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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: 40,309

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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    Hi again Thanks for that most generous GOODIE, I had Dr appointments all day and went to see Hamlet in the evening so very little sparking and no real exercise ,my back is really hurting. I blog every day if you want to read my trials and tribulations.
    Thanks again, I PROMISE i will catch up with you. emoticon

    emoticon emoticon I am so happy you are back and Ethan hawk is still there,Pat oxoxox
    1358 days ago
    Hi Barbara -
    just sent a SparkGoodie before I had finished reading your page and finding out that your name is Barbara!! (sorry!!). I have a brother in Katy, TX now so it's always fun to visit in Texas.

    1445 days ago
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    Welcome back!! It's good to see you in the Friend Feed these days! Are you back in school? I wasn't sure from fb if you are back preparing for the start or back, back!

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    1450 days ago
    Hi Barb, I never had friend feed working but this week I can use it for the first time. No wonder i never knew who was in and who swas out HUGS I hope your weather is good right now we are enjoying the high eighties at least I and the grandkids are. I blog every day so you can always catch up with what I am up to. Not much but IOn do it any way. HUGS Pat in lovely Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1474 days ago
    Hi Barbara, thanks for the friendship add,I've returned the privilege, but am sorry it took me so long to reply, had major probs with sp loading, but all seems ok at the mo.

    I too have just finished The Time Travellers Wife - it wasn't at all what I was expecting, but very clever!

    Good luck with everything you wish to achieve and look forward to watching your progress.

    Mandy x
    1488 days ago
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