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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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    Jo, I am now back on Sparkpeople and thought I would see if my old friends are still active. I see you are. Good on you!. And congrats about the baby. Hope to hear from you soon
    4054 days ago
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    congratulations on the baby! i just checked my sparkpage for the first time in an eternity and i'm happy to see you're doing so well. just think, you can get one of those baby jogging strollers.
    4101 days ago
    I will be coming back this summer! I am getting ready to have my first baby, a little boy! I'm very excited, and trying to keep my weight in check during pregnancy, though I know I've let go a little more than I should... I am trying to be healthy for baby, though, and am currently on, Sparkpeople's sister site.

    Don't know if any of you check up on my page anymore, but I do plan on getting more active on here this summer, probably starting back to where I was as far as weight goes... sigh! But it will be worth it if I buckle down. I looked back at pictures today when I got down to 143... I wanted to lose more then, but I looked good! I am currently almost 180 with the pregnancy, and still two-three months to go! I will be ready to shed! Looking forward to being an active mother!
    4101 days ago
    Hi and thank you for your sweet comments on my page! Just know that the last 10lbs can be the hardest to get off!!! You can do it! Keep changing up your exercise routine to shock the body!!!

    I'm cheering for YOU! You rock girl!!!

    4361 days ago
    Hey Jo! How ARE you? It's been quite a while! Now that tax season is over I can finally get back to being active on SP. I've missed everyone! My husband has finally jumped on the health bandwagon, so we're now working together to eat healthy and get fit. We're both using the Nike + system to track our walking/running mileage & calories burned. I can't wait to see that scale start to move down again. Hopefully I'll be able to reach the goal I set last year!
    4369 days ago
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