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3/23/19 1:33 P

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What is your name or nick name?
Mary

What do you like to do for fun?
read, play games on my phone (Emoji blitz, Magic Kingdoms, Pokemon Go, and Words with Friends), walk

What diet are you following?
Spark People plan?

What is your favorite exercise?
jogging, just dance on the switch, videos on spark people

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?
Yes. certain weight by end of March and then continue down.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
Nope, total newbie here!

2 random fun facts about you?
I work with autistic children and really enjoy it.
I love being outside especially walking my dog.

Anything else you would like to share.
Very happy to find this-was trying to help myself be more accountable.

Mary
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"Stay out of the kitchen after meals!"
"Drink water and distract when the cravings hit"
"Just keeping swimming"


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MEGMCDO's Photo MEGMCDO Posts: 1,751
3/23/19 10:40 A

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What is your name or nick name?
Megan

What do you like to do for fun?
Write fiction, poetry, essays. Read a lot of self-help books. Experiment in the kitchen. Watch college hoops--Go Syracuse! Watch baseball--Yay, Red Sox!

What diet are you following?
Whole30 and WW

What is your favorite exercise?
Yoga, walking and hiking, riding my recumbent bike, strength training.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?
I want to lose 20 pounds by my 50th birthday on May 23rd.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
Nope, total newbie here!

2 random fun facts about you?
I was once deported from England for overstaying my tourist visa. I have tripped and fallen on every continent I've ever visited: North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and most recently Asia...

Anything else you would like to share.
I am thrilled to have come across this Challenge, and am looking forward to the accountability and support!

Megan in Northern California (Pacific Time Zone)
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GW: 140


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3/23/19 2:24 A

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What is your name or nick name? Margaret

What do you like to do for fun? spend time with friends doing anything.

What diet are you following? keto

What is your favorite exercise? walking or swimmimg

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? just found out I have PTSD

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have done many for many years, I have had great success on several, mostly because I really got down to business

2 random fun facts about you? I play the clarinet, I speak Romanian

Anything else you would like to share. Thank you for these challenges!!! They have really helped me! Thank you to all who take their time to make them happen.

Eastern Time Zone

What your mind imagines, your body will follow!!










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ALILNH's Photo ALILNH Posts: 2,062
3/22/19 11:44 A

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What is your name or nick name? My name is Alison but I like Ali.

What do you like to do for fun? I love to go for drives especially to the coast. I also like to read and sometimes sew.

What diet are you following? None in particular but trying to keep carbs lowish.

What is your favorite exercise? I really don't like exercise which is why I never make my exercise goal during the challenges. I like to swim and kayak. Walking is okay and it's easy and free.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Turning 60! I just can't believe it.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done quite a few then I took a 2ish year break and have been back since the Summer challenge.

2 random fun facts about you? I like to laugh and joke and play games. I can be very competitive.

Anything else you would like to share? Not really.

I'm not training for a competition. I'm not trying to set a new record. I'm not trying to impress you. I'm saving my life! - Alison, Eastern Time Zone


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3/22/19 7:04 A

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Hi! My name is Andreja, and I've decided it's time for some extra motivation so I joined this challenge. I've done 5% Challenges in the past but I've decided that this is the one I'm going to be most successful at. I've had a challenging year with double back surgery five months ago. After a long recovery period I'm ready to restart my weight loss journey. My favorite exercise: I love doing exercise videos but nothing too challenging at the moment, my favorites are Jessica Smith and Leslie Sansone. I'm also doing back strengthening and stretching exercises daily, along with some walking. My diet - I try to eat as healthy as I can and within my calorie range. Random facts - I love books and I hope to work in a library again soon (haven't been able to work due to my back problems). For fun, I like to go outside and walk, exercise (it feels so great to be able to do that again!) and read something inspirational.

We got this! Have a successful challenge everyone.

Andreja

Time zone: CEST (Slovenia)


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AMYLFA's Photo AMYLFA Posts: 892
3/21/19 5:35 P

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What is your name or nick name? Call me AM, thatís initials for Anne Marie.

What do you like to do for fun? Play with dogs (my family dogs, dogs that Iím fostering, dogs at the local shelter where I volunteer).

What diet are you following? Vegetarian, organic, ďBuy Fresh, Buy LocalĒ, low carb

What is your favorite exercise? Walking/hiking/jogging, also bicycling. I used to do yoga on a very regular basis and am trying to get back to a consistent yoga practice.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Last year was a very bad year for me. Iím working on rebuilding my health and wellness.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have participated in several 5% challenges. They have always been a great source of information, camaraderie, and a fun way to keep myself on track.

2 random fun facts about you? I love bees and beekeeping. I enjoy participating in fun walk/run events.

Anything else you would like to share?
Letís do this!


AM (Anne Marie)
California - Pacific Daylight Savings Time (UTC-7)

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NSERVIAM's Photo NSERVIAM Posts: 80
3/21/19 4:01 P

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Hello! I am Crystal and this will be my first challenge.

What do you like to do for fun?
- My main hobbies are writing (fiction, short stories, and novels), making glass beads, crochet, and sewing. I'm also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that explores pre-1600 through experimental archeology. Basically, if they did it before 1600, someone in our group has probably tried to replicate it.

What diet are you following?
- My last diet was keto. I'm not following a diet right now, just watching calories and upping the veg and fruits.

What is your favorite exercise?
- TRX and walking.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?
- My personal challenge is just to do a thing and stick with it. I've got a million plates in the air right now and I don't want to drop any of them.

2 random fun facts about you?
- Uhm... I have two rabbits. I like to cook historical recipes.

Crystal - Central Time Zone
2019 Winter 5% Challenge - Team Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeteers


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FITGIRL_NYSSA's Photo FITGIRL_NYSSA Posts: 123
3/21/19 2:02 P

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What is your name or nick name? Nyssa

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy working on crafts, cross-stitching, and exploring my city and surrounding area.

What diet are you following? Using SP's recommendations and logging all of my food each day. Calories in vs. calories out.

What is your favorite exercise? I'm still looking for my favorite. I enjoy walking but would love to add another activity. I've been looking up classes in my area (yoga, barre, boxing, etc.) but haven't signed up for anything just yet.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Trying to develop an exercise plan that works for me. I want to add new activities and create a weekly routine that I can stick with and enjoy. I also want to break this semi-plateau that I've had for the past 18 months. I keep losing and gaining the same 7-10 pounds over and over again.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This is my very first 5% challenge. Looking forward to it!

2 random fun facts about you? Hmmmm...I had to think about this one. I've been married for 18 years and our ceremony was in a castle with a Renaissance theme. I don't have any kids but I have lots of "furbabies".

Anything else you would like to share? Not that I can think of. Looking forward to getting started in this challenge group and meeting new people!

Nyssa
Charleston, SC
Eastern Time Zone

SW 255.6 lbs
GW 150-160 lbs
"Today is your day. To start fresh. To eat right. To train hard. To live healthy. To be proud."


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KWRYCHA5's Photo KWRYCHA5 Posts: 977
3/21/19 7:46 A

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? Kathy

What do you like to do for fun? Go to my cottage

What diet are you following? Low Carb.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Not having family support.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.

2 random fun facts about you? I love my family. I work at my church

Anything else you would like to share?


Kathy, Wisconsin. Believe you can.. Know you can .. Trust yourself!

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KATHY_2019's Photo KATHY_2019 SparkPoints: (131,366)
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3/20/19 10:34 P

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? Kat

What do you like to do for fun?, play games online, take care of my Family.

What diet are you following? Low Carb.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Get more Walking in.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.

2 random fun facts about you? I love People. Love Nascar.

Anything else you would like to share?

Kat Always be Yourself. Always be Your Own Cheer leader.


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PAMBACH's Photo PAMBACH Posts: 4,446
3/20/19 9:15 P

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? Pam

What do you like to do for fun? Read, play games online, take care of my husband and cats.

What diet are you following? I try not to eat processed foods.

What is your favorite exercise? I do a variety of things, I love yoga.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? I would like to be able to do one pushup. I do a variety of things but just can't seem to manage it.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This will be my third one. I really loved all the sharing in our winter challenge and getting to know people. It helps me stay on track and be accountable.

2 random fun facts about you? I have a great sense of humor. I really love people!

Anything else you would like to share?

This time is THE time!


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ZINGIE825's Photo ZINGIE825 Posts: 2,499
3/20/19 8:16 P

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? Bev or Beverly

What do you like to do for fun? Hiking, bicycling, gardening.

What diet are you following? Low-carb.

What is your favorite exercise? Planks...

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Yes! Breaking the plateau I'm on as well as being a part of an active team!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Have not done this particular challenge.

2 random fun facts about you? Authored/published 2 books. Ran a women's lifestyle change program that was featured on the Oprah Show year ago.

Anything else you would like to share? Looking forward to challenge!

We're all here to help motivate and support our teams.

Thanks for doing all introductions on this thread so we can all follow each other here.

Take a moment and read the introductions thread and visit members' Spark pages and leave a message that you stopped by. Introduce yourself to prospective new team mates.

We will have the most successful Spark teams ever!


Edited by: ZINGIE825 at: 3/20/2019 (20:42)
Bev - Zingie825
Connecticut - USA
Eastern Time Zone
Author of Simple Steps-10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life

"If you change nothing; nothing will change!"


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3/20/19 9:26 A

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? dee or d2

What do you like to do for fun? travel with family, read, crochet,

What diet are you following? trying to transition to a whole food plant based way of eating

What is your favorite exercise? walking, also do WATP dvd's and use the Wii for some activities like boxing and Walk It Out

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? being more consistent with ST, I want to tone up as i lose weight.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. i've done 5% challenges in the past, but was not consistent enough to lose the 5%. I took a break over the winter and am ready to begin anew.

2 random fun facts about you?

Anything else you would like to share? Looking forward to participating in the Spring challenge and getting to know my teammates

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3/18/19 9:25 A

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What is your name or nick name? Kathy

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy hiking with friends.

What diet are you following? I was doing High Fat, Low Carb with intermitent fasting.. Am switching it up and doing portion fix.

What is your favorite exercise? I have so many. Spinning, dance fitness and running/hiking are some of my favorites.


If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I did one quite a while ago. It was nice to get to know new people.

2 random fun facts about you? I have a new kitten (Tigger). I have a black belt in Tang Soo Do.




Kathy

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THE JOY OF DISCIPLINE OR THE PAIN OF REGRET. WHICH WILL IT BE TODAY?

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What doesn''t kill you can only make you stronger!

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing- that's why we recommend it daily.

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RUBECCAL's Photo RUBECCAL Posts: 1,794
3/17/19 10:28 P

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What is your name or nick name? Rubecca

What do you like to do for fun? I like beading, listening to sermons and audiobooks on my iPod, and writing letters.

What diet are you following? Mindfulness and moderation

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Iím working on building strength and endurance to do a lot of walking at FanX Spring this April. Then I will be working on maintaining that through FanX Fall in September.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. The last time I did a 5% Challenge was quite some time ago. Iíve been a Firecracker, but I was a Daisy most recently. This time, Iím hoping to get on the Cloverleaf team. I didn't find anything wrong with either of the teams I've already been on. I moved from Firecrackers to Daisies to be on the same team as my mom. Coming back to the challenge after so many years, I decided to read the team descriptions and pick the best fit, which looks like the Cloverleafs.

2 random fun facts about you? 1. I absolutely LOVE FanX (Salt Lake Comic Con), and Iím very much looking forward to the one this April. 2. Iím a HUGE fan of snail mail. If you are looking for a new pen pal, please SparkMail me.

Anything else you would like to share? I live at home with my parents and 17-year-old brother. My older brother went to heaven last May. We currently have two pets: a black toy poodle named Blackjack and a cat (My baby) named Shaylee. My Mom is also on the 5% Challenge as a Champion in the Kitchen.

Rubecca
Utah, USA
Time Zone: Mountain
Cloverleafs

"Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were." -Richard Paul Evans

"Most barriers to your success are man-made, and most often, you're the man who made them." -Frank Tyger


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3/17/19 7:19 P

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What is your name or nick name? By birth...Dinees. To my friends...Dee or Necdoo.

What do you like to do for fun? I love to read, I crochet, I build with Legos, I volunteer, I hike

What diet are you following? Isagenix and whole 30

What is your favorite exercise? Strength Training. I love to lift.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Breaking my plateaus.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Nope...This is my first!

2 random fun facts about you?
1. I love anything Lego related.
2. I'm not a big dog person but my favorite shows are Scooby Doo. I'm a mid size dog person and I'm a cat person.

Anything else you would like to share? I have been told that I am like a jack Russel Terrier. I go, until I can't go any longer. My family and friends have learned that if they go somewhere with me, I want to do everything in that area that I can. We once did 2 zoos, a wax museum, a haunted house, a dinosaur museum, a mountain hike and toured a cavern all in one day.


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Necdoo (Eastern Time zone)
5% Summer Challenge:
I will be Resolute about focusing on eating within plan and exercising.
I will be a Renegade against stress and other outside factors that prevent my success.
My motivation:
I am healthy and complete.
I am grateful for my health, friends, family, and home.
I am kind and caring.


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SCRAPALICIOUS's Photo SCRAPALICIOUS SparkPoints: (52,601)
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3/17/19 6:02 P

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What is your name or nick name? By birth...Erika. To my friends...Scrappy/Scrapalicious. The the younger crew...Missee (Miss E!)

What do you like to do for fun? I'm a scrapbooker but I need some crazies to keep it interesting. I'm also a big time movie nerd...Horror is my life.

What diet are you following? Old fashion....Calories In vs Calories Out

What is your favorite exercise? Strength Training. I love to lift.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Keeping the Self Esteem up

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Nope...This is the beginning!

2 random fun facts about you?
1. I've spent more time in Germany than I have in the US...but I'm American.
2. I love Disney movies as much as I love gory Horror movies

Anything else you would like to share? I guess I'm THAT friend...the one that you give the warnings about before you introduce her but you know my heart is pure so I'm always invited to the party!

"Baby steps are still STEPS!"
"--It's not what you did, it's what you do next."
"I won't quite! But I will cuss the whole time!!"

Scrappy (Erika) ...CST, Texas
Fall 5% Challenge - Teddy Bears
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3/17/19 3:35 P

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Because we renew our teams each season, you are surrounded by active team mates.

Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name?

Gwendolyn

What do you like to do for fun?

Spend time with my family, play with my fur babies, watch tv, and listen to music.

What diet are you following?

Counting calories.

What is your favorite exercise?

Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?

Trying to stay as mobile as I can with multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.

2 random fun facts about you?

I love animals and my dream is to open a cat sanctuary.

Anything else you would like to share?

I am a very shy person, so joining spark and a group wasn't easy.


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3/16/19 6:40 P

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What is your name or nick name?
BARBARA JO easier to TYPE BBJ

What do you like to do for fun? COLOR, WALK, WATCH MOVIES,

What diet are you following? COUNT CALORIES HERE ON THE SPARK, 1300 - 1600 A DAY

What is your favorite exercise? STEP CLASS, ELLIPTICAL, WALK IN THE SUNSHINE, LEARNING TO LIKE WEIGHTS

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? KEEPING ALCOHOL UNDER CONTROL!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. YES.......I DON'T THINK I WAS SERIOUS

2 random fun facts about you? CO-OWN AND MANAGE A CONTRACT SEWING COMPANY, CURRENTLY SHOPPING FOR A ROTTWEILER PUPPY.

Anything else you would like to share? I AM CLOSE TO MY GOAL WEIGHT OF 155 POUNDS!

Edited by: MOUNTAINMERMAID at: 3/16/2019 (19:36)
HI I'M BARBARA JO FROM COLORADO MST

ONE IS ONE TOO MANY,ONE MORE IS NEVER ENOUGH!!!

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
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3/16/19 1:51 P

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name?
Corinne (Cori)

What do you like to do for fun?
Gardening, crocheting, playing with my grandmonsters, reading

What diet are you following?
All things in moderation

What is your favorite exercise?
Gardening, walking, aquasize, Sweatin' to the Oldies

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?
Hubby's health, my health, and the increasing amount of cared needed by Mum.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I've done lots! Unfortunately, I've rarely actually achieved anything even remotely close to my 5% goal.

2 random fun facts about you?
I volunteer for a cat rescue, and I Iove to write

Anything else you would like to share?

Cori
Central Alberta/Mountain Daylight Time (EDT - 2hrs)


"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.


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3/16/19 10:59 A

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Hi my name is Sheila. I have been here for awhile now but I got sck and had to leave but I am back. I enjoy gardening and love to walk.

I know I can do this, and I know we can all do this as long as we are willing to try.


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ENGELKUH89's Photo ENGELKUH89 Posts: 1,182
3/15/19 10:52 P

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What is your name or nick name? My name is Hollie; I don't really have any nicknames.

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching movies. I also enjoy spending time out of doors.

What diet are you following? Diet has been a struggle for me so right now it is about making better choices, remembering to eat so that I don't get cravings, and portion control. I would especially like to eat more of a variety of vegetables and put more focus on protein (especially in the evening).

What is your favorite exercise? I would say it is a tie between yoga and walking. I am also interested in trying Cize.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? This season I am looking for work to regain my financial independence. I have been struggling with depression, anxiety, and ADHD; this means working on ME in every way and that is definitely something I have never been good at so I'm trying to learn to find a balance and accept that it IS not just okay but necessary to put myself first.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This is my first time; I was encouraged to join by seeing how much past participants raved about the accountability and support that they gained from joining!

2 random fun facts about you? I was the Kornblumen KŲnigin in 2007, so I traveled as an ambassador to the Philadelphia German-American community in 2008 and presented three BŁrgermeisters with Liberty Bells from former Mayor John Street (and I almost didn't come back to the US). I am a true cusp baby and exhibit the traits of both Cancer and Leo (for instance, I'm a follower by nature but will step up to lead if no one else will, I am the quiet, brooding one alone in the corner or else I'm the center of attention, etc.).

Anything else you would like to share? I am facing a lot of challenges but the best success that I EVER had always was linked directly to my interactions and the amount of time I dedicated to SP, so I'm back and hoping that I can make it stick if I put myself out there. Please feel free to stop by my page and message me, especially if you see I'm not doing my work!

Hollie, Greater Philadelphia Area, PA (EDT)
***Words to live by:***
"This above all: to thine own self be true." ~William Shakespeare
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." ~Princess Diana
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3/15/19 7:36 P

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What is your name or nick name? Linda but you can call me gramaSpeedy

What do you like to do for fun? Spend time with family. We camp and all 7 of our grands are busy with sports and both Girl & Boy Scouting as well as extracurricular activities that keep us hopping.

What diet are you following? I use SP's nutrition tracker and follow the guidelines for a 71 year old woman by staying between 1200-1400 calories a day... with lots of freggies/water/wholegrains/organic foods. Moderation is key so I enjoy dark chocolate, wine, and the occasional margarita.

What is your favorite exercise? Swimming and playing outdoors with our grandchildren.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Yes, I'm struggling with AFib... can't walk like I use to... just don't have the stamina. Praying that will change and I'll be feeling better. I also have had arthritis since my mid twenties so I have a lot of pain issues.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done so many I've lost count... I've never reached the 5% loss but that doesn't keep me from participating and enjoying all the benefits of the challenge.

2 random fun facts about you? I joined SP the day before my 64th birthday, eight years ago this coming June. Lost 73 pounds the first 9 months and have mostly kept it off and learned to eat to live not live to eat. My intention is to lose more and be more active. My health is very important since we take care of our youngest grandsons (4 & 6) a couple times a week and my 91 year old mother lives with us so I have to take care of myself.

Anything else you would like to share? NEVER QUIT emoticon

Linda from Southern California (PST)

Tired of starting over? Stop giving up!!

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What is your name or nick name? Sable

What do you like to do for fun? Read. Iím a Jane Austen fan and love reading spin-offs, alternate versions, vagaries, prequels, and just about anything Austen.

What diet are you following? Low carb, low sugar, healthy clean

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Decemberís sinus infection morphed into pleurisy and pneumonia in January and a six day hospital stay. I still have a few after effects that limit my workouts so I focus on what I can do and not on what I canít. My hope is to overcome an ankle limitation and be able to climb stairs so I can sing during Holy Week. The church is old, full of stairs and no elevator.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Iíve done this a number of times on various teams. I actually did lose my 5% once and am determined to do it again.

2 random fun facts about you? Iím a Quaker who occasionally sings with a high church Anglican choir. Iíve sung with various choirs and choral groups at an international Advent Sing in Vienna, Westminster Cathedral London, Kings College Cambridge, the Cathedral of St John the Divine and St Thomas 5th Ave in NYC.


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What is your name or nick name? Cherie (pronounced "Sherry")

What do you like to do for fun? laugh - I'm a comedy fanatic

What diet are you following? nothing specific right now, just trying to make smart choices

What is your favorite exercise? indoor rock climbing

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? I have had limited mobility for the last year. It took months for doctors to agree on a diagnosis, now to get them on the same page for a treatment plan!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I just looked at my Sparkteams and saw that I've been doing these since 2015! I'm not sure I've ever lost 5% of my weight, but I always learn something and read interesting posts and blogs.

2 random fun facts about you? We have 2 rescue dogs who think they are people. I prefer shopping for tires than shoes!

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What is your name or nick name? Hi my name is Elaine

What do you like to do for fun? I like to play with my children and go camping

What diet are you following? The Spark Diet

What is your favorite exercise? Walking or jogging

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Yes

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have and it really helped me to reach my goal. So here I am back on the saddle.

2 random fun facts about you? I have my black belt in Judo and I am a leader of a Girl guide Troop.

Anything else you would like to share? Let's go and have some fun.



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Hi!

I'm Susan and I love spending time with my husband emoticon and our rescued dogs emoticon I also thoroughly enjoy spending time in my sewing room emoticon and walking. emoticon


What diet are you following? Not really following a "diet" - will be following Canada's Food Guide and SparkPeople

What is your favorite exercise? Definitely walking in the woods

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Unfortunately, I've been living with Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety since childhood

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Too many to mention!

2 random fun facts about you? I live on the island of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic and I'm a redhead





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About me: I am from North Carolina and live 6 miles from the city lines. Our little town is small and unincorprated. I am married and have two children, a son and daughter who are both happily married. Our son has 2 sons and we love spending time with all.

What is your name or nick name? My name is Melrie, nickname is Mel

What do you like to do for fun? Play golf, read, online card games (Canasta is favorite)

What diet are you following? Counting calories as well as keeping the percentages suggested by Spark People ( 50 carbs,30 fat,20 protein)

What is your favorite exercise? Walking is definitely my favorite and I am OK with outside and have a wonderful and challenging place to walk next door to my home. This is also the golf course where I love to play. I now exercise at home with Dumbbells, Kettle Bell, Resistance bands, Large and small balance balls and I love using my True Recumbent bike in Winter. I love doing walk videos and find plenty on You Tube.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? My challenge will be getting more strength exercises to keep arthritus from crippling me in the future.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have participated in several challenges and like doing them because they inspire me to do more while trying to help my team win each week.

2 random fun facts about you? I spent many hours in art classes doing acrylics, oils, watercolors and Calligraphy. I spent lots of time volunteering with our local Arts Council until golf caught up with me again. Now I volunteer but, in a Food Bank and feel it is where I need to be to help others.

Anything else you would like to share? I believe in God and feel this is the most important statement I can make. I am not perfect and never will be but know that God loved us enough to send his Son to be a sacrifice for my sins. God loves all his children and nothing is more important than this!

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3-4.


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About Me: My husband and I currently serve as missionaries in Mexico among an indigenous people group who have their own culture and language. We are fluent in Spanish and conversational in the indigenous language. It's a challenge sometimes, but is truly where God has placed us for this time. (We previously worked in Peru.) We often tutor English as the need arises.

What is your name or nick name? Name is Sharon, have never really had a nickname (except for 1 friend, who calls me Share).

What do you like to do for fun? Bird watch, read, garden, see an occasional movie with my husband. I also decorate cakes and bake pies, but that has become more work than fun now that I'm older.

What diet are you following? Just trying to keep calories within range (trying to be faithful tracking in Spark when my internet cooperates), minimize sugar, eat as much natural food as possible. No whites. (I have a lot of things that have worked for me in the past and have some favorite ideas from all of them, but when it's a life change instead of a diet, your perspective changes a little. Keeping it simple.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking is definitely my favorite, especially when I can walk in a beautiful place (as in nature), but I also love Pizazz workouts from Faithful Workouts, Lucy Wyndham-Reed, Leslie Sanson, and a couple apps that push me a little. For years I never changed anything, and my body just got too used to that. These days I try to change it up now and then.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? I just turned 65, so there are some minor age-related things that are annoying--especially my knees. I have learned over the years, though, that IF there's a fountain of youth, it's exercise!!! Everything gets better if I get back into the routine.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. It looks like maybe I signed up for the Fall challenge but never carried through. (Won't bore you with details of just HOW CRAZY fall cranked up to be.) I have lost 5% of my body weight hundreds of times over and over again! LOL!

2 random fun facts about you? I LOVE TO LEARN!!! I think I would have to live at least 10 lifetimes to get to learn and do everything I would like to do. I feel like I've had 3 different careers (high school English teacher, IT training and development, and missionary), but would love to have a couple more! I think I'm running out of time. I was in Moscow when the Russian embassy was bombed. (random)

Anything else you would like to share? I have strong German roots . . . though the 2 generations before those who immigrated to the U.S. actually lived in Russia, so I grew up with some of both of those cultures. My father didn't know a word of English when he went to school, so I grew up hearing it spoken a lot at home--especially when my great aunts and uncles came over to visit. My mother was English/Irish, though, and she was also a French teacher. So . . . I know a little German, a little French, and a little Russian (when the law firm sent me to Moscow to teach the computer software to our Moscow office) in addition to English, Spanish, and Purepecha. The main thing, though, is that I remember hearing my older relatives talk about how precious it is to live in the United States and saw tears running down their cheeks when they did so. So when the rest of our country complain about everything, I think about what my life COULD have been like if my grandparents hadn't had the courage to immigrate. I've studied about the circumstances there, and we are SO BLESSED AS AMERICANS, problems and all . . . nothing to be compared to what they left behind.

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. . . [s]he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are new! II Cor. 5:17


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Come and tell us a little about you! That's hard for me cuz I don't usually like to talk about 'me'--but--I'll just say I am a 'retired pastor's wife', enjoying the life, taking care of my man and family, trying to take care of me too, LOL, used to do 'office work', loved outdoor activities, love life in general.

What is your name or nick name? Name is Jeanette, usually called Jen, that fits just fine emoticon

What do you like to do for fun? enjoy walking-used to walk my dog-maltese, but she recently died. pics on my Spark Page

What diet are you following? To east sensibly, I've tried them all, so now I just use good sense and don't buy the no-no's---If it's not in the house, I can't eat it, right?

What is your favorite exercise? walking, I've tried the other systems and now, just enjoy walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? yeah--bad knees--really play tricks with exercise, even walking. But, we get the job done.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done the challenges for many, many years...didn't keep track of how many yrs.

2 random fun facts about you? I am a preacher's wife, and I love life--most of all when my children, grands, and great-grands come to visit.....great fun, they are such a joy.

Anything else you would like to share? I have taught Bible classes in whatever church we have ministered in almost all of my life and love to teach. Love to fellowship with the women of the church--they are great people and I find them very interesting to fellowship with.
I was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland--great way to 'grow up'. Walked out my back door, down the sidewalk, to our dock, and dove into the water----wow, what a great way to grow up.
Also had my own 'rowboat' and used to take it out into the water, pull in the oars and read in the summer sun---wow--what joyful days they werel.

See you in 'the game'.

Jen

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What is your name or nick name? Mauri works as a nickname.

What do you like to do for fun? Love reading, theater & jazz music (especially live shows)

What diet are you following? Mostly vegetarian, though I do dabble in meat occasionally to be able to say yes to my PCP when asked

What is your favorite exercise? Any sort of strength training

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Two actually. Limited & more gentle exercise due to my AFib. My work schedule is crazy once the Hope Bus is on the road, making it a challenge to find time to grocery shop, cook & exercise.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Been doing them since 2014 & not always losing the 5% but I've not gained one lb. of the 54 I lost in 2014-15.

2 random fun facts about you? Every now & then I like to buy clothes or accessories that don't fit with my "granola-cruncher" wardrobe as a cousin calls it, resulting in co-workers or friends who don't recognize me! LOL The other is that Italian is my first language.

Anything else you would like to share? Thank you to each overall 5% Challenge Leaders & to all of the Team Challenge Leaders. They give so much time to making this challenging, fun, and motivating. Tante grazie!

Edited by: MAURIZIA at: 3/12/2019 (02:12)
Mauri, EASTERN TIME ZONE, NEW ENGLAND

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

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What is your name or nick name? I'm Kathy.

What do you like to do for fun? I love knitting, reading, and taking my dog Daisy for walks.

What diet are you following? I eat healthy and mostly unprocessed foods. I am trying out new recipes quite often and making more things from scratch.

What is your favorite exercise? I think right now it would have to be Pilates. I also love Yoga but it's more for relaxation than exercise.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Right now my biggest challenge is this darn awful weather we are having. Daisy and I have only walked once in the last 6 weeks and that's so frustrating, which lessens my motivation for other things.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have been doing the 5% challenges for a few years now. I love how it keeps me accountable to myself. Even during the in-between times when I do not have to track my exercise, I've developed a mind set to make sure I get exercise minutes in every day!

2 random fun facts about you? My son took me to Norway in 2017 and I was able to meet several relatives that I didn't even know I had. Which takes me to random fact #2 - I am working diligently on Ancestry.com to put together a history of my families. I want to leave documentation along with photographs for my children.

Anything else you would like to share? I have learned so much here on SparkPeople and am so happy I found this site.



Kathy
Central Time Zone
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"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor."

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3/11/19 11:42 A

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What is your name or nick name? Barbara nickname Barb

What do you like to do for fun? read, play piano, paint, do jigsaw puzzles on computer

What diet are you following? No particular diet, just counting calories, high fiber, and limiting sweets. I found some good menus for high fiber within my calorie range that are helping.

What is your favorite exercise? walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? No

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done several and got close to goal on the last one.

2 random fun facts about you? I'm a retired Kindergarten teacher. I went skydiving on my 72nd birthday.

Anything else you would like to share? Looking forward to a successful challenge and meeting new Spark friends.



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Barbara, from Tennessee. Central Time Zone.
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What is your name or nick name?Beth

What do you like to do for fun? read, play games on my kindle, crochet, binge watch Netflix.

What diet are you following? Weight Watchers

What is your favorite exercise? walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?family issues that I have no control over - son looking to change counties that he teaches in, daughter looking for a new house

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have done several and love the interaction of the members.

2 random fun facts about you? I am an Air Force brat and started college in Munich

Anything else you would like to share? love the weekly challenges

A daily 10 minute meditation, one example would be the "whale songs".

Make a list of at least 5 to 10 things you're grateful for each day.

My grandchildren
My daughter's MIL who has become a friend
My children who are my friends
My husband
My cats
My health
freedom and those who sacrificed to protect it
retirement


Beth, Georgia Eastern Time Zone
2020 Summer 5% Challenge
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What is your name or nick name? jeannie, Beans, jenMar

What do you like to do for fun? Garden, read, listen to music, swim, crafting, movies.

What diet are you following? Ketogenic, not a diet though. It's really a lifestyle.

What is your favorite exercise? Swimming

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? It's been a rough winter with a number of challenges; I am recommitted to finding my new normal and putting my health first.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done several and have enjoyed most of them. My favorite was the Fall 2018 5% because of the team interaction, Interesting challenges and camaraderie.

2 random fun facts about you? I like researching and know a lot of useless information which I really like to learn!

Anything else you would like to share? Yes, I'd like to see some really creative weekly living the good life challenges along with some used before like:

A daily 10 minute meditation, one example would be the "Sa Ta Na Ma".

Make a list of at least 5 to 10 things you're greatful for each day.

Listen to music on a daily basis.

Can you make it through a day without complaining?

The small plate (LOVED THAT ONE - prompted my OneBowlWonder recipes!).

DeClutter.

Spend some time outside/in nature.

Dance - on your feet or in a chair!

Say I love you and/or Have a nice day every chance you're able to.

BLessOMe AKA jeannie
Midwest (Central Time Zone)

ďI feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promiseĒ

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3/10/19 7:01 A

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What is your name or nick name? Melaine

What do you do for fun? Read, watch movies, hang out with husband and kids.

What diet are you following? A consistently healthier one, focusing on portions.

What is your favorite exercise? Not sure anymore.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Getting back to the consistency I had at the beginning of my weight loss journey.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This is a first for me! I'm excited!

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3/9/19 10:27 P

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What is your name or nick name? June

What do you do for fun? Read, walking, crafts, being with family.

What diet are you following. Lower carb, making healthy choices.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Want to increase my walking after some cardiac issues that I have had.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Yes I have been doing these for several years. They help me stay on track.

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? Cindi

What do you like to do for fun? Walk outside, garden, read, shop, spend time with family.

What diet are you following? Tough one. WW (Weight Watchers Freestyle) and intermittent fasting. Truth is I take ideas from a lot of diets I've had success with.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking, running (sometimes). I've been doing Leslie Sansone videos lately and really am liking them.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Nothing new.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Yes, I've been doing these for a few years and I love them. They keep me focused when it's easy to give up.



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Hi!

What is your name or nick name? Kim

What do you like to do for fun? Walk and shop

What diet are you following? Just counting calories and learning to make healthier choices

What is your favorite exercise? Walking and Zumba

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Emotional eating and thinking I need to eat when I am just bored or stresses

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This will be my first

2 random fun facts about you? I donít know how fun these facts are but 1) I am a nurse 2) My husband and I have 2 teen daughters who keep us busy and entertained

Anything else you would like to share? Looking forward to the challenge and getting yo know everyone!




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What is your name or nick name? Lois, most people call me Nana
What do you like to do for fun? Travel, crochet

What diet are you following? No special diet at this time, just smaller portions.

What is your favorite exercise? yoga

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Losing 10 pounds

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have done many. They help keep me on track.

2 random fun facts about you? 1)I love to crochet, everything from toys for children to afghans and everything between.

Anything else you would like to share? I have worked with children for the last 30 years and love my job. Mostly working with children 1 year to 6 years. I do in home preschool and child care and Sunday School preschool to 4th grade



Lois (Nana)
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What is your name or nick name? Ellen no ni

What do you like to do for fun? Travel, crochet

What diet are you following? No special diet at this time.

What is your favorite exercise? running

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? losing15 pounds

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have done many I use them to keep me on track.

2 random fun facts about you? 1)I crochet toys for children to see their faces when they get them.

Anything else you would like to share? I'm looking forward to the challenge and getting to know you all!




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What is your name or nick name? Carol and my nick name is CJ.

What do you like to do for fun? Travel, read and sew.

What diet are you following? No special diet at this time.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking and elliptical.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Getting started exercising regularly again.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Yes, but it has been a couple of years. They really helped keep me on track.

2 random fun facts about you? 1) I am 5 foot 12 inches tall in bare feet (yes, I know that is technically 6 feet) 2) I am an ant whisperer. I can get rid of ants by a tiny spray of Raid at the entrance point. Yes, I am very patient, lol!

Anything else you would like to share? I'm looking forward to the challenge and getting to know you all!



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What is your name or nick name? Jacque or Jac

What do you like to do for fun? read, hike

What diet are you following? counting calories

What is your favorite exercise? dance

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Hopefully not. I had several pop up during the last challenge, but hopefully everything is settled.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This will be my fifth challenge.

2 random fun facts about you? I have moved 10 times in my life, I have 3 kids

Anything else you would like to share? I love these challenges and can't wait to start!


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3/7/19 5:19 P

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What is your name or nickname? Kari

What do you like to do for fun? crochet, play games, do puzzles, watch movies and tv

What diet are you following? I'm tracking everything I eat and exercise

What is your favorite exercise? Yoga stretching and chair dancing are all I do right now but I can't wait to start swimming and do water aerobics

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Back pain and I'm extremely heavy

2 random fun facts about you? I get motivation here and love to blog

Anything else you would like to share? I weigh in on Fridays at the Dr. tomorrow will be my first weigh in after 2 weeks of dieting and exercising

Well done is better than well said.

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3/6/19 8:32 P

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What is your name or nick name? Cathy

What do you like to do for fun? Read, play word games , do crossword puzzles

What diet are you following? no particular one just working at monitoring my eating

What is your favorite exercise? walking
Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? no

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Have done many- have gone up and down but have been encouraged by every challenge I have participated in. My goal is to one of these challenges to actually reach my 5% goal.

2 random fun facts about you? I have been retired 10 years now (retired at 55) and I watch my two young grandchildren (2 yrs and 5 1/2 months) 4 days a week - with the help of my DH

Anything else you would like to share? I will never give up and once I reach my healthy weight goal I will keep on working at it




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Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒCarl Sandburg

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3/6/19 6:17 P

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nick name? Diane

What do you like to do for fun? Paint, sing, various games including in a Cribbage Tournament!! Reading, walking just cause it's super fun

What diet are you following? Sparks guidelines. Over the years I've seen "the latest" thing. Very rarely do they succeed long term. I LOVE whoopie pies!! And junk food, eaten in small amounts and I've lost over 125 lbs!!

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? Not this time!! I'm shocked!!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Have been doing them since Jan 2011 in the Spring that year became the ML on the Dawg team. For awhile filled in for the CL until she was able to resume her Momma Dawg spot and resumed being the ML.

Up until this challenge!! Happily accepted the CL position for the


2 random fun facts about you?

I live in Maine on the haa baa



I'm a willing enabler to



Lol Izzy is 8, but a funny cat who still loves to play.

Anything else you would like to share? I'm a Great Grandma and aww it's way to fun to take care of him.

Dream and put things you know you'll never do. Why? It's great for our spirit.

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EDT - Greater Portland Area in Maine
AWESOME A's as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge
Invincible Indigo team Biggest Loser Challenge

Not IMPOSSIBLE Its I'mPOSSIBLE never accept "you can't" From yourself included.
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3/6/19 11:58 A

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What is your name or nick name?
Kristine

What do you like to do for fun?
Mostly I weave (specifically tablet-weaving) as part of my medieval recreation group, the SCA. That's actually where my username comes from. "Mistress" is the title awarded for recognition of artistic achievement.

What diet are you following?
The everything-in-moderation diet. Seriously, right now I'm working on making my breakfasts healthy and varied, but still affordable, and tracking everything. My lunches are mostly frozen dinners (with specific parameters for protein, calories, fat, and salt.) I'll eventually switch to bulk making my own lunches, but, for now, this is an option that keeps me on-track and away from the many tasty lunch options around where I work.

What is your favorite exercise?
At first I read "What's your favorite excuse," which probably says a lot. (My favorite excuse is that I'm tired.)

Exercise? I'm really loving my Thursday TRX class, especially since my real favorites (horseback riding and swimming) aren't available to me.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season?
Motivation is my constant challenge. On my lunch walks I pass dozens of delicious-smelling restaurants (there's really no way around them) so passing up the temptation gets super hard with any bump in my way.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I don't remember doing one. I'm looking forward to this one!

2 random fun facts about you?
I think I've already included a few but here are a couple more:
I collect hand-made pottery, especially mugs. Much to my boyfriend's chagrin ;)
I'm currently on a 153 day streak with French lessons on DuoLingo. Hoping for the same streak here!

Anything else you would like to share?
I think I've probably shared enough for now.

Edited by: MISTRESSKRISTNE at: 3/6/2019 (12:01)
Not THAT kind of Mistress.

Kristine, Crystal Tigers - Swing into Spring (CST)
Kristine, Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters - 2019 Spring 5% Challenge (CST)


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3/6/19 11:08 A

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What is your name or nickname? Samantha or NYRican

What do you like to do for fun? Dance and play with my kids

What diet are you following? Healthy * still learning which to follow* at this point I am reducing Keto and just logging everything so I can see what it is that is keeping me from loosing.

What is your favorite exercise? MixxedFit; SocaFit; Zumba

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing this season? To learn and understand thyroid disease

2 random fun facts about you? I am sarcastic and love to encourage others

Anything else you would like to share? Ask if you have any questions


My journey to losing 125lbs.


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3/6/19 9:48 A

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What is your name or nick name? Deb, Debbie

what do u like to do for fun? i like to knit, crotchet, movies, go for walks

what diet are u following? mostly the spark calorie range

whats your favorite exercise? walking, rowing

Do u have a personal challenge u are dealing with this season? too much sugar

If u did a previous 5 percent challene tell us about it: I have done 2 so far. lost some each time. and met some awesome people

2 random facts about u?
1 I work in customer service
2 I own a fish tank

any thing else to share? I have 7 grandkids and 1 fur baby named Penny

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