BARBARADELFA
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Me and my grandson at his 1st birthday party (I weigh 165 pounds!)



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Me & my daughter, Tamara, at a friend's wedding 7-26-08



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At the National Commander's Dinner 4-17-09....107.5 pounds gone!


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I am a 58 year old grandmother of the two most beautiful (I know... they all say that) grandchildren given to me by my favorite daughter (ok, she's my only child). I retired from my job. as a Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist 1 after 34 years (in plain language...I was the Director of the Incident Management Unit) at an institution for the developmentally disabled in New York State. My husband passed away on September 9, 2019 after a 10 month battle against stomach cancer. Life is hard. AUGUST 1, 2017: Once again, attempting to get myself back on track to being healthy. Today, I was named "Motivator of the Day". I don't feel like that was deserved as I haven't been motivated myself. I am thankful, nonetheless. JUNE 23, 2015: Well, again I am trying. Don't know why it is so hard. Went to my doctor on the 16th to find that I had gained 102 pounds in the past 6 years, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and am pre-diabetic. Came home on medication and disgusted with myself. Difference this time is I started charting my food the next day and have stuck with it this past week. Yesterday, I started exercising again. I am more motivated to stay on track this time and am hopeful that I will beat this demon and get back to being healthy and feeling better. JANUARY 3, 2015 and I have done nothing that I need to do where my health and weight are concerned. I know what I must do but it is easier said than done. I find I am talking the talk but not walking the walk, so to speak. Actually, pretty disappointed with myself at this point.... I AM BACK! It is June 9, 2013 and so many things have changed in my life. I unfortunately got too far away from what I needed to do and have gained almost all of the weight that I lost back. So I have returned to what I know works and will once again follow the right path to success. This time, I have a different frame of mind and believe that I will conquer this demon. I was married on April 27, 2013 to a fantastic man who, even though he loves me as I am, understands and supports me in whatever I endeavor to do....this included. I am healthy (other than the weight) and able to get back on track. I found a Curves near to my new home and will join it as soon as I get back from my honeymoon at the end of this month (not an excuse.....just the right time for me to do it and stick with it). I am excited once again and it has been a LONG time! UPDATE: December 24, 2013 - I did join the Curves in July but have not gone. Right after joining, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colo-Rectal Cancer and I have been running full steam with that. She recently had surgery after round 1 with radiation/chemo and will start round 2 of chemo in January 2014....hopefully, I will be able to get going on myself at the same time. I did start tracking my food today....STEP 1! MY ORIGINAL ENTRY ON JANUARY 19, 2008: So tired of being FAT. So tired of hating what I see in the mirror. Just plain TIRED! Gonna change that right now!

Member Since: 1/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 24,515

My Goals:
I started trying to lose weight at the end of May 2007. My motivation to do so was because my fasting blood sugar was high (and I don't have diabetes). My goal was to lose 100 pounds and I weighed 260 pounds at that time.

Maintenance Goal: Tone up the jiggly stuff!


My Program:
My plan is as follows:

I watch EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth. Even though I don't follow the meal plans here, I do log in everything on my Nutrition Tracker.

I exercise at least 3 times a week. I use my Recumbent Bicycle and WiiFit game. I log everything into the Fitness Tracker.

I carry my day's food with me to work.

I drink at least 8 cups of water a day.

I eat at least 8 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

I tell myself that I AM WORTH IT!



Personal Information:
I live in New York State.

I am a veteran of the US Army (1980-1984).

I am an Officer at the Post the American Legion and am a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. This has been my life's passion for the past 25 years (other than my daughter and family).


Other Information:
I believe that no matter what, we need to support our troops in their mission, even if we don't agree with it. They need to know that they have our love and support.




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  • v QTEALADY20031
    I just read your weightloss story. You are quite an inspiration. It just shows you we need to do the work and
    we need to walk the talk. You are a prime example of what success really is.....the fact that you deserve a long and healthy life. emoticon June
    3287 days ago
  • v no profile image MARCELY
    You're my inspiration. I have about the same amount of weight to lose. One thing I noticed is that you look great with no sagging skin. I can tell that you must really have exercised during your whole journal. This is my main concern....don't want to look worse after with sagging skin everywhere when I can't afford surgery. You look terrific! emoticon
    3324 days ago
  • v LESSOFRONI
    Very inspirational! Kudos to you and all your hard work! Keep it up!!!
    3327 days ago
  • v no profile image MAMAISHTARI
    Hi! Thank you for the initiation. I'm down 12 lbs so far and that feels really good, until I look up and see how far I still have to go (70 more). I know I'm on the right path and making good choices, just feeling a little down today.
    3340 days ago
  • v TEXASJENNE
    I'm 57 years old and have been using Spark People for two weeks and have lost three pounds so far. I am really inspired by your story and hope to get off blood pressure medication in a year. Way to go!
    3342 days ago
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