this is a recent photo of me.. not many body shots.. I hated seeing myself in full view

This was me eating pizza(my favorite food) in Italy last Sep 2007

i hate this pic of me.. but here is the before pic...


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Hi, Im Joan.. IM 45 years old with one grown child(28) and 2 beautiful grandchildren (6 and 4). I am a cosmetologist and have been in the beauty business for 18 yrs now..I love to travel, garden, and especially cook!... EVery year since I can remember.. I was going to lose weight.. but it always ended up in a gain. 5 lbs here... 10 lbs there..I AM an emotionally eater for sure... so that I have to work on stopping... I used to smoke.. and quit 4yrs ago.. (YEAH!!!!) and put on a couple of more lbs for that!.. But I started going to the gym last year. But not really losing as much weight as I wanted...so I ended up stopping...And as I put on another few pounds.. and a birthday passed.. I said to myself enough is enough.. I went back to the gym.. my friend Debbie( who I thank for sending me this link) Told me how much she liked this site.. and after I read what was going on ..I loved it too.. so I started to change my life on Tuesday August 26th. Here I am..

Member Since: 8/26/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,170

My Goals:
to walk/run in a 5k marathon for some sort of charity....by August 2009

My Program:
Im going to log on spark everyday.. and read to educate myself about nutrition and health... I want to stick with it and be positve and stay motivated..try new recipes,,get to know other spark members.. and one day to be an inspirational example

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I am originally from NY.. moved to NJ when I was 9.. lived there for 30 yrs. Got divorced sold my house and business and moved to Florida where most of my family had migrated to.. Ive been here for 5 years , and now know more about hurricanes and surviving them then I would care to know!!! my prayers are with the people of Texas right now!!

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my favorite movies are "what dreams may come", Along came Polly.. funniest ever.. I love to learn something new everyday..

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