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January 1, 2017 - 157.2 lbs., for a loss of 35.9 lbs. In 2016,

December 9 - 159.9 lbs! Woo Hoo! New goal 150 lbs. by February 28, 2017

November 30/16 - 161.5 lbs. 1.5 lbs. to go!

November 25/16 - 1 month to Christmas... 162.2 lbs. 2.2 to go to ready my goal for December 31.

November 14/16... 164.3 lbs. 4.7 to go by December 31. Down 27.7 lbs from start.

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!

September 18/16
I've lost 20.8 lbs. since May 1/16, and am on track to weigh 165 by the end of the year... 2.2 lbs to go, although with a month's vacation and the holiday season, it will take hard work and commitment.

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: 97,973

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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    Your comment about eating too much when Peter isn't home for dinner brought back memories. As a teenager, I had what I see now was a serious eating disorder where I compulsively headed straight for the kitchen and ate until my stomach hurt whenever I was alone in the house. There were four kids but I was the first home from school and tasked with cooking dinner while mom was at work, so it was possible to hide this and keep doing it. I did it while babysitting at the neighbors. And for years afterward, whenever I was alone in a house - anybody's house - I would immediately raid the kitchen.

    Though I overcame a lot of it as I got older, I would do that too sometimes when Dave was gone, after Amy was grown. I know that feeling so well. In a way, I'm surprised that I'm doing as well as I am living alone!
    5 days ago

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    More than one! She loves books, I own thousands of books. Her first word was book! Before Mummy or Daddy! So I must have passed it on.
    6 days ago
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    My MIL is Catholic and my husband was raised Catholic (Irish Catholic family!) but doesn't follow it now. I'm certainly not, but this Pope seems to actually embody some of the best parts of ANY religion, actual tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness and celebrating joyfully and accepting nature. He has been a surprising force for good and change in the world.
    7 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my blog, "On Day 5 Of My Streak." Have a healthy weekend!
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    “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.
    But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
    - Steve Maraboli

    11 days ago
    Thanks for the suggestion... but we are about an hour north of the LAX airport and San Diego is a bit too far south to visit... at least on this trip. Today the sun is shining here, tomorrow is supposed to be 60F and Sunday 70F then drop back into the 50's next week.
    Hope your weather is being kind to you.
    Hugs, Audra
    11 days ago
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