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I don't even know how much I weighed at my heaviest, gotta be well into the 300's.


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I have been a part of Spark since August 2008! I have reached my goal original goal of 182 lbs. I've made many positive changes in my life in the time spent here. I made many wonderful Spark Friends, some of whom I have had the pleasure to meet in person. Without them and Spark I would have thrown in the proverbial towel and just quit trying to do more to lose weight, to do more to learn about nutrition, to do more to better myself physically and mentally, to better understand the why and what of my eating disorder (mindless) to better coup with it.
It is up to me to "Make It Happen" if I don't who will...no one! Always back to those initial small steps to make changes for the better. To battle mindless eating every single day is an ongoing challenge.

Member Since: 8/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 136,332

My Goals:
Understand better the psychology behind mindless eating.

To complete the first phase of my journey and weigh 180 lbs.

My Program:
Eat a variety of healthy foods, not always the same foods for breakfast/lunch.

Continue to try new low fat recipes. Continue 'slenderizing' my recipes.

Exercise 5/7 days/week between 30-60 min.

Include strength exercises.

Join Challenges on my Spark Teams and be an active participant!

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My name is Jo Ann,. I have been married for 43yrs. We have three adult children. Our fraternal twin daughters are married to wonderful men. Our three grandchildren are the lights of my heart. Our son lives with our wonderful daugther-in-law in southern CA.

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I am a retired elementary school teacher. I retired after over 30 yrs. in education. I spent 27 years with Mesa Public Schools. I was a Speech and Language Therapist, at first and after I got my Master's degree I taught grades 4, 5, & 6 over the years. I loved teaching, till there were so many changes by the state and Fed. gov'ts. it did me in. I miss the students, I miss teaching them...I don't miss the beaucracy.

My favorite quote is

Knowledge is Power.

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  • v 2LABS2LOVE
    emoticon I did not realize that you were a teacher too. I am up to my ears working on a reevaluation for a Speech and Language 8th grader that they want to deem ineligible for services. My guts tells me NO! Trying to figure out how to keep him on that IEP. I enjoyed your the blurb on your sparkpage about how you love teaching but not the politics. I agree. Have a great day!

    754 days ago
    Hi! Just stopping by to see how you are doing. I'm starting another BLC - and am with the Resolute Renegades.
    What teams are you participating in right now?
    Have a blessed weekend!
    801 days ago
  • v PLB0217
    I am on the Resolute Renegades...I am very excited to see what happens. I did watch Person's of Interest the other night...I found an article you might wanna read


    The Frozen Tundra up here....well we had these really fast winds today and 6 inches of snow so far. We live by a corn field so we also get the snow drifts...fun fun
    I have been practicing on my hula hoop but I have to take breaks because it's still hard on my sides...but I am getting there.
    804 days ago
    Noticed your post on our General Chat and just thought I would tell you my DH was a teacher also, about the same amount of time as you. He taught here in Glendale, I believe History and Math.

    He has a law degree and was a Judge (just hearing things like civil disputes, etc) but when he decided on teaching he got his Master's and stuck with it -- gives him a nice retirement.

    Hugs, Eve
    811 days ago
  • v FREEMONT12
    emoticon Merry Christmas.

    I am back after quite an extended time and trying to reconnect with people who will inspire me to stay on track. I need to lose and get healthy.

    wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
    821 days ago
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