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Me at my biggest (205 pounds) in 2008.

In my prom dress 7 years later... (and at least 35 pounds lighter)


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I'm Joannie! 26, from Quebec (Canada), living in Saskatchewan since February 2015. Buddhist with a plant-based diet. I work a desk job as a legal assistant and I thrive for a simple life. I'm extremely interested in other people's journeys, so feel free to add me, I love new friends!

My weight loss isn't spectacular, drastic, or even impressive. I believe in slow, steady change. Like... WAAAAAAAAAAY slow. I believe in creating lifelong habits that make me feel better. I believe in using the right vocabulary - I'm never starving, I'm just hungry or very hungry; I don't indulge or cheat, I just eat whatever I want. I haven't really lost weight in over two years now and I don't really care. I am, however, healthier, stronger, more confident, more positive and more energetic than two years ago. I put my focus on that instead of the scale or the tags on my clothes.

I apply simplicity in every aspect of my life, and that includes health, fitness and nutrition. I've had a plant-based diet for over five years now for ethical and religious reasons, but you'll never hear me boast about it - and surely not shame others with it! I really like lifting weights at the gym, and I dream of having my own simple home gym once I have my own house. I also enjoy running short distances, doing yoga (check out doyogawithme.com for awesome free lessons!) and walking. You can also catch me biking around in the Summer and snowshoeing in the Winter. Truly Canadian! I'm an outdoors creature, sun, rain, snow or wind, I'm always up for an adventure! I'd totally go hiking if we had any mountains in Saskatchewan... lol! (Flatlands hiking isn't as fun, trust me. Does it even qualify? What about a walk in the slough?)

I'm an aspiring large-scale grain farmer. Yup, you read that right! In my free time, outside of moving my bodies in ways I enjoy (dancing alone in my living room counts), I enjoy reading and writing, meditating, cooking and having meaningful, enjoyable discussions. Even better with strangers! So, hey, add me.

Member Since: 4/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 44,878

My Goals:
Being healthy.
Yeah, I don't believe in goals very much.

My Program:
Following Georgie Fear's "Lean Habits" to develop a lifelong, healthy eating life.
Working out at least 10 minutes every day; going to the gym, running, walking, yoga. Doing stuff that I like and makes me feel good.

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    Hello my dear friend: I am back on SP, however, my goal is to log in daily, and chat at least twice weekly. I missed posting and chatting...

    300 days ago
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    Haha I thought the same thing when you posted about EJE in the group this morning. It is so meant to be -- Lean Habits has been such a good thing for me. I know what you mean about tones in posts. There is one person in that group that has been good for me (Jillian Iris Cantrell). The things she says resonates very well with me. She comes from the same place I do with history and food. I really listen to her posts -- she's a moderator, too. I am sorry it wasn't helpful to you. I feel slightly guilty as I am the one who encouraged you to post in there....

    I think keeping it in mind but not tracking it makes sense for your trip -- that way you can be aware but not overwhelm yourself and jsut have FUN!! What types of things does she have you do in Beautiful Badass? I have considered that one, but when I finish Female Body Breakthrough I think I'll give her Lift Like a Girl program a shot. Nia is amazing, isn't she?!!!
    313 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you are doing well up North.
    315 days ago
    Thanks so much for your support and encouragement on my blog!
    317 days ago
    Me again. I am also interested in simplifying as a general practice so I kind of observe how others do things.
    I like the idea of unique concepts that work.
    Just wanted to share a couple other ideas. This summer I went to a county fair to see grandkids show their animals. Granddaughter showed her cat. The judge was an elderly lady who is a cat expert. Yes, a bonafide cat lady.
    She wears only purple. Everything! I thought...how wonderful that she is being her own unique self. Cats and purple are her thing!

    Personally, I like the concept of a "uniform". I have a casual lifestyle in a small community. I wear some kind of pajama jeans every day ...they are super comfie and look like regular jeans.. I can do everything in them, look appropriate for work one moment, exercise the next.
    I change the top for what fits with the occasion and try to make a uniform out of my tops. (I don't sleep in the pajama jeans though !) My work top is something with the fire department logo on it. My casual top is a Genie Bra in MIlani style (a supportive, flattering sports bra covered with lace) underneath a Hanes wrap top (The bra intentionally peeks out of the V in the wrap top and I think looks kind of feminine). They come in all different colors which I can vary according to my mood of the day. I can exercise in this outfit, go out to the bar/to eat, go to shop.

    I also wear tops that support the various sport teams on "game day." When attending grandkids sporting events, I try to wear a top that is their team or school color. People actually notice this and appreciate it.
    323 days ago

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