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, 2018, I will celebrate my 9th Sparkversary. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 151.1 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: 257,526

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 FaceTime, 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 MSJENNIFERVT48
    Today is a Good Day! Make sure you have a exceptional day! You are in control of the Wheel. Spend time with friends and family and fur babies. Pray... For everyone. As time marches on-so doesn't health.. make sure to appreciate, be grateful and take advantage of what you've got while you've got it! Sparkhugs, Jen
    24 days ago
  • v LPORTER2015
    Welcome to the 5% Spring Challenge! I look forward to a healthy and fun competition.

    Believe in yourself because I believe in YOU!
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    26 days ago
  • v MSJENNIFERVT48
    Today I am doing some lovely guided meditation MBSR= Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction! And I love it!

    I am also doing the 21 Guided Meditation Challenge put on by Oprah and Deepak Chopra... It is very relaxing... It's Called Shedding the Weight- Not just in the body- but of the mind too... It is an eye-opener! I can't let past experiences weigh me down anymore. the past is the past- I control my present and future... I can write about and try to understand WHY I am effected by past circumstances, events, situations , let downs, etc... But They hold no power over my present situation- and if they do- it's time to take back the reigns... A LITTLE Confidence along with persistence! Right?

    33 days ago
  • v STARDUST53
    Thank you for your kind emoticon
    36 days ago
  • v MSJENNIFERVT48
    emoticon Good Morning! I hope you had a restful sleep- and are ready to take on the day- making healthy and good for you choices!

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    44 days ago
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