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Hi! I'm 52 and I have had a stress ful 2 years. My husband of 28 years passed away in August of 2014. Since then I have down sized and moved to a much smaller house. It's been tough just getting from one day to the next, and I've managed to gain all the weight back that I lost six years ago. I think my life is finally beginning to settle back into a more normal routine and I'm ready to get back with the program.

I know from experience on Sparkpeople that the best way for me to lose weight and eat right is to track everything. I've learned a lot about setting goals and working towards them step by step. I know it works. I've done it. I've had a few false starts they past year, but I think the time is finally right.

Here's to a great year coming up.

Member Since: 1/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 44,954

My Goals:
My goals at this time are mainly to eat healthy and develope a healthier lifestyle. I really want to reach my goal weight (140) by June.

I also want to make my real body match the image I have of myself in my head, the way I looked 20 years ago, BK - before kids.

My Program:
I am logging what I eat everyday and trying to stay in my calorie range. I stopped drinking cokes and I eat many more fruits and veggies, less simple carbs.
I exercise almost everyday.

Personal Information:
My name is Barbara and I live in Arkansas with my 24 year old son, Mark.

Climbing back on the band wagon to lose weight I have regained over the past couple of years.

Because of Sparkpeople have been able to lose 40+ pounds and have a new lease on life. I have gone back to college to major in History. I never thought I would get my old figure back but here I am.

Other Information:
My favorite book of all time is "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.
Other favorites are:
Pride and Prejudice - Austin
The Time Traveler's Wife - Neffenegger
Out of the Dust - Hesse
Favorite Authors: Jane Austin; Fannie Flagg, Karen Hesse, Harper Lee, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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    emoticon emoticon Just stopping by to say how happy I am to see you are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    It takes determination, commitment and a lot of hard work to achieve that! \I hoe you now how awesome you are. emoticon
    Stay strong and shine on!
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    5 days ago
    COngratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week.

    "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." emoticon
    - Newt Gingrich

    Feel good about persevering. It is worth it!!!
    Have a great week.

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    12 days ago
    During the holidays it is easy to give up, to put aside our goals, and to give in to temptations.

    You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. – Ralph Marston

    You are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. Continue in your unstoppable determination! I believe in YOU!!!

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    96 days ago
    You are doing fantastic! emoticon
    You are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. emoticon
    The holidays are upon us. emoticon
    Temptations are all around. emoticon

    You have to push yourself, no one is going to do it for you! Keep up the determination!!!!

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    103 days ago
    emoticon WOOHOO! you are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week!

    You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. Jimmy Carter

    You are doing it! Keep on choosing to be healthy!

    Ruthie emoticon

    131 days ago
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