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I had decided that if I lost 15 pounds in 2014, I would reward myself with a subscription to People Magazine and if I didn't lose 15 pounds, I'd hire a personal trainer.

Well, I didn't lose 15 pounds (only lost 3.2 pounds) but I'm not hiring a personal trainer right now for two reasons. One is that I'm still going to physio every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the tendonitis in my shoulders and two is that I just can't afford it right now.

But I've pushed myself ...
I had decided that if I lost 15 pounds in 2014, I would reward myself with a subscription to People Magazine and if I didn't lose 15 pounds, I'd hire a personal trainer.

Well, I didn't lose 15 pounds (only lost 3.2 pounds) but I'm not hiring a personal trainer right now for two reasons. One is that I'm still going to physio every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the tendonitis in my shoulders and two is that I just can't afford it right now.

But I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone and have joined the Navy Ninjas Team in BLC27 and am hoping that by the end of the 12 weeks, I will finally fit into the brand new size 18 jeans I've had for two years!

In 2015, I want to exercise a minimum of 6 days per week and be down a minimum of 10 pounds over the year.

More INFO about me...

I am 54 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, classic rock and folk music.

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 and kickboxing and in the nicer weather swimming and hiking.

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 look after the training and licensing requirements for our staff who need to be licensed to do their jobs. I also do secretarial duties. 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.
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Member Since: 9/8/2007

SparkPoints: 101,129

Fitness Minutes: 105,326

My Goals:
To lose 15 pounds by the end of 2015.

To read a book a week in 2015.




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 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!

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


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ROCKPORT9
12/24/2014 4:21:00 PM

Joanna- I love the song Happy, too. We have a line dance to that song which I really enjoy. It is on youtube.com under- Clap Happy, dance and teach in english and chinese. Have a great Christmas! Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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12/23/2014 3:57:13 PM

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DEDICATED2HIM
12/22/2014 11:41:37 AM

a Very Merry Christmas to you Joanna. Thank you for being faithful wiht the threads you are in charge of. I'm really sorry that I never got into the habit of doing the weights...I really wasn't clear on how to do it. Have you been doing them or have they just fizzled because I didn't pick up the slack? What do you want to do at this point.? Let them be idle until someone comes along who can do them? Or do you want me to give it another try?

Good job getting that much of your house cleaned. I have trouble just putting my laundry away. Need to do that today too.

Have a very merry Christmas.
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SEATTLE58
11/25/2014 12:31:55 PM

Thank you for the Happy Birthday wishes and your sweet note. I really appreciate it and I hope that you have a good day too.



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CHRISPYLEE
11/16/2014 2:35:04 PM

Hi Joanna! Thank you for always checking in on me and for sending your encouragement!
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