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March 11 - down 33 lbs., 9 lbs. to go. Working hard, but these last pounds are sticking like glue. I've added swimming and a new virtual walk on the treadmill to try to budge them.

February 1, 2017 - down 31 lbs. Since May 2016; big push to lose final 11 lbs. and reach goal of 150 lbs. Ramping up exercise.

October 23/16
Woo Hoo! Back from train/cruise vacation and down 1.6 lbs. O.9 lbs. to go to reach my goal of 165 by the end of the year... let's set a new goal... 160 lbs. by January 1... I can do it... I WILL do it!

My next goal will be to lose the "final 15" during 2017. I'm gaining confidence that I can do it!

A very special thank you to my Spark Friends for your encouragement, cheering me on, and for the pushes when needed.


April 16/16

I joined Spark People in January, 2011, to lose weight before my son's April wedding.

Since that time, I've lost weight, regained it, lost again... you get the picture. Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. It offers a network of teams, challenges and wonderful friends.

Even though I haven't reached my goal, I believe that Spark People has helped me break the pattern of gaining weight each year. I plan to follow this program for the rest of my life, and to gradually reduce my weight.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 105,473

My Goals:
My husband and I love to travel, and I want to be able to walk, climb, explore and enjoy new places with him.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:

- eat NOTHING directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts

- 8 glasses of water/day

- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day

- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes

- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods

- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan

- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden, walking and cycling. In the winter, I swim and use the treadmill

- ST including resistance band, medicine ball, stability ball, floor exercises and free weights

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario

- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend

- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer

- cat lover

- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Weight loss goals:
- 178 lbs. by June 30/16
- 170 lbs. by Sept. 30/16 - actual 167.2 September 18/16
- 164.6 lbs., November 2/16
- 162.4 lbs., November 18/16
- 160 lbs. by Dec. 31/16 - 159.9 lbs. December 9/16!
ACTUAL WEIGHT 1 JAN 2017 = 157.2 lbs. 34.9 lb. loss in 2016!
Long-term goal 150 lbs. by June 30/17

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    I have been in Ontario since 1969 but Nova Scotia will always be home. (you can take the girl out of Nova Scotia but you can't take Nova Scotia out of the girl emoticon )
    2 days ago
    Thank you Gail! I really value the friendship we've created online. (Though truth be told, now that I have an iPhone I find it takes better pictures than my camera, plus it's always with me in my purse. I'm a convert.) I"m posing a bigger pic of the Peter painting that I finished today, now you can see how much it looks like your Peter.
    3 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/24/2017 1:20:43 PM
    The model's name is Peter and I was thinking that too, from the little I've seen in your photos.
    4 days ago
    an hour+ a half round trip is a lot of driving for one swim class.
    I like your idea of staying close to home and continuing to keep Aria happy in the water.. Why do we always seem to think that everybody (especially kids) need to be learning all the time... making good happy memories is quite possibly even most important part of being a kid !!

    4 days ago
    Sorry I was so off in left field. I guess the function of little ones and a pool class is to get the kiddos to NOT be afraid in the water. maybe you can gather some ideas/techniques for teaching Aria to swim.. at least enough to make help her be more safe with water deeper than she is tall. But no matter how excellent her swimming ability is... stressing "Never Swim Alone" is very important. Accidents happen when one think all is well yet it is not.

    Have fun cooling down in the pool when the temps start soaring this summer!! When I am sweltering... I will picture the two of you playing in the pool.

    4 days ago
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