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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: 231,792

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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    Thanks for the work out clothes. Unfortunately, the Zumba Gold classes are in CA in the winter. Here it's regular Zumba....and a very fast heart beat results from me flailing around! (burns calories..that's good!)

    BTW, have you gone through the SP's stages or looked at them? They're helpful. Also The Spark book is great! Very motivating! It's out in paperback now. Chris Downie, the founder, is brilliant (in my humble opinion!) Gotta go try on the new clothes you given me....thanks again! emoticon
    3335 days ago
    You're right....Encouragement IS the name of the game! And Consistency is its middle name. And its last name is SUCCESS! It's simple...but it's not easy! Together, we can do it!

    I see you're a teacher. What do you teach & when do your start classes again? Summers are getting shorter every year for teachers (and students)! Our schools here start 8/24....wow! It was snowing here on June 20...so it was a mighty short summer.

    Enjoy every minute before classes begin again!
    3335 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog & welcome to SP! I love SP (have been on for 3 years and it's changed my life!) I hope you'll love it, too!

    I'd like to add you as a friend! If you read my blogs, you'll see that I kid around a lot...and a lot of my chatter is "tongue-in-cheek." I also use my blogs to describe how I plan to deal with issues...and it's really just self-talk to bolster my determination. It usually works..but sometimes I fall off the wagon and have to be dragged back on. (kicking & screaming sometimes. lol) That's where SP friends are life-savers for me!

    Before my last blog, my SP friend, crazygymgirl, knew that our younger son was married last week & our older son had been was in a very serious accident resulting in a 100 mile n ambulance ride to ER & plastic surgery the same week. SOOOO when she said, " You need to take a break for a minute ...." I was HOPING she meant "Take a break for a week or two"....but she was literal...."take a ONE-MINUTE break ..and get back on track, girl." I just laughed out loud it was soooo funny...but it was just what I needed.

    I was practically reaching for another piece of chocolate ... then realized.....What??? No big empathy? She wasn't saying, "You poor dear..you've been through so much."

    NOPE, she said "Get back on that wagon and stay there!" That's only one beautiful thing about SP.

    You can do this......and I'm here to cheer you on!
    Nancy emoticon
    3336 days ago
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