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Same dress - just not filling it out as much. #BeforeAndAfter

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Chubby cheeks, gone! 30 lbs #BeforeAndAfter #lowcarb #fitbit

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July 2021 - steadily below 150. Thank you SparkPeople for all the support.

*** My 2020 journey:
I'm reclaiming my life - in more ways than one. I'm establishing new goals, experiences and friendships. It is time for me to be happy. I now know that I am in control of MY destiny and it is up to me to shape it the way I want. Let the journey begin!

April 16, 2020 - back at square one. Never give up! Weight: 214.

May 2020. I took a break from SP, gained weight, stopped regularly exercising and deleted all my posts, pictures, SP teams and more. So many things to regret! Now a month back in, ten pounds off my body, and improved fitness and health. Thank you willpower and SP.

June 2020. I am down 20 pounds and feel great! Researching diet study evidence by Dr. Jason Fung is sure an eye opener. Carbs, not fat, is what has caused the obesity epidemic. Diabetics taking insulin gain weight! Who knew! They don't tell you that. I am avoiding a family history of diabetes by taking charge now, reducing carbs to between 30-40%, not 50%. I don't need to do extreme KETO as my body can handle carbs, for now.

July 2020. 30 pounds less! Look at my photo for before and after. Chubby cheeks - gone! Wrote a blog of how this came to be. I’m a happy lady.

August 2020 - 40 lbs gone. I can hardly believe it is this easy. (Only easy with 100% commitment.)

September 2020 - 50 lbs gone. I made my goal! IF works for me! Adjustment #3 - lose ten more.

October 2020 - Met my third goal - 60 lbs! I’m loving my new SP friends, teams, challenges and encouragements. Coming here is my daily “must do.”

November 2020 - already learning that maintenance is not easy! I will keep Sparking, with your help! I love the maintenance ticker - set to 149 - with a little wiggle room.

December 2020 - my new goal is in sight! Daily exercise, food tracking, reduced processed foods (& carbs) and intermittent fasting is my magic trick combo for weight loss. But really, it’s not a trick.

January 2021 - I’m doing my third 5% Challenge. I think I’m very close to a healthy maintenance weight. I’ve managed to undo the holiday weight gain. It takes complete focus! I reached my 65 lb. weight loss mark. I never would have thought I was that much overweight.

February 2021 - I turn 63 this month, and I feel healthier than I have been in decades - since before children! My happy weight seems to sit around 150 and I am SO okay with that. What a great feeling, knowing I have control over my health and weight.

March 2021 - I took three weeks off from strict tracking, etc. and we all know how that goes! I just needed a break ... 10 pounds later! The strategy that works for me - SP tracking (1200 - 1500 calories) and IF. I also reset my goal back up to 149 - but realistically, I think 154 is a better goal.

April 2021 - This month will be one full year of daily SP involvement. Woo hoo! No regrets!

May 2021 - Officially under 150 lbs. Mind blowing!

June 2021 - Doing the 4 lb. up and down dance, but always bringing it back down. Daily weigh-in is crucial for me.

Member Since: 8/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 67,532

My Goals:
Be healthy, happy and live to enjoy a very long retirement. Maintain my weight loss and continue to track my food and exercise.

My Program:
1. Journal my healthy eating and be involved with my Spark Friends and Teams everyday!
2. Share my challenges with others and avoid sabotaging my efforts.
3. Walk and exercise more!

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I live in the sunny Okanagan Valley, BC Canada.

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I have three amazing children who are just finding their way in the world and sailing their way to amazing places. I am retired from a 33-year career of high school teaching, which I loved! I have a studio full of so much art potential, just waiting for me to go in and be creative!

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  • v CHERIE38
    Some people are in your life to test you, until you stand up and say enough is Enough ! I AM worth more than you offer.
    Gift yourself the same love and encouragement you would a friend/love one in time of need.

    Have a great weekend and Happy 4th

    31 days ago
    It is so inspiring reading your journey! Congratulations on all your hard work and thank you for sharing it. I am a 58 year old, first grade teacher and almost 200 pounds. At one point in my adult life I weighed 110! 120 is a more realistic weight for me. As it is summer, I have started walking and listening to books on tape. Hoping to have a success story like you in the future!
    37 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I also played volleyball - for a short bit in high school, then as an adult, for winter games. I quit in high school due to the coach - school politics. I never stopped riding horses though. The first time I was thrown I was 8 or 9 years old. My Shetland gelding got a sniff of the mares next door and ran full out to them. I couldn't hold him back and flew off the back. I was knocked unconscious. My mum refused to let me ride, but finally after a week she let Dad put me back on. I was scared, but I did it. The last time I came off a horse was not my fault - it was the rider who was doubling. He was a jerk, and no one would give him a ride home. We dropped off his uncle's horse and he still had miles to go before home. I finally relented, told him to hang on and he got off balanced. Then the saddle flipped underneath as the cinch was not as tight as I knew it should have been. That's when my horse held her leg up over my head, as I rolled out from under her. He yelled at me. So when he got back on, I trotted over 5 miles. He had to use ice for a few days and never yelled at me again. hahahah!! (we were both 16)

    Take care!
    47 days ago
    Thank-you very much for your support and reading my blog. I hope the new places you found work out well for you.
    51 days ago
  • v KRYS210
    Thanks for the goodie! Glad we can stay in touch.
    52 days ago
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