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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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Hi
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 I have finally made it back to that initial "lowest weight"!

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. I will be doing the Spring 2021 5% Challenge as a maintainer for the first time!

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. As the Spring 2021 challenge came to a close, our CL had to suddenly step down so now I will find myself taking on another test - becoming a Co-CL for my team, thankfully working with an experienced leader who will train me. That will be my REAL challenge during the Summer of 2021

Why do I continue to do challenges? I find that they keep me motivated to keep exercising and eating mindfully. And they can be lots of fun as I meet more people and now try to maintain my weight and a healthy life style.


Member Since: 9/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 125,711

My Goals:
Maintain my weight - maybe lose another 3-5 pounds
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 eat mindfully.
Eat more veggies and fruit.



Personal Information:
From Orillia ON
Retired from teaching 14 years ago.
Married to my hubby for 43 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 was 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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  • v 4A-HEALTHY-BMI
    You are very welcome :-)
    8 days ago
  • v MAMIEALLIE
    emoticon Hello My Spark Friend! Just wanted to stop by your page and wish you all the best this lovely summer ahead. emoticon I am so sad that SparkPeople will be gone to us outside the United States. I have made many wonderful friends here both Americans and others around the world and across Canada and will miss you all very much.
    “In the summer, the song sings itself.” - William Carlos Williams
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    10 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2021 1:21:48 PM
  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Thank you for reading my blog “Looking for that Old Spark…”
    Those old blogs are like time travel – a record of my Spark Journey
    I still prefer to chew and crunch my calories rather than drink them.
    I just have to be careful not to chew and crunch too many of them.

    18 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thanks for commenting on my pandemic bodies blog and WOW! You lost weight!!!
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    It was a tough year and being retired like you all the shutdowns didn't change our lives as much except feeling somewhat isolated especially in the colder weather.
    You are a real success story!
    18 days ago
  • v TYMBERWOLFE
    Thank you for the running shoes it gives me motivation to get back out there!
    19 days ago
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