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My after picture August 8, 2007 (152 lbs)

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UPDATE Feb 25/14

Although I have been absent from SP I have kept my weight in check. After a year of Yoga practice in a studio I am a healthy 54. As we, my hubby and I, embark on building (yes with our hands) a self sustaining, off grid, dirtbag homestead beginning June 1/14 I am extremely grateful to SP for giving me the tools I needed to be healthy again.

KEEP AT IT EVERYONE! It may not be easy but I promise you it IS worth it!


Keeping at it (update Dec 16/08) -

Although I've been absent from SP recently I have managed to keep my weight stable. I've become very lax about my exercise and stretching so my new start with that will bring me back to feeling as good as I know I do when I keep at it (from previous efforts). I'm still happy to continue to lose the weight that naturally comes along with the regular activity and make it to my goal before I turn 50 (Nov 19/09)


One year update-

I've been with SP for just over a year. I've lost 35 lbs during that year. This last month or so has found me off program and adding back a few pounds but I'm still thrilled with a 35lb loss! I started out my fitness with walking and began to add stretching. I've tried to add strength training but haven't had success with that routine (I am still trying). I recently began to walk up stairs that are located in the lower city and bring to the top of the Niagara Escarpment (Hamilton Mountain for locals). It's definitely a workout. I will go down and back up as my breathing gets better. I recently returned to being a non-smoker (started up June 07 after a quit of over 3 years).

I'm thrilled to be an active part of SP and look forward to continuing on my journey to a healthier me!


I'm new to spark but am not new to attempting weight loss.
I'm looking forward to meeting new people who are on the same journey.

Member Since: 10/13/2006

My Goals:
To be responsible for what goes into my mouth and ultimately onto my hips!
SW 205 (pre SP)
SP SW 183
CW 153.9
1st goal 175 Reached Dec 9
2nd goal Keep it off until after the holidays Reached
3rd goal 160 Reached April 5
4th goal 150 Reached Aug 17
5th goal 140
6th goal 135

My Program:
I started out just watching what I was eating (being sure to track each day) and increasing my activity level. Now I'm working on getting the right amount of nutrients and adding strength training to my weekly activity.

I've learned the importance of water and fiber as part of my healthier lifestyle.

I am active 4-5 days per week with walking, gardening or bike riding. If you are local and are interesting in joining me on my activities send me a spark mail, I'd love to find a SP buddy!

Personal Information:
I'm 54, 5' 4", Scorpion from Hamilton, Ontario. I have 2 grown Scorpion children and live with the love of my life.

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Melissa Etheridge (Brave and Crazy)

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