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I've been dieting and exercising on and off for the past 30 years. When my weight hit an all time high (162, I'm 5'1") and I turned 50 years old I knew I had to take charge of my life again. I am determined to get my body in the best shape that I can.

I originally joined Sparkpeople in January 2006. I was doing really good tracking my food and exercising 3 days a week. In July 2006 I joined a gym and was working out 5-6 days a week burning a ton of calories. At that point I ...
I've been dieting and exercising on and off for the past 30 years. When my weight hit an all time high (162, I'm 5'1") and I turned 50 years old I knew I had to take charge of my life again. I am determined to get my body in the best shape that I can.

I originally joined Sparkpeople in January 2006. I was doing really good tracking my food and exercising 3 days a week. In July 2006 I joined a gym and was working out 5-6 days a week burning a ton of calories. At that point I stopped tracking my food thinking I was ok because I was burning so many calories. Well I did lose about 5 pounds, but that dang scale wouldn't budge any further. True, I did gain some muscle but my measurments were not changing. I finally realized it had to be my diet and I really needed help. In April 2007 I joined Jenny Craig and the weight slowly started coming off again. I had a steady weight loss through December 2007.

My Mom passed away in January 2008 and I lost my motivation to exercise. I was still eating Jenny Craig meals but I was doing a lot of snacking inbetween. OF COURSE the pounds started creeping up again which in turn just depressed me even more, finally, I just said "ENOUGH" I have worked too hard for too long, it's time to get back on track again. That's when I rediscovered Sparkpeople and was thrilled to see all the great changes they had made to their website.

I joined several Spark Teams and found the motivation that I needed to gain control and get my life back on track again. I've met so many wonderful people that have encouraged me to keep going. I discoverd the joy and benefits of running and have completed four 5K's at the age of 53!! I turned 2008 from being a failure into being an accomplishment. What an incredible feeling!


Update April 2009:I really felt it was time to get off Jenny Craig and start eating clean. I'm stressed right now trying to plan meals (I haven't done this for 2 years) but I know it will get easier as I find the recipes that I like and I'm used to buying certain brands of foods and I don't have to read labels all the time.


Update 2009: Well 2009 didn't exactly go as planned. I ended up with a sprained calf in June and by the time I was healed I lost my motivation to run. From there things spiraled downward and I ended the year with a 10 lb weight gain.

Update April 2010: I've found my motivation to run again. I ran a 5k in March and it wasn't my fastest but it wasn't my slowest either. I'm planning a 5k each month for 2010 and have finally bought a bicycle to cross train.

Update November 2010: I've run 5 5k's this year. I joined the BLC team and that has made a huge difference for me! With all the challenges and requirements for the team it has kept me accountable and on a losing streak, woo hoo! I will be Captain of the BLC Silver Spy team for Round 15 starting in January, I'm so excited!

Update April 2011: I've lost 14 lbs in the last two rounds of BLC!

January 2012: Starting my sixth round of the Biggest Loser Challenge and Captain of the Silver Spies. I love this challenge and together with my fantastic Co-Caps and teammates I will reach my goal this year!

September 2012: I'm starting BLC 20 as a MOM (Master of Maintenance) I reached my goal weight last round and have maintained! Woo Hoo!

November 2013: I'm still maintaining but would like to get my weight down another 5 lbs. Being Captain of the BLC Silver Spies team has kept me on track and accountable.

January 2014: Goals - Stay in maintenance range by weighing in weekly and adjusting calories accordingly. Plan meals and snacks, pre-cook when possible. Limit sweet snacks in the house. Start C25K again in order to run 5K's with DD.
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Member Since: 1/23/2006

SparkPoints: 89,565

Fitness Minutes: 108,067

My Goals:
To reach my weight goal in 2012. Done!

To run a 5k race. DONE! 11/27/08 Time 44:12

5K Spring Gallop 3/28/09 38:20 PR

To get a sleeker, toned body!

To stay within my calorie range, no more snacking on sweets at night.

My Program:
Strength train 3x a week.

Cardio 5-6x a week.



Personal Information:
I am originally from Vermont and now live outside of Chicago. I am married and the mother of 2 grown children and 2 grandchilden.

My hobbies are reading, cooking, motorcycles and gardening.

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FITNHEALTHYKAL
12/21/2014 4:43:11 PM

LOVE the story behind your profile photo. A memory maker for sure! emoticon



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JIBBIE49
12/12/2014 4:50:43 PM

emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon

I see your Spark Friend, MICHIGANLORI is "The Motivator of the Day". What an honor for her.

You have done really well, too. emoticon



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ARKPLE
12/8/2014 10:22:08 AM

Hi Darlene,
I haven't visited your page in awhile. I absolutely love your new profile photo. You are looking fine!

I'm referring Meg (MEGNEG) to Camp Wannabefit. She is a former BLC participant who is looking to rejoin an active SparkTeam. I hope that Camp Wannabefit is still active and is going well.

Also best wishes to both you and your DH. Sending you prayers and healthy thoughts for the holiday season and beyond.

xo, ~~ Barbara

P.S. I love our baby SparkMembers. Can't believe how quickly Mandi's little Eli is growing up!



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HARRINGTON5
11/30/2014 11:50:35 AM

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog and for your continued support. This could really be a life changer for me. I was pretty close to this way of eating, but hadn't committed 100%. I still ate lots of processed stuff and sweets, but so far, I'm doing great and have no intention of cheating. Sugar is a killer so I am glad to hear of your new plan too.



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GRANMALINDA
11/22/2014 8:56:08 PM

Thanks for the Woo Hoo on the boys. They are doing so well, progressing nicely. I've been back and forth twice, currently resting at home for the next trip which will be when they come home. I remembered your Conor. Grandchildren are simply the best part of parenting. emoticon



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