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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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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: 150,774

My Goals:
BMI down to normal.

Fit into size 12s again.

My Program:
Exercising 6 days a week.

Calorie counting.

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

Other Information:
Favorite authors right now: Louise Penny, C.S. Harris, Deborah Crombie

Favorite movie: Brave

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

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    Love love love your profile picture!!
    107 days ago
    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 --

    347 days ago
    So many people say that they don't have the right "face" for hats -- hardly anybody says they don't have the right "feet" for shoes!! In our cold Canadian winters, I find it hard to consider hats "optional" as you say: but many many Canadians never wear 'em!!
    377 days ago
    Came over to look for your Irish hat picture . . . don't see it yet!! The "real deal" is undoubtedly way better than my knock-offs!!

    No, did not take pictures of Irish gravestones -- I was birding and for some reason, old graveyards are great places for birds of all kinds.. Loved the raven-type choughs with their bright red beaks and legs . . .

    And I also could not help but notice how very common my name is on these old gravestones . . . a bit of a frisson (although my own background is very definitely Scottish and not Irish).
    378 days ago
    One of my Spark friends is having a freggie challenge. I hope you would like to join. If you are up to 30 days of eating 5 or more freggies a day, go to -

    I hope to see you there.

    562 days ago
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