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Joanna through the years

Me at my heaviest in 1998

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2017 Goals
- lose 10 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 57 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 33 years and counting. We had one 18-year-old cat named Ogoni who died in last March and no kids by choice.

I'm close to my family. I have dinner and play Scrabble 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, dance, kickboxing, 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.

Member Since: 9/8/2007

Fitness Minutes: 141,346

My Goals:
To lose 10 pounds by the end of 2017.
To read a book a week in 2017.

My Program:
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.

Personal Information:
I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, named Jake. I have no kids by choice but 13 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'd rather listen to music than watch TV. However, that said, I LOVE the Masterchef shows and the new TV show, Lethal Weapon.

Other Information:
Favourite colour: red
Favourite book: The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Favourite movie: Benny & Joon
Favourite season: Spring
Favourite number: 8
Email: bkwerm@gmail.com

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    Joanna, Thank you for the Valentine! What a nice surprise. You a a sweet friend. I hope you are feeling well and getting through the winter. Spring is coming soon! (((Hugs!)))
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    102 days ago
    Joanna, thank you so much for the goody and the kind words. It means a lot to me to be able to positively contribute to someone else's life, since there are so few practical things I can do. Your dedication and commitment to us all and to obtaining a healthy life for yourself is inspiring.
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    102 days ago
  • v 4CYNDI
    Thank you for your continued friendship and support. You are a good part of the reason I haven't dropped from Sparks totally. When feeling good for a day, week or year it is easy to start doing more, and then more and then... setback. I need to remember to keep it small and simple and that I don't have to do *everything* that sounds good.

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    131 days ago
    Joanna, Thanks so much for the Christmas tree goodie. It's the only tree I have this year! I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to thanking you. I hope you had a great Christmas and are psyched and geared up for 2017. God bless!
    149 days ago
  • v KAREN2LOSE55
    Thank you so much Joanna, and Merry Christmas to you too. I've been feeling pretty good and thank you for that too. I hope that you've been feeling better and better on the Xeljanz! Do you feel it working yet? Oh my, I've thought of you with that so much, and just haven't said anything. Our daughter's been home for Christmas, so that's been so nice. Had a baked ham and scalloped potatoes dinner with Christmas cookies for dessert. A game of Scrabble afterwards, and now everybody feel like a good nap. We're in the middle of an ice storm that has turned to rain, with it pounding against the windows. Snow later on so it could get messy. Everyone has been housebound around here. Take care and hugs to you, Karen
    152 days ago
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