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My son, the triathlete and marathon runner, and I at a cold rainy football game.

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Visiting the 2012 Grey Cup train


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I joined SparkPeople in September 2010 but until January of 2016 I was just an occasional "participant and never seemed to be able to stay the course for more than 2-3 months. By the end of 2015 I'd reached my highest weight ever.

Since I came back to SP at the beginning of 2016 I've become more involved with teams and challenges and made a strong commitment to developing an exercise "habit" , I have lost over 60 pounds. I have about 6 pounds to go to get to my initial goal weight. The goal I set might still be a bit higher than my ideal weight but I know it is attainable. Once I reach that goal, I'll decide if I should lose another 5-10 pounds. While I have good general health, I knew that excess weight and lack of activity were not conducive to staying healthy long term. As the grandma of an active 4 year old grandson, I want to be around for a LONG time and be able to keep up with him.

I have done five 5% Challenges since 2016 as a member of the Awesome A's team and made some great Spark friends during those challenges. I'm thrilled that I not only made my goal of losing 11 lbs in my first challenge but surpassed it by a little bit! The challenge motivated me to bump up my exercise which probably helped me to reach my goal. Unfortunately I haven't quite made it to my goals in subsequent challenges as my weight loss seems to keep slowing down the closer that I get to my goal, I'm looking forward to trying to make it to goal qeigh during the Summer challenge.

When I first came back to SP in January 2016, I set a timeline of being at or close to my goal weight by the beginning of 2017, but with the slow down in weight loss over the past several months, it will take longer than I originally anticipated. How much longer really doesn't matter as I haven't come this far to give up on reaching my goal now!
I enjoy reading and knitting - not very active pastimes! I go to a monthly book club, and a weekly knitting group which meets at our local library. I am able to walk to the knitting group each Tuesday. I enjoy singing in and conducting a small choir that visits several nursing/retirement homes each month from October to May. I'm a big CFL (Canadian Football League) fan and enjoy following my favourite team during the season, and off-season too! My DH and I attended their 2016 Labour Day game against their biggest rivals which they won - of course! We are now making plans to attend the Grey Cup game being played in our nation's capital Ottawa in late November 2017. I'm hoping that my Ticats might make it to the big game this year!

Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 77,222

My Goals:
Continue to lose weight
Continue to maintain a more active lifestyle with regular exercise
Stay committed to my goals!

My Program:
Exercise 6 times a week (daily cardio + strength training 2x a week)
Track food and exercise daily
Eat more veggies and fruit.

Personal Information:
From Orillia ON
Retired from teaching 10 years ago.
Married to my hubby for 39 years.

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