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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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    I don't care if it's FRIDAY THE 13th...I'm just glad it's FRIDAY!!

    emoticon Have a Fun, Fantastic, Fabulous, Fun-loving Friday emoticon
    6 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    It will hurt..it will take time..it will take dedication.. it will require willpower.
    You will need to make healthy decisions! It requires sacrifice!
    You will need to push your body to it's MAX,...and..there will be lots of temptations!
    It won't be easy either, but....I promise you that when you reach your goal,
    It will be worth it, because you are worth it!!

    ~~~ emoticon emoticon ~Have a Great Weekend~ emoticon emoticon ~~~

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    13 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early
    to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.
    You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing.
    We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.
    And I hope you see things that startle you.
    I hope you feel things you never felt before.
    I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
    I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not,
    I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
    ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald ~

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    26 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
    May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

    May your troubles be less. and your blessings be more.
    and nothing but happiness. come through the door.

    May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more.
    May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

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    33 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    1. If you've got chocolate on your hands, you're eating it much too slow.
    2. Chocolate raisins, cherries, and strawberries count as fruit.
    3. Eat a chocolate bar before a meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite.
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    4. Money talks. Chocolate sing
    5. Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look young.
    6. Eat equal amount of white and dark chocolate...
    they'll contradict each other for a balanced diet.
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    7. There's no Chocolate Anonymous. No one wants to quit.
    8. If you can't get 2 lbs. of chocolate home in a hot car, eat it in the parking lot.
    9. Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your daily things to do list.
    That way, you get one thing done.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Don't you just love Chocolate? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    66 days ago
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