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I joined Spark in 2008 and I have changed my life tremendously, a little bit at a time.

I live in a cottage on a lake in rural Quebec and have a small pottery shop. I'm a clay artist and pottery teacher.

About 20 years ago I decided to change careers. Prior to becoming a clay artist I was a professional musician and songwriter. I have also dabbled in dance. I started to learn Egyptian style Raks Sharki, otherwise known as belly dance, when I was about 40. I taught dance for nearly 10 years and although I had a really great time learning the dance and teaching it too, dance for me now is mostly a great way to get happy (you can not dance and be sad. Impossible! Try it.) and it's a really good cardio workout!

Making pottery is my only job now. It never really feels like a job because it's so much fun! It's good to focus on my art. I very much enjoy making functional things like mugs, bowls, pitchers, plates and teapots.

I have played guitar since I was a kid and singing came naturally to me. I enjoy performing and get out weekly to an open mic or jam session. I am thrilled to spend time with other musicians. I have a new musical project starting up and I'm excited to be working with another person in music. It's deeply satisfying to co-create.

Since coming to Spark I have been quite successful with weight loss and maintenance. Over the past few years, I realize that maybe I have relaxed quite a bit and have gained a few pounds, but it's okay. I am where I am, and I aim to do something about it.

I really enjoy getting outside daily, no matter what the weather, and breathing in the fresh air of the forest. In the summer time I enjoy swimming, and in all seasons I walk for my cardio exercise. I enjoy a good challenging hike too and I'm always up for some kind of activity that keeps me moving and engaged in the present.

I practice yoga almost daily and I have a few perennial garden beds full of flowers and herbs that keep my busy from spring through fall. I bake my own bread. I cook from scratch and often batch cook to save time.

Like many, I have lost and gained, lost and gained. I didn't take my weight seriously until about 1994. I was 33 years old and probably weighed in at around 300 lbs. From '94 thru '97 I dropped in dress size from a 26 to an 18.

In 2002, I moved from Manitoba, to Quebec. That presented new challenges and had a huge impact on my weight loss journey. I gained a lot of weight and then set about to lose it when I discovered a small gym in the town nearby in 2006.

I found Spark in 2008 and joined right away. I started using the tools here like the Nutrition Tracker and Fitness Tracker, and immediately saw where I could improve. After just one week on Spark I'd gone from 260 lbs to 257 lbs. I'd lost 3 lbs. It was so inspiring! I just kept going with the flow. In 2010 or so I hit 165 lbs and maintained for quite a few years.

I am re-working my goals to further change my life. As I look towards my future, my 60's are not far away. I intend for my golden years to indeed be golden! Being fit, slender, healthy and happy are the kind of golden years I am expecting as I ramp up my fitness and focus on eating well.

Member Since: 7/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 234,752

My Goals:
My goals are to be as healthy as I can be, enjoy life to the fullest and help people along the way.

My Program:
Weekly weigh-ins to check progress

Being active on most days walking, strength training and my yoga practice.

I have DETERMINATION to be healthy, happy, flexible and live pain free.

Personal Information:
Weight my first day on Spark - 260 lbs.

Starting Measurements:
Neck 16.5
Bust 46.5
Under bust 40
Waist 46.5
Hips 53.5

Apr. 6/16
Weight - 167
Neck 13.5
Bust 39.5
Under bust 33
Waist 36
Hips 43

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