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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.


Member Since: 3/31/2013

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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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    The ROOF said: Aim High.
    The FAN said: Be cool.
    The CLOCKS said: Every minute is precious.
    The MIRROR said Reflect before you act.
    The WINDOW said: See the world.
    The CALENDAR said: Be up-to-date.
    The DOOR said: Push hard to achieve your goals.

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    2 days ago
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    Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. - Lucille Ball

    Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. - M Scott Peck

    Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. - Eleanor Roosevelt

    It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others. – Sidney J. Harris

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    3 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
    You're on your own, and you know what you know.
    And you're the one who'll decide where you go.
    ~Dr. Suess~

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    6 days ago
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    “The most beautiful people we have known
    are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle,
    known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
    These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity,
    and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion,
    gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
    Beautiful people do not just happen.”
    ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross~

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    9 days ago
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    You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months over-thinking the past.
    trying to put together pieces, imagining what could've been,
    should've been, or would've been..or you can pick up the pieces off the floor,
    and move on as a stronger, smarter person.
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    11 days ago
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