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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: 41,098

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.

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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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    Congratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week!


    When you read only the first letter of each word you will find what you have done this week!
    Keep up the hard work!!!

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    12 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/14/2016 10:30:01 AM
    Has this ever happened to you? You are feeling discouraged and wonder if it is worth all of the effort. Then you open your SP page and see a word of encouragement from a friend? It is just what you need to keep going, knowing there are those who care and are struggling along with you. Happens to me all of the time. I hope I am one of those friends to you.
    Congratulations for being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. I pay attention to those lists. It is a huge accomplishment! I am one of your biggest fans!

    Ruthie emoticon

    26 days ago
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    I am thrilled to sy you are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week!!! Be proud of what you have accomplished. You are truly an inspiration! Keep up the hard work! I am rooting for you on this journey. You are doing it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1146 days ago
    Looks like you are off to a great start for the summer - You are in the top five for team fitness minutes. Way to GO!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the hard work! I am rooting for you all the way!!! Ruthie emoticon
    1153 days ago
    Workouts are an important part of our journey. I am so proud of you for being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. Continue to be committed to YOU and your health. You are doing it!!!! WOOHOO!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    I am rooting for your continued success! Ruthie emoticon
    1160 days ago
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