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I completely forgot about my 3-year anniversary with SparkPeople, which was on March 31. This third year of my journey was not a good one, weight-wise. I have plenty of excuses like a demanding new job and menopause, but the truth is that I burned out and got lazy. In spite of joining several challenges, I found that I was slacking off on the exercise. I stopped tracking my food for a couple of months, and now I am only a few pounds short of the all-time high weight that prompted me to join Sparkpeople three years ago. I'm disappointed in myself, but determined to get back on the horse.

It's my 2-year anniversary with SparkPeople and time to update the SparkPage.

Twice within the last year I got within 1 pound of goal weight, but then life got in the way and I slacked off. I'm in danger of getting all the way back to my starting weight, which is disheartening.

I decided to try a Biggest Loser challenge to shake things up. So far, not much weight loss, but I am definitely improving my daily exercise level. Hopefully the weight will come back off soon.

From March 30, 2014:
Decided to create my Spark Page to celebrate my 1 year anniversary with SparkPeople.

I'm a 50 year old mom, currently living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I've lived here for nearly 18 years and I love it.

I was thin for my entire life until after the birth of my son 16 years ago. I became a stay at home mom and put on one to two pounds per year until I reached 160. That's when I decided that it had to stop.

After one year with SparkPeople, I'm within 4 pounds of my goal weight of 142. It was much harder to keep the pounds off than I ever imagined! I seem to lose three pounds and then plateau for weeks before making a little progress again.

I've started exercising every day for at least 30 minutes, and that seems to be helping break the latest plateau.


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I'm originally from Portland, Oregon. Married. One son with Asperger's.


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  • v BARBIEE52
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    ""Life is like a ball....in order to move it, you have to keep it rolling""
    ~By Barb~

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    1 day ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon ~ IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    ~~Erma Bombeck~~~(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

    I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth
    would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
    I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
    I would have talked less and listened more.
    I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
    I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less
    about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
    I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
    I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
    I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
    because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
    I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
    I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
    I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,
    wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
    Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment
    and realized that the wonderment growing inside me
    was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
    When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
    "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
    There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
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    But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...
    look at it and really see it, live it .and never give it back. I would stop sweating the small stuff.
    I wouldn't worry about who doesn't like me, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead,
    I would cherish the relationships I have with those who love me.
    I would think about what God HAS blessed me with, and what I am doing each day
    to promote myself mentally, physically, emotionally.

    After reading this, I realized how many more "I would" add to this list.
    "I would" share this with my friends, because my life is pretty wonderful with them in it.
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    2 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO emoticon emoticon

    Just a note to say hello before I start my day.
    Couldn't help but drop a line to my friend so far away
    As I sip my cup of latté, thoughts of you have crossed my mind.
    I'm sending morning greetings, and hope your day is fine!
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    Today is filled with sunshine, like the friendship we two share
    My day will be just dandy, I'll pretend that I am there.
    I have to go for now my friend as I have lots to do today
    Just wanted to "Hello" to you in this comment that I send your way.
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    3 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    Hey you......yes you,
    Stop being unhappy with yourself,
    Stop wishing you looked like someone else
    or wishing people liked you as much as they like someone else,
    Stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you,
    Stop hating your body, your face, your face, your quirks..
    love them for without those things you wouldn't be you
    and why would you want to be anyone else? Be confident
    with who you are, smile..it'll draw people in.
    If anyone hates you because you are happy with yourself,
    then just say "screw it, my happiness will not depend on others anymore.
    I'm happy because I love who I am. I love my flaws..I love my imperfections..
    they make me "me" and "me" is pretty amazing"
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon ~~Love yourself today~~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon My friend,
    (I know this is kind of long..but hope you take the time to read it. If you choose to read it, I hope you find it very truthful., as it really makes us think of how the world is today.)

    emoticon emoticon emoticon THE PARADOX OF OUR TIMES emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
    Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
    We spend more, but we have less.
    We have bigger houses, but smaller families
    More conveniences, but less time.
    We have more degrees, but less sense
    More knowledge, but less judgement
    More experts, but more problems
    More medicines, but less wellness.
    We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
    We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often
    We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.
    We have added years to life, but not life to years.
    We've been all the way to the moon and back
    But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
    We've conquered outer space, but not inner space.
    We,ve cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.
    We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.
    We've higher incomes, but lower morals.
    We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
    These are the times of tall men, and short character;
    Steep profits, and shallow relationships.
    These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare,
    More leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
    These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces;
    Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
    It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom.
    A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
    And a time when you can choose,
    Either to make a difference,. or just hit, delete.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ~Barb~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    7 days ago
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