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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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