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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: 44,489

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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    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
    1674 days ago
    WOOHOO!!! You are in the top five for the team for fitness minutes this week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so happy to know you are making healthy choices and taking care of YOU!!! You are worth every effort! Know that I am supporting you and applauding you. Keep up the fabulous work! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Ruthie emoticon
    1681 days ago
    Y_E_S we most definitely are we are getting things done so I can see it with DH, we loved it. Thanks. we go to Portland tomorrow. DH hip surgery is on Tuesday. HUGS Pat in Maine.
    I am still blogging and i know you are still very busy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1834 days ago
    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
    1842 days ago
    WooHoo on the calories and exercise!
    1844 days ago
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