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Me at my biggest (205 pounds) in 2008.

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In my prom dress 7 years later... (and at least 35 pounds lighter)

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I'm Joannie! 26, from Quebec (Canada), living in Saskatchewan since February 2015. Buddhist with a plant-based diet. I work a desk job as a legal assistant and I thrive for a simple life. I'm extremely interested in other people's journeys, so feel free to add me, I love new friends!

My weight loss isn't spectacular, drastic, or even impressive. I believe in slow, steady change. Like... WAAAAAAAAAAY slow. I believe in creating lifelong habits that make me feel better. I believe in using the right vocabulary - I'm never starving, I'm just hungry or very hungry; I don't indulge or cheat, I just eat whatever I want. I haven't really lost weight in over two years now and I don't really care. I am, however, healthier, stronger, more confident, more positive and more energetic than two years ago. I put my focus on that instead of the scale or the tags on my clothes.

I apply simplicity in every aspect of my life, and that includes health, fitness and nutrition. I've had a plant-based diet for over five years now for ethical and religious reasons, but you'll never hear me boast about it - and surely not shame others with it! I really like lifting weights at the gym, and I dream of having my own simple home gym once I have my own house. I also enjoy running short distances, doing yoga (check out doyogawithme.com for awesome free lessons!) and walking. You can also catch me biking around in the Summer and snowshoeing in the Winter. Truly Canadian! I'm an outdoors creature, sun, rain, snow or wind, I'm always up for an adventure! I'd totally go hiking if we had any mountains in Saskatchewan... lol! (Flatlands hiking isn't as fun, trust me. Does it even qualify? What about a walk in the slough?)

I'm an aspiring large-scale grain farmer. Yup, you read that right! In my free time, outside of moving my bodies in ways I enjoy (dancing alone in my living room counts), I enjoy reading and writing, meditating, cooking and having meaningful, enjoyable discussions. Even better with strangers! So, hey, add me.

Member Since: 4/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 44,878

My Goals:
Being healthy.
Yeah, I don't believe in goals very much.

My Program:
Following Georgie Fear's "Lean Habits" to develop a lifelong, healthy eating life.
Working out at least 10 minutes every day; going to the gym, running, walking, yoga. Doing stuff that I like and makes me feel good.

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    Hey my dear Joannie,

    I'm just stopping by to say hi girl. I hope you're doing well.

    Have a great week ok!

    2199 days ago
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my travel blog. Still 4 countries to go. I never find the time to post much while traveling so my reports are always a retrospective look at where I've been.

    Yes, Przewalski horses! Jacob gave me so much information that I forgot the name. His excitement was contagious.
    2207 days ago
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    How has it been for you so far? I am such a snacker (probably why I don't lose anything, lol) that today has been rough so far. I am trying to figure out the best spacing for meals, you know? I have been asking a lot of questions in the group -- a lot of support there. If you're on Facebook, maybe check it out!! Thanks again for the recommend. I love it!
    2219 days ago
    TY for commenting on my recent blog. It means a lot to me that someone out there is reading, taking the time to comment and sharing in my journey. :)
    2222 days ago
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog about the “jerk.” I have since learned that the woman finally divorced him. Good for her! Whenever we encounter people like that, we have to be braver and stronger.
    Good for you for sticking to your own goals. Sometimes those who love us think they're being helpful by telling us that we're just fine. That's how I kept my extra weight for 25 years. I was convinced I was just fine. I'm a lot better now.
    2238 days ago
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