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My name is Barbara, I am 63 years old and a single mother and grandmother of soon to be 7. I am originally from California, but in 2005 I moved with my widowed daughter and 3 grandchildren to Michigan. My son-in-law had been killed in April 2005 in Iraq. It was a devastating time for us and before he left I had promised my son-in-law I'd lose the weight. Well, by 2007 I was diagnosed prediabetic and put on Metformin. I immediately joined Weight Watchers and lost 78 lbs and reversed my diagnosis and taken off the medication. I felt good, had a good job, had my own condo close by my grandkids and I was very happy. But in March 2010 I was laid off of my job. By July my daughter and grandkids moved to Virginia to be with her fiance and they got married in October 2010. I fell into a deep I had to move to Virginia to live with my daughter in Sept. 2011. Then just before Christmas my mother died. Sept 10, 2012 I got diagnosed that I was diabetic and a fatty liver. Funny how life goes! Since then I have lost weight (about 30 lbs each time) and gained it back. Well, now I am trying to see this as God's wake up call for me. I am more than motivated to lose the weight, stop being negative and worrying about a job and let go and let God! With his grace all things are possible. I will get healthy! I want to live to see my grandchildren walk down the aisle!

Member Since: 9/27/2012

Fitness Minutes: 4,095

My Goals:
My goal weight is 160, I wouldn't mind 150, but I've never been able to keep that off in my adult life!

My other goal is to reverse this diabetes!

My goal is to get back into the game of life. I've been away a long time!

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I saw a nutritionist who put me on an exchange diet. Quite honestly, I hate it. So I am keeping my carbs, sugars, fats and protein in control. I try to use only the foods on the diet, but not using the exchange diet. I can't figure it out anyways!

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    Thank you for the comment on my blog. It is tough to bounce back after a binge, but it looks like we both got it under control and OWNED it! :)
    537 days ago
    Welcome to the Catholic Critters Team! I pray that God will guide you on your healthy journey, and help you to make choices that will lead you to your goals.

    cj, Cheryl - Catholic Critters Team co-leader

    1465 days ago
    You can do it, Barbara!
    Take it one day, one moment at a time. Sparking is a journey and a lifestyle change that is going to take time. We are meant to enjoy the journey!
    May God grant you discernment and His wisdom in choosing the right nutritional plan for YOU! Be patient and kind to yourself! There is lots of support here on SP, and especially on the CC team.
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    Peace be with you!
    1475 days ago