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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

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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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2SARAH4SHER
10/7/2014 1:18:42 AM

Hello Yiche, thought I would stop by and say hi.

Looked at your pictures, you are very beautiful, it is hard to believe you are in your 60's

It looks like you have lost weight slowly which is a good thing, they say we are more likely to keep the weight off if we loose it this way.

are you living back in Canada now or in Africa?

I have travelled allot, but still have not made it to Africa, My husband would like to take me there in two years for my 50'th birthday.

I hope all your loved ones out there are healthy and safe from the ebola.

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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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