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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 ...
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 ever will.

My weight loss story:

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 the 5% challenges. I was always procrastinating the big start.

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).

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: 236,322

Fitness Minutes: 194,131

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:
5% Spring Challenge 2016 Exercise Commitment
A minimum of 60 m 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, 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 granddaughter 6, and her baby brother 10 months old.
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 - 3 cats. 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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JSTETSER
4/30/2016 4:44:15 PM

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One day I would love to visit Costa Rica. It is such a beautiful spot!



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SCOTTYDOG76
4/29/2016 9:12:38 PM

I didn't know you could enter the Challenge as a maintainer -- that is good news. I will definitely do that next go around, too late to do it this time.

But I thought it would give me more motivation and it did, I am at the 135 mark, and below, and it seems to be a fairly good weight for me.

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4/27/2016 11:38:05 PM

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If you always try your best
Then you’ll never have to wonder
About what you could have done
If you summoned all your thunder

And if your best was not as good,
As you’d hoped that it would be,
You can still say to yourself,
I gave today all I had in me.
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We can only do the best with what we have at the moment. I know you are trying your best to make Thursday one that you can be proud of! Have a tremendous Thursday! Thanks for stopping in today and your message for me!



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SHARON10002
4/26/2016 11:37:19 PM

It's Wonderful ~ Woman ~ Wednesday!
♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸♥ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸To the Wonderful Woman`*•.¸`*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸reading this message right now `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* When life rearranges itself unexpectedly in front of you,*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* When familiarity and understanding vanish from beneath you,*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* When logic and reason are no longer able to explain*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* away the events unfolding around you,`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥*
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Hold on to the strength, hope, and love inside of you. *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* And just know that God is working to polish you.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* May your Wednesday be as WONDERFUL as you.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸



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LEANJEAN6
4/26/2016 6:34:25 PM

We are slightly daft eh--but--I loves the dogs-- and cats--Lynda



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