350,000-499,999 SparkPoints 432,557
See this image larger
Me in December 2008. This is what I call a full figure.

See this image larger
Off to a New Year's party (Dec. 31, 2008). Don't I look like a happy camper?

See this image larger
1986 My family with my brothers in New York City.

go to goodies page
go to goodies page
go to goodies page
Fortune Cookie
Fitbit Users Un...

YICHE12 is a SparkPeople Motivator!

See All SparkPeople Motivators
Shared Fitness Tracker
Interact with YICHE12
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

On April 30, 2019, I celebrated my 10th Sparkversary. I did start out at 183.7 lbs in 2009 and am presently 151.1 lbs. I am struggling to go below 150 and to continue on this journey. At times, I am less motivated but on the whole, it is going the way I wish "slowly but surely". 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: 324,381

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:
Originally from Canada, I have resided in West Africa since 1975 (during my entire adult life). I do get a chance to go and visit my family frequently but miss them a lot. 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

Read More About YICHE12 - Profile Information moved here. (Updated February 7)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 current weight: 156.1 
Login to Leave Comment
  • v LUV2DNS
    Thanks for the info on our new destination in Cambodia. It was very informative, a country I knew very little about. emoticon
    15 hours ago
  • v LUV2DNS
    Happy to see you found a home. I hope the wait doesn't seem to long. emoticon
    16 days ago
    I just joined the Spring 5% challenge, and noticed your blog about arriving in Canada, as a proud Canadian for 76 years, I just want to say “welcome” and I hope and your DH really enjoy living here.

    ... a few minutes later...
    Read a couple of your blogs and realized that you are returning to Canada... hope you find a place to live soon. Our daughter and her fiance hope to buy before they marry in September, but as you say, it is difficult to find something.

    30 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2020 9:41:21 AM
    I borrowed a photo from your album and posted it on the community feed,I also posted on my desk top for daily reading, hope you do not mind, I probably should have consulted with you first, I found it so inspiring I had to put it out there. It is the post about the 10 daily reminders by Brian Fulginiti. Wish that all of the world could make an attempt at those daily reminders, what a difference it would make! Once again hope I haven't offended you in any way.
    39 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see.
    It is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly,
    "You got this! Keep going!"

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    42 days ago
Member Comments (2984):  123Next >Last >>