officer for the Federal Government, been working in international development for 24 years.

2010.04.07: Onderland

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Things I cannot do without:

- My daughters, my husband and their support. My family, friends.

- My Hot Pink Nano Ipod with loads of high energy trance, salsa music.

- My Garmin Forerunner 405CX and Polar F11.

- Chick-lit: I'm an avid reader. My commute to work is approximately 40 minutes long. My favorite authors include: Janet Evanovich, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Linda Scottoline and Jennifer Weiner.

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Member Comments:
10/22/2014 5:35:44 AM

Hello gorgeous! Thanks so much for the sweet words on my photo! I am really trying to get my head back in the game, and get things moving in the right direction. My new weigh in day is Thursday and I should be firmly back int he 180's YET AGAIN LOL. I have to say, I hate the yo yoing, but the yo yo coming back to where it should be is better than just falling off the edge of a cliff. How are things with you? emoticon

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10/11/2014 11:25:25 AM

Thank you, the Zumba training was intense, but I made it.

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10/7/2014 12:43:24 PM

Sometimes we all have those days where motivation is low, the scale lies, the work is too hard, the sun won't come out, you just don't want to bother, or it's easier just to eat the cake and not worry about it.

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Yup, we all have them.

So when you do have them, here are some great, wise, words for you to ponder...

“The road to success is always under construction”
― Lily Tomlin

"Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that."
― Ellen Degeneres

"People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily."
― Zig Ziglar

"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."
― Ron White

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go." – Dr. Seuss


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9/29/2014 12:14:30 PM

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
― Steve Maraboli.

...."and eat your veggies." – My Mother.

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Happy Monday! Here's to an awesome week. Be fierce! Be fabulous.


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9/23/2014 7:11:15 PM

Hi Josee -- thanks so much for the welcome back & comment on my blog today (and frankly for still being here) :) I really appreciate your support and time! It's nice to know I have a friendly place to come back to... starting again is never easy and a friendly "face" is always so wonderful.

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