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On April 30, 2020, I celebrated my 12th Sparkversary. I did start out at 184 lbs in 2009 and am presently 165 lbs. Presently, I am still struggling just because... Yes, I did put on some weight since arriving in Canada, but I have lost some of that and will persist.
I have done it once, I can do it again. I need to stay focussed on measuring my food and 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 (mostly walking) 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 all 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

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 LUV2DNS
    Thanks for the "good posture" activity for us. I have been working on mine. Slumping in a chair is partly to blame for sciatica that I get periodically. Also lifting awkwardly is a culprit. Exercises help.
    4 days ago
    Happy Belated Daisy Day! I hope you had a wonderful day.
    And a big thank you for all the time and effort you have put into the Determined Daisy team to make all the 5% Challenges such a success.
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    36 days ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
    Happy Happy belated emoticon Day. Sent you a fitbit friend request, Joyce
    38 days ago
  • v JUDYD207
    Happy Daisy Day Lise.

    Hope you are having a great day.!! emoticon emoticon
    39 days ago
  • v KATIE5668
    several people I know have used the zip codes of friends here in the states to register for the new Spark site. You could use mine if you want to ..just don't give up on Spark..they are trying and we need to let them know . I have no idea who or what made them go with Spark America...just that name is offensive to me. The Spark 360 seems a much better choice!
    So use my zip or if you have other friends that you prefer to ask . As with most things involved in technology there is a work around..just have to find it and use it!
    51 days ago
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