Barbara: before
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For almost eight weeks now I have been at the same weight. I am still exercising, now even more. I am still drinking my water. I am still on the Best Life Diet. Why is my body not cooperating? Do I need a Bob intervention? Oh I guess not. Patience, Barbara. Patience.

I can think of many excuses. My age, my quitting smoking, my lack of experience in exercise, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I'm sick of this. Why is the scale not moving? I have been 219 to 224 forever, it seems. Every week I weigh myself and say to myself, "This is going to be the week it drops off!" And then it doesn't, and then I cry and have my own little pity party. Then I pick myself up, brush myself off and start all over again. Hey, wasn't that a song a long time ago? Here's the new song—"I hate being on a plateau!"

I'm not going to dwell on it, though...NEXT!

My son Brian is getting married this Saturday. When I bought my dress, I thought, "I wonder if it will be too big on me." Ah, no, it's not. That was over six weeks ago. I am having 17 family members flying in from Pennsylvania. Included in that lot is my mother. I guess I have the normal dysfunctional family. There are going to be air mattresses all over my floors. Trust me, it's going to be a fun week!

My house will be nonsmoking for the first time. That means no smoking on the outside patio either. Whoever needs to smoke can go in their car or walk down the road, because my house is NONSMOKING! All my children smoked, and the only one left smoking is my daughter Rachael. We are all working on her!

I must say I am so proud of my sons Brian, Brodie and Randy Luke for quitting. Children learn what they live, and they all lived in a house where their father and I smoked. I can't go backwards in time—boy, don't we all wish we did!

I also have to say that I was really proud of the show we did last week! We all looked great! I have to say a shout out for my makeup girl at Oprah. Her name is Stella, and she made me look fantastic!

It was great to see Bob and Oprah. Oprah is so nice, really, so nice. So many people ask me, is Oprah really that nice? She is. And I love Bob Greene to pieces. Could you believe he is almost my age? He looks at least 10 years younger. See what living your best life does to you? He has the best personality and so easy to talk to. He understands me more than any of my ex-husbands did. It's like he knows what's on my mind. No, I don't want to marry him. I just want him for my best friend. He is teaching me to stand up for myself and learn to live my best life. How blessed I am to have him in my life.

I got a "talking to" from my producer about behaving on stage, and I think I passed with flying colors. She is just doing her job. It was live TV. I guess my personality is a little too much for some at times. But so what? Who cares? I am learning to like myself more and more every day. I'm awesome! Now if I could just lose a pound or two and get off of this darn plateau!

Live your best life!

Barbara
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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