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Joanna through the years

Me at my heaviest in 1998

Me at 18





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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 56 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 34 years and counting. We had one 18-year-old cat named Ogoni who died in 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. 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.

Member Since: 9/8/2007

Fitness Minutes: 140,121

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'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: Benny & Joon
Favourite season: Spring
Favourite number: 8
Email: bkwerm@gmail.com

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  • v JAM2DREW
    Thank you so much for the goodie and the best wishes. Yes, the wedding is on Saturday. I'm just praying for no rain during the ceremony since it is on the porch of the Dodge House. I will be posting pictures on FB and on the team chat site too I'm sure. We miss you! Hope you are well!!
    269 days ago
    Thanks Joanna, I am very grateful for checking on me. It's so timely. Yes, I had been doing well with the videos and for the first time in years I am not bored with my videos and just as you said I am having to do some of the videos for the first time since I had them. Anyways, I sent you a mail to the email addy you gave me, please check and revert back. Thanks emoticon
    283 days ago
  • v _LINDA
    I am not really grossed out by them, dissected the poor things in biology, once you do all those no more ick factor. Just not something I would expect in there lol. Get mice in here is about it and an endless supply of bugs. I have picked up garter snakes but find them too writhing to hang onto and they also let off a bad smell as a defense that is hard to get out. Got to find the babies that don't know to do that yet. My niece has a pet snake. But frogs are not something I see a lot of and they are tiny. Toads are much bigger and I have never seen a live one.
    289 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page! :) I am working with some new health problems so I won't be joining BBC yet but will tell you if and when I am ready again! :) Have a lovely evening!
    291 days ago
  • v SAASHA17
    hi Joanna

    thank you for the goodie..you had me tear up..thank u for being such a wonderful friend!!! and thnak u for the support...hopefully soon...

    yes definitely need a vacation..I was thinking of maybe planning a weekend cruise with Prasanth soon...
    303 days ago
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