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After losing 10 lbs on my own, I joined SP in August, 2011 and lost 15 more lbs with the help of the Spark Teams, especially the 5% Challenge. These challenges are great motivators for me. I intend to continue using them to maintain my weight loss.

Update 9/1/2020

I made a great discovery during the Summer 5% Challenge: doing 2 sessions of moderate exercise most days of the week plus the 16/8 intermittent fasting following a plant based diet awakened my sluggish metabolism enough to allow me to lose 8 pounds in 8 weeks—WooHoo!

Update 3/28/20

I made it back home from Mexico before they closed the border on me. Came back to a whole new world of Shelter in Place. Happily the Spring 5% Challenge will keep me moving and watching what I eat so that I can start losing these stubborn 10 lbs.

Update 12/15/2018

Well, trying to lose weight on my own did not work out well at all, especially with traveling. So I’m back to my tried and true 5% Challenge with my favorite team, the Teddy Bears. This team motivates me the best.

10 lbs coming off!

Update 10/2/2018

Trying to lose the weight on my own, without the 5% Challenge, did not prove to be either a benefit or a drawback. I yo-yoed between trips as I always do -- but it was certainly not as much fun. So for the Fall, I've decided to join a Challenge team again. I have my usual 7 lbs to lose, and I will make sure I do, with the help of intermittent fasting and a good walking/weight lifting routine. For a bit more fun with gaining strength, I plan to also to more yoga.

Update 4/5/2018

And the struggle continues, but I'm a fit warrior. After a month's respite from the cold, despite my spotty attempts at exercise, I returned with my usual 10 extra lbs. I am diligently working to lose those, noting that it gets harder every year... But I will see 133 lbs again by summer. This time I've elected to do it without participating in the 5% Challenge. Hopefully I've learned what my body responds to, and I can maintain good health.

Update 1/2/2018

Well, so much for towing the line. I got carried away with the holidays and enjoying family and friends with lots of goodies and very little exercise. Soooo... I have my work cut out for me for the Winter 5% Challenge. But I WILL RE-ACHIEVE GOAL WEIGHT!

Update 12/3/2017

Finished the Fall 5% Challenge, and have enrolled in the In-between Challenge BECAUSE I did not regain my goal weight after I enjoyed eating too much on 2 vacations (totaling 4 weeks) taken during the challenge. I'll try to get to goal before the Winter Challenge begins, which means I'll have to tow the line during the Christmas holiday. Uh boy!....

Update 8/28/2017

Finished the Summer 5% Challenge at goal weight using my plant-based diet and walking. Goal is to keep it off in the interim until the Fall Challenge begins.

Update 6/7/2017

Finished the Spring 5% Challenge at goal weight using my plant-based diet and walking. On vacay in rainy weather, I'm exercising much less and doing more "bored eating." I will remedy that when I return home and with the Summer 5% Challenge.

Update 4/7/2017

Tomorrow we begin the Spring 5% Challenge of which I am in dire need right now to work off my vacation lbs. Geesh--will I ever learn! But I WILL DO IT... again. WooHoo! I finished the Spring 5% Challenge by eeking out my goal weight of 133 lbs. now I'm on my way on vacation where I will NOT gain more than 3 lbs. :)

Update 11/30/2016

I ended the Fall 5% Challenge at 132 lbs by eating a plant-based diet and doing regular exercise. It all fell apart at Thanksgiving, but I'm doing my best to keep the weight gain moderate. At least I now know what works to get it off again.

Update 9/4/2016

I ended the Summer 5% Challenge at 137 lbs, and I'm still there even though I've stayed with my regimen rather well. It just shows that those challenges give me the extra umph I need to make progress. With the fall Challenge I should make my goal of 133 with good muscle tone.

Update 1/29/2012
2 lbs below goal; now in maintenance. The Winter 5% Challenge helped keep me on the plan!

Update 11/19/2011
I have now lost 13 more lbs, and am just 2 lbs from goal and maintenance. I want this to be the first year of a lifetime where I eat sensibly and continue to exercise through the holidays, and do not start the new year "on a diet." After my success with the Fall 5% challenge, I have renewed faith in myself--I CAN DO IT!

Joined Sparkpeople and began the journey.

Member Since: 8/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 235,176

My Goals:
To lose 10 lbs. through healthful eating and increased exercise--and maintain my goal weight!

My Program:
Winter 2018

Daily walking, minimum 10,000 steps
Muscle building exercise 2 X a week

Plant based diet

Winter 5% Challenge

Goal: To lose more than 5% of my weight (10 lbs total) to re-attain my goal weight of 133 and develop an eating/workout plan to maintain my goal weight and rebuild a well toned, strong body.

Activity plan (to be tracked on SP):

Minimum 60 min. per day with a combination of walking, elliptical, yoga and weight training.

Personal Information:
My name is Jonnie. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm 5 years retired from college teaching and am enjoying retirement. I spend winters in a warm climate and travel as much as possible throughout the year. Love, love travel!

Other Information:
I'm a retired foreign language teacher. I enjoy traveling, visiting family and friends or hosting them.

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    27 days ago
    OK!! We are ON!! I'm aiming for 7 lbs. During the break,, not sure what's going on, but NOT losing and have even gained a few. Hmmm I am not eating differently that I know of. I track so I'd see it. Most days (not today though) I'm active though not quite as much as normal due to my foolish toe. Weds I'll find out if it needs surgery or if I am just being a WHIMP.
    44 days ago
    Oh you are AMAZING!! WOOHOO to the 5% And though it's "that time of year" from now til the end of the year many will GAIN their 10 lbs, but let's NOT be among that group. Instead I want to LOSE those 10 lbs!! Are you in with me?

    We can encourage our team members to do the same. Hmmm thinking that can be a thread!! LOL of course some of our SMALL TINY dawgs don't have 10 lbs to lose (in Dawg pounds) but the owners do!! WOOF WOOF!!! P emoticon
    46 days ago
    LOVE IT!! Hey CONGRATS!!! I knew you were good!! Now I REALLY know how much so!! CONGRATS!!
    46 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my post this morning. I took a realistic (for me) approach around Whole 30, Keto, and Mediterranean. I'm trying to eat "whole" non processed foods (where I can). Not add real or fake sugar (which is hard as I do like Truvia in my coffee. I'm trying to not eat "white" carbohydrates (pasta, rice, flour etc). I'm a weigher inner (is that a thing?) every day, so I am trying to just weight in every 5 days, and see how/if I progress. I do eat carbs (oatmeal twice a week for breakfast) [a no no for Keto] i do have dairy (a no no on whole 30), and I don't eat as much fat as Mediterranean wants me to, and I do use oils other than Olive Oil, and cheese other than feta. Plus I'm "trying" no sweets after dinner, but I have found grapes are great and take away my sugar craving... we are all on our own journey, and I'm trying to redefine mine. Good luck with yours. It looks like you are moving in the right direction.
    52 days ago
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