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The Optimist Creed for Weight Loss

I promise myself to be so strong that nothing can stop me from losing weight. To talk health, fitness and weight loss to every person who wants to listen. To help all my overweight friends feel that they too can lose their extra weight. To look at the fact that I really can lose weight and to make this fact come true. To think only of success, to work only for success and to expect only successful weight loss. To be just as enthusiastic about the ...
The Optimist Creed for Weight Loss

I promise myself to be so strong that nothing can stop me from losing weight. To talk health, fitness and weight loss to every person who wants to listen. To help all my overweight friends feel that they too can lose their extra weight. To look at the fact that I really can lose weight and to make this fact come true. To think only of success, to work only for success and to expect only successful weight loss. To be just as enthusiastic about the weight loss of others as I am about my own. To forget the failures of the past and press on to the great weight loss achievements of the future. To be motivated to lose weight at all times and to help every overweight person I meet to be motivated, too. To be so focused on doing things that help me lose weight that I have no time left to do things that make me gain weight. To be too determined to give up, too fit to be unhealthy, too slim to be fat, and too focused on successful weight loss to permit the thought of failure. To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world by losing all the extra weight and keeping it off. To live in the faith that I can be slim for the rest of my life so long as I stay focused on the slim and slender me that I know I can be.

~ borrowed from NINETOZE (Erin) ~


I had decided that if I lost 15 pounds in 2014, I would reward myself with a subscription to People Magazine and if I didn't lose 15 pounds, I'd hire a personal trainer.

Well, I didn't lose 15 pounds (only lost 3.2 pounds) but I'm not hiring a personal trainer right now for two reasons. One is that I'm still going to physio every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the tendonitis in my shoulders and two is that I just can't afford it right now.

But I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone and have joined the Navy Ninjas Team in BLC27 and am hoping that by the end of the 12 weeks, I will finally fit into the brand new size 18 jeans I've had for two years!

In 2015, I want to exercise a minimum of 6 days per week and be down a minimum of 10 pounds over the year.

More INFO about me...

I am 54 years old and I started at 264 pounds in 1998 and have been trying to get down to 150 pounds since then.

I have rheumatoid autoimmune disease (RA), which sometimes makes it difficult to exercise but I know that I always feel better afterwards. Sometimes you just have to push yourself to get going and once you're going, the pain often goes away.

I've been married for 31 years and counting. We have one cat named Ogoni and no kids by choice.

I'm close to my family. I have dinner at my Dad's house every Friday night and visit with my 4 younger sisters regularly.

I'm a music-a-holic especially alternative-rock, classic rock and folk music.

I love reading. My favourite genres are mysteries, romantic suspense and YA fantasy and sci-fi novels.

I also love reading cookbooks and fitness books.

I love exercising to DVDs and have over 150 workouts. My favourite forms of exercise are strength training, Zumba and kickboxing and in the nicer weather swimming and hiking.

I love native art and most of the art in our house is of the native sort.

I used to love gardening until my RA took a lot of the joy out of it so now all my gardens are in pots. I usually grow various herbs, tomatoes and geraniums.

I enjoy cooking when I have the time and I love trying new recipes and I have a filing cabinet drawer full of recipes plus two shelves on the bookshelf filled with cookbooks. I typically cook all my meals for the week on Sundays so I don't have to cook after work, which I hate doing.

I hate being cold and have told DH that more than anything, I want to become a snowbird when we're retired (live somewhere warmer than Canada during the winter months). In the meantime, I go to the Caribbean with my dad for one week every February.

I have a wonderful job working for wonderful people. I look after the training and licensing requirements for our staff who need to be licensed to do their jobs. I also do secretarial duties. One of the perks of my job that I especially like is that I'm the only woman and get treated like the Queen Bee and that makes me very happy.
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Member Since: 9/8/2007

SparkPoints: 108,910

Fitness Minutes: 112,520

My Goals:
To lose 15 pounds by the end of 2015.

To read a book a week in 2015.




My Program:
To follow the SparkPeople program.

To exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day 5 times a week incorporating strength-training along with cardio.

To drink 6 cups of water a day.

To limit junk food/bad fats.

Personal Information:
I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, named Jake and my cat, named Ogoni. I have no kids by choice but 11 nieces and nephews, whom I love and spoil. My birthday is May 12, 1960 and I've been married to Jake since March 24, 1984.

I'm an Administrative Secretary for our local municipal government. I work in the section where our guys repair watermains and sewers and I'm the only woman in our section and I LOVE it!

Other Information:
Favourite colour: red
Favourite book: The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Favourite movie: Uncle Buck
Favourite season: Spring
Favourite number: 8
Email: bkwerm@gmail.com


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JENSHAINES
7/29/2015 8:37:58 PM

Hey Joanna - I'm on Azure and just saw your wonderful activity on the RAD team. Nice to have a fellow BLC-er there. LOVE the Ninjas! Well, actually, I wish you weren't on the RAD team, because that might mean you didn't have an RAD, but as long as you do, I'm grateful to have you as a fellow-traveler.



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SEATTLE58ANEW
7/29/2015 6:27:46 PM

Thank you Joanna, and I'm doing pretty good nowadays. Just have some chronic pain every day, but not a whole lot, which I'm thankful for, unless I have a side effect from this Xeljanz or a flare-up. Have a super good vacation! emoticon



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PURPLE0906
7/25/2015 9:55:53 AM

Thank you for commenting on my blog.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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GIVWIG
7/25/2015 12:25:07 AM

Thanks for all your help this round!!!



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SEAJESS
7/14/2015 3:40:27 PM

emoticon on your success!
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