CHICAT63   71,381
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April 2014

Before pictures approx. 290 pounds

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Bonjour/Hola, my name is Josee,

Healthier now at 52 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.

In February 2013, I purchased a Groupn to try out a Bootcamp, 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 ...
Bonjour/Hola, my name is Josee,

Healthier now at 52 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.

In February 2013, I purchased a Groupn to try out a Bootcamp, 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 Am�lie is 22 and Catherine is 24. 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 Am�lie 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 52, I am officially entered the Big M (menopause).

I am have a grandson, who just turned 1 on January 29.


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.


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. For now my first goal is to get back to Onederland and stay there.

Grandma in Beast Mode Reset for 2015:

2015.05.29: 205.8
2015.06.06: 201.4 ( -4.4 wow first week! tweaked nutrition)
2015.06.12: 201.8 ( +0.4 water retention)
2015.06.19: 203.2 ( +1.4 stress + bad nutrition)
2015.06.26: 204.2 ( +1.0 very bad week nutrition wise)
2015.07.03: 202.8 ( -1.4 lots of water because of Spartan)
2015.07.10: 203.2 ( +0.4 had cheat meal last night)
2015.07.17: 204.6 (+1.4 have no idea why, great nutrition)
2015.07.24: 206.6 (+2.0 bad nutrition)
2015.07.31: 206.6 ( followed new nutrtion plan ! )
2015.08.07: 205.6 (-1.0 doing ok )
2015.08.14: 206.6 (+1.0 up again for no reason).
2015.08.21: 205.0 (-1.6 woohoo doing ok )
2015.08.28: 204.0 (-1.0 going down !!!)
2015.09.04: 202.2 (-1.8 oh yeah getting close to 199)
2015.09.11: 202.8 (*0.6 a small bump in the road)
2015.09.18: 201.2 (-1.6 happy dance )
2015.09.25: 202.4 (+1.2 not good ?? )
2015.10.02: 199.4 (-3.0 Wow, Woohoo, Onederland)
2015.10.09: 199.8 (*0.4 a little bip, what a week)
2015.10.16: 199.4 (-0.4 difficult week, went up to 202 again)
2015.10.23: 198.6 (-0.6 yes, going back down)
2015.10.30: 197.6 (-1.0 slowly but surely !!! )
2015.11.06: 197.0 (-0.6 nutrition could have been better)
2015.11.13: 198.2 (+1.2 had cheat meal on last night, oh well)
2015.11.20: 196.2 (-2.0 lost my gain from last week! )
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 current weight: 196.2 

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Member Since: 3/14/2008

SparkPoints: 71,381

Fitness Minutes: 128,631

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

My Program:

- Crossfit x 5 week: Crossfit, kettle bell and olympic lifting.

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

- Walk my dog 5 days a week.

- 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 22 & 24.

Sr. Contracting Officer for the Federal Government, been working in international development for 25 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 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, Darynda Jones, Linda Scottoline and Jennifer Weiner.

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Member Comments:
8/26/2015 7:22:13 AM

Josee, YOU are awesome and an inspiration. You're my long time Sparkfriend and I just admire you so much. You've come a long way baby! What an awesome journey. emoticon

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8/17/2015 9:52:02 AM

Hey Josee! Thank you for visiting my blog and page. Friday at the gym, this gal, reminded me of you. She was teaching me about dead lifting, benching and the leader boards! There is a whole world going on in the back of the gym and I want to be a part of it!

So glad to hear your knee is getting better. And I know I don't have to tell you that you have to fool your body into losing weight, to make that scale move.

Cheers to an awesome week my friend!

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8/17/2015 8:15:24 AM

I like your page a lot. It is so lovely and inviting. Keep it up. I love your story. It helps me and motivates me. emoticon emoticon

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8/16/2015 11:33:33 AM

Hi! It's taken me a while to get here since you posted on my page -- thank you for the welcome! I've added you as a friend as well and look forward to getting to know you over the coming months.

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7/26/2015 3:37:32 PM

I cannot thank you enough for your supportive comments on my blog of self awareness, and life improvements.
I wholeheartedly applaud your stamina, strength and determination, to succeed, with all of your efforts engaged in all directions.
I think you are an amazing Dynamo of a Woman!!
I am so happy to be cheering in your corner, and to have you in mine.
Much love!!

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