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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, 2018, I will celebrate my 9th Sparkversary. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 149.6 lbs. I did gain a little bit over my holidays from end of September till end of November 2017 but my aim is to continue on my journey to reach my ultimate goal. 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 69 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: 251,923

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 RONDAJO56
    emoticon For dropping in on my spark page! That was sweet! Have a great day!! emoticon
    29 days ago
  • v LUV2DNS
    Thanks for the "Daisy Day" comment on my page. It is great to have you as one of our leaders and a friend. Did you know we are close to the same weight and exactly the same height? I think that it is harder for small people to lose much weight since it is a larger proportion. But less weight makes a big difference either losing or gaining. emoticon
    30 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie! I have been soooo absolutely busy the past couple of weeks. I am glad things are beginning to slow some here. I feel like I'm on a treadmill...moving lots and going no where!

    Keep up the great work. Thanks for being our Daisy Leader.


    30 days ago
  • v DI_NAMIC
    Happy Daisy Day, Lise. Sorry this is somewhat belated. Some storm weather in this part of the country has caused intermittent power.
    Thank you for caring for the Daisies and your serene optimism.
    Happiness and a hug. emoticon
    31 days ago
    Thanks so much for stopping by my page and leaving the birthday wishes and Daisy Day congrats. It was a nice addition to a great day.
    Thanks too for all you do for the Challenge Team.
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    Dottee .
    32 days ago
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