Joanna through the years
Me at my heaviest in 1998
Me at 18
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My Weight Loss Journey
The Optimist Creed for Weight Loss
I promise myself to be so strong that nothing can stop me from losing weight. To talk health, fitness and weight loss to every person who wants to listen. To help all my overweight friends feel that they too can lose their extra weight. To look at the fact that I really can lose weight and to make this fact come true. To think only of success, to work only for success and to expect only successful weight loss. To be just as enthusiastic about the ...
The Optimist Creed for Weight Loss
I promise myself to be so strong that nothing can stop me from losing weight. To talk health, fitness and weight loss to every person who wants to listen. To help all my overweight friends feel that they too can lose their extra weight. To look at the fact that I really can lose weight and to make this fact come true. To think only of success, to work only for success and to expect only successful weight loss. To be just as enthusiastic about the weight loss of others as I am about my own. To forget the failures of the past and press on to the great weight loss achievements of the future. To be motivated to lose weight at all times and to help every overweight person I meet to be motivated, too. To be so focused on doing things that help me lose weight that I have no time left to do things that make me gain weight. To be too determined to give up, too fit to be unhealthy, too slim to be fat, and too focused on successful weight loss to permit the thought of failure. To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world by losing all the extra weight and keeping it off. To live in the faith that I can be slim for the rest of my life so long as I stay focused on the slim and slender me that I know I can be.
~ borrowed from NINETOZE (Erin) ~
- lose 15 pounds
- get under a BMI of 30
- read one book a week
- hike 3 days a week
- ST 3 days a week
- do yoga or tai chi at least one day a week
More INFO about me...
I am 55 years old and I started at 264 pounds in 1998 and have been trying to get down to 150 pounds since then.
I have rheumatoid autoimmune disease (RA), which sometimes makes it difficult to exercise but I know that I always feel better afterwards. Sometimes you just have to push yourself to get going and once you're going, the pain often goes away.
I've been married for 31 years and counting. We have one cat named Ogoni and no kids by choice.
I'm close to my family. I have dinner at my Dad's house every Friday night and visit with my 4 younger sisters regularly.
I'm a music-a-holic especially alternative-rock and classic rock.
I love reading. My favourite genres are mysteries, romantic suspense and YA fantasy and sci-fi novels.
I also love reading cookbooks and fitness books.
I love exercising to DVDs and have over 150 workouts. My favourite forms of exercise are strength training, Zumba, hiking and swimming.
I love native art and most of the art in our house is of the native sort.
I used to love gardening until my RA took a lot of the joy out of it so now all my gardens are in pots. I usually grow various herbs, tomatoes and geraniums.
I enjoy cooking when I have the time and I love trying new recipes and I have a filing cabinet drawer full of recipes plus two shelves on the bookshelf filled with cookbooks. I typically cook all my meals for the week on Sundays so I don't have to cook after work, which I hate doing.
I hate being cold and have told DH that more than anything, I want to become a snowbird when we're retired (live somewhere warmer than Canada during the winter months). In the meantime, I go to the Caribbean with my dad for one week every February.
I have a wonderful job working for wonderful people. I'm the Admin Secretary for our municipal water and sewer maintenance department. One of the perks of my job that I especially like is that I'm the only woman and get treated like the Queen Bee and that makes me very happy.
I had a bad 2015 that started with a cough at the end of February which I still have, lots of changes at work that were made worse by the number of times I took sick days due to the cough so that I ended up having a nervous breakdown at work in August so I took 3 months off from work on stress leave. I lost the hearing in my left ear at the beginning of November and it's still that way.
However, on the plus side, I lost 18 pounds during the year, most of it when I was off on stress leave since it turns out that when I'm stressed, I don't eat and I'm restless so I move more.
Additionally, I rediscovered my love of hiking in the woods behind our home and found it to be a wonderful stress reliever and I get depressed if I don't get any hiking for days on end. It's my meditation.
Although, feeling so stressed all the time was not a pleasant feeling at all and prohibited me from enjoying life to its fullest, I was extremely lucky to have wonderful support from my family but especially my husband who was very protective of me and when anyone stressed me out, he offered to be the point of contact so I wouldn't have to deal with them.
I also spent more quality time with him. He often hiked with me (and still does) and we just enjoy hanging together and listening to music and talking and laughing. In the normal day-to-day grind, having fun with each other often falls by the wayside so it was nice to rediscover our friendship as he helped me cope with things that were stressing me out.
Hopes for 2016
- get rid of the cough
- get my hearing back
- find a new family doctor
- work full-time with fewer sick days and less stress
- be more positive and not complain so much
| Pounds lost: 78.6
Member Since: 9/8/2007
Fitness Minutes: 125,510
To lose 15 pounds by the end of 2016.
To read a book a week in 2016.
To follow the SparkPeople program.
To exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day 5 times a week incorporating strength-training along with cardio.
To drink 6 cups of water a day.
To limit junk food/bad fats.
I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, named Jake and my cat, named Ogoni. I have no kids by choice but 11 nieces and nephews, whom I love and spoil. My birthday is May 12, 1960 and I've been married to Jake since March 24, 1984.
I'm an Administrative Secretary for our local municipal government. I work in the section where our guys repair watermains and sewers and I'm the only woman in our section and I LOVE it!
Favourite colour: red
Favourite book: The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Favourite movie: Benny & Joon
Favourite season: Spring
Favourite number: 8