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Eight years ago. To be back to that kind of fitness by 2018. That's my goal!!

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Update March 17, 2021. Well, another year and what a year it was. Good news is that while some people gained more than 10 pounds, I only gained 3 from my last check-in with SP below. And I didn't get sick although I have also not been able to do the traveling I was looking forward to. Still, I have so much to be thankful for this St. Patrick's Day.
I can still make it to 147 pounds by August 2020 but I am hoping that I will get there a whole lot earlier than that. More than that, I am intending to do what it takes every day to get fitter and stronger and nurture my body, my mind, my heart.

Update on May 5, 2020. I updated what I wrote below (January 1, 2019) yesterday but guess I forgot to save. I am now at 162 pounds but I still commit to getting to 147 pounds safely and reasonably. Which according to the ticker won't happen until August of 2020. My purpose is to make that happen (as well as staying safe, not infecting anyone else and eventually making it back to Ireland.)

Today, January 1, 2019, I read what I wrote a year ago, saved below. Although I didn't get to 140 pounds, I did get to 147 and lost 3.5 inches on my hips. Which is great. Unfortunately, I lost the weight through being sick. And I still don't know if I am completely well yet although the appetite has returned and I can exercise with minimal discomfort. So, today, January 1, 2019, I commit to exercising daily and if not actually recording calories on SparkPeople, at least being aware of them on a daily basis.

"Ten years ago, aged 55, I weighed 136 pounds and worried about my weight and fitness. Ten years later, Dec 28, 2017, I weigh 166 pounds and was horrified. I am 3 pounds away from obesity! It is beyond frustrating to think I can't wave a magic wand and go back 10 years but it just doesn't happen. I programmed in 140 pounds as my desired goal--that would achieve a healthy BMI) and 1.5 pounds per week. That means that I could be at 140 pounds by April 28, 2018. One can only work diligently toward that goal, right? The formula is still the same:
1) Exercise at least 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week, as well as walk sufficient steps to total 10,000.
2) Follow healthy eating plan, counting and recording calories, daily."

Member Since: 2/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 186,888

My Goals:
BMI down to normal.

Fit into size 12s again.

My Program:
Exercising 6 days a week.

Calorie counting.

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Originally from Montreal, have lived in several provinces and states and in England. Mainly live in Arizona although spent most of 2017 in Ireland.

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Favorite authors right now: Kate Ellis, Jane Casey

Favorite movie: no favorite movie right now

Happy to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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  • v JUSTJ2014
    Thank you for adding me as a friend. I hope we can inspire each other.

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    Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of March. Ten teams participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

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    Love love love your profile picture!!
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    One of my Spark friends is having a freggie challenge for January. It would be great if you want to join the group. Here's the link --

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