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Barb’s Story – A Healthier You – Food, Fun & Fitness

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Hi Friends:  Say hello to Barb!   Barb is in her 60’s and looks wonderful!  Barb and I have been good friends for quite some time.  I must say one of the qualities I admire about her is that she is very conscientious about what she eats and she makes time to exercise.




Here is Barb’s story:

“Unhealthy lifestyle?  Tell me about it.  I know every unhealthy activity known to man except hardcore drugs.  I have to say I never got into that except for nicotine.  I used go to the store just to shop for all of my favorite cakes, cookies, starches and ice cream!  Then, I would go home and eat until I was sick.  That was 20 years ago, and I vowed never to eat like that again.  I was sadly 100 pounds heavier than I should have weighed.  It is still hard for me to believe it; even now, as I am telling it.  That all seems like a lifetime ago, but my return to a more normal weight range has taken me over 10 years.

 Some of Barb’s most important tips:

 Daily Routine:  I aim for 8 hours of sleep and try to incorporate more fruits (at least one citrus) and greens into my diet.   Drinking water is a big part of my day, and I drink a minimum of 64 ounces every day.  I am truly committed to this goal and it helps!

Carb Counting.  I started carb counting when I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.  There are a lot of ways to do it, but my doctor recommended 45 carbs per meal.  If you prefer lighter meals balanced with 3 snacks throughout the day, you can have 3 meals of 35 carbs per meal and 3 snacks of 10 carbs each.  Not being extremely fond of math, I just look at the total number of carbs I can have (45 x 3) which is 135 carbs, and I go from there. 

T Factor Fat Gram Counter.  This counter includes huge amounts of dietary information, including the amount of carbs in every food you can imagine.  It is worth it, believe me, to recognize what we are eating and how much we are eating.





Exercise:  I do cardio for 30 – 45 minutes and some weight training for my arms and legs a minimum of 3 times per week.  My employer compensates me by paying half of my gym dues if I go to the gym 12 times per month!  That is an external motivation I can’t pass up.  Cardio is basically the treadmill, elliptical or bike.  These are very BORING for me; however, since I do these at the gym, there are TV’s to distract and entertain me.  I also listen to my music or take the time to meditate, look over my day, think about how I could have done better, not being severe, just real.  God speaks during those times we “zone out”, at least to me.  

Senior woman doing exercise.


Stretching:  Recently, I bought a total gym and have incorporated 5 – 10 minutes of stretching when I get back from the gym.  As we age, darn it, stretching BEFORE exercise to avoid injury becomes more important.  Remember, stretching itself will burn some calories.  So what I guess I am trying to say is:  Stretching is great before and after exercise!  


beautiful sporty woman doing exercise on the floor


Aches, Pains and Progress:  I can’t say I am where I want to be YET, but I am getting there.  I have “aches and pains” that hold me back sometimes.  I am not sure where these “little reminders of aging” are all coming from, but I plan to figure it out this year and deal with it.  I do not let how I feel keep me from exercising, unless I am validly sick or have a definite injury. We need to make intellectual or logical choices about health, not emotional ones!  I am within 20 pounds of my goal weight and that might sound bad to some people, but it is music to my ears because I am no longer considered “obese” by medical standards, just overweight!  I will take it!”

Barb has lots of wonderful tips for us gals we all could use!  I, for one, can certainly relate to the “indulging” on lots and lots of sweets all at once!   Barb is consistent with her “daily routine” and her exercise program. Notice how Barb says it has taken her over 10 years to get to her range of weight?  Please note, for those of us who are middle-aged and older, it takes time!  Most of us didn’t put this weight on overnight, and it certainly won’t come off in a day.  While reclaiming a healthy weight and better health may become more challenging as we age, Barb is living proof that changing the way you live can change your life for the better!  I look forward to implementing some of Barb’s tips.

Thanks for being an inspiration for better health, Barb!



Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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