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Hmm. I was "lookin' great in 2008," and then I was "lookin' fine in 2009." But I still had so far to go! So I was "at it again in 2010." But it still wasn't enough to make strong progress toward my goals. So I vowed that 2011 would be my year. And again in 2012. So what exactly happened?? I'm going to hit my 5-year Sparkversary this summer, and while I've made some strides toward living a fitter, healthier lifestyle, I'm still far from reaching my goal. Yes, I know that if I'd have ...
Hmm. I was "lookin' great in 2008," and then I was "lookin' fine in 2009." But I still had so far to go! So I was "at it again in 2010." But it still wasn't enough to make strong progress toward my goals. So I vowed that 2011 would be my year. And again in 2012. So what exactly happened?? I'm going to hit my 5-year Sparkversary this summer, and while I've made some strides toward living a fitter, healthier lifestyle, I'm still far from reaching my goal. Yes, I know that if I'd have tried my hardest I'd obviously be much further along than I am now. But I'm not giving up!

Hi! My name is Sharon. Welcome to my page! I'm adjusting my mini-goals and still working on meeting my original goal of losing 62 pounds. I'm about halfway there right now, and once I accomplish that, I'm not sure how much further (if any) I'll need to go to look and feel my best.

Spark People has been a wonderful tool for me, bringing me knowledge, inspiration, motivation, support, and virtual friends who are kindred spirits. I absolutely love my Spark Buddies! This is my time to shine--to finally get healthy. Come join me!
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Member Since: 6/8/2008

SparkPoints: 111,244

Fitness Minutes: 63,206

My Goals:
Mini-Goals (According to my ticker) :

1. June 29: 30 pounds for the new month.

2. July 20: 33 pounds and a new dress for a wedding I'm attending.

3. Aug 31: 40 pounds to complete the 13-13-13 challenge.


Long-term Goals:

1. BMI out of "obese" and into "overweight"

2. Avoid Diabetes

3. NEVER miss a day logging in to SP or logging my food intake

My Program:
NUTRITION: I'm mainly focused on portion sizes, since I've always made it a point to eat the right things. I'm just learning that yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Logging all my intake is an incredible help in this area.

I have also cut way back on sweets with refined sugar (cookies, pop, candy, etc) in my diet.

Finally, I'm drinking 10 glasses of water per day, and striving for 7 hours of sleep per night.

EXERCISE: I do 30 minutes per day of cardio and balance exercise on the Wii Fit Plus. In addition I aim for another 30 minutes of daily cardio on the treadmill or with a fitness DVD, and I take a daily walk with my DH as often as I can talk him into it. I wear a Fitbit constantly and aim for a minimum of 10,000 daily steps. I also do strength training 3 times per week, concentrating on strengthening my bum shoulder, but also working with my resistance bands on other areas.

Other Information:
As my screen name indicates, I'm a huge baseball fan--especially the Twins. Other interests include reading, writing, scrapbooking, traveling, country music, and spending time with my husband of 28 years and our two adult kids. My 24-year-old son is a recently-married Marine stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, and my 27-year-old daughter has purchased her own home nearby. However, my elderly mom still lives with us, so the nest isn't quite empty yet. We also have an active border collie who keeps us hopping as well. My job was recently moved out of state, so I'm currently unemployed and working toward getting my home licensed for child care, something I used to do when my own kids were small and miss doing.

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BRAVAH
7/14/2014 7:30:42 AM

HI Sharon,

Thanks! Yes... right back to it! This morning, I was at my pre-trip weight of 191, so that's great. I am surprised at how easily it was to jump back into the low calorie consumption after a week of indulging. But then, I had prepared myself the whole time, so that was probably good.

As for lofty goals... well, yes. But you CAN do it! And 1-2 pounds per week is considered healthy weight loss, so you're still well within that. You can do it!!! Are you counting calories? What are your calorie goals?

I didn't have time to workout yesterday (sadly), but as we were having company for dinner, at least I got in some heavy, frantic cleaning emoticon .

Perhaps I could join your goal... 1.875 pounds per week!

Best of luck to us both!

Cheers,
Heidi



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BRAVAH
7/11/2014 5:50:30 AM

Hi Sharon!

Thanks! I did have a good time - and didn't do too bad. I gained a couple of pounds back during the trip, but I'm hopefully that they won't be hard to get rid of.

How are you?

Cheers,
Heidi



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PATRICIAAK
7/11/2014 1:00:19 AM

thank you for the prayers. I am OK, just very busy.



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CARRENK
7/7/2014 10:49:14 PM

Well, I'm glad it's your computer that's sick rather than you or one of your loved ones or your house! Technology is a wonderful thing when it works. When it doesn't... emoticon

Post your minutes - you probably did a lot better than you think. I sort of fell off the last few days of the challenge, but it really did motivate me to work a little harder. Now if I could only get on board with the food intake, too.

So, any ideas for an All Star Game challenge? I think we need to do something, although the turnout for the last challenge was a little disappointing.

Speaking of All Star Games, my sister and cousin are going to the Futures Game and Celebrity Softball game on Sunday. I'm so jealous - my sister has been ordered to send pictures!

Glad you're doing all right.



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DDHEART
7/1/2014 9:18:03 AM

It may be a while before you're able to read this but your comment on my emotions blog made me smile....yes, haven't we all had those moments and really, they are silly and often more about something else than what the little tiff is about....long term relationships especially have plenty of opportunities for this since as couples we have our own worries etc. and we also share our partners but sometimes it's just too much! LOL But, we go on and tomorrow or today is another day! LOL



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