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May 18th 2010, 204 lbs, wearing the biggest pair of pants I ever owned. They used to be skin tight!

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My Name is Barbara. I turned 50 this year(2008). I want to lose a good 100lbs. I know I can do it. I used to weigh over 400 and now am in the high 200s. I successfully kept off over 100lbs for several years, but am stuck in losing and maintaining a further weight loss. As I get older the weight becomes an increasing burden and is preventing me from living my life to the fullest. Hence, it has to go. I hope to find some inspiration and like minded people on this site. It would be great to meet some people from Tucson.

In January 09 I was doing really great and getting closer to my goal. That is when I decided to take the next step and quit smoking. I have not smoked since but gained back the weight I had lost and then some. So I had to start my journey more or less from scratch. Of course I had learned some things along the way which I'm applying this time around. Thank goodness I'll never have to quit smoking again. It easily is one of the hardest things I've ever done.

My goal for 2010 is to reach 199 lbs in June of 2010. At which time I will set a further goal. I'm doing the following to reach that goal:

~Hike or do half marathon weekly
~Walk x miles a day on average, undecided at the moment
~Gym 4 to 5x a week
~Eat responsibly. Sensible portions of "real" food
~3 meals/2 snacks a day
~Weigh-in on Tuesdays
~Blog most days
~Log in to SP and get my Spark Points daily
~Encourage others on Spark
~Read other people's blogs regularly and be supportive
~Gratitude journal
~Fix my car so it does not break down and I have transportation to the gym, dog park, and the grocery store to buy healthy food
~Get rid of clothes that are too big as I continue to lose weight
~Keep junk food and trigger foods out of the house
~Make a plan beforehand when I eat out or at someone else's house
~Trade in Flea for a high energy

My goals for May:

Eat 3 meals/2 snacks
Eat mostly vegan/at least two meals per day
Eat mostly unprocessed food or lightly processed food
Record what I’m eating
Stay within calorie range most of the time

Exercise 120 min per day
Hike 1x per week
Do physical therapy for arm

Continue counseling for eating disorder
Do homework as assigned
Read Dr. Phil’s book 1x week
Get referral for nutritionist
Blog daily
Participate on Spark

Member Since: 10/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 40,180

My Goals:
Reach and maintain a healthy weight by making permanent and healthy lifestyle changes.

My Program:
I'm once again revising my exercise routine. So far:
Monday: Hiking
Tuesday: 3 miles Speed Walk

Eat 3 regular healthy meals and 2 snacks at least 5x week. I'm on a Dr. prescribed preventative diabetic diet.

My power Breakfast:
Oatmeal, Skim Milk, Fruit
Snacks: Fruit

Make new friends with similar issues for mutual support and accountability.

Don't eat because of boredome, lonelyness, or stress

Personal Information:
My name is Barbara. I grew up in Switzerland but live in Tucson, Arizona.

I'm the mother of a grown daughter.
I fancy myself an author and am currently looking for a publisher for my recently completed children's book. My next book is in the works.
I love animals and own a dog. I've adopted hiking as my latest hobby. My reward for reaching my goal weight will be to hike the Grand Canyon in 2012.

Other Information:
Media that helps me on my journey:
The Ultimate Weight Solution& The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Eating Disorder Downloads:
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe& 2Fit Chicks and a Microphone

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

This quote speaks to me, especially in regards to fad diets, or diets that do not include a life style change.

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  • v KRNMAC
    Just missing you - hope everything is ok, and you'll be back to posting soon!!
    3326 days ago
    youre an inspiration. i've been reading your starvation myth blog. Like it! ;) keep up the great work!
    3369 days ago
  • v DIANNE3560
    Looking good!
    Received this today and am happy to pass it right along to you!

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    ((¸¸.♥´ ..·´ ☆**☆.¸¸.♥´ Beautiful Woman Award!

    "The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. ...True beauty in a woman is reflected from her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and this type of beauty only grows as years pass!" SAM LEVENSON

    When I ponder beauty, I think of YOU! Thank you for joining with me on this journey...both the weight-loss one and sharing a bit of life!

    Once you've been given this award, you can paste it on the wall of other deserving women. Every one you receive back is a jewel in your crown... you are Daughter of the King, and YOU ARE truly beautiful!
    Do consider passing this on to other special women in your life... it's always good to know someone thinks you are beautiful inside and out! Maybe by the end of this every sparkmember will have received oneLOL!

    "You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God." Is 62:3
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    3437 days ago
    Your success is amazing!!!

    Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration!
    3443 days ago
  • v JENJEN1004
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"
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    Barbara, come back. I miss my friend!
    3451 days ago
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