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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: 41,809

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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    COngrats on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week! emoticon emoticon
    This month I have been doing a Small changes challenge to kickstart myself. SOmetimes we need to take stock and reboot! Every day make a choice to forge ahead to you goals! emoticon

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    32 days ago
    COngratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. I hope you are determined to reach your goals.
    I struggle with my self confidence because of my weight. I saw this quote this week. I share it with you hoping it speaks to you as strongly as it did to me.

    "One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself. "Gabourey Sidibe

    We are all beautiful!!!

    Ruthie emoticon
    39 days ago
    Congratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I leave you with this thought today. I hope you will embrace it for yourself

    There is a difference between pretty and beautiful. When someone is pretty, they have a good appearance. But when someone is beautiful they shine on the inside and out! emoticon
    Know you are BEAUtiFUL in my eyes.

    Ruthie emoticon
    60 days ago
    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!!!

    Ruthie emoticon
    74 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

    88 days ago
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