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Thanksgiving 2020 - at least we could be together for this occasion.

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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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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: 130,277

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 SPORTY_1
    Thank you for the spark goodie!
    10 days ago


    WOOHOOO COME ON A team!! WOW Sue, 4 teams can be the #3 to land!!


    HI To the Other A's who see this!!!

    10 days ago
    Thank you for the Goodie and the nice note! I had no idea I'd landed the plane until you told me. emoticon
    14 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie! emoticon emoticon
    32 days ago
    OH SUE I KNEW YOU COULD DO THIS!! I had NO DOUBT!! Sure hope you are signed up on the FB thread for the A team!!

    Even with a smaller team you CAN DO THIS!!! RALLY THEM UP as you can. You watched so many good CL's on the A team, I remember a time it was the A team and the Dawg team who were always back and forth over the #1 spot. GRIN Mostly the Dawgs (LOL hey you KNOW) but, my heart is for both teams. Of course I give my all to the Dawgs, but you are all so still special to me. Now those BEARS??? GOT ANY HONEY????? LOLOLOL OOPS Sorry Emily!! HAHAHAHA

    But seriously you've seen good CL's and how they encourage their team, so pawistively and all. I'll write you an email.
    33 days ago
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