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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.

Update 8/28/2017

Finished the Summer 5% Challenge at goal weight using my plant-based diet and walking. Goal is to keep it off in the interim until the Fall Challenge begins.

Update 6/7/2017

Finished the Spring 5% Challenge at goal weight using my plant-based diet and walking. On vacay in rainy weather, I'm exercising much less and doing more "bored eating." I will remedy that when I return home and with the Summer 5% Challenge.

Update 4/7/2017

Tomorrow we begin the Spring 5% Challenge of which I am in dire need right now to work off my vacation lbs. Geesh--will I ever learn! But I WILL DO IT... again. WooHoo! I finished the Spring 5% Challenge by eeking out my goal weight of 133 lbs. now I'm on my way on vacation where I will NOT gain more than 3 lbs. :)

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: 130,238

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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    I am so glad that there isn't a huge death toll in Florida from hurricane Irma.
    8 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my blog!
    20 days ago
    Thank you , Jonnie, for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is so helpful and inspirational to hear from someone who is not only a long time Sparker, but also long time 5% and long time maintainer! Summer 2017 was only my first challenge but I am looking forward to the next one to help keep me focused and accountable.

    I've been with SparkPeople long enough (going on six years now) but with too many long periods of inactivity at which times I gradually return to old habits and old lifestyle. I'm working on making my Spark breaks fewer and farther apart!
    23 days ago
    hi!! thanks for the comments on my blogs!! you asked about my protein..its under 60 grams a day. i was closer to 100...so i was majorly off!
    23 days ago
    Thanks for staying in touch --- sorry I'm been absent. Had about 4 really challenging volunteer tasks taking all my energy. Now we're in Oregon hiking 10,000-12,000+ steps per day the last couple of days to photograph about 7+ huge waterfalls. Very challenging...and dangerous. A man was reported to have fallen off the narrow trail we were on yesterday...no way to get him except with a helicopter hanging a rope down & a rescue worker attaching him up. gulp.

    Tomorrow we head for a few days on the Oregon coast which is very beautiful ... lots of tall rocks, etc.

    Are you loving your new remodel and relaxing? Are you going to work this fall in the education field? Where did you go on vacation recently? I've really lost touch and I want to stay IN touch with you!
    24 days ago
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