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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. These challenges are great motivators for me. I intend to continue using them to maintain my weight loss.


In less than a week, we'll begin the Winter 5% Challenge of which I am in dire need right now. I got carried away with the holiday eating, and will therefore need to lose the full 5%, 7 lbs, to be back at goal weight. Geesh--will I ever learn! But I WILL DO IT... again.

Update 11/30/2016

I ended the Fall 5% Challenge at 132 lbs by eating a plant-based diet and doing regular exercise. It all fell apart at Thanksgiving, but I'm doing my best to keep the weight gain moderate. At least I now know what works to get it off again.

Update 9/4/2016

I ended the Summer 5% Challenge at 137 lbs, and I'm still there even though I've stayed with my regimen rather well. It just shows that those challenges give me the extra umph I need to make progress. With the fall Challenge I should make my goal of 133 with good muscle tone.

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: 115,305

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

My Program:
Summer 5% Challenge

Goal: To lose 5% of my weight + (7-9 lbs total) to re-attain my goal weight of 133 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, yoga and weight training.

Personal Information:
My name is Jonnie. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm 2 years retired from college teaching and think I've found my footing in retirement now. I have a 2-day part-time position in public schools administration that keeps me engaged, and I spend winters in a warm climate and travel as much as possible throughout the year. Love, love travel!

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I'm a retired foreign language teacher. I enjoy traveling, visiting family and friends or hosting them.

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    Hola Jazz, ¿dónde aprendiste español? El manejo que tenés del idioma es excelente. Pocas veces me topo con personas con tanta fluidez y buena gramática. ¡Felicitaciones! Cuando querás conversar más sobre cualquier tema con mucho gusto te respondo y hablamos un rato. ¿Dónde vivís? Bueno, ahora leo un poquito más sobre vos en tu página.

    Gracias por agregarme como tu amiga de Spark.
    10 hours ago
    Yes...I wondered about the furniture sitting outside also. It looked like it was in pretty good shape but the price tags looked faded so obviously it does sit out. Amazes me that someone doesn't steal it...especially sitting in the area it is. I don't know I guess people are just more trusting than I am...too much security pounded in my head from all of my years in banking. emoticon or...could be I just watch too much true crime t.v.! emoticon
    1 day ago
    I think they would have if they were casing the place to see if lights snapped on. Most robbers obviously prefer empty houses. Which could put us in jeopardy as we didn't turn on lights...too freaked out! emoticon The next night though we left our garage lights blazing across the driveway. I hate the insecurity in this insane world today...I do....I DO! emoticon

    How are you doing sweetness?
    1 day ago
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    Good Morning! Thanks for asking about Leo, he is doing great. He is def keeping mommy and daddy up at 3 AM. He has his days and nights mixed up! But he is thriving and doing great. They are just trying to get his formula straight now. He is having trouble with keeping it down so we are trying soy right now. Thanks again for asking. I appreciate it! Have a great day my dear!
    3 days ago
    Woo~hoo next challenge 4/8...I'm ready Fredie! How's life in the Jazze lane? emoticon
    5 days ago
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