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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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    the website below is the site 4 those pictures u wanted

    4098 days ago
    Thank you so very much for your kind words about my family. They truly are the 2 biggest blessings in my life. You also have a beautiful family. Do they all still live in Africa? I do not remember what website I went to for those images but I asked my friend & she is going to email me the address & I'll post it to your wall. Thank you again & God bless you. Stop by & visit me anytime.
    4098 days ago
    Thank you so much for all of the comments you left on my pictures! To answer your question regarding my height, no I'm nowhere near 5'10. More like 5'4! lol How odd I guess I just look taller in my pictures? Although the other people in some of my pictures are pretty short. My best friend is 5 foot even and my aunt and grandma are 5'1-5'2 so I guess I look giant next to them! emoticon

    Thanks again for stopping by and best of luck on the rest of your journey!
    4098 days ago
    Thanks for the birthday greeting. I feel so special looking through the many pages of Happy Birthdays I received! emoticon
    4098 days ago
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    emoticon You crossed 5,500 exercise minutes! Yeah! Keep up the good work.
    4099 days ago