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DH and I at Niagara Falls, Aug. 2, 2010.

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World's best canine friend. July 1st/09. Canada Day

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Son and youngest daughter at Moraine Lake near Banff, Alberta. July 2010.


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Hello Sparkers!
I hope you enjoy the SP site as much as I do. I'm a 55+ year old Canadian who needed to lose 71 pounds. The extra weight I was carrying around on my body was just 'F-A-T', plain and simple! Why was I overweight? Simply because I had eaten too much food. All my extra weight showed. Everyone saw it. Even I saw it (for a long time) before I decided to do something about it. I had stuffed! I had puffed! I knew what had been happening and yet I still allowed it to go on. Shame on me! (Nothing worse than knowing something is wrong but not doing anything about it!)

Reaching my goal weight wasn't easy. For the first time in my life I had to learn how to say “no!” to myself and not eat every yummy looking treat I spied with my little eye. Unfortunately, just as I neared my goal weight I encountered some medical issues.

Luckily for me, God was on my side (as He always is) and I was provided with a wonderfully talented surgeon who was able to cut out the 'bad' and leave me with most of the 'good'. I truly know that it is a miracle that I'm still here today. The surgeon was able to save most of my pancreas and my entire stomach. My spleen and gall bladder were just frills that needed to ‘go’ but I do really well without them.

Since I was almost at goal weight before I became ill, I didn’t have any extra pounds left ‘to spare’ after my surgery. It was incredibly painful for me to eat or drink for a long, long time and I actually developed an aversion to food. Food = pain. Pain = something to be avoided. To avoid pain = avoid food. Crazy, huh? Yessiree, I lost a lot of weight in the first months back at school (teacher).
Now I've managed to gain back the 25 pounds I was below my goal weight. Officially, I’m right at my goal weight and maintained it for over a year. My plan is to keep on moving forward with no looking back.

My current stats:
Height- 5' 8"
Current weight: 140 pounds (Yeah, maintaining!)
Starting weight: 211 pounds

Member Since: 4/4/2008

My Goals:
What is next? Thinking, thinking.

Back to a decent weight!- Maintaining my weight at 140 lbs. (Maintaining since Sept//08)

Started on a regular running program and kept at it. I used the C25K program I first heard about here on SP. Begun on May 16/09.

I'm still running today- Feb. 6, 2010!

My Program:
I'm part of the RR 5K program. I run 5k every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. I often add extra 'Ks' after I get home to give me a longer run. I do strength training on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Personal Information:
I live just outside Toronto, ON, Canada. I live with my DH of 34 years and have 3 adult children. I have a great little dog, Bear, who enjoys walking with me. He also enjoys sitting and WATCHING the TV. Really! (Our guilty secret? Watching The Dog Whisperer TV show together on the couch.)

Other Information:
Running? Who knew it could be so much fun!! Although initially I thought I would do it as a 'solo' endeavour, something that was JUST for me, I've discovered it's also a lot of fun to do with a group. Talk, talk, laugh, and RUN! What a winning combination. Exercise, stress reduction and friendship all rolled into one activity. That's what I call killing 3 birds with 1 stone.

I enjoy reading (especially mysteries) but don't give myself much free time to do it. *Guilty look on face*

I discovered I loved bird-watching when I was sitting around the house for almost 4 months recovering after surgery. All I could do at the time was lie down or sit. What to do? Look out the window at that view out the back and watch the natural world! So relaxing.... :o)

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  • v no profile image JOANGEL2011
    Hello my name is joangel I am also from canada nova scotia I married my husband that i met on line 7 years ago i now live in arizona usa. it is great here. but i been gaining weight and i am not sure why i am. i try and work out on my own but i find that i dont do it like i should be.. it is nice to have someone to caht with..
    3601 days ago
    Haven't seen hide nor 'hare' of you lately! Hope all is great and you and your family enjoyed a nice holiday weekend!

    3745 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. My background is a picture taken from an Oprah Magazine. I was suprised I was able to find it. I just googled the woman's name. She is an artist and this is how she keeps her closet. I just love her look.

    Your new friend,


    PS. Your dog Bear is cute!
    3756 days ago
  • v SWAZY33
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    Thanks for the sweet comment on my *Inspired* blog!

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    3757 days ago
    I'm just now seeing your comment about 'buffalo butts'!!! HA! I know I have my 'feelings' when it's time to take pics with the family. Especially knowing there are those who are trying their darndest to appear as thin as possible! HA! Oh, well....Whatever.

    Would you believe that I not only have Easter (chocolate) to contend with, but my fiance's birthday is ON Easter as well! Would you also believe this is the first time this has occurred (24th) in like, 189 years or something?! Amazing. So, I've got bunny eggs and cake to avoid! Oy vey! ☺
    3759 days ago
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