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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 hope to be back to my initial "lowest weight" by the end of the Winter 2021 challenge.
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.
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. 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: 113,568

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! Pre-COVID I attended 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 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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