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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 since then, some of that lost weight (close to 20 pounds) has come back. I'm now working towards losing those extra pounds and hope to lose another 10 pounds by the end of July 2020.
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 7 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 those challenges. 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. During the Winter challenge I accepted another challenge - that of becoming an EL (extra leader) on our team and I had fun working with our leadership team in the Spring 2020 challenge. Looking forward to another round of fun in the Summer 2020 challenge.

Why do I continue to do challenges? I find that they keep me motivated to keep exercising and eating mindfully. I probably exercise a little more and track more carefully during challenges because I want to have a loss - or at least no gain - on weigh in days. And they can be lots of fun as I meet more people and try to do a bit better with each week.

Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 105,759

My Goals:
Work toward getting back to my lowest weight
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 exercise daily
Eat more veggies and fruit.

Personal Information:
From Orillia ON
Retired from teaching 13 years ago.
Married to my hubby for 42 years.

Other Information:
I enjoy reading, knitting and computer games - not very active pastimes! I go to a monthly book club, and a weekly knitting group which meets at our local library. I am able to walk to the knitting group each Tuesday. I enjoy singing in and conducting a small choir that visits several nursing/retirement homes each month from October to May. I'm a big CFL (Canadian Football League) fan and enjoy following my favourite team during the season, and off-season too! My DH and I try to attend a couple of their games each season.

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