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After losing 10 lbs on my own, I joined SP in August, 2011 and lost 15 more lbs with the help of the Spark Teams, especially the 5% Challenge.

Update 6/14/2016

Well, I'm 9 lbs heavier than I want to be at 142 lbs. Too many trips that were food-a-thons -- can you imagine New Orleans?! Oh well, I'll get it off -- just watch me! :)

Update 1/5/2016

I'm starting the winter at 136 lbs, just 3 lbs above goal, and I'm pleased about that. I will be taking trips where I will come off my eating plan, but I will make every attempt to do it less than before--it's just that my body reacts immediately when I do this by putting on 5 lbs, and all of it can't be water because it takes weeks to get rid of it. Still I'm hopeful to begin spring at or below 133.

Update 9/24/2015

I'm bouncing between 138-140 lbs again, so my goal for the Fall 5% Challenge will be to lose 7 lbs. to get back to my goal weight of 133 again. For me, this seems to be maintenance!

Udate 7/25/2015

I'm using the Summer 5% Challenge to stay within 5 lbs of my goal weight of 133. I tend to venture up toward 140 as soon as I re-incorporate carbs -- so then I work my way back down. Since I can't stay away from carbs forever, I guess this is going to be a lifestyle choice for me. I'm at 138 one week after a long vacay. I'm walking 3 miles most days and enjoying a yoga class twice per week.

Update 11/20/2014

During the Fall 5% Challenge, I not only hit my goal weight of 133 lbs, I surpassed it and got to 128 lbs. Of course 10 days of vacation has me back up to 136 lbs, but now I know that cutting way back on the carbs works for me to lose weight, and I'm heading back to goal already.

Update 6/19/2014

For the Summer 5% Challenge, I'm determined to do what I haven't since 3 years ago -- lose my 5%! I will do this -- 8 lbs are coming off!

Update 3/25/2014

I'm SO ready to begin the Spring 5% Challenge. My Achilles tendon is healed though it still gets very sore after even a short 1 mile walk. I intend to gradually extend my outside walking and continue using the elliptical trainer and doing my PT until I no longer feel it. It's just in the last couple of weeks that I have even felt as if I was walking normally, so I have high expectations for the progress I will make in the next 8 weeks. One thing I'm committed to, my plant-based diet, finding a plan that will stimulate my metabolism, and whatever else it takes to get these stubborn 10 lbs. off. That's a promise I'm making to myself!!!

Update 7/25/2013

I'm gearing up for the Summer 5% Challenge. With a partially torn achilles tendon, I won't be walking or jogging, but I will do floor exercises and weights and continue with my plant-based diet to lose my last stubborn 9 lbs. I will do this!

Update 5/3/2013

I'm gearing up for the Spring 5% Challenge. I will walk/jog and eat LESS to lose my last 9 lbs. I can do this!

Update 1/22/2013
I'm all signed up for the Winter 5% Challenge where I will lose these stubborn 11 lbs during the 8 weeks of the challenge. I will get back to my exercise regimen; I'm already back to eating more healthfully--so if I track my calories, I'll be on my way to victory! Hopefully I'll gain some insight to maintenance this time--outside of no more cruises....

Update 12/25/2012
Having ended the Fall Challenge 4 lbs above goal weight, I am now back from a cruise where I proceeded to add 9 more lbs. So I'll be starting the Winter Challenge 13 lbs up. Gee-gads! I'm determined to get them off, but this has to stop. My maintenance is just a continual--lbs. on-lbs. off. There must be a better way that doesn't involve calorie-counting.

Update 8/19/2012
As predicted the Summer Challenge got me back to my goal weight of 135. I LOVE those challenges! Now if I can just maintain till the Fall Challenge....

Update 6/7/2012
Ended Spring Challenge at 136 lbs--within maintenance range, but ate my way up to 140 in Mazatlan, Mexico. I know the Summer Challenge will help me get back down to 135--of course I'll aim for "the cushion" of 133. My body doesn't seem to know how to maintain that weight, but I'll keep trying through more intervals with my exercise this summer.

Update 3/17/2012
Well, I could not hold onto the 2-lb cushion. Nor did I hold onto the 135 -- maintenance is still a mystery to me. But at 137, I'm going for 133 again with the Spring 5% Challenge. I can do this--again!

Update 1/29/2012
2 lbs below goal; now in maintenance. The Winter 5% Challenge helped keep me on the plan!

Update 11/19/2011
I have now lost 13 more lbs, and am just 2 lbs from goal and maintenance. I want this to be the first year of a lifetime where I eat sensibly and continue to exercise through the holidays, and do not start the new year "on a diet." After my success with the Fall 5% challenge, I have renewed faith in myself--I CAN DO IT!

Member Since: 8/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 91,941

My Goals:
To lose 7 lbs. through healthful eating and increased exercise--and maintain my goal weight!

My Program:
Goal: To maintain my goal weight of 133, by using a low-carb diet emphasizing healthy fats and vegetables.

Activity: Moderate exercise, such as walking most days of the week.

Previous Activity:
Fall 5% Challenge

Goal: To lose more than 5% of my weight (7 lbs total) and combine a plant-based diet with the Fast Metabolism Diet and walking or elliptical, floor exercises + strength-training to get to my goal of a slim, well-toned, strong body.

Activity plan (to be tracked on SP):

Minimum 60 min. per day of a combination of walking, walk/jogging, weights, elliptical.

Summer 5% Challenge

Goal: To lose 5% of my weight + (7-9 lbs total) and develop an eating/workout plan to maintain my goal weight and build a well toned, strong body.

Activity plan (to be tracked on SP):

Minimum 60 min. per day with a combination of walking, elliptical and weights.

Personal Information:
My name is Jonnie. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Well, it's official--I retired from college teaching last December. I spend winters in a warm climate and travel as much as possible. Love, love travel!

Other Information:
I'm a retired foreign language teacher. I enjoy traveling, visiting friends or hosting them. I volunteer often in the public schools.

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    This is what I am doing too - I'm going for feeling 80% full. Over the last 6 months my appetite has decrease and it takes much less food to satisfy me.

    37 minutes ago
    Yes...indeedy...different areas are completely different in Panama. The area where our friends got scammed is a remote part of David. They spend most of their time in Boquette which I've heard is much more American so probably better to live in. They do say that it is the culture there to rip off Americans when ever convenient. AND...they actually feel this is their birth right as we are invaders in THEIR country. Short sighted to say the least...but people carry their prejudices ALL over the world don't they? And...I also have to say with the arrogant attitude of some of the 'Ugly Americans' this attitude is understandable. I don't know too many countries that we have invaded that are better off today for our intrusions. Sad...but true. emoticon

    I know Ecuador is very high...we had our little cabin in N. Carolina and it was well over 6,000 feet. Up in the Highlands it was close to 9,000 feet and I actually felt a little wonky when we were that high up.

    I think the areas we would most like to explore is Cuenca which has over 4,000 full time ex-pats and Octavalo the famed market town. There is also Catachi and Vilcabamba which has so many Americans you can almost exist without a lot of Spanish. Hmmmmm maybe a lot of American s is NOT the place to hang out..ha..ha!

    I just LOVE the fact that you can live comfortably on about $18,000 - $20,000 a year...how awesome would THAT be? And to get healthy organic veggies and healthy non hormone pumped meats and fresh fish...for about $50 for a twosome in a world class restaurant INCLUDING the wine...woo~hoo....worth exploring if things go sideways here.

    Of COURSE I'd prefer to stay in our beautiful home...and prevail over the evil empire! It would make a MOST excellent ending for my book 'The Terrorists of Wall Street'...why do I use such an inflammatory title...because they aRE terrorists...someone who exhibits force and manipulation to instill fear and mass chaos...pretty much sums it up.

    Thank you sincerely for your prayers dear Jonnie...if we don't win this case we will appeal...we will not leave quietly in the night...that's FOR DARN SURE!

    3 hours ago
    Love the new profile picture.
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    Hi Jonnie!

    I'm sorry I missed your day when you were head of the line at our lemonade stand! I wish you an awesome day and an even better challenge!

    2 days ago
    I hope you enjoyed your day at the Lemonade stand, sipping that refreshing drink. Thanks for being such an awesome motivational leader!!! emoticon
    3 days ago
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