VOTE for This SparkPeople Member--She Could Win the Makeover of Her Dreams!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Joy Greenwald--also known as JOYELYSE, a 34-year-old stay-at-home mother of two and a loyal SparkPeople member since 2006--needs our help.

She's lost 85 pounds using SparkPeople, but reorganizing and restocking her wardrobe has been challenging and expensive. Luckily, she has been selected as a finalist in the Macy's & Clinton Kelly Make Over America Contest and could win a $5,000 wardrobe and makeover. As anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows, new clothes that fit properly are more than a luxury--they're a necessity. Vote for her HERE--and hurry, because voting ends soon! (She's "Joy G." and in a red sweater.)

Joy talked to us about her makeover and her weight loss journey with SparkPeople.

dailySpark: Which SparkPeople feature has helped you most?

Joy: The nutrition tracker! No doubt. I eat an average of HALF the calories when I enter my foods as I go (or in advance). It's why I joined initially, and it's still a daily part of my life. I especially love that it's not all about calories or fat. I've paid a lot of attention to my nutrients over the years. Partnered with SparkRecipes, I strive to really understand what I eat.

dailySpark: Can you tell us a little bit about your makeover?

Joy: I was chosen by Macy's and Clinton Kelly Make Over America for a two day makeover. I'm a huge fan of "What Not to Wear" so when I saw Clinton was going across the country making over women, I applied and forgot about it. (Editor's note: We like What Not to Wear, too. Read Jen's post about its positive and supportive message.) I never thought I'd win. But I did!!! I got a bra fitting, and a new outfit and haircut, but the highlight was getting to meet Clinton. He's been a big inspiration for me, and he is so nice! It was great getting to show him a flip book of my weight loss and style transformation and to thank him for his role in helping me succeed. The other women were also fantastic. I've written ALL about it in my blog.

dailySpark: What would it mean to you if you won?

Well, of course, I'd love to win the $5,000 Grand Prize makeover, but I honestly don't know if voting will influence that decision. It would also be a fun affirmation of the changes I've made over time.

dailySpark: Why did you decide to lose weight?

Joy: I started losing weight, because I was afraid to go back to the reproductive endocrinologist to start trying to conceive my second child. I was up to 210 pounds (a BMI of 38.4 at my measly 5' 2") and was barely squeezing into my size 20 clothes. I knew I was up, but, really, I was just afraid of how bad the doctor would make me feel. Thankfully, I'd managed to lose some weight before I went in to see him. But, he told me I would have to lose some more before I could do a fresh IVF Cycle, but I could transfer my frozen embryos after a testing cycle.

During my testing cycle, I continued to lose so well that we decided to put off transferring the embryos so I could lose more weight. Then we postponed again and again, as the weight came off. Then something strange started happening. I started getting my period every 28 days. I had a progesterone check, and lo and behold, I was ovulating on my own!

Five months later, I conceived Jocelyn without any help from the docs!!!

dailySpark: What is a typical day like in terms of eating? What are your menu staples?

Joy: I LOVE food, but I have found that some regularity helps me stay on track. I eat the same thing for breakfast almost every morning and for afternoon snack, but I vary my foods the rest of the day. Most days begin with a bowl of Multi-Grain Cheerios with one cup of 1% milk. Lunch is frequently made up of leftovers from the previous day's dinner. This helps me keep my food bills down! (I used to throw out a lot of rotting leftovers.) But I also eat homemade pizzas, sandwiches, or chicken franks, etc when I don't have any leftovers. Afternoon snack is always yogurt, almost always with flax seed, but lately I've been alternating the flax seed with natural popcorn. Either one makes me feel full and gives me a fiber burst.

Dinners are where I shine. I love to cook veggie rich dinners with a little meat in them for flavor: curries, stir fries, sautees, bbq. I don't even need to make a lot of substitutions to make healthy dinners. Just anything cooked at home tends to be healthier. I like things to be spicy. When my food is spicy, I don't miss fats. I'm a huge fan of Cooks Illustrated, and I use a lot of their recipes. I especially like to cook recipes that incorporate the veggies into the dish, so I don't need to make side dishes. Oh, and I'm HUGE baby spinach fan. I tend to eat cups of it several times a day with cut up fruit. It was the first veggie I learned to like (I used to hate them all), and it's still a big part of my diet. Now I really like veggies, I'm looking forward to next week, when my cooperative farm opens up again for the summer.

dailySpark: What advice would you have for someone who is just starting his or her healthy journey?

Joy: Banish the word "diet" from your vocabulary! Diets fail. Diets set you up to be yo-yo. Get ready to change your life, and realize that the change has to be permanent, so you'd better be able to stick with what you decide to do. Don't starve yourself or deny yourself the things you love to eat. (It's all about portions) Don't work out at a rate you can't maintain. Instead, make slow and steady changes in your life. It won't happen overnight, but when it happens, it will be yours to keep.


dailySpark: Now that you've lost the weight, what are your other life goals?

Joy: SparkPeople has given me the knowledge and drive to help others reach their goals. I'm pursuing a certification as a Nutrition, Wellness, and Weight Management Coach and am looking forward to helping other people change their relationship with food and exercise. I believe in a sane approach to losing weight. That's why SparkPeople is such a good fit for me. But I've talked to enough people now to know that some people need a little bit more personal, one on one, interaction, and I'm looking forward to giving that to them!!

Leave a motivating thought for Joy in the comments below, and don't forget to cast your vote! Thanks for helping a fellow SparkPeople member.

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Wonder how she did? This blog was from 5/2009 Report
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The "cast your vote" link didn't work. I tried three times and got a "not found" message. I would really like to vote for Joy, if you'll tell me how; I'll check back later. I'm rooting for her! Report
It's stories like these that keep me moving towards my goal! Thanks for the inspiration! Report
Wow, another Spark member was in Joy's group (see SANDYCHAUVIN, post # 303). I wonder how they did? Anyway, 2 Spark members in one group sure says a lot about Spark People! Thumbs up to both of you! Report
What an inspiration, quite the story, and such a happy ending! You have my vote. Report
Terrific life transformation! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Report
Woo Hoo! Congratulations Joy! What an amazing achievement and how wonderful you look. I hope you get chosen for a makeover it would do you the world of good.

I tried to vote for you but I also got a server error! Perhaps that could be fixed. Good luck sweetie. Hugs x Report
A prime example of why IVF isn't the only answer. Lose weight and be healthy! There's a reason nature keeps us from having kids when we are unhealthy, your kids deserve a healthy, fit mom. Report
i tried to vote but couldn't get it to pull up, but i can say you go girl Report
Bravo Joyce! Keep up the good work... Report
I hope that Joy got her makeover! She did an awesome job!! Report
I didn't see Joy in the list shown. Report
I tried clicking on the link to vote for Joy and got a server error message. Report
It may be too late to cast a vote; as I did not see Joy when I clicked on the link.
Joy, you are awesome and such as inspiration. I would vote for you, if I could. Report
FYI the group on there now is a different group, the voting on her group already ended. Report
I tried to vote for Joy but couldn't find her like a couple others. Lots of luck anyways. Report
No Joy G in the voting list... Report
I saw no Joy G. I would have voted if I could have figured it out. Anyway, contratulations! Report
i tried to vote but could not figure it out Report
Sorry Joy I tried to vote for you but couldn't find you in the line up. You get my vote anyway for the fantastic weight loss and great attitude. Report
I was a fellow winner in Joy's group. The voting for our group ended Thursday night. Report
I voted for you too, had to use the side arrows to bring you up. You have done an awesome job. Report
I too, could not find Joy in the lineup. Did they withdraw her or is it too late to vote? Report
I think I'm a day late in voting for you Joy. so sorry. They're showing women from Florida now. Hopefully, everyone elses vote was good enough. Good luck and keep up the great work!! Report
I tried to vote for you but I couldnt find you..I hope you win I'll try again later Report
Joy-you look awesome! way to go and you got my vote! Report
Congrats on your weight loss and for this great opportunity. I did try and vote but could not find your name or picture. Will try again in a little bit. Report
Congratulations on getting so far in the makeover contest! I can't find your picture on the voting site, but will try again later. Report
I tried to vote, but there was no Joy G. in the line-up? I went through both links in the blog ... did I do something wrong or is it too late???? Report
Hope you win, your percentage was the highest when I cast my vote Report
i just voted for you! Good Luck!! Report
Joy is at 68% of the votes! She's gonna win by a landslide! Report
Good Luck Joy! Let us know what happens! Report
Good luck Joy. You got my vote! Report
Congratulations Joy! Make Over America has a site where you can watch each runway show live, see all the transformations and register to win the $5000 shopping spree with Clinton Kelly. .
Also become a fan on Facebook - search Macy's Make Over America.
Great job. I votes for you and here hpoing you win. Report
Way to go Joy! I voted and hope you get it! Report
I just cast my vote. I saw that you have 65% voting for you. That's amazing to see that kind of support. I am so glad I am part of Sparkpeople. Report
You got my vote. Good Luck!!!! Report
From one Joy to another you got my vote. Good luck I hope you achieve your dream. Report
I didn't vote for her just because she's a fellow sparkie.
It really IS the most impressive transformation!
Way to go Joy! Report
I voted for you. You have inspired me just from reading this. Report
I hope this make-over includes LASIX eye surgery, because not having to wear the glasses would be the biggest improvement. At least, Contacts, then. I voted for you. Report
You got my vote!! : ) Report
hi joy you got my vote darling,continue to live your life healthy and happy congratulations on the weight loss.keep it up. Report
Joy has got 65% of the votes thus far, I'm sure thanks to Spark People... I'm encouraging everyone who hasnt voted to click the link and vote. There's still loads of time left for voting and we need JOY to win cuz she deserves it so much. :) GO JOY!! Report
I voted!
Congrats! You got my vote!!! Report
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