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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: 352,013

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 HEALTHYDIVA2
    Thanks for my spark goodie! Donna emoticon emoticon
    4196 days ago
  • v no profile image SILVERPUSS
    Thankyou so much for adding me on.
    Which part of India is ur hubby travelling to?
    I'm from down south- the coastal state called Kerala. What I'm wearing in actually a "Kerala saree" or to be more specific, "mundu-veshti". Its a 2 piece garment and much easier to wear than a saree. But we wear it only on special occasions, to the temple visit etc.The elderly wear it more often, but with simpler borders.
    4196 days ago
  • v no profile image SILVERPUSS
    Thanku for the foto comment! :-) U made my day!
    4196 days ago
  • v NETINETI
    Hello from Canada! Victoria BC to be exact. What a beautiful family you have in all those pictures. Thanks for sharing with us.
    P.S. I love Africa, have friends from Ethiopia and Rwanda, and I would love to visit there some day! Before the snows of Kilimanjero melt away!
    Cheers
    Sera

    4197 days ago
  • v -DEBY-
    emoticon **Hi ****my SPARKling Pal**

    Yesterday, I put together a new team, **EARTH*ANGELS** *Becoming Aware*
    (feel free to check it out if you like, team link is on my page under teams)

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    I got to thinking..... What if... Each one of us is an *EARTH*ANGEL*

    And What if... when we got to Earth we forgot how to fly, because we only carry one wing within us and we need the company of another so that we may fly together.........

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    And... What if... We wear our halo on our Face, also known as a SMILE, and we are to wear that smile every day, as a mirror to remind others of their halo's, when they have Slipt....

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    And ... What if... Our Guardian, A.K.A. Guiding Angel has come disguised in the cloak of Friendship.... to light our way on this Earthly path....

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    Whether you believe in angels or not... Friendship to me is the next best thing its like having a guardian angel, a guiding light sharing this life journey with us... Walking side by side and in spirit hand in hand.... eternal friends sharing their light ....a SPARKling Pal

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    Thank You my EARTH ANGEL friend, my SPARKling Pal for sharing the gift of friendship with me. May you ALLways Be Aware that you are in the Company of ANGELS........
    a.k.a. FRIENDS.....

    ~~BLESSings~~ ALLways ~~0:)
    ~~ANGELhugs~~Deby~~



    4198 days ago