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October 2010, BEFORE. This was and IS "that picture" for me.

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May 2011, about 170 here.

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

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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.

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    Thanks for the friend add and your comments on my pictures! Made my day :)

    Have a great Sunday!
    3626 days ago
    JO!!! How ARE you?? How is your little one? It's very good to hear from you! Thanks for the blog comment. emoticon It has been such a good day for me! One more step toward being the me I know I can be!
    3634 days ago
    Hey Jo! Just wanted to stop by and see how you're doing. Has baby arrived? Hope all is well with you!
    4007 days ago
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    Too bad on no safe place to jog with babystrollers. Our bike paths and jogging tracks are nicer than our streets here in New Orleans. I'm doing great (not so much weight wise but measurement wise) and I hope y'all are getting ready for baby!
    4066 days ago
    Hi Jo! Congrats on your pregnancy! That is so wonderful! This is actually my first day back on SP. I am so ready to get back in shape. I gained about 18 lbs during my pregnancy, so I'm ready to get that off, along with all the excess weight I need to talk off anyway. I had my little boy on Christmas morning - what a surprise he was - not only that he was a Christmas baby (6 wks early), but also that he was a boy! We had been planning for a girl since Septmember - pink room, 2 baby showers - lots & lots of pink! It was a tough adjustment, but we wouldn't trade him for the world. He'll be 3 months on Thursday, and he's such a joy. He's so happy!
    So, it looks like you've been doing great with keeping the weight off. The picture of you and your hubby is lovely! I'll be adding new pictures soon. I have quite a long way to go, but I'm up for the challenge. We'll be getting a new treadmill soon also, but until then I'm using my workout videos since the weather still hasn't warmed up enough to take the baby on a walk. I look forward to catching up with you sometime soon!

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    4071 days ago
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