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Hello from Costa Rica! I'm a Costa Rican, living in Costa Rica.

What I've found, so far, in my journey to losing weight and maintenance:
1. It's all up to you, nobody else, though the encouragement and support of people (i.e. SP) is a must.
2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out for losing weight. For maintenance it has become a matter of eating similar every day.
3. I had a hard time when losing weight and I'm having a hard time in maintenance, BUT it ...
Hello from Costa Rica! I'm a Costa Rican, living in Costa Rica.

What I've found, so far, in my journey to losing weight and maintenance:
1. It's all up to you, nobody else, though the encouragement and support of people (i.e. SP) is a must.
2. Calories-in HAVE to be less than calories-out for losing weight. For maintenance it has become a matter of eating similar every day.
3. I had a hard time when losing weight and I'm having a hard time in maintenance, BUT it has been totally worth it. I'm still hoping for this journey to become easier with time... Don't know if it will.
My weight loss story:
Thanks to the 2014 Summer 5% Challenge, I lost 5.4 pounds. And to the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge, I lost 4.6 pounds more and reached my goal weight (a total of 10 lbs lost). Aiming a more middle range BMI, I decided to go for 126 lbs which I reached (for a grand total of 19 lbs lost since I joined SP). For about 3 years, I was unable to get the motivation and determination (the big push) necessary to embrace and enjoy a complete change in my lifestyle seriously, until I got into challenges. I was always procrastinating the big start.

I am extremely happy I've found invaluable friends along this lifelong journey here at SP. My dear mentor: Ramona, GODS_TEMPLE.
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Member Since: 12/5/2010

SparkPoints: 219,873

Fitness Minutes: 184,986

My Goals:
To have fun, sharing and accomplishing goals together with my SP friends in this lifelong health journey.

I reached my goal weight on Nov 8, 2014. My center weight is 126 pounds. The lifelong challenge of maintenance has begun.

My Program:
2016 Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment
A minimum of 60 min of exercise, walking/hiking/other, 6 days a week. This may include 30 min of stretching and ST, 2 to 3 days a week.

As for my diet, nothing specific but to eat as healthy as possible within my calorie range to maintain or lose weight.

Personal Information:
I live in Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica. I live in the mountains (at an altitude of 4757 ft). Married for a lot of years (almost 39). 3 grown-up kids already gone, and three grandkids. I'm currently working as a caregiver at home for my elderly mom (with senile dementia), my granddaughter, and her baby brother.
My first SparkFriend in this page is my daughter and my granddaughter (pic taken about 5 years ago).

Other Information:
Besides my family, I love my daily routine of exercise, the Internet forums -SP, reading, watching movies, my pets, 3 dogs - 4 cats (all rescued). I love to travel overseas, but can't afford to do so as often as I'd like to.
I'm an atheist with total respect for people's beliefs.

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TORTISE110
2/5/2016 9:47:37 AM

Thanks so much for your encouragement (on my blog). I needed it more than I even knew! I so appreciate your kind words. Toni



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BARBIE176
2/5/2016 12:46:05 AM

Here is my quote by Jim Rohn which has been really keeping me focused lately:

“If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”

Stay focused, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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SHARON10002
2/4/2016 11:19:10 PM

It's Friday, and time to get our smiles on! Have a good one!
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emoticon My husband has a can do attitude. If it’s in a can, it’ll do.

emoticon Found this grocery list in my cart: Wine and stuff to eat with wine. Thank heavens my soulmate is out there.

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emoticon My cooking is fabulous. Every time I cook, the smoke alarm cheers me on.

Hope to see you at Friday Happy Hour!



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LEANJEAN6
2/4/2016 6:05:19 PM

Thank-you for being here--Lynda emoticon



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SUNSHINE5268
2/4/2016 11:14:40 AM

Happy Thursday, yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon



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