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1/16/20 7:52 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Heather

What do you like to do for fun?
Read, spend time with my kids

What diet are you following?
SP meal plan. Just starting. Got a long way to go...

What is your favorite exercise?
Treadmill

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
I am coming off of a very challenging 2019. I am trying to have a healthier, happier lifestyle this year.

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

I did some when I was an active spark member years ago. I found them to be motivating.

2 random fun facts about you?

I am adjusting to being a single mom.
I have 2 daughters that I love whole heartedly, but sometimes they drive me crazy.

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1/15/20 6:00 A

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What is your name or nickname?
Kirstie

What do you like to do for fun?
KENKEN, painting (watercolour), family time

What diet are you following?
Typically I aim for low carb, whole foods, eating clean (soy intolerance), and eating intentionally. I rebel against diets, so nothing is off limits - my goal is to consistently make good choices.
Currently I am having sever stomach issues (Extreme nausea), so my diet is mostly bananas, yogurt, scrambled eggs on toast, ginger snaps and very small portions of normal food when feeling up to it. I am under a doctorís care.

What is your favorite exercise?
Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
- As noted above, extreme nausea for the last month or so limits my ability to ear ďon planĒ. It also means that intentional exercise will only happen on very good days. Because I am not eating much, I am losing weight. I wish it was for all the right reasons.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
It has been awhile. When motivated, challenges keep me going. When I am struggling, challenges can be stressful with the added pressure of not letting down the team

2 random fun facts about you?
- 1. My daughter is getting married in February!
2. We have a groundhog in our back yard. We call him Gary.

255 - Nov 27, 2009
191 - Oct 27, 2010
253 - May 13, 2012
223 - July 23, 2012
264.5 - Apr 19, 2015
299 - Dec 26, 2018
261 - Dec 30, 2019
250.1 - current

LTG: 180


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1/14/20 4:52 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Annie
What do you like to do for fun?
Walking, word search puzzles, colouring, arts and crafts.

What diet are you following?
I am following the Sparkpeople plan (avoiding processed foods). I am also trying to cut back on my sugar intake.

What is your favorite exercise?
Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
- Staying in calorie range has been an issue the last few months

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
No, I believe my first was the 2017 Summer 5% Challenge and I have participated in all of them since.

2 random fun facts about you?
- 1. I have always wanted to travel to Ireland.
- 2. I enjoy dancing whenever I get the chance.



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1/10/20 1:32 P

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What is nickname? Tiff Tiff

What do you like to do for fun? Read, watch Movies, read, listen to music, read, crochet, sing, ...

What diet are you following? Not following any diet at this time.

What is your favorite exercise? There isn't any favorite one. Sleeping!?!

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

2 random fun facts about you? I love facilitating Bible studies and my two cats: Dartanian and Peaches.

Anything else you would like to share? none right now.

Edited by: BLUETIFFANYS at: 1/16/2020 (23:22)
Tiffany - With GodÔŅĹs help all things all possible.


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1/7/20 8:39 P

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What is your name or nickname? Haven't any

What do you like to do for fun? Read, watch Hallmark Movies, paint, speak with friends & family, have lunch out once in a while, listen to Sinatra recordings.

What diet are you following? Not following any, just eating what I enjoy staying within my allotted amount of calories.

What is your favorite exercise? There isn't any favorite one.

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

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I'm sorry to say but I didn't lose the amount of weight that I had wished to. Hopefully I will this time.

2 random fun facts about you? I like to make people laugh and I smile/talk to everyone that I meet walking in the halls of the nursing home that my husband is in. It's nice to hear laughter.

Anything else you would like to share? none right now.


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1/6/20 6:26 P

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My name is Lise

I like to camp, quilt, knit and photograpy (outdoors)

Right now not following a diet but I have done low carbs

Favorite exercise is walking

personal challenge is to stay healthy and motivated, track what I eat and learn to not just cook on the fly but have a plan for the week and maybe learn how to do prep and stick to it

I have not done this challenge but I have been on Sparkpeople for ages and back when I did , this really worked for me

fun fact: I love to laugh and have fun

I live in Northern Ontario and it gets pretty cold and too much snow to trek walking in, would love to get snowshoes to go walking in the trails








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LITTLEBABIES18's Photo LITTLEBABIES18 Posts: 812
1/6/20 11:26 A

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What is your name or nickname? 
Danae

What do you like to do for fun? 
Go for walks, hang out with my kid, go to a movie

What diet are you following? 
Nothing particular. Just eating healthy and exercise more

What is your favorite exercise? 
walking, treadmill, and weights

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


If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. 
No I haven't, but I'm excited to meet this challenge head on. 

2 random fun facts about you? 
I love to be silly and have alot of fun

Anything else you would like to share? I am a stay home mom with 3 kids. I also have a special needs son who is my middle child.


Edited by: LITTLEBABIES18 at: 1/6/2020 (13:28)
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KRISKAY1962's Photo KRISKAY1962 SparkPoints: (121,035)
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1/5/20 10:47 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Kristen, Kristie or Kris

What do you like to do for fun?
Go to the Zoo, to a movie or out to eat.

What diet are you following?
Life style change, reducing calories and trying to have a balanced diet.

What is your favorite exercise?
walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Trying to get more sleep. I have sleep Apnea and have a hard time sleeping more than 6-6.5 hours a night. I would like to get it up to 7 hours a night, on a regular basis.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
No I haven't, but I'm excited to meet this challenge head on.

2 random fun facts about you?
I love to decorate and I finally have a job that is fun (Recreation Assistant at a care center) I get to do fun things like go fishing, play cards and listen to music programs with the guys.

Anything else you would like to share?
I need to work on getting more active, I am sitting at the computer too much.


Edited by: KRISKAY1962 at: 1/5/2020 (22:50)
Kristen
Eat to live, not live to eat.


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1/5/20 9:57 A

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My user is vgdolly, my name is Vicki
Iíve been a fringe SP user for years
Not a diet I havenít tried
Motivation/goals - LAK. Life after kids
My hubby and I ave many things we want to accomplish
Highest weight Iím aware of 309
Lowest in recent times 257
As of today 268
Need to recommit to my lifestyle changes
I exercise at the Y - in a good week I swim 2 days and bike/row 2 days

I am bigger than any urge.
Change the story change the outcome.


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KLBAUSSIE's Photo KLBAUSSIE SparkPoints: (35,905)
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1/4/20 9:39 A

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I joined this morning.

My nickname is Kayne.

For fun I like gardening, cross stitching, jigsaw puzzles, and making greeting cards. Also, reading.

Just trying on my own. I tried WW but for personal reasons, quit and am just doing SP now.

Favorite exercise is treadmill.

My personal challenge is arthritis, and my DH who needs a lot of care and attention.

I've never done this before, but I'm looking forward to.

Fun facts? Born in the Netherlands, grew up in Australia.

That's about it.

Eastern zone, northern NH


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1/3/20 11:17 A

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What is your name or nickname? Lindsey

What do you like to do for fun? Read, watch tele, draw, listen to music

What diet are you following? WW

What is your favorite exercise? I like a combination of strength training and cardio

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Being fat haha

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've failed miserably at my last 2 challenges but I did well last January and I'm ready to do well this time too

2 random fun facts about you? I have 2 gorgeous children I like cooking

Anything else you would like to share?


Slow and steady wins the race

Lindsey

GMT

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1/3/20 12:44 A

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What is your name or nickname? Liana

What do you like to do for fun? Video games, arts and culture events, museums, making art, going to the park.

What diet are you following? Nothing specific. I'm working on giving up gluten. I do intermittent fasting for the most part. I try to stay close to Sparkpeople's guidelines.

What is your favorite exercise? Currently I'm into running, the elliptical, and weightlifting.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? I have a medical condition called trigeminal neuralgia, which is very painful. I have treatment, but it's difficult and I'm in pain constantly -- except when I run, oddly enough. But I also have a hip pain when I run but I'm hoping to get PT for that in the near future.

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

2 random fun facts about you? I was a DJ in college. I like comics.

Anything else you would like to share? I live in Seattle and I have a cute cat. I'm training to run a half-marathon in June, and I need all the support and motivation I can get!


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1/2/20 10:10 P

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Nickname? My name is Tina, but Rame is my nickname and Mimi of course!

What do you like to do for fun? Hallmark movies (yes, predictable I know!), traveling, seeing nature.

What diet are you following? Keto and attending WW for support.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking/running- Galloway style

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? I'm in a good place right now!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.- I did one several summers ago and had great success.

2 random fun facts about you? I am a teacher- trained in Elementary Ed but found my way to high school and love it! I am obsessing with the biology/chemistry of the human body.

Anything else you would like to share? I hope to retire with a camper and see the National Parks in every state. emoticon

Central Standard Time- Hattiesburg, MS


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1/2/20 7:30 A

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Nickname? Sam

What do you like to do for fun? Walk, cross stitch, play with my year old Yorkie puppies.

What diet are you following? Healthy eating, tracking food and exercising

What is your favorite exercise? Walking, riding stationary bike, walking dvd's

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

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. 2nd one. The first one I didn't do so well.

2 random fun facts about you? I am 70, retired and love to go visit my sister as often as possible (she lives 500 miles from me).

Anything else you would like to share?


My dad always said: "To Thine Own Self Be True"


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WHEREIS170's Photo WHEREIS170 Posts: 1,821
1/1/20 8:09 P

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What is your name or nickname?

Toots, as in Tootsie Roll

What do you like to do for fun?

Go to Northern Ontario to visit my daughter. Snowmobile

What diet are you following?

Spark People and Canadian Food guide

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

Stress from working long hours and difficult to find proper times to eat. Tend to eat late.

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

I have been on two Challenges on the Spirited Dawgs. It was fun and met a lot of great supportive people.

2 random fun facts bout you?

At 61 years old, I still love snowmobiling. I love winter and the snow in northern Ontario.

I love and have crazy play time with my daughters for Alaskan Malamutes.




Edited by: WHEREIS170 at: 1/3/2020 (21:45)
Eastern Standard Time in Province of Ontario, Canada
Alaskan Malmute lover


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1/1/20 7:59 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Renee

What do you like to do for fun?
Volunteer at local elementary school as a "reading partner", movies, listen to podcasts


What diet are you following?
Weight Watchers (trying their new "purple program"). Intermittent Fasting

What is your favorite exercise?
Stationary Bike and need to make time for the gym a priority.


Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Same old challenges. Need to be a "mindful eater" and do more meal planning.


If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I've done several challenges but needed a break. I need to be accountable so looking forward to 2020 and the 5% challenge.

2 random fun facts about you?



Anything else you would like to share?
I live in Southern California and been married for many many years. 2 children (both married), 1 granddaughter and lots of grand dogs. Our daughter & son-in-law live in Michigan and our son and daughter-in-law live in Illinois. emoticon


Edited by: ASHLYN991 at: 1/1/2020 (20:00)
Renee
Southern California (Pacific Standard Time)


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1/1/20 6:25 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Jen

What do you like to do for fun?
Play Cards Against Humanity, camping, and I like to bowl. Looking forward to going to Housto/Galvestine Island n in April.

What diet are you following?
Not anything specific, but had recently had done Dr. Gundry's, but then it was WAY to EXPENSIVE to continue. My body type does best with a low carb diet. I try to make a dinner menu each week otherwise I tend to eat poorly and not make good dinners.

What is your favorite exercise?
That is an oxymoron. I exercise because I have to. I will generally do the elliptical because it is low impact. I also like my barre class (mostly because of the ladies in it). I use to love Zumba, but my favorite instructor ended up with a sever concussion and could no longer teach. Tried several other Zumba instructors, but I had been spoiled.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Eating at night is my worst habit. I do well as long as a track my food, but I do well with that for about two weeks then fall off the wagon.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I have done a couple of different challenges with the firecrackers. I do my best the first two weeks, but then need help with the motivation when the first two weeks of weight had been lost.

2 random fun facts about you?
I started playing this stupid "Covet Fashion" game with my 6 year old niece last year and now I'm addicted to the stupid thing!
I completed the 20 mile hike last October with my son's Boy Scout group - - couldn't move the next day - - But I DID IT!

Anything else you would like to share?
My lowest weight in the past 10 years was 185. My band had slipped and I couldn't eat or sleep due to acid reflux. The band was removed and I ballooned up to 250 (still down from 300), but really not happy with myself. I am a healthy fat person. I eat well , but my portion control is OUT OF CONTROL (which is why I weigh this much).


Jennifer Keith - Eastern
DWYSYWD - do what you say you will do


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1/1/20 4:39 P

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What is your name or nickname? Sandra

What do you like to do for fun? Vist with friends

What diet are you following? Sparkpeople for diabetics

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Keep glucose in range

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

2 random fun facts bout you?
Have 1 grandson
Have . 3 cats





Sandra ( California PST )

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Leader of the BL CRYSTAL TIGER'S Team!


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1/1/20 1:26 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Stacy

What do you like to do for fun?
spend time with friends, read, dance and karaoke

What diet are you following?
I am doing the 21 day fix, and spark people tracking

What is your favorite exercise?
dance and swim

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
- I have been depressed lately and want to feel better about my self when i look in the mirror

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
-yes but it has been a while


2 random fun facts about you?
- 1. I am a mom of 3 .
- 2. I play flute



Stacy
Clover EL 2015 Summer 5% Challenge
New Hampshire EST


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1/1/20 8:00 A

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What is your name or nickname? Hi all - my name is Sue

What do you like to do for fun? Hike, I also like to kayak but in Wisconsin that is a short season!

What diet are you following? Eating healthy

What is your favorite exercise? Hiking / walking (Leslie Sansone indoors) emoticon

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? The last couple of months I have been dealing with tendonitis in my leg - it is getting better though!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I don't believe I have.

2 random fun facts about you? I am a 60 year old trying to stop the aging process by getting healthier and more fit (I also joined our wellness team at work). emoticon I am a cat person - currently have 4, but that is my max!! Don't want to be the crazy cat lady!! emoticon

Anything else you would like to share? Last year I signed up for the '52 Hike Challenge' and set a goal of doing 52 hikes on 52 different trails. I only made it to 45 as between the weather turning (snow in October) and my leg acting up I didn't get out the last few months. I have joined that challenge again this year and intend on making it and then some! emoticon emoticon

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Sue - Wisconsin (central time)





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12/31/19 8:19 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Barb

What do you like to do for fun?
Walking, sudoku, crocheting, coloring and going to craft shows

What diet are you following?
I am using the Sparkpeople nutritional guidelines using foods with ingredient lists that look like a recipe I could make in my kitchen (avoiding processed foods). I am also trying to cut back on my sugar intake.

What is your favorite exercise?
Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
- Staying in calorie range has been an issue the last few months
- I have a 40 Mile commute each way to work in downtown Detroit so I spend a lot of time in the car

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
No, I believe my first was the 2017 Summer 5% Challenge and I have participated in all of them since.

2 random fun facts about you?
- 1. I have always wanted to go for a hot air balloon ride.
- 2. I grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


Southeast Michigan - Eastern


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12/31/19 3:37 P

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What is your name or nickname? Betsy

What do you like to do for fun? LOL I work fulltime + overtime and go to school...what is this fun?

What diet are you following?low carb

What is your favorite exercise? swimming

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? just school lol

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

2 random fun facts about you? ummm fun facts..i have a 16 year old beagle that is my baby and i love going to renaissance festivals

Anything else you would like to share?


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12/31/19 12:36 P

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What is your name or nickname? Sandy

What do you like to do for fun? I love going to the beach and enjoying the ocean. I love doing beach walks. I enjoy going to the outlet malls in the area. I love meeting up with friends for lunch.

What diet are you following? Calorie counting & staying within a specific range.

What is your favorite exercise? I most enjoy doing workouts from Leslie Sansone or others on YouTube. I just recently found BEat Fit that has good workouts, too.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Due to fibromyalgia, I have a generalized overall aching day in and day out.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I started doing the 5% challenges in the fall of 2018. That first one was mostly getting oriented. When the 2019 new year kicked in, I was ready to knuckle down and get to work. I was very blessed to lose around 32 lbs in 2019. For 2020 I want to continue to work toward being healthier and more fit.

2 random fun facts about you? I have a silly little dog named Abby who likes to take me for walks. I have fun working with a team of people at a local Compassion House food & clothing mission.

Anything else you would like to share? Just eager to get started.

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


Sandy (MiniSandy)
Eastern Standard Time

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12/31/19 12:35 P

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nickname? Dale

What do you like to do for fun? Read, spend time outdoors

What diet are you following? SP guidelines

What is your favorite exercise? Walking outdoors

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Joint pain

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I did the Fall Challenge. I lost 7 pounds.

2 random fun facts about you? I lived in Ohio until I was 50 and moved to MS Gulf Coast. I had my only child when I was 40.

Anything else you would like to share? Want to lose weight for our 20th wedding anniversary in October.

Edited by: BESTMEICANBE20 at: 12/31/2019 (12:37)
Dale
Ocean Springs, MS (Gulf Coast)
Central Time Zone

Striving to be the...Best"ME" That I Can Be !






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12/31/19 10:59 A

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What is your name or nickname? Kim

What do you like to do for fun? Hike trails, watch comedies and play with the grandkids

What diet are you following? Overeaters Anonymous Program and Iím using a heart healthy diet plan to get and stay abstinent.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Heart health and type 2 diabetes

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

2 random fun facts about you? Iím a bit of a rebel (so Iíve been told) and enjoy a good practical joke.

Anything else you would like to share?
No


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12/30/19 8:37 P

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What is your name or nickname? Bonnijean

What do you like to do for fun? Sew, crochet, and read

What diet are you following? Whole-food plant-based. (Engine 2 or Dr. Gregor)

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Yes. I am parenting a young adult with both serious health challenges and learning disabilities.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I signed up for one a few years ago, but I wasn't very active and don't remember much about it.

2 random fun facts about you? I have gone back to college for a second degree. My first degree is in Teaching English. This one is in graphic design.



Bonnijean

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12/30/19 7:46 A

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What is your name or nickname? Holly

What do you like to do for fun? Walk the beautiful beaches of The Burg, sew and quilt, read, pour candles....so many things.

What diet are you following? Whole Foods Plant-Based/Forks Over Knives

What is your favorite exercise? I love walking and I've recently gotten into hoola hooping

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Breaking my 170 plateau.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This will be my second challenge with the Firecrackers. The Fall 2019 was my first and it was loads of fun. I did not lose the 5%, but I will just keep on trying.

2 random fun facts about you? First, I have the opposite issue of AKA_TROUBLE, my sense of smell is in hyper-drive. I smell things other people do not/cannot. I must have been a blood hound in a past life. Second, I cannot float, even in salt water. I sink like a rock.

Anything else you would like to share? Not at the moment.

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

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The Burg, Florida EST
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Hi All,

I am Sarah. I just got an email about joining this challenge and thought it might do me some good. It also happens to start at a good time for me. A weekend I do not have my children whom I get every other weekend. I don't have custody but have visitation. They are 11 1/2 and 14 and two girls. Michelle and Megan are their names.

Anyway, I could lose 5% which I figured out brings me down to 174 from 183 which would be 9 pounds to lose. I hope I calculated it right. You can comment or message me on my page if I did not. :)

I work at an electric/gas company and do multiple things there. I work as a Data Analyst and most of it is collections and start and stop services. I absolutely hate collections so don't get on my case about it! LOL. There is another project that I do most of the time but it is hard to explain really. It's benchmarking for New York City mostly. They have to do something for Energy Star if they have a large building and get in trouble/fined if they don't.

I don't live in New York City but upstate New York near Scranton, PA and Syracuse, NY!

I have a cat whom I love and wonderful parents.

Well enough about me. :)

I am editing...did not answer some questions. Did not read that far.

My favorite exercise is walking and I do Leslie Sansone Walk at Home to be specific. Nutrition I do not follow any diet. No I have never done a challenge before.

Edited by: SLBROOKS3 at: 12/31/2019 (07:15)
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EST Owego, New York
Winter 2020 5% Challenge Shooting Stars

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Started 11/22/15 207 lbs
Now: 1/3/2020 185 lbs
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Name: Dee
Fun: I haven't had a whole lot of fun this year. Long stories.
Diet: I do best by keeping carbs under control. Fasting now and then.
Exercise: Walking, but have been a slacker lately.
Personal Challenge: To stay consistent with a weight loss plan. No more yoyo!
5% Challenge in the past: Years ago, but I dont remember what I accomplished.
2 random facts: I need a new lap top and my internet connection is never consistent!



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HELLO! My name is Donna, on SP I am GMADONNA70.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN ? I love to go fishing with my hubby, I read and Spark, garden and spend time with the grandkids and great grands.

WHAT DIET DO YOU FOLLOW: I have tried almost all of them over the years, but I find the best one for me is to eat sensibly and stay in my calorie range that Spark set for me.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE? Really?? someone has a favorite exercise. OK, I enjoy walking when the weather permits. If I have to stay inside I do Leslie Sansone videos and strengthen with hand weights and bands. I also use a stability ball sometimes.

PERSONAL CHALLENGES: My biggest challenge is consistency, I have a hard time keeping an exercise plan going, I just can't stay motivated!! HELP!!!

ANYTHING ELSE? I am 73 years old, I have been retired for almost 5 years. My last job was a physical therapy technician for 10 years, the best job I ever had. I live in Central Nebraska. I have been married to my soul mate for 55 years we have 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 3 greatgrands.
I joined Spark People in 2016 and I am a Leader of the Small Goals Commitment Challenge Team. I am so close to goal but just can't kick those last few pounds to the curb. I know that I am not nearly as active as I should be.

I am looking forward to this Challenge and hope I don't let the Team down! I have never done one of these before.

Edited by: GMADONNA70 at: 12/29/2019 (15:57)
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Not what if I can't BUT what if I can?

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What is your name or nickname? May

What do you like to do for fun? Camping we have a fifth wheel Toy hauler we also have a Harley so Love riding on the back

What diet are you following? Intermittant Fasting

What is your favorite exercise? Walking and DVDs

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

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This will be my 1st one

2 random fun facts about you? I have 6 Grandkids, and I am a LunchLady at an Elementary School

Anything else you would like to share? I Live in 5e Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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 teammates.

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12/26/19 9:47 P

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What is your name or nickname?

Karmann

What do you like to do for fun?

I'm a musician. I play guitar and ukulele and am a songwriter, so I spend a lot of time doing that. I'm also a grandmother of a 3 year old and a 3 month old. Grandkids are the MOST FUN EVER!

What diet are you following?

Not following a particular diet. I'm doing whole, healthy foods that are cancer resistant as I'm a breast cancer survivor. I want it to be a way of life, not something I do then stop. I want my body to reach it's natural weight. My problem with diets is that I can't maintain after I've lost all the weight.

What is your favorite exercise?

I like to do the treadmill and I like to walk. I lift light weights and sometimes use the stationary bike.

I love to hike, but haven't done it for over a year. Hoping to get back on the trail, eventually.

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

Body is still in recovery mode. I had surgery on my hand and elbow on 12/2. Also, I'm on heart medication and a hormone blocker for Breast Cancer (for 5 years), both of which have weight gain as a side effect. I know it's an uphill battle, but I think it's winnable.

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

I've signed up for other challenges but couldn't figure out some of the technical stuff. This time, I'm figuring it out and am ready to drop 5% and get back on track. Cancer like sugar and hates exercise. That's what I'm focusing on.

2 random fun facts about you?

1) I've been married to my husband for 39 years and we're still ridiculously in love.
2) I'm a geek.

Anything else you would like to share?

I'm looking forward to being part of a team. I've used SparkPeople to track my food, on and off, for a few years. There's a lot of support here. I don't think I've fully taken advantage of all that the site provides. To be honest, the last few years have been a bit hard. I got tired of posting about how bad things were. At one point, I wasn't sure I'd make it to see my first grandchild born. God is so good He's given me two of them! I am at risk for the breast cancer metastasizing. I want to do what I can to keep it at bay. I'm tired of having my life be interrupted by all these health things. LOL! Praise God I'm still breathing!



Edited by: KARMANNPOWELL at: 1/2/2020 (17:08)
Karmann Powell - happily married musician, singer/songwriter, mom, grandma and breast cancer survivor.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! (Psalms 95:1)


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Rachelle

What do you like to do for fun?
I am a member of a group of local ladies who plan a variety of activities, such a Mahjong and book clubs. I enjoy spending time wit my grandchildren, watching their sports activities. I also enjoy a variety of crafts.

What diet are you following?
For the most part, I do best when I follow an LCHF plan, like Atkins. I use Arbonne products and do a clean eating cleanse from time to time.

What is your favorite exercise?
I enjoy exercises that keep me moving, like line dancing or Zumba. My go to is walking, which is much better since my knee replacement!

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Thankfully-none at this time.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I joined the Winter challenge in 2017 and was on the Weight Warriors for several challenges. I loved the team, but needed a break while I was dealing with my mother's estate and my own knee issues.

2 random fun facts about you?
1) I have been married to the boy next door for over 44 years, have 2 children/ 5 grandchildren and have lived for 40+years in the house my DH built.
2) I love to sing and got a chance to do a spot commercial for a local store, singling their jingle and was privileged to sing in the Blaine House (where our Governor lives while in office).



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Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've participated in one of these challenges. I will try my hardest to pull my weight (lol!)

What is your name or nickname? Jan

What do you like to do for fun? Read

What diet are you following? Nothing formal -- just trying to stay within my calorie range.

What is your favorite exercise? I love to walk, but currently have a knee injury so I am going to have to do something else, at least for a while.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? See above. According to the doctor, I have a twisted kneecap. It is pretty painful sometimes. I was given exercises for it, which I am doing faithfully.. Because of this situation I am having even more trouble than usual in getting/staying motivated, plus it makes me sad that I can't do what I want to do. I always took walking for granted. Never again!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Honestly it was so long ago I can't remember details, except that I really enjoyed it.

2 random fun facts about you? I am a retired librarian who is now working part time for my attorney son as a quasi-paralegal. I have 2 adorable grandchildren (ages 5 and 1) who live on the opposite coast, so we don't get to visit them as often as we would like. I am so glad there is Face Time so we can see and talk to them. I wish that had been around when my kids were young!

Anything else you would like to share? Just that I'll do my best!



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What is your name or nickname? Christine

What do you like to do for fun? Shoot pool (billiards)

What diet are you following? LiveHealth Online 1500 Calorie Meal Plans

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Lost my motivation

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

2 random fun facts about you? I am #4 of 5 sisters. I sang at Carnegie Hall in NYC with my college choir.

Anything else you would like to share? I have an almost 11-year-old son with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and anxiety for whom I am trying to be a better, healthier example.

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What is your name or nickname? Debbe

What do you like to do for fun? Spend time traveling to concerts with my teenage son and husband.

What diet are you following? Low carb/very low sugar

What is your favorite exercise? walking and strength training

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Motivating myself

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Since starting the 5% challenges in 2018, I have lost a total of 15 pounds. I haven't made my 5% goal during challenges but I've lost a total of 8% overall.

2 random fun facts about you? I love heavy metal and heavy prog rock. We did a Cruise to the Edge last February (cruise with all prog rock bands including Yes and Steve Hackett from Genesis) . It was so much fun!

Anything else you would like to share? I'm heading to Key West in February. Hoping to have a few pounds down by then.

Just get moving!

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What is your name or nickname.? Robin

What do you like to do for fun?
Spending time w my husband. Walking and hiking.

What diet are you following?
Low carb high protein. Logging food and keeping calories under 1500

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Broke my shoulder 3 months ago and still having a lot of pain. Trying to do some seated exercise.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have done 3 challenges but never got lost 5%, got close. Now have gained a ton since the shoulder problem.

2 random fun facts about you? I am 4ft10 inches and my husband is 6ft1. We have known each other for 57 years and been married 46 years. We met when we were 9 years old.

Anything else you would like to share? Motivated to change the number on the scale.


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Donna. Shrinkingdonna1

What do you like to do for fun?
Spending time w my husband. Horseback riding, watching a movie at home. Going out for sushi.

What diet are you following?
Low carb high protein. Logging food and keeping calories under 1500

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Slow jog / walk everyday 3 miles.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I surpassed the 5% by a little last challenge.

2 random fun facts about you? I get joy in helping others. I love the Lord.

Anything else you would like to share?
On the break I’ve only lost .4 last time I weighed myself. With the season of temptation I’m just happy not to have gained.


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What is your name or nickname? Jess

What do you like to do for fun? Sewing, Gardening

What diet are you following? Eating around 1400 calories

What is your favorite exercise? Anything Cardio

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Going through a Divorce

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

2 random fun facts about you? I am a teacher and I can say by ABC's backwards.

Anything else you would like to share? I am looking for support and motivation!

Jess
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What is your name or nickname? Beverly, or Bev

What do you like to do for fun? Love to hike, kayak, and quilt

What diet are you following? Low carb, high protein

What is your favorite exercise? hiking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? I have challenged myself to exercise 60 minutes every day

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This is my 4th challenge and I have yet to meet my 5% goal. But I have learned more about me and received encouragement from fellow members. I will get there.

2 random fun facts about you? I love to quilt, and I love my work at the MGH riding arena.

Anything else you would like to share? There is more than 1 road to success. We must all find what works for us.

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

beverly, Central time zone

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2) organize something in my home
3) fruit or veggie with each meal
4) sew 1 bobbin full
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Falon, nickname/Sparkname is Frenchifal

What do you like to do for fun?
Hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, snow shoeing, camping, reading, writing, photography

What diet are you following?
Vegetarian. I've found I tend to crave/binge on fats (especially cheese) so I'm trying to introduce more vegan dishes and keep the fats in controls. I aim to follow the "plate" diet - fill 1/2 with veggies, 1/4 proteins and 1/4 carbs - and I try to eat the rainbow and get a wide range of freggies.

What is your favorite exercise?
Running. I've run 6 half marathons and a Tough Mudder, and I'm trying to get in shape to run another half next year.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Grief and depression. In the past year and a half, I've lost my grandmother, grandfather, my mom (very unexpectedly), had emergency surgery to remove fibroids that were causing severe bleeding, and am supporting my sister-in-law as she recovers from a resistant infection following her own surgery. As an emotional eater, this has translated to lots and lots of binge eating.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I've done several, and I used to be an extra leader for the Spirited Underdawgs.

2 random fun facts about you?
I've been to 15 of the U.S. national parks (about 1/4 of them)
I've seriously injured myself every other January for over a decade. Thought I broke the cycle this year....then needed emergency surgery on Jan. 25th.

Anything else you would like to share?
I have two adorable cats that I suspect I may love a little too much...

Falon
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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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What is your name or nickname? Madonna, don't really have a nickname

What do you like to do for fun? read, cook--look for recipes, visit with friends--includes family

What diet are you following? as a diabetic, I try to follow a lifestyle that encourages healthy eating focusing on veggies, fruits, grains. No "formal" plan, just choosing wisely

What is your favorite exercise? WALKING

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? still trying to reduce my numbers so can reduce my medication; we seem to have sold our house so will be moving during the challenge

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done several challenges and LOVE them becase they encourage me to be consistent in exercise/eating AND hold me accountabe.

2 random fun facts about you? Still taking piano lessons. again. Belong to 4 book groups through the local library.

Anything else you would like to share? We rescued a dog, who has been wonderful for us. We have a great daughter and son-in-law. Looking forward to finishing our house and moving on.

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nickname? Linda

What do you like to do for fun? I like to make cards, bike riding

What diet are you following? Just trying to eat less.

What is your favorite exercise? abs

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? depression.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This would be my first and hope not my last.

2 random fun facts about you? I work in a saw shop 2-1/2 years, I did work at Tidee Didee for 12 years

Anything else you would like to share? I just turned 60 in September. I have 3 kids and 11 grand kids. I don't spell real well, do to being dyslexic.



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What is your name or nickname? T-Bear (Tony)

What do you like to do for fun? Watch my tv shows, horse around on the computer

What diet are you following? Moderation; Cals in vs cals out

What is your favorite exercise? Swimming but unable to do at this time, hiking but unable to do at this time. Go to Cardio machine SCI FIT.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Not specifically

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I may have but I'm lucky if I remember yesterday. So, I got nothing for ya on this.

2 random fun facts about you? Used to work in radio. My second fave job was in the security field. Now those were the days

Anything else you would like to share? I'm 56 years old, have been married for 26 years, IWe have a son, We many furbabies Meiko, Jax, Rylee, Abba, Maui, Vader, & Buddy. Super morbidly obese, health issues to boot, Cry easily on the drop of a dime & for absolutely no reason. Is that weird?

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Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nickname? Audrey

What do you like to do for fun? Read, sing karaoke

What diet are you following? Moderation; Cals in vs cals out

What is your favorite exercise? Spinning, swimming

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Not specifically

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've done several, with varied results, but I never lose my 5%. Cheers to trying again!

2 random fun facts about you? My hair is currently purple. I gave birth to 2 out of 3 of my kids with no pain meds, and wish I hadn't had them with the first.

Anything else you would like to share? I'm 35 years old, have been married for 12 years, I have 3 kids (Ages 9, 6 and 2 1/2), I have a cat named Cheshire.

Audrey
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Winter 5% Challenge Plan
MINIMUM 10 active minutes daily
Full Body strength training 3x a week
Only eat when hungry.
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Come and tell us a little about you!

I'm married and have two grown daughters that each have two kids, a step daughter in her early 30ís due to have her first baby on 1/20/20. Two fur babies Raggedy Annie my beautiful ragdoll kitty and Robbie my sweet doggie that is a golden retriever.

What is your name or nickname? Marla

What do you like to do for fun? Hike, read, go wine tasting, play online.

What diet are you following?

No particular diet but I try to eat organic, low fat and want to be low sugar.

What is your favorite exercise?

Hiking and walking.

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

Cutting out sugar.

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

I did a couple of these then took a year off. Needed to be in a more motivated place.

2 random fun facts about you?

I just spent 3 months in Ireland alone this summer, was really good for me. Flying up to Seattle to see Eckhart Tolle in May.

Anything else you would like to share? Cut my hair last month 12 inches above my shoulders, feels short to me as have had long hair most of my life.


Marla
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What is your name or nickname? Deb

What do you like to do for fun? Really nothing, but I need to. I have been working two jobs (doing 7 days a week) for so long that I don't know how to relax.

What diet are you following? None, I can't find a diet that works for me. So I have been changing up every few weeks.

What is your favorite exercise? I love walking my school's track. Even though I am not going anywhere (but in a circle) it's so relaxing.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? I want to find a personal balance that I don't have.

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

2 random fun facts about you?

Anything else you would like to share? No.

Debo5511 -- Deborah
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12/19/19 9:51 A
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Come and tell us a little about you!

I'm married and have 5 rambunctious, curious and ambitious children. They're all born on the 14th of the month. It's a God thing because they all were natural, unmedicated deliveries. We also have a puppy named Clair.

What is your name or nickname?

Nicknames

What do you like to do for fun?

Reading. I'm currently reading "Feast without Fear" by Gin Stephens. Next is "Delay, Don't Deny" by Gin Stephens. I also enjoy knitting, crochet, sewing by machine and by hand. I'm quite crafty.

What diet are you following?

Low carb intermittent fasting. Yes it is safe and healthy. There is lots of research showing great health benefits of intermittent fasting.

What is your favorite exercise?

Walking

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

Finding motivation to exercise

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

Nope. I've used spark people off and on for 10 years and have participated in other team challenges.

2 random fun facts about you?

Purple and periwinkle are me favorite colors.
I love curling. The Olympic sport played on sheets of ice where people try to get their Stone to the center of the bullseye.

Anything else you would like to share?

Nope

Yes, I know, I'm awesome, thanks!


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12/19/19 9:12 A

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What is my nickname: Carlieshka
What do I do for fun: hike, camp, read, sing, meet friends for lunch or a movie
What diet am I following: attempting Paleo/Mediterranean, pseudo low carb
What is my favorite exercise: hiking or walking, renewing my relationship with strength training
Do you have a personal challenge this season you are dealing with: honestly no, I just need to improve my self loveóIíve backslided too many times to count
Two random fun facts about me: Iíve sung in Carnegie Hall, Iíve backpacked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim emoticon
Anything else Iíd like to share: Iím looking forward to working with all of you to achieve our goals. We can do this!

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12/18/19 10:47 P

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What is your name or nickname? Gracie

What do you like to do for fun? Socialize in various groups with Trivia, board games or cards. Go to street fairs. Go out to movie, matinees.

What diet are you following? Belong to two Plant Based groups, and Low Carb, Low Sodium.
Focusing on a healthy lifestyle.

What is your favorite exercise? Walking and Dancing.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Caregiver, is stressful, and Job seeking, both my husband and I, Disappointed that husband did not apply for Holiday work, another missed opportunity.
Everyday I wake up happy ( personally), but have to clean- up after a family member just to make my own breakfast! It is on-going, I feel that If I donít keep up, will take that much longer.
My time is not my own.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Yes, Did one or two.
The great thing is the different goals to focus on each week as a team along with my own personal motivation.

2 random fun facts about you? Belong to a cookbook club, love to try out new recipes or different versions of the same type recipe!!
Am a volunteer for a young adults Special Needs Group.

Anything else to share:
Very eager to complete things, Since I answered this ď IntriductionsĒ twice!!!

Edited by: LUVSCLASSICS at: 12/18/2019 (22:50)

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5% Winter challenge 2020 with the Starfish !
Black Panthers SleighBell Slim Down winter 2019
5% Spring Challege 2019- Cloverleafs
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12/18/19 8:50 P

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What is your name or nickname? DAR

What do you like to do for fun? Pretty much anything to do with water, swimming tops it. Tae Kwon Do, reading, street fairs/flea markets.

What diet are you following? Just trying to eat healthy and exercise. A healthy lifestyle.

What is your favorite exercise? Water aerobics and walking.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Not really.

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

2 random fun facts about you? I am a Martial Artist, my style is Tae Kwon Do and my rank is 2nd Degree Black Belt. I am a dog lover, I have a Curly Hair Chocolate Cocker Spaniel named Brownie.

Anything else you would like to share?


"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible." SW 224


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12/18/19 7:53 P

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What is your name or nickname? Marg

What do you like to do for fun? Crochet, crossword puzzles and sudoku, genealogy, listening to music, cooking and reading cookbooks

What diet are you following? Everything in moderation

What is your favorite exercise? Walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Arthritis in knees

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
Did the Fall Challenge. I like the challenges and accountability

2 random fun facts about you? Iím married 49 years, I grew up in Illinois and now live in Wisconsin

Anything else you would like to share? Iím looking forward to this challenge. Please feel free to stop by my spark page and get to know me better



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12/16/19 8:49 P

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What is your name or nickname? Gracie

What do you like to do for fun? Attend Trivia and Boardgame nights, attend Card game group,
Go dancing, Learn art, attend Library cookbook club,
Learn at the library.

What diet are you following? Low carb, Low Sodium,

What is your favorite exercise? Indoor bike at the Y, ( must join new Gym, membership ended) and walking in different parks, now indoor Mall walking.

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

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
Started with the Spring Challenge. Participated in Fall challenge, slipped up with posting, busy applying for jobs, and all the prep involved.
Need to lose the 5% .

2 random fun facts about you? I used to Be on the Baton Twirling team in high school!!

Anything else you would like to share?
Be Patient with me, for posting, canít figure out how to put Current team icon badge into first slot, ( using an I-Pad -putting finger and holding doesnít work.) there is so many different sections with which to read and do within the Individusl group challenge. Sometimes cantít find the current 5% challenge group.



Edited by: LUVSCLASSICS at: 12/16/2019 (20:51)

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5% Winter challenge 2020 with the Starfish !
Black Panthers SleighBell Slim Down winter 2019
5% Spring Challege 2019- Cloverleafs
5% Summer Challenge 2019- Cloverleafs


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What is your name or nickname? Wendy

What do you like to do for fun? Read, walk, volunteer and watch movies

What diet are you following? Keto

What is your favorite exercise? Walking, hiit

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Nighttime eating

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've been doing these challenges for some time and twice I have hit the 5%. I love the experience of being on a team.

2 random fun facts about you? I am very involved in my local Rotary club and was president last year. I am a real estate agent and will be on that board next month after being an agent for over 15 years. Waiting on grand baby # 4 in April!


Anything else you would like to share? Looking forward to getting back into a Challenge!

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12/14/19 9:30 A

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What is your name or nickname? Susanne

What do you like to do for fun? Read, walk, puzzles and anything in water.

What diet are you following? Low carb

What is your favorite exercise? Right now aqua-spinning and walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Not really.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I've been doing these challenges for a while. Just wish I could lose the 5% once.

2 random fun facts about you? I'm Canadian-born but have been living in Switzerland for over 40 years. I have 3 daughters and 7 wonderful grandchildren.

Anything else you would like to share?

Susanne
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12/12/19 1:13 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Renee'

What do you like to do for fun?
watch movies, bullet journal, read

What diet are you following?
ideally keto, but this month, see-food lol

What is your favorite exercise?
walking, ebike, anything that burns calories but doesn't feel like exercise

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
trying not to over-do anything and hopefully net a loss for the year. It's not looking good, though.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I've done a LOT. Some I lost more than 5%, some I was unable to complete.

2 random fun facts about you?
big fan of horror movies and shows
bullet journaler

Anything else you would like to share?
Hoping this will be one of the "more than 5%" challenges for me!
Merry Christmas!

~ Renee, AR, USA, CST ~ Live Aloha! ~
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12/12/19 9:36 A

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Come and tell us a little about you!
I will be 65 in February and I have an arrhythmic heart they are looking into. Good news is I can still do walking but no running till after last tests in January.

What is your name or nickname?
*Ellen

What do you like to do for fun?
*I crochet animals and sell them for fun.

What diet are you following?
I am trying to eat healthy.

What is your favorite exercise?
right now it is going for long walks. I do miss my running though.

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Yes an arrhythmic heart they just found out about. I will get final results in January. but still walking


If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I have done many they keep me not gaining weight.

2 random fun facts about you?
I love to travel and crochet toys.

Anything else you would like to share?
I live in a great condo with a gym on the main floor so no going out in the cold to the gym. Lucky me.




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Come and tell us a little about you!
* I have been married for almost 20 years on Dec 29th and have 3 sons.

What is your name or nickname?
*Amber*

What do you like to do for fun?
*Spending time with my family, watching shows on netflix*

What diet are you following?
*not following any specific diet*

What is your favorite exercise?
*That is a problem that I don't have any favourite exercise anymore. I used to love "Leslie Sansonss walk away the pound* videos but due to knee pains, I can't do those anymore.*

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
*I am dealing with Knee pains as well as Depression. I am hoping that if I redirect my focus on staying healthy and try to lose weight, it will help.*

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
*My first one*

2 random fun facts about you?
*I am 43 years old with 2 teenage Autistic sons. For past 12 years, my autistic sons have been my focus of my life; and now I amo trying to put the focus back on myself while dealing with health issues.

Anything else you would like to share?
*I don't know how I would do with this challenge but I am looking forward to it*


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We are so glad that you have joined. You are now part of a supportive high energy team dedicated to starting and FINISHING this challenge. This is the challenge to make you proud and your reward will be fun, better health and weight. We will encourage, cheer, and rally around one another and make this the best Challenge ever!

Because we renew our teams each season, you are surrounded by active teammates. emoticon

Come and tell us a little about you!

What is your name or nickname? Slim Jim - It's a childhood one that I decided to revive

What do you like to do for fun? Brain Teasers

What diet are you following? none, just eat my wife's cooking - usually whole foods

What is your favorite exercise? walking but I also do 50 pushups

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? only cold weather

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. My first challenge was January 2017, got to my goal weight and been maintaining in 5% teams ever since

2 random fun facts about you? I'm 73 married with 4 daughters 9 grands and 2 great grands

Anything else you would like to share? If you have children or grandchildren be sure they have the advantage of (as best that you can), of family children's family hour at least one week evening before bedtime consistently on the same weekday and time, particularly where the older kids take part in contributing a spiritual lesson, or demonstrate a new or improved talent.

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.

I'm Bob. I am retired and live in Virginia, USA (EDT) with my wife.Please visit my Blog at www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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12/8/19 9:39 P

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What is your name or nickname? Mandy

What do you like to do for fun? Yoga Reading, playing with my nieces and nephews
What diet are you following? Eating healthy. I do treat my self but try to limit it

What is your favorite exercise? Yoga, my dance and boxing game

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Just figuring out maintenance calories needed and also figuring out an exercise plan that I enjoy.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Lost weight with all of them an met my goal on the first one. was close on the second one. but had medical issues pop up.

2 random fun facts about you? I can be very goofy and silly. My child-like look at things.

Anything else you would like to share? Hummmmm.......I think it time to KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR!!

Mandy aka Pixie
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12/8/19 7:41 P

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What is your name or nickname? Mitzi

What do you like to do for fun? Genealogy, Bible study, and WWII research on my dad.

What diet are you following? Just eating healthy as I can. If I want a treat, I eat it, but not often and in a small amount.

What is your favorite exercise? Ride in row machine

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? Just figuring out maintenance calories needed and also figuring out an exercise plan that I enjoy.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Lost weight with all of them an met my goal on the last one.

2 random fun facts about you? I am a Christian. I am very kind unless you make me mad. emoticon It is hard to make me mad. Please don't take that as a challenge. heehee

Anything else you would like to share? Please hang in there and lose the weight! I have so much more energy. It is fantastic!



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This came at a very appropriate time for me. I am very housebound--talk about that later--and need to get myself regimented to my 'new way of life'. I don't like it, but this is the way it is for me for at least a few months, until I get my ole body back into condition after a fall. I am 'up' for anything I can do, and will try anything within my limitations.

The timing is perfect for me to have found this challenge. Can't wait to start...

Come and tell us a little about you! I have been a FIRECRACKER previously for about 8 or 9 years, took a 2 year break, REALLY MISSED Y'ALL, and now am back to try to 'fit in' wherever possible. LOVE MY FIRECRACKER TEAM.

What is your name or nickname? Just call me Jen

What do you like to do for fun? Right now, with some physical limitations, I just do limited housework-it CAN be fun, and watch TV

What diet are you following? My own pulled from various sources over the years: basically watch what I eat and be sensible. It worked so far.

What is your favorite exercise? Don't do regular exercise any longer--have lost most of my excess wt.

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

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. It was about 2 years ago and I had finished about 8 years of challenges.

2 random fun facts about you? I used to be a teacher.--I love to take walks.

Anything else you would like to share? I have 2 daughters (should say 'had 2 daughters, my oldest died of cancer in August, can't get used to that), 1 son, 6 grands, 4 great grands.

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 teammates.

We will have the most successful Spark teams ever!

"Thank you for all you do for us"--Jen Grammer


Edited by: JENGRAMMER at: 12/8/2019 (17:38)
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12/7/19 2:42 P

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What is your name or nickname? Leigh Ann

What do you like to do for fun? I like role playing games (both computer and tabletop), singing, listening to music, and reading (usually fantasy or historical fiction)

What diet are you following? Erm... yeah, maybe I should work on that.

What is your favorite exercise? Adventuring! I like to go caving (which is basically rock climbing underground), I prefer walks when they take me somewhere interesting, sometimes it's really fun to dance, and really anything that seems like it might be fun. (Had a blast trying aerial silks with my daughter, for instance.)

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? I am dealing with a LOT of challenges right now. That's actually why I'm here. My life has spiraled out of control, but at least I can be in charge of my own self care. And hopefully, if I improve my health, I will have more energy, more optimism, and be better able to manage the stress and anxiety that life keeps throwing my way.

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. This is my first one. I'm looking forward to having friends to keep me motivated and accountable.

2 random fun facts about you? I used to cosplay, and I think it would be fun to do it again. I graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Anything else you would like to share? I have the most amazing daughters. (Yeah, I know I'm biased, but they really are!) It's funny, because I swore up and down that I would never have kids when I was younger, and now they are the best, brightest thing in my life. They both make me so proud.

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What is your name or nickname? Cathy

What do you like to do for fun?read, play word games on my phone, do crossword puzzles,the list goes on and on

What diet are you following? Just trying to do moderation in everything, I am reading Linda Spangle's 100 Days of weight loss and have 100 More Days in my queue of books to read and put into practice

What is your favorite exercise? walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? The stress of limited time and multiple priorities

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. Have done many. I have never come close to getting rid of my 5% but each challenge has had the effect of keeping me from really blowing up weight wise

2 random fun facts about you? I am a big lover of dogs to the point where I welcome visitors to stay at my home and be part of our household while their owners go on vacation.
Along with my DH we watch our two Grandbabies, Penelope who just turned 3 and Miles who will be 15 months on the 20th, 3 days a week, @ 10 hours a day for the both of them and once a week with just Miles while his sister goes to daycare. A very rewarding, tiring experience :D

Anything else you would like to share?




We cannot do everything at once,but we can do something at once.-Calvin Coolidge

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


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12/6/19 6:44 P

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What is your name or nickname?
Tim (Tito Tim)

What do you like to do for fun?
Vlog, and go to the city for long walks.

What diet are you following?
All things in moderation (I need to improve my moderation ha ha)

What is your favorite exercise?
Sleeping.... I mean walking. 😎

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Cutting back on sweets during the holidays

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
I was in the last one, but with 3 unplanned trips and 2 unplanned fevers... It did not go as we'll as planned.

2 random fun facts about you?
I live on a rice field in the Philippines (by choice). I am gloriously retired.




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12/5/19 4:00 P

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What is your name or nickname? My name is Judy but I am also known as Harrowjet.

What do you like to do for fun? I like to do jigsaw puzzles, read, and play Lexulous on Facebook.

What diet are you following? WW (green)

What is your favorite exercise? walking

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? not eating too many sweets

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it. I have done a previous challenge but it was two or three challenges ago.

2 random fun facts about you? I like bagpipes. I volunteer at our local hospice a couple times a week

Anything else you would like to share? I became a great-grandmother on Nov. 14. emoticon

Edited by: HARROWJET at: 1/3/2020 (10:03)
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What is your name or nickname? Janet

What do you like to do for fun? Travel, spend time outdoors, quilt, needlework, write

What diet are you following? Whole Foods, low carb
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What is your favorite exercise?Walking, bike, Yoga, hiking, skiing

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season? I hope not!!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
Iíve been here n the Cloverleafs team for over 3 years. 5% challenge is a great way to stay focused or regain focus, and to meet new sparkfriends, while staying accountable.

2 random fun facts about you? Iíve cycled across the USA twice. We have 2 dogs that keep us on the go!

Anything else you would like to share? Good luck to all of the challenge! Believe in your goals and change things up if youíre not making progress.



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12/5/19 7:30 A

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What is your name or nickname?
My nickname is Mel

What do you like to do for fun?
Play golf, read, play card games such as Canasta or online games like Freecell, Solitare, etc.

What diet are you following? Tracking food on SP with keeping percentages for Carbs, Fats and Protein in range.

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What is your favorite exercise?Walking, bike, Leslie Sansone walk videos, dancing to Rock N Roll music videos, bike

Do you have a personal challenge you are dealing with this season?
Keep Pushing!

If you did a previous 5% Challenge tell us about it.
Have done several and find they keep me motivated with the desire to help my team and never be a drag to the team.

2 random fun facts about you?
After being retired for 8 years I decided to find a part time job and now work with a group of lovely girls who could be my grandchildren. I love it !



Anything else you would like to share?
Being on Spark People has been the best results for changing my eating habits and my lifestyle. This is because adding exercise has made a difference.



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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