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Aria with her new pinwheel

outside fence, north side of house

Lake District, England


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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: 96,518

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
Long-term goal 150 lbs. by Dec. 31/17

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    Wow, you stay up till midnight? I try to force myself to stay awake till 10, and most nights I fall asleep around 9:30 sitting bolt upright in front of the tv. Daylight saving just made it even worse - now I'm getting sleepy after 8!

    I'm thinking it does make sense to have that evening snack be the same thing each night, and was going to stick with my hardboiled eggs but I can see I'm going to get tired of them. Yogurt might be better because you can dress it up differently.
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2016 7:20:13 AM

    We are happy when weather we do not want, manages to by pass our location... But then, I tend to feel a tad guilty when neighboring locations are suffering through what I, through no talent of my own, have managed to have missed. Sorry Brunswick area is getting hit hard.

    3 days ago
    We fly standby so we are not sure yet. We are wondering when the quietest travel day so there are open seats.
    4 days ago
    Reading about peoples' Christmas food preparations, I'm kind of grateful that, being retired as well as Jewish, I'm pretty much through with the holiday temptations after Thanksgiving. And you especially with the Ukrainian Christmas! All we do for Chanukah any more is my daughter and I send each other small gifts. Though this year she has a tree with her boyfriend who is Methodist, so I got to pick out a pretty little tree ornament for her at the Fair Trade store.
    4 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing your memories of Moffat! How nice my blog sparked some happy memories.

    We did think about going to the Grey Mares Tail, my husband has been before with his family, but we decided that even though it's close to a road, the last walk bit was just a little too dangerous, our girl isn't even 3 yet, so decided not to risk it, maybe next year!
    6 days ago
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