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Barb (me) and Kara - July 4, 2017 on friends' boat

Sis and me with family at friends home 7-4-2017

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Hi--I'm an empty nester whose third son married in 2012. I am still recovering from a July 2008 stroke. I started with SparkPeople in March 2012 because keeping my weight in check is very important for my health. I am looking forward to my future as I continue healing and maturing in the Lord. I believe this page will document stair steps of growth and rebuilding.

Update July 23, 2016: Turn 65 tomorrow. I have lost most of winter weight and seem to be holding my own at 148 lbs during birthday season this year. Would like to go down a little more and make winter weight a thing of the past. Haven't made it a goal yet, though. I know what the root of the problem is, but don't yet know how to handle it. Hope to next winter... Have a great rest of summer, friends.

Update mid-September 2016: Down around 142 lbs now. Enjoyed summer and looking forward to cooler days/nights. Hope to do some fun activities this fall, like an orchard or fall festival or something. Loved that I lost the winter weight earlier this year-have had more time to work on fitness and enjoy life. Happy fall everyone!!!

Update mid-January 2017: Got down too low to 139 last fall. Now up at around 151. Winter weight is not yet a thing of the past, but I'm still working on it. Enjoy your winter!

Update end Feb. 2017: Had a death on Valentines Day, and still carrying my winter weight, but am very consistent on exercise right now. Learning to allow joy in no matter what's happening.

Member Since: 3/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 65,367

My Goals:
06-16-15 Get back closer to 140 lbs.

Weigh ins wearing shoes:
Chgd to Ww Smart Points program :
07-22-16 148.6 lbs
09-09-16 142.6 lbs
10-13-16 139.8 lbs (don't want to go lower)

01-06-17 151.0 lbs

My Program:
06-16-15 I took off a month from exercise, so now am building again slowly. Worked back up to 10,000 steps at least, 5 days or more a week. Working to lose winter weight I gained in March.

08-01-15 Have decided for me to lose a reasonable amount of weight in a reasonable length of time I have to eat very lean and do lots of exercise. Am trying to learn now how to make it feel fun!

10-23-15 Upped my exercise to over 17,000 steps most days for almost 2 months; my weight has come down, but I'm having to back off because I'm too sore. At least I'm back in the range I want to be - now going to work on staying here. I've named this part of my journey The Healthy '40s. Maybe this will help me!

09-14-16 Aiming again to stay in The Healthy '40s. Working on how I exercise. Trying not to get too sore this year. Want to find a way to live with exercise that I'll do over the winter.

01-17-17 Back up to 151, but will be working on it. Increasing exercise slowly since hurt

Personal Information:
I live very near Indianapolis, IN. I love my grandkids, who increased from 3 to 5 at year's end 2014 and new year's beginning 2015--our first 2 girls added to our 3 boys. I like seeing them as often as I can. Also enjoy compiling and writing Bible studies, reading, traveling and making new low cal recipes from time to time.

New grandson in November 2016!

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I'm reading two wonderful devotionals. The first is JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young. It's a full year of short devotionals, and I'm reading it for my fourth or fifth year in 2017.

The other "devotional" is Women of the Bible (A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture: Updated and Expanded). It is written by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda. I got them for my Kindle and just love them!

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