YICHE12
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Me in December 2008. This is what I call a full figure.




Off to a New Year's party (Dec. 31, 2008). Don't I look like a happy camper?




1986 My family with my brothers in New York City.


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On April 30, 2016, I celebrated my 7th Sparkversary. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 148.7 lbs. Over the years, Spark People has helped me with the following:

- I have become more aware of the importance of eating well and leaving junk food out of my diet.
- Exercise has become a routine for me.
- The need to sleep a minimum of seven to eight hours a night.
- The importance of staying active online because I am positive that I would have regained my weight if I had not continued on SP.
- The importance of food tracking on a daily basis.
- Soft drinks are no longer drunk in the household.
- Desserts are made for guests only and we don't miss it.
etc. (the list goes on)

Like many of you, I have had ups and downs over the course of this journey. I am presently overweight as per the BMI scale and I will continue my journey to reach my healthy weight.

The truth is that with the weight that I 'have' lost, I have found my self-esteem again and my willingness to continue this struggle. I even look forward to going out more and dressing up again because I can actually look better in the clothes that I have. That is a nice feeling... Truly, I will not go upwards again as I know what that feels like. Yes, with the weight on, I could still do a lot but my cholesterol was high and my BMI was on the obese side -- who's kidding who here?

I am 67 y.o. and never did envision myself being a heavy senior citizen. Looking at my December 2008 picture beside, it was obvious to me that it was time that I got myself moving again and by doing so, it has proven to be beneficial all-round.


Member Since: 4/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 219,740

My Goals:
My goal is to lose the excess weight I have accumulated and get my BMI and cholesterol to healthier levels. I want to be a role model for my daughters and grand-children.


My Program:
I am watching and marking down EVERYTHING that I eat. I am exercising on a regular basis. Initially, I had scheduled one day off and now I find myself doing something on that day too!!!



Personal Information:
Originally from Canada, I have resided in West Africa since 1975 (during my entire adult life). I do get a chance to go and visit my family frequently but miss them a lot. Thanks to my MagicJack, Viber, Skype, I can communicate even more now with everybody.


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One of my favorite saying is: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do". Mother Teresa





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  • v VEGGIEPAT
    Hi There! Thank you so much for the warm welcome! It truly means a lot!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    14 days ago
  • v DIANEDOESSMILES
    TY hon for reading my blog !! SHORT and straight to the point. I saw that I KNEW It was needing to be passed around. "I already have one in storage. " PURRFECT !!

    Hope you will be able to do some relaxing during the break. You clearly worked so very hard for it. Hugs !
    17 days ago
  • v DETERMINEDJANET
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    Say it out loud:
    “Today I will do my best!”
    Today, I will try my best
    To make choices that are
    Healthy and make me
    Feel good.
    Today,
    I’ll work on my goal!

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    18 days ago
  • v DETERMINEDJANET
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    Today is a new day.
    Fresh start!
    Think happy thoughts.
    Exercise,
    Drink lots of water.
    Don't just eat,
    Fuel your body.
    Be healthy & happy!

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    27 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    The Biggest Loser Winter Challenge will be starting in early December and we'd like to invite you to join one of our 10 teams to work toward your goals during our 10 week challenge!

    If you're interested in participating in a Biggest Loser challenge, please go to my page and click the BL Fall Challenge ALL Teams team. You can join the all-teams page and put your name on the list for the Winter challenge! Or if you'd like to join my team, the Emerald Gems, let me know and I'll get you signed up for our team! Your Sparkfriend, NBARNES, is on the team and it would be great if you joined her!

    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!
    29 days ago
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