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my granddaughter and me

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: 135,284

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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    OK, I'd be happy to show you where it's done. First thing you always do your regular spin by going to your Spark Points page -- you get there by going to Trackers at the top of your page. Once your points for the day get to 25 you will be notified that you get a "bonus" spin. You click on that and get points for your bonus spin. I keep track of them by regular spin (the first one) and the bonus spin, available after you've gotten 25 or more points for the day.

    Then click on START -- up by the Tracker only more to the left. On that page you can click on various things you may not have collected points on as yet. As you scroll down the page, toward the bottom you will see all the teams you belong to. I believe there is a little red flag by each one, you click on the red flag to get your "spin" number for each team.

    Good luck! Now go out there and rack up those points!
    Hugs, Eve
    799 days ago
    Joanne, are you sure you got a 7 on your team spin? The only numbers I have ever seen are 1, 2, or 3 and then 10, 20, or 50. It is the spin that is done from the START page, not the log-in spin or the bonus spin.

    Just thought maybe you didn't know which "spin" we were referring to.
    Thanks, Eve
    800 days ago
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    You know...I had to think for a minute but I believe after i had to take out the Noel and redo it..because I was off a square emoticon and then finished it up...I believe I said...WOO HOO it's DONE!!!
    815 days ago
    Thanks for the tree. For the first time ever, we decided not to put up a tree. My living room is so small that I have to do some major shifting around to fit it in. And, my DS told me that I don't need to set one up for him. He knows that after he moves out we weren't planning on putting one up. We gave the kids ornaments each year (wood, from our area) and when they leave home they take their own ornaments for their own trees. So, I won't have any ornaments to speak of.
    But, I'm still thankful to have one on my page. It is a German tradition to put it up on the 24th, but that seemed like such a short time, since they take it down again on the 6th of January. Too much work.
    816 days ago
  • v MCFITZ2
    Hi JoAnn We are just outside of Ithaca. Did freshmen year at SUNY Brockport. Small world!
    Our daughter and family are in Tucson. Again small world. lol

    831 days ago
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