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Updated March 12, 2012

My name is Joy, and I am a high school teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My teaching qualifications are in chemistry, physics and math (and grade 9 and 10 science-in-general); what I'm actually teaching of course varies from semester to semester and year to year. I have even taught one of the forensic science courses offered at my school--it was very interesting, and I learned a lot, too!

As of this writing I have been married for 11 years. ...
Updated March 12, 2012

My name is Joy, and I am a high school teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My teaching qualifications are in chemistry, physics and math (and grade 9 and 10 science-in-general); what I'm actually teaching of course varies from semester to semester and year to year. I have even taught one of the forensic science courses offered at my school--it was very interesting, and I learned a lot, too!

As of this writing I have been married for 11 years. My first child, a son, was born this past August and has completely changed my world :).

I come and go from SparkPeople as I need. Prior to having my first child, I was able to use this site to get to my goal weight, which I was able to maintain for a while (I reached my goal in April 2010). I did not follow any particular program during my pregnancy, but I was able to put on only the recommended amount of weight. After my son was born, I did not push myself to lose anything right away as I did not want to put my milk supply at risk (also, someone told me breastfeeding would make the pounds melt away, so I also partly just waited for that to happen--yeah, didn't work for me). However, I have come across information that gradual weight loss (say a pound per week) should be fine, so now that my son is 6 months old I think I'm ready to start working my way back towards my goal weight. After all, the toning will help with all the toting I have to do of the babe and all his stuff, and the increased energy I have when I'm in shape will come in handy, too! I am waiting for the book, the cookbook and a couple of the DVDs to arrive in the mail; the 28-day bootcamp video arrived today, and I'm hoping to get started today (once my son wakes up, gets changed and will hopefully play on his own for a bit without danger of my waking him :P)!

When I get a chance for some "me time," I enjoy reading, gaming, watching a few TV shows and seeing friends. I mostly read science fiction/fantasy, but also books on Christian living as well as organization. As of this writing I am working my way through The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, and I have Inheritance by Christopher Paolini and Powers that Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough waiting in the wings. I have also been referencing various books on child development and making my own baby food as my little one grows. Shows I currently watch include Once Upon a Time, Castle and The Big Bang Theory; I'm also currently watching my way through the entire run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel via DVDs and Netflix. As for gaming, I used to play World of Warcraft but no longer have time; I play a few Facebook games (including Scrabble) and also try to get together once or twice a month with some friends to play Dungeons and Dragons (the pencil-and-paper version, not online). Yes, I know, I'm a nerd, and I'm mostly okay with that :).

Some of the things I struggle with include chocolate, candy, Coke (the drink, not the drug--well, except for me it IS a drug :P), perfectionism, and procrastination. I often wonder how I will find the time to do [insert important thing like exercise or declutter my house here], but I know I also fritter away a lot of time on things like Facebook and reading interesting-but-not-important-to-my-goals articles online.

I have been asked for an explanation of my username. I chose Dreamer as my camp name years ago, due to my tendency to sometimes lose my head in the clouds daydreaming for a while, staring into space and not doing much else outwardly. (A worker at a summer arts program I attended as a preteen once had to call my name about 5 times to get my attention when I was in one of these spells!) When I tried to sign up on various forums and for e-mail addresses and such and found that "dreamer" was often taken, I didn't like just having a number stuck on the end of it so I decided to stick on my favourite colour. That was also years ago, and, well, it's just what I'm used to now :).

Thanks for stopping by my SparkPage! Here's to working towards our goals together!
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Member Since: 4/6/2007

SparkPoints: 12,721

Fitness Minutes: 1,744

My Goals:
- target weight: 130 lbs.
- build cardio back into my life
- strengthen my core
- improve my posture
- improve my flexibility?

Why:
- to fit back into my regular, non-maternity pants properly
- to be "heart-healthy"
- to keep up with my kid(s), and to be able to play with and carry them without fear of injury (within reason)
- to be a good example to my kids, and encourage them to engage in physical activity themselves
- to live longer, without fear of preventable health issues
- to have more energy
- to generally be in a better state to do all I want and need to do every day

My Program:
Trying out the 28 day boot camp DVD. No formal diet plan, but I will track my food as much as time allows.

Personal Information:
I have successfully completed the 2009 [Walk] for the Cure, hooray! (It's actually called the Run for the Cure, but you are allowed to walk or wheel it instead.) I wasn't sore after it, either.

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TURTLE69
8/18/2013 10:58:09 AM

Welcome to the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me to your friends. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.

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Vanessa



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BRAVELUTE
8/4/2013 10:52:02 PM

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

Whatever "tree" you're planting right now, may the roots run deep!
Hope to see you over on The Healthy Lunch Club!!




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NANCY-GIRL
3/12/2012 10:28:16 PM

Hi Joy!! What a cute little guy you have. :-)
Yes, those are Pixie Sticks... I'm on a team called the "Pixies" (thus all the Tinkerbells & stuff, too).
Welcome back!!



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LALASLAND
4/25/2010 10:55:53 PM

Thanks Joy! They were BIG tools, too! Shovel, hoe, rake and big garden fork! emoticon



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LALASLAND
4/21/2010 12:06:09 AM

Thank you for the blog comment! I kind of felt like I was bragging, but I am just getting used to the changes that eventually come! I hope it didn't come across as bragging!!! This hasn't been easy, but it's been FUN, and that's what makes it possible to dream about size 10's! emoticon



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