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Cindy Quinn-Hopkins, of Eastlake, is a 57-year-old contestant in The News-Herald's Lighten Up in 2013.

Monday, July 29, 2013

What a way!

I admit it!  I had some big goals in this contest.  But, to see it all come together is beyond exciting!
No matter what happens in the final score I have a new body and that is priceless!
Thank you to many helpers along the way!  Number one of course, My Handsome Groom who dared to suggest that I maybe "obsessing over this". LOL!  YES! I did "obsess" over this contest.
He hasn't mentioned that word again.
Thank you to my Trainer Ken Sipan!! Yike he is a tuffy - but I thank him every time.  You can find him at Fitness 19.  This fitness club gave me a one year membership - Thank you VERY much!!
(I won it at a Chinese auction)
Thank you to so many friends who prayed for me to be successful in this race.
Thank you to my Savior and Holy God who walked me down this path!
 Thank you to Laura Kessel who coordinates Lighten Up!  I can not tell you how much I appreciate it!
Cindy QH

Friday, July 19, 2013

Keeper Goin

Oh BOY! one more week.  I feel like a new person!  I look like a new person too!!
Even if I don't end up in the top three, I have won something that is priceless!! 
* I have a new life style.
* I have learned that I have a food addiction - surprise!
* I have made many new friends.
* I have a new body!!!
Thank you News-Herald!  Thanks you Cabannas!  Thank you Lean Living!  Thank you Lake County YMCA!  There isn't any amount of money that can buy the atmosphere of a contest to bring you to an attitude of competitive.  And especially when it comes to weight loss.
I sure hope you guys can do this again next year. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Love the Y!

I have been enjoying my free membership to the YMCA!  Thank you very much! 
 The best part of the Y?  The sweet and friendly people who go there!   The pool is pretty fun too... LOL.
Yes, I am still working at keeping on course with my diet and exercise.  It feel pretty good to be a smaller size.  This weekend I finally went shopping for some clothing.  Boy was it amazing, shocking and fun to fit into a size 12!!!!! 
I had a hard time figuring out what it would be like to be lighter.  It is ok to be lighter, I am getting used to it and plan to stay this way or even lighter.

Friday, July 5, 2013


I am giving it a good hard try here.  I am keeping up with my goals.
Though this is a big one!  I will fight hard to make it.

Friday, June 28, 2013


   What a wonderful benefit to us in the contest to get the free three months of YMCA membership.  I have signed up for four classes!   Cardio and Strength training, Swim w/ Fins, Adult Swim lesson and..... ZUMBA!  I am just loving it!  Everyone is so friendly too.  And I saw Jean Toth - she is in my adult swimming lesson! 
   I wasn't too sure what my swim lesson would be like.  But, it was great!  I made some progress in my swimming skill already.  Happy Happy Happy!
   I will go for my weigh in tomorrow (Saturday) I am pretty sure I will be down 10 from last month.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

It is so hard to eat right when your not at home.

I am not trying to make an excuse.  I am just saying it is more difficult.  I brought along a really nice big salad.  1% cottage cheese, seeds too.  But when you get so hungry - and you are off of the home base - it is just really hard.  No, I didn't eat any ice cream or cake.  No, it was the extra thin and light tortilla chips and salsa that were just sooo  good!  I may have ate too many.  I will know in the morning I get on the scale.    There was ALOT of walking....? 
Please Lord, don't let me gain a pound.

Monday, June 17, 2013

It is wild but true!

It is simple, rigorous, and effective.
1) Fly from Cleveland to the West Coast and back again within 25 hours
2) Hike all over Hopkins Airport, O'Hare, and Seatac with about 15# pack on back.
3) Hike all over above airports, in reverse order, this time with additional 20 pounds of puppy, and accoutrements   
4) Try to sleep semi-reclining on airliner overnight
5) Realize in wrong terminal at O'Hare, and dash like lunatic with above pack and puppy to make connecting flight two terminals over.
6) Arrive home, schlep from farthest point of airport (think in Medina County) to terminal. give up, take ding-truck.
7) Chase around with 2 month old puppy at home
8) Collapse into bed
9) Be awakened by puppy several times during night
10) Arise next day, get upon scale.
11) Rejoice!! Lost weight!!!