Joy Sondag

Racing Red Team

I was born and raised in Fort Wayne where I attended Wayne High School before earning a degree in Physical Education at Taylor University.  I have traveled the world and spent time living in Honduras and Japan, where I was a teacher.  I have been happily married for over 18 years and I am a homeschool mom to two wonderful teenage kids.  I am also the head coach for the Fort Wayne Falcons Homeschool Volleyball Team.  Fellowship Missionary Church is my church home, and I have a passion for serving others.  I’m grateful for the chance to participate in FWSW. 

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what a week.  I lost 3.4 last Monday and then seemed to struggle this week.  I was fine emotionally and mentally but physically I just seemed extra tired.  The run Wednesday went well even though it was hot but since then I have been dragging.  I didn't quit though and pushed myself to get all my workouts and challenges in.  My body needs my day of rest tomorrow and then back at it Monday. Food was spot on again so we will see what the scale says on Monday. 


I should be folding laundry but I wanted to write about my week.  I felt strong this week.  My eating was spot on, my workouts were hard and good, and I am loving my new FWSW family.  The #season10women started a group text and it is so good to connect to the ladies.  It will be nice to know when others will be at the gym and let them know when I will be there.  With my schedule, a lot of times I end up at Spiece in the afternoon and don't get to see many of the others.  I know I work harder when someone is there--they don't even have to be beside me or with me!  Mother's Day tomorrow and I am proud to be doing something for me--even though I know it benefits the whole family.  My mom passed away in 2009 and I just wish I could be sharing this with her.  She would have loved to see my journey.  I am praying for a good weigh in but I am seeing lots of changes in other areas, too!  Recovery is so much faster, I am running longer, I am in a smaller sports bra, my clothes are looser, I think my wall sit is lower, my squats are deeper, and I am doing stairs (even though they still kill me)!  The list could go on and on.  Ready for some more changes to come!!



Down 3.8 tonight for a total of 22.6!  I was very happy with that but not satisfied.  I want to push even harder this week and keep eating the way I should.  I feel amazing.  I can't thank Rick and Tina enough for their encouragement, belief and pushing.  They are an amazing couple with such giving hearts.  The tour at Kroger tonight was good.  I have to admit, I don't watch my sodium as closely as I should.  That is my goal this week--to be aware of my sodium!  It hasn't been bad but I am just oblivious to it. I can't wait to get it on tomorrow morning!



This week has been a contrast in emotions.  As I said below, my discouragement is gone and I am feeling really good.  I lost 3 pounds for a total of 18.8.  I am still on track to lose at least 50 pounds but I really would like to have another big week.  I feel like I am pushing myself this week more than last week.  Today I learned how to do Jacobs Ladder.  OH MY WORD! I was on it for less than 3 minutes and it killed me--it didn't help I was feeling light headed.  I can't wait to try it again!  There is more that I can do than just the treadmill--I love the creativity for my workouts that I am learning.  Cece was right this morning, it is a lot easier to push it when others are around.  And, it is a lot easier to dog it when no one is watching! I am fighting that!  Looking forward to the pool tomorrow and finally getting a chance to do the sleds this week.  oh, I tried some yummy new recipes this week.  My favorite so far is the quinoa and bean salad!



Today was a brand new day!  The discouragement I had been feeling was gone and I went in with a whole new attitude.  The workout was great and I did the stairs! I was a little apprehensive but, thankfully, Tina pushed me and I did it.  My knees were fine and I even jogged a little between stations and around the gym.  The run tonight is hilly so I will be cautious with my running but I am willing to try.  If it was easy, everyone would do it! 



I have a love/hate relationship with that scale.  I know I am doing the work and felt really good going into the weigh in.  I didn't lose as much as I would have liked but 2.4 is not bad.  The meeting was great at St. Francis.  The dietitians and students really treated us right and gave me a couple things I can't wait to make at home. Thank you Thank you!! I even tried cauliflower rice and liked it.  Then this morning at the gym I broke down.  I don't know if it was seeing all the people getting "extra love" and then feeling my knee and foot hurting or if I just hit an emotional wall I needed to break through.  I hate feeling weak and it is frustrating when your body won't let you do what you really want to do.  A talk with Tina and Mari helped and also the encouragement from Lori and Paula!  I am in this to make me better, not to compare myself with everyone else.  Needing to go see Andreas is not a weakness, it is a necessary step to getting me on the right track and getting me doing what I need to do.  I love the support I got this morning (and everyday!) but I also love that I am not being coddled but pushed to do and be my best.  On to prepping some Egg Muffin Frittatas and Quinoa & Black Bean Salad!



Tomorrow is the 5K.  I am excited to see how it goes and how I do.  I have had a good week and know I worked really hard so I am just hoping it shows.  I am really working on not worrying about what others think about how I am doing and just doing the work! 


Honesty time--I am a bit discouraged.  I feel like everyone is improving and seeing changes and I am not.  I know that is a lie and I am getting stronger but feelings can be strong and deceptive!  I am working my tail off and feel like I give my all at every workout and with my eating so I need to get out of my head (like CiCi said today) and trust the process.  I am going to stay positive--encouraging others will keep me encouraged!



well, weigh in tonight.  I was hoping for a big number but ended up losing 2.6 again.  I would be lying if I didn't admit to being a little frustrated.  Last week was hard to get in my second workouts.  I did more at home than I want to.  I did them but I always feel like I do better when I am at Spiece.  My eating was good so that isn't my issue.  Today was the first day I got on the treadmill at Spiece and just hurt and didn't want to continue. That is until Miranda got on the one beside me.  She didn't need to say anything but just having someone working hard next to me made me keep going! I am ready for this week and all the challenges and work! 


The second weigh in was last night and I was nervous.  To be totally honest, I feel bloated and crampy, so that was worrying me.  I did fine--down 2.6.  So I am at a total loss of 10.8 and am very happy about that.  My team really stepped it up, too.  We went from last to second in total weight lost and Mike and Rhonda were the weekly percentage winners.  They gave Dan and I the prize but realized they did cumulative instead of weekly.  That is ok--I will go for it for next week!  I am really trying to stay positive and encouraging to my team and everyone else.  I struggle with coming home and sitting down and falling asleep.  I need to keep going with my day so that I get things done and am available to my family.  If I nap, I have trouble falling asleep at night, then I am tired the next morning which makes me want to nap when I get home from my workout and the whole cycle starts over again.  I won't have a chance to nap this week so I will hopefully break that habit.  This week will be a little different because the TV show Todays Homeowner with Danny Lipford is shooting a show from our house.  I need to come home, shower and be ready for whatever they need me to do for the next 2 to 3 days.  Luckily, they will be gone by 5ish each evening so I can get my second workout in! The workouts are really hard when I am doing them but immediately after, I feel great.  I just have to remember that feeling in the hard moments!


Sunday--our day of rest.  I truly believe that if God rested one day a week, so should I. I have worked hard this week and nailed my food.  I don't know why, but it feels like I didn't do as well as last week but I know I put in the work.  I have to trust the process, keep my attitude right and keep pushing.  A spinning class at 5:15 tomorrow morning, a 40 minute walk/run in the afternoon and then weigh in. I am really looking forward to seeing my new family every day! 



Another pool day.  The workouts on the pool are really hard but I love them!  I have little scratches on the bottom of my big toes so I might try to find some aqua socks or something.  I struggle with going back in the evening for a 2nd workout.  It is easier to jump on the treadmill at home but I don't want to take the easy way! 



Today's workout was tough!!  I was feeling pretty lightheaded.  A different before workout snack will hopefully help that, an apple isn't enough or right.  I was ok with it last week but upping the intensity means I need more carbs and protein.  That is what the trainers and nutritionist recommend. Coming home, the sky was amazing which reminded me that God is with me and His mercies are new every morning!



I was really nervous for our second weigh in tonight.  I would see how all my hard work paid off--and it did!!  I lose 8.2 and had the highest percentage for the women.  I am proud of myself--if I keep doing the work, it will keep working!  My food has been going good and I am drinking a ton of water.  I plan to get a few extra workouts in this week.  



Pool day!  Being a former swimmer and lifeguard, I thought, no problem.  Oops, that was a man stake! It was tough but so much fun.  I loved it but really enjoyed the camaraderie and encouragement from all the other contestants, alumni and trainers. My food is going well but I miss protein.  Learning to adjust and enjoy smaller amounts. 




4:30 came awfully early this morning.  After the 1st weigh in and nutritional meeting last night I was ready to go.  It was hard but felt really good.  The people on my team and everyone else is so encouraging.  That is what I hope to be for them, too.  The weigh in was hard emotionally.  I weighed in last so I was encouraged to see everyone else make it through.  I was expecting a menu to just follow (no thinking) but that is not how it works.  I need to figure out what is best for me and plan it myself so that is my goal today--write out my menu for the week!




I was so excited at orientation today. It was fun to meet my team and all the others. Can't wait for the start. 

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  • Wow you have come so far.... and the improvement just keeps coming. The gasp when you heard your challenge... then you kill it. Love the new confidence you have gained. Keep it up... and you will be able to enjoy and keep this new fit healthy lifestyle forever. Great job, Rick and Tina.

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    Awesome job this morning, Joy! SIX miles in the bank! I really enjoyed seeing you and Steve work together and encourage each other during the run. One thing I have noticed about you is you seem to have "friended" everyone in the program, not just a few. LOVE THAT. You are so encouraging and positive with EVERYONE, and Season 10 is so lucky to have that. Thank you for your positive attitude and hard work. Good luck with Week 8!

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  • So glad your on pace for a 50lb loss. You should be able to get even better with all of the new wisdom and new fitness level you have achieve in six short weeks. Remember to eat a balanced meal preworkout and avoid that light headed feeling. Enjoy your new friend Jacob. Ha Ha Ha Thanks Rick and Tina

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  • Joy - Your hard work is evident and I am glad we can share with each other our ups and downs. Thank you for your encouragement. Keep giving your 100%...we can do this! Let's make week 7 the best yet!

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  • Guest (Lori Whitman)

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your tender heart and your hard work. You're doing great and I've enjoyed our chats and your enthusiasm for the program! Keep up the great work! #Imbettingonyou!

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  • Joy-
    What a great week you had! SUPER proud of you for talking to Andreas and trusting our team. You did the stairs and I was cheering loud and proud all the way for you!! Not to mention you are running!! YES, YOU are stronger then you know! LOVE seeing the excitement in your face knowing you got it done! Oh, this is just the beginning!!! SUPER excited for you and all you have achieved and will continue to conquer!
    Keep trusting the process and know we are all here to help you:)
    Week 6 here we come!!
    GO JOY!

    Tina and Rick

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  • Guest (Jeanna Restivo)

    You're doing great!!

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  • Joy-
    Glad to read you are not worrying what others say or think. This is YOUR journey and do your best and thats all that matters.
    You work hard each and every workout. You should only worry about YOU. Everyone is a different spot and everyone is different. We have to remember is it YOUR journey and YOU do what you can do!
    GREAT job doing your 5K today! WHAT a great accomplishment!! You are getting stronger each and every week. Celebrate each moment!!
    Week 5 here we come!
    Let's do this!
    Tina and Rick

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  • Joy, you are doing so great! I'm so glad that we're on this journey together! Your hard work and focus is paying off! Keep it up!

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  • Guest (Cicely Ware)


    Great job so far in the program. Remember you can do more than you think. Stay strong and positive and it will take you far in the program. Remember: "If it was easy... Everyone would be doing it!" "If it doesn't challenge you ... It doesn't change you!"


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