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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: 343,846

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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    Hi thanks for stopping by my page and leaving a comment on a pic...yes that boat is real..it was the pirate ship used by Davey Jones in the Pirates of the Caribean..it is docked at Disneys Private Island, Castaway Cay..
    4142 days ago
    emoticon Just stopping by to welcome you to the Interracial Couples & Families team. I'm glad you've joined us and look forward to getting to know you better. You've got a great start on your weight-loss goal already!

    Gentle hugs,
    4145 days ago
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    As recommended by LIZZY63, I asked my husband to take a picture of me in a swimsuit and WILL put it on the site once I retake another picture in the same swimsuit when I am slimmer. It will be before and after pictures. emoticon
    4151 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2009 8:42:11 AM
    Thanks so much for stopping by my page!! Keep up the good work that you are doing.
    4152 days ago
    Thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment on my blog.

    If their is anything I can do to help you along the way just ask.


    4153 days ago
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