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On April 30, 2014, I celebrated five years on this journey. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 161.26 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 ...
On April 30, 2014, I celebrated five years on this journey. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 161.26 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 many ups and downs on 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 do not want to 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 65 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.
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Member Since: 4/30/2009

SparkPoints: 176,114

Fitness Minutes: 150,198

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, Talkatone, 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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GLOMER
9/30/2014 12:21:12 PM

Thank you so much for the Spark Goodie and the encouragement! emoticon



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PROT358
9/28/2014 9:58:54 PM

Thank you for encouraging me on my blog today!



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KEEPITUP62
9/26/2014 6:20:30 PM

Thank you for your warm welcome to the Spark Community team. So nice to meet so many wonderful people.

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KSGAMMA
9/26/2014 1:52:21 PM

Lise - I am feeling better. My knee is healed and I am to able to do a lot more exercise and hopefully lose some of this weight I put back on while so inactive. I was quite depressed during the whole 14 weeks or whatever it was. With all the people I share posts with on this site, I was disappointed too in how few bothered to ask where I was or if they knew, how I was doing - you and 1 other - bit of an eye opener. I'll still try to help others or give an opinion when it's asked for but I must say I've lost some of my enthusiasm. I have been faithfully logging my nutrition and exercise this past week. Will be difficult this weekend. I thought of taking my laptop to the reunion but I have to carry so much stuff I shelved that idea. Talk to you soon. Lin



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SONGBIRDPAULA
9/26/2014 7:44:10 AM

emoticon Howdy! and emoticon from the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas!

Always remember this:

My wish for you today is that you would have as many successes as you can stand in just one day!

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