BARBARA_BOO   119,861
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
Street Jazz--2007--Check out those arm muscles!





On A Cruise--February, 1997--220 lbs & gaining!





High-Five to the Ref! February--2007



I have 48 pics in my gallery





Awards





See All SparkPeople Motivators


 
Love to Dance?

I LOVED dancing for thousands at MILWAUKEE BUCKS basketball games, with Seniorgee, a team of 20 dancers, aged 60 to 80. We rocked the house to screams & standing ovations from fans. I was on the team from Day One, for 5 seasons. My jersey for 2010-2011, read "BSUE 69", my nickname & age. Team sponsor, Village at Manor Park, promotes the team with the slogan, "You're Never Too Old To Play".

I dropped out, to prepare for selling our house and relocating. My final performance ...
I LOVED dancing for thousands at MILWAUKEE BUCKS basketball games, with Seniorgee, a team of 20 dancers, aged 60 to 80. We rocked the house to screams & standing ovations from fans. I was on the team from Day One, for 5 seasons. My jersey for 2010-2011, read "BSUE 69", my nickname & age. Team sponsor, Village at Manor Park, promotes the team with the slogan, "You're Never Too Old To Play".

I dropped out, to prepare for selling our house and relocating. My final performance was December 30th, 2011, when we welcomed the new year by dancing the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Dougie, Wobble and Party Rock, in a big free-for-all mob scene, with Energee (sexy Bucks dancers like us, only younger). Seniorgee has sent me on my way with flowers, hugs, kisses and tears. Great friends.

SparkPeople has helped me maintain 65% of my weight loss. I'm working to improve that number. Back in the 1970's I wore a Weight Watchers pin with 9 diamonds in it, signifying a 100-lb weight loss. I worked for them for 5 years, teaching eight classes a week by the time I left. My highest documented weight was 238, and I'm 5 feet 0 inches petite.

Exercise was not a prioity until the summer of 2003, when I discovered tap dancing. I have since studied tap, ballet, street jazz, pole dancing, and hip hop.

The back story about my exercise started in 2002. I was suffering with pain caused by spondelolysis. Small openings in vertabrae 4 & 5 led to pressure on the sciatic nerve, which caused shooting pains (about every 5 minutes while standing) down my right leg, from hip to foot.

Doctors threatened me with "fusion" (the surgical kind, not the dancing kind). It all came to a head for me, emotionally, in January of 2003, when they told me to lose weight and exercise (or else) and sent me home with a diet and a back brace. By that summer when I began my first dance class, I had lost 18 lbs. The pain subsided enough, as I continued losing weight and dancing, to allow me to escape surgery.

In 2005 I found Michelle, an accomplished dancer AND an expert in pilates. We used pilates techniques and pilates equipment classes, to strengthen my core and back muscles. The corrections removed pressure on the sciatic nerve. No more shooting pains. All in all, my health is not bad for someone who technically qualifies as a "little old lady".

I was born May 3, 1942 in a little coal-mining town in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. I think it's cool that James Brown, the late godfather of soul, was born on my birthday, in a different year. He's been described as someone who started with nothing and rocked the WORLD! I am a cheerleader for the underdog, and hard-working people like him inspire me to go after my own goals.

I don't think it's wise for people to tell themselves that they have one big chance in life, like they say on tv shows like "The X Factor", and that if they blow it, they are "excrement out of luck". "All or nothing" is not our only option.

I enjoy examples of people who keep at it. Another person I admire because she has achieved far beyond what anyone could have imagined, mainly because of her tenacity, is my 5th cousin, Dolly Parton. Although we have never met, we are directly descended from the same great-great-great-great grandfather, Henry Bohannon, from the Smoky Mountains. I lived in the Smokies with Granny Rose from ages 6 through 9. My parents had gone "up north" to Kalamazoo, Michigan to find work and get their marital act together.

My goal is to maintain a weight that is healthy, PERMANENTLY. I want to remain strong, flexible and injury-free as many years as possible. I believe my unhealthy habits will continue to weaken, as long as I don't feed them.

I feel my focus shifting to "how active, happy and comfortable I can be at a lower weight". I also want to keep the weight down so that I don't serve as an EXCUSE for my daughters. I wouldn't want them to think they are destined to become obese because of my behavior.

My husband tells me it wasn't so much the FAT that had bothered him, but more the way I acted and felt about myself BECAUSE of the fat. When fat, I was openly insecure, easy to upset, not as playful. Sad, defeated, not much fun.

SparkPeople continues to be a good experience. On March 5th, 2008 I was notified that the SparkPeople Community believed I was a motivation to others and that I was to be designated a SparkPeople MOTIVATOR. I hope that the Sparkies were right and that I can be of help.

On May 10, 2010, I was recognized as SparkTeam LEADER OF THE MONTH for MAY, 2010. I was on a roll that month, apparently. Life has its "ups and downs". I have since been missing enough that a friend found me and emailed me to come and say "Hi" because it was "Inactive Leader Day". You may be familiar with the notice SparkPeople posts when a team's leader has been missing for 60 days. (smile)

I'm here now and doing much better than when I wasn't.

NOTE: TO SEE ME DANCE, LOOK ON YOUTUBE. Search for "Seniorgee" or "Senior-Gee" at http:\\www.youtube.com. Lots of performances from my 5 years are still there.
Read More About BARBARA_BOO (Updated January 4)




SparkFriends



SparkTeams



My Ticker:

 current weight: 187.8 
 
238
215.25
192.5
169.75
147


 
Interact with BARBARA_BOO

Send Member a Private Message







Recent Blogs:





 
Profile

Member Since: 1/7/2008

SparkPoints: 119,861

Fitness Minutes: 188,695

My Goals:
~Continue to grow. The richer my life, the less I will focus on my weight.

~Work to stay healthy & independent.

My Program:
~Wear my Fitbit to compete with my 3 daughters for weekly exercise.
~Plan "go to" meals, to keep my "calories consumed" reasonable.
~Weigh regularly on my Withings scale. It sends my weight directly to my SparkPeople ticker.

Personal Information:
Married to Jim, my "Sugarman", since Sept 1, 1961.
Three daughters: Laura, Liz & Sarah.
Two granddaughters: Carly & Kelsey.
One grandson: Sam.
One cat: Ramey.

Other Information:
Hobbies: Tap Dancing, Reading, Knitting, Beading, Computers, DNA study, Genealogy, Suduko Puzzles, Piano Lessons

ALWAYS WANTED TO STUDY PIANO: Started lessons Sept., 2009. Despite its growing difficulty, I love it!!!
I can practice for hours and forget all about food or troubles.

Profile Image





 
 



Peace Sign
From:
RUBYROOTS4YOU

Candles
From:
KIMPAINTS

Flame
From:
DDOORN

Dancing Lessons
From:
CASSIES

Tiara
From:
YOOVIE

Monster Truck
From:
SCHWINNER!




Member Comments:
RUBYROOTS4YOU
4/8/2014 6:25:24 AM

Helloooooooooooooo!! *ecchhoooooooooo* LOL. Stopping by to let you know that I changed my username. Anyway, you must be busy dancing. Miss you bunches! :)

Ruby (formerly "THRU-HIKER") emoticon



Report Inappropriate Comment
RUBYROOTS4YOU
3/16/2014 1:38:45 AM

Hey, Miss Barbara! Hope you're doing well. I went away for a bit, but I'm back. emoticon



Report Inappropriate Comment
MISCHIEFBOI
2/14/2014 3:18:34 AM

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Unknown emoticon

May your life be filled with Happiness emoticon Laughter emoticon Love emoticon Friends emoticon and Surprises emoticon .

Happy Valentine's Day emoticon



Report Inappropriate Comment
LOIS_SPARKLES
11/2/2013 10:18:31 AM

Hi there, I have added you as a Sparkfriend - love your page, so refreshing xx

emoticon emoticon emoticon



Report Inappropriate Comment
PB4WEGO
7/31/2013 3:44:22 PM

WOW! Thank you for sharing so much, very inspirational. Keep dancing. emoticon



Report Inappropriate Comment
Member Comments Page (1423 total):  123Next >Last >>

See My SparkFavorites Report Inappropriate Page