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Thanksgiving 2020 - at least we could be together for this occasion.

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My son and I just after he finished the local triathlon (that was really a duathlon) August 2018


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

I became a consistent "Spark user" in January 2016, becoming more involved with teams and challenges including the 5% Weight Loss challenges. I made a strong commitment to developing an exercise "habit" and with better diet and exercise, lost about 62 pounds, coming within 6 pounds of my initial goal weight. That's where I sat for the rest of 2017. Unfortunately, over the course of 2-3 years some of that lost weight (close to 20 pounds) came back.
During 2020 I worked harder towards losing those extra pounds and I have finally made it back to that initial "lowest weight"!

While I have good general health, I knew that excess weight and lack of activity were not conducive to staying healthy long term. As the grandma of an active 8 year old grandson, I want to be around for a LONG time and be able to keep up with him.

I have done five 5% Challenges since the spring of 2016 as a member of the Awesome A's team and made some great Spark friends during that time. I was thrilled that I not only made my goal of losing 11 lbs in my first challenge but surpassed it by a little bit! The challenge motivated me to bump up my exercise which probably helped me to reach my goal. Unfortunately I haven't quite made it to my goals in subsequent challenges although I did lose just over 50% of my goal in the Winter (2020) Challenge and 25% of my goal in the Spring challenge. In the 2020 Fall challenge I lost just over half my 5% goal and got close to my earlier weight. I will be doing the Spring 2021 5% Challenge as a maintainer for the first time!

During the Winter 2020 challenge I accepted another challenge - that of becoming an EL (extra leader) on our team and I have had fun working with our leadership team in the challenges since then.

Why do I continue to do challenges? I find that they keep me motivated to keep exercising and eating mindfully. And they can be lots of fun as I meet more people and now try to maintain my weight and a healthy life style.

Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 119,700

My Goals:
Maintain my weight - maybe lose another 3-5 pounds
Continue to maintain an active lifestyle with regular exercise
Stay committed to my goals!

My Program:
Exercise 5-6 times a week (daily cardio + strength training 2x a week)
Track food and eat mindfully.
Eat more veggies and fruit.

Personal Information:
From Orillia ON
Retired from teaching 13 years ago.
Married to my hubby for 43 years.

Other Information:
I enjoy reading, knitting and computer games - not very active pastimes! Pre-COVID I attended a monthly book club, and a weekly knitting group which meets at our local library. I was able to walk to the knitting group each Tuesday. I enjoyed singing in and conducting a small choir that visits several nursing/retirement homes each month from October to May. I'm a big CFL (Canadian Football League) fan and enjoy following my favourite team during the season, and off-season too! My DH and I try to attend a couple of their games each season. I hope to resume all of these activities when life finally gets "back to normal" - whatever that will look like.

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    emoticon For the gourmet dinner! I sure did enjoy it
    3 days ago
    Thank you for your encouragement on my “365 Days of SP” blog. What a year! And congratulations on your own commitment and success story.
    3 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by my blog and posting. We still can't get in to see MIL for an in person visit because of new covid cases each week. It is very frustrating. With her being 98, we are sure hoping we get to hug her before her time to pass comes.

    Kudos to you on reaching maintenance as you begin the Spring Challenge. I am excited to think about getting there myself one day! After the Inbetween, I reached a normal BMI, but I still would like to lose another 10# and then will reflect when a maintenance phase begins. What factors did you use to decide when you were in maintenance?

    Wishing you a super successful Week 3 of Challenge! emoticon
    4 days ago
    HI Sue!! How are you doing? Are you an EL this round? Man oh man you are so GOOD!!! You and Annie make such a STRONG COMBO!! Catch me up on what's what!! How did the knitting go over the winter?
    16 days ago
    Thank you for reading my “Yellow Brick Road” blog and sharing your story
    I am glad I have gotten to know you on this shared journey to our goals and beyond

    30 days ago
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