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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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    Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,
    Any wrongs laid up from a bygone day?
    Gather them now and lay them away
    Before Christmas comes.
    Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,
    And life is short from beginning to end;
    Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend
    When Christmas comes.
    ~ William Lytle ~
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    emoticon emoticon ~Enjoy each day...enjoy every moment~ emoticon emoticon
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    2 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon ~~Thanksgiving Poem~~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    May your stuffing be tasty,
    May your turkey plump,
    May your potatoes and gravy,
    have nary a lump.
    May your yams be delicious,
    May your pies take the prize,
    and may your Thanksgiving dinner
    stay off your thighs.

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    Thanksgiving is an emotional Holiday..People travel thousands of miles to be with people who they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is too often.
    ~Johnny Carson~
    You can tell if you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.
    ~Jay Leno!

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    ~~~~****~~~***~~**~HAPPY THANKSGIVING~**~~***~~~****~~~~
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    21 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    Sending you some comical quotes to think about......hope they make you smile

    “I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” ~Dolly Parton
    “Can it be a mistake that STRESSED’ is ‘DESSERTS’ spelled backwards?” ~Unknown

    “Forget love… I’d rather fall in chocolate!” ~Unknown
    “When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn’t taste that bad.” ~Janette Barber

    “I bought a talking refrigerator that said “Oink” every time I opened the door. It made me hungry for pork chops.” ~Marie Mott
    “A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” ~O.A. Battista

    “If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.” ~Unknown
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    28 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon "BE" THESE ON MONDAY emoticon emoticon emoticon

    M~~Be Merry, Marvelous, Magnificent, and Mystical;
    ........not Moody, Malicious, Manipulative, and Mouthy.

    O~~Be Open-minded. Outgoing, Obliging, and Overjoyed;
    ........not Obnoxious, Offensive, Obsessive, and Over-confident

    N~~Be Neighborly, Nurturing, Natural, and Nice;
    .......not Nasty, Nosy, Neglectful, and Negative

    D~~Be Determined, Dependable, Decent, and, Dedicated;
    ........not Deceptive, Deceitful, Destructive, and Degrading.

    A~~Be Ambitious, Admirable, Authentic, and Astonishing;
    ........not Abusive, Awful, Angry, and Aggravating.

    Y~~Be Yielding, and Yearning;
    ......not, Yucky, and Yowling.
    ~Barb (BARBIEE52)~

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    37 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    emoticon emoticon emoticon ~~THE WITCH~~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    She comes by night, in fearsome flight, In garments black as pitch,
    the queen of doom upon her broom, the wild and wicked witch,
    a crackling crone with brittle bones and desicated limbs,
    two evil eyes with warts and sties and bags about the rims,
    a dangling nose, ten twisted toes and folds of shriveled skin,
    cracked and chipped and crackled lips that frame a toothless grin.
    She hurtles by, she sweeps the sky and hurls a piercing screech.
    As she swoops past, a spell is cast on all her curses reach.
    Take care to hide when the wild witch rides to shriek her evil spell.
    What she may do with a word or two is much too grim to tell.
    ~Jack Prelustky~

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    44 days ago
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