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I'm in my 60's, single, work in IT and have had problems with my weight since I was 10. I would love to be a Spark success story, but I'm not.
30 July 2018
None of my previous attempts worked. But the kilos have been flying off since I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The first 5 kilos came off before the operation and in hospital, where a high output ileostomy and resulting fasts took it off. Probably also loss of muscle. Since the beginning of June I've lost another 4 kilos just by thoroughly chewing my food and therefore eating less. But the ileostomy, with fairly high output, may also be a reason.

But I feel great and look much better with the weight loss, so I would like to try for more.

6 June 2016: Once more into the breech
The weight is creeping up, the joints are beginning to complain. I intend to lose 10% of my body weight, and am going to follow a 5:2 eating plan.

4 Sep 2013: Take Action
I'm a procrastinator, and am mostly happy to chug along and take things as they come. But for some things, that's a bad strategy. It's time to do instead of be.

1 Jan 2012: Mindfullness
Since I signed up in 2007, my only success has been to make exercise a part of my life. I don't undervalue that. I suspect that fitness may be even more important than weight to our overall health and feeling of well-being. I didn't make my 2011 goals so I'd like to reframe them into a single word:


Be mindful when I eat. Taste. Enjoy. Stop.
Set the table in the evening. Treat myself as I would others.
Notice how much better I feel when I am lighter, and more fit.

1 Jan 2011:
I asked a colleague at work to be my fitness buddy in 2008, and since then I exercise between 2 and 7 times a week. We are lucky to have a tiny gym and a fitness trainer in twice a week, so I'm able to exercise in my lunch hour or after work. But without my buddy and the strength training classes given by the trainer, I wouldn't have done it. In those 2 years, I've lost a few pounds and gained strength, but most of all, I look and feel better.
For 2011, my goal is to improve my eating behavior and get below 100 kilos and to improve my fitness even more.

Member Since: 4/2/2007

My Goals:
For June 2016:
Weigh: 108
Walk: 30 minutes every day
Lose at least 10 kilos.
Set the table and take time for evening meals
Eat mostly vegetarian meals

My Program:
Healthy food choices within recommended calorie ranges.
2 x week Body Pump 30 minutes for strength
3 week walk for 30-40 minutes
1-2 x week walk/run 6 k

Personal Information:
I'm single, no kids, and have lived in the Netherlands since 1998. I grew up in Canada and call both Amsterdam and Canada home.
I studied music and library science.

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    Hi. Just dropping by to see how you are doing. I'm back, starting over, at square one again.
    4777 days ago
    Foske, Hi! I've missed you around snce I don't spend much time (any time really ) on the 50+ message boards and you haven't blogged lately. Thanks for stopping by. I'm sure you are right and it was craving nourishment that the extra exercise mandated. When I raised my calorie intake the cravings lessened ( abit!) and I started losing weight again.

    I'm much better now and just 1 pound away from my original goal as of this morning!

    So how are you doing? Have you been very busy at work or life just got a bit hectic around you? I became a co-leader of a new Spark class this past Sunday and I have been so busy with them that I haven't been able to check in on our friends Wanda, Nancy, Kathy etc. I will get back with them soon.

    I missed you! Meychey
    4796 days ago
    I would love to find the time for just such a yoga class! Thank you for the virtual one.
    Peace and happiness. Meychey
    4838 days ago
    Thanks for the advice. I can't not step on a scale each morning, but I will keep it in perspective. I think you might be right about the muscle this time; I am working harder with weights and trying to build muscle to help with body tone and shape (plus muscle burns more calories) so I really might be replacing the fat with muscle this time.
    I hope all goes well with you. Any leads on a new job or has your current one calmed down a bit?
    Peace. Meychey
    4848 days ago
    You are kind, Foske. Thanks.
    4869 days ago
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