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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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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am here to celebrate YOU. You are in the top five for team fitness minutes! I am proud of your commitment. Every move is a step closer to success. I am cheering for you! Ruthie emoticon
    1385 days ago
    WooHoo on the calories and exercise!
    1387 days ago
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    Hello! I saw your review of Call the Midwife on the Bookworms team; I have that book on my "want to read" list; I have enjoyed watching the tv series on PBS.
    1388 days ago
    Hi Barbara DH and I are greeting the New Year with a really bad Virus. We both had flu shots but I picked it up at Christmas we did not go anywhere or with anyone so as to not expose DH to anything in 2 weeks he is supposed to be having a hip replacement and I am worrying it will be postponed. We have to drive to Portland for education on the 6th and on the seventh so we will find out in a few days. I am still in so much pain in my ribs from coughing.

    HAPPY New Year to you and yours. I am sending you the best of good wishes to you all. HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon EGG and I are still doing our thread, take care Pat .
    1390 days ago
    Hi again you popped up on my Friend feed. Have you been missing again. I have to walk with Leslie Sansonne I would love to chat or hear from you. HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .
    1414 days ago
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