See this image larger
October 2010, BEFORE. This was and IS "that picture" for me.

See this image larger
May 2011, about 170 here.

See this image larger
Ron and I at his family farm... this is one of our engagement photos

go to goodies page
go to goodies page
Workout Shoes
go to goodies page

Interact with JOANNA_ROSE
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

I'm Jo, currently an expat living in the wilds of Canada. I have been on sparkpeople far too long to have not met my goals yet. I am encouraged by the spark pages I visit that show such success and weight loss, but dismayed that it's not me. I have had a lack of discipline and patience.

Today I am choosing to make better choices. The biggest thing I need to work on is portion control, and watching my sugar intake. I need to learn how to say NO to myself. And how to push myself to do things that I'm not too eager about or skilled at, like strength training.

I have struggled for years now, being the overweight girl, the chubby happy friend. I'm ready to claim what I know is inside me. She's healthy and disciplined, normal weight, happy in her own skin, and finally looks forward to summer tank tops.

I need all the encouragement I can get, and all the advice you can offer :)

This is a physical and spiritual journey for me. I feel like I need to be disciplined in the physical so that I can stretch that to my spiritual life as I serve Jesus Christ. I also don't believe food should ever control me again, and I don't want to struggle for more years with my self image or pass that attitude on to my kids.

I have a wonderful supportive husband and a one year old son who lights up my world. My husband is already very happy with my body and I think that has at times contributed to my less than urgent attitude regarding weight loss. But hey, who can complain about a loving doting husband? I would like to lose this weight for me, but also be able to give him the gift of being mentally and physically what I know I can be. For my son and future kids, I want to be the best mom I can be for them. I know I will need even more energy and if I feel at my best then it's easier for me to take the best care of them that I can.

So here's to a fresh beginning, conquering my emotional eating, and a healthier more active lifestyle!


January-May goals:

cut sugar
choose whole foods
walk regularly

after Baby :)

continue to eat healthy
begin running again
mind portion control

Goal by Christmas 2012:

in the 130s
size 6 jeans, ultimate goal size 4

Member Since: 9/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 9,498

My Goals:
Eat healthier and define a new lifestyle for myself.

Watch portions

Get in shape, devote more time to fitness

Never Never Never give up!
(thanks W. Churchill)

My Program:
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Watch portions!

No more SUGAR!

Whole grains!

Fitness plan till Christmas:

Walk a lot with my son James when the weather is good.

Run 5 times a week, building up to a 4 mile weekly run by Christmas, stay dedicated!

Start strength training twice a week beginning in September.

Personal Information:
I'm a Wisconsin girl, through and through. Give me dairy and farmland.

Canada has been good to us, the people are very friendly where we are...

I have the most wonderful husband, Ron, who is so supportive of my weight loss, but always makes sure I feel beautiful as I am.

I love God, and am learning more about Him. The Lord is Jesus! I am also thankful for a wonderful church family that pushes me to grow in God.

Other Information:

Read More About JOANNA_ROSE - Profile Information moved here. (Updated January 6)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 current weight: 200.0 
Login to Leave Comment
  • v no profile image ASHLEYSMITH05
    Hey Jo! Just one more way for us to stay connected. :) I'm doing good today. Oatmeal and ff milk BEFORE 3 pm. :)
    3630 days ago
    I think I remember you telling me. How do you like it in Canada? Is it much different from the US? (Your son is DARLING, btw!)
    I bought Made to Crave because I was searching for more than what my own failing resolve has brought me so far. (I had read the 21-day devotion based on the book previously.) It is so weird that I want God to be in every part of my life, yet I don't bring him into the weight loss aspect! Unless you count, "God, can't you just snap your fingers and take this weight off for good?" But, I'm learning and hopefully I'll get it right this time! It IS a journey. I had a good run for several months just counting calories and walking, walking, walking. But I got bored. I got down, and I've stalled out a bit. I decided to sit down and think about what I really want, I made a plan, and I have yet to get on board. I lost my uncle last week, so it's been difficult to get started again. But, I know I'm not in this alone. I've got a lot of work ahead of me. But I've got faith that this time will be the time I finally get it right (with a lot of help)!

    (Here's a book for you, too! emoticon )
    3634 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/13/2011 12:38:58 PM
    Hey Jo! Just checking in to see how things are going for you lately. I hope you and your little family are having a fabulous summer! Things are going pretty well here in Kansas. My boys are overflowing with energy, and I am finally starting to have some of that energy myself! It's amazing what finding a good workout plan can do for a body! Hope you have a great weekend. Stay cool!

    emoticon emoticon
    3663 days ago
    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my page...hoping you are doing well!
    3687 days ago
    Thank you so much for adding me! You and your guy look so cute together! I will always be here if you need any advice or just someone to talk to. Remember one day at a time!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3692 days ago
Member Comments (131):  123Next >Last >>