YICHE12
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Me in December 2008. This is what I call a full figure.



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Off to a New Year's party (Dec. 31, 2008). Don't I look like a happy camper?



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1986 My family with my brothers in New York City.


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On April 30, 2020, I celebrated my 11th Sparkversary. I did start out at 184 lbs in 2009 and am presently 165.7 lbs. Presently, I am struggling to lose weight because of the change in my diet and exercise program. Yes, I put on weight since arriving in Canada, but I can assure you that what I have put on will disappear during 2021. Over the years, Spark People has helped me with the following:

- I have become more aware of the importance of eating well and leaving junk food out of my diet.
- Exercise has become a routine for me.
- The need to sleep a minimum of seven to eight hours a night.
- The importance of staying active online because I am positive that I would have regained my weight if I had not continued on SP.
- The importance of food tracking on a daily basis.
- Soft drinks are no longer drunk in the household.
- Desserts are made for guests only and we don't miss it.
etc. (the list goes on)

Like many of you, I have had ups and downs over the course of this journey. I am presently overweight as per the BMI scale and I will continue my journey to reach my healthy weight.

The truth is that with the weight that I 'have' lost, I have found my self-esteem again and my willingness to continue this struggle. I even look forward to going out more and dressing up again because I can actually look better in the clothes that I have. That is a nice feeling... Truly, I will not go upwards again as I know what that feels like. Yes, with the weight on, I could still do a lot but my cholesterol was high and my BMI was on the obese side -- who's kidding who here?

Last September, I reached my 72nd birthday and never did envision myself being a heavy senior citizen. Looking at my December 2008 picture beside, it was obvious to me that it was time that I got myself moving again and by doing so, it has proven to be beneficial all-round.


Member Since: 4/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 355,175

My Goals:
My goal is to lose the excess weight I have accumulated and get my BMI and cholesterol to healthier levels. I want to be a role model for my daughters and grand-children.


My Program:
I am watching and marking down EVERYTHING that I eat. I am exercising on a regular basis. Initially, I had scheduled one day off and now I find myself doing something on that day too!!!



Personal Information:
After having lived in West Africa for 45 years (all my adult years), my husband and I decided to sell our home in Dakar, Senegal and move back to Canada. We are now closer to family, but with this pandemic on, we are still unable to go and visit family members or friends. Thanks to FaceTime, MagicJack, Viber, Skype, I can communicate even more now with everybody.


Other Information:
One of my favorite saying is: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do". Mother Teresa





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  • v LOVINMOM
    she wants me to help her sign up this week yay!lol my scale is in my bathroom and i can't help but step on every day even though i too get discouraged because it goes up and down all the time. i use sunday as my official day though the rest of the week i try to ignore what it says lol. have a great day!
    4318 days ago
  • v LOVINMOM
    why thank you i think they are beautiful too but i could be biased lol. congrats on the 2 lbs.! my mom had a radical hysterectomy a couple years ago and now she is really struggling with her weight so i am trying to convince her this site works. wish me luck! emoticon
    4319 days ago
  • v RUNAMUKTZ
    Welcome to fun team...the dog lovers

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    "T" from Utah
    4321 days ago
  • v JUGE300000
    Thank you for the reminder and the kind comments. What I really love about SparkPeople is the encouragement that we get from one another. Thanks again. DLW emoticon
    4324 days ago
  • v KEEPINMYCURVES
    emoticon to SparkPeople gorgeous! This is a great site, and it has helped me tremendously! I am sure you will love it. My name is Kimmie and if you ever have any questions or need support then I am here! SparkTeams are a great way to stay motivated so please feel free to check out the SparkTeam on my page called No Topic Off Limits emoticon Hope to see you there!! The best of luck to you on all of your goals and always keep in mind that, YOU CAN DO IT!
    4325 days ago
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