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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 155 lbs. Presently, I am struggling to lose weight because of the change in my diet and exercise program. Yes, I did put on weight since arriving in Canada, but I can assure you that what I have put on will disappear once I am in my own home and able to exercise. 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 71st 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: 342,646

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 NANQ75
    Thanks for the birthday love!! Have a great week!
    DONE love!! emoticon
    4093 days ago
    Hi there and thank you so much for the kind words on my page. Thanks also for the goodie. I will definitely enjoy the new workout clothes. I've about wore out mine. emoticon I see you also are having success on your journey. I wish you all the best for continued success! Thanks for adding me as a friend and I look forward to following your success! Take care and God Bless. Rick P.S...Happy Independence Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4094 days ago
  • v -DEBY-
    emoticon **Hello** **my SPARKling PAL***

    Here it is another 4th of July, in honor of our Country's INDEPENDENCE....

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    for Me it is also a reminder of how important each one of US, IS, Independantly ......
    So I thought, I would Share with you a Song that I felt would be appropriate for this
    IndepenDANCE Weekend....

    I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
    You get your fill to eat But always keep that hunger
    May you never take one single breath for granted
    God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
    I hope you still feel small When you stand by the ocean
    Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
    Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
    I hope you dance - I hope you dance

    I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
    Never settle for the path of least resistance Living might mean taking chances
    But they're worth taking - Lovin' might be a mistake But it's worth making
    - Don't let some hell bent heart Leave you bitter When you come close to selling out
    Give the heavens above More than just a passing glance

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
    I hope you dance

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    I hope you dance AND allways Shine your INdepenDANCE

    Wishing you and your LOVEd ones a Safe and FUNtastic 4th of July Weekend...

    ~~~BLESSings~~~ ALLways~~~
    ~~hugs ~~ Deby~~

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    4095 days ago
    Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July from your friend who cares at "Stressed Out Moms/Women Gettin' Healthy!" Keep spreading that Spark!
    and Forever!

    ---------- So here is your message -- spread that spark everyone and have a "blast"!!!
    I know this is an American holiday, but it's a good day to celebrate! Congrats on your weight loss! emoticon
    4096 days ago
    Thank you for the birthday wishes!
    4096 days ago