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When I joined Spark People back in 2006, it was with the high hopes that I had finally found an answer to my life long battle with my weight.

I tracked and exercised and lost over 40 lbs! Unfortunately, life changes happened and I quit tracking first and eventually stopped exercising. And I think you know what happened next. Yes, I gained the weight back!

Over the last few years, my story is the same as many other Sparkers. My weight has been up and down. My ...
When I joined Spark People back in 2006, it was with the high hopes that I had finally found an answer to my life long battle with my weight.

I tracked and exercised and lost over 40 lbs! Unfortunately, life changes happened and I quit tracking first and eventually stopped exercising. And I think you know what happened next. Yes, I gained the weight back!

Over the last few years, my story is the same as many other Sparkers. My weight has been up and down. My weight is finally taking a toll on my health and I have had to go on blood pressure meds. I am very disappointed in myself but I am not a failure as I have never quit trying.

Last Oct (2014) I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I always said my weight was not affecting my health so I was blindsided with my diagnosis. I guess I was in denial. All my poor food choices and lack of exercise finally caught up with me!

We were about to leave MI for our winter destination of AZ. My doctor recommended I lose 40-50 pounds during the six months I would be gone. What??? Obviously, she has never lived the retired resort life! However, I took her and my diabetes very seriously and set out to accomplish her goal for me.

I have been sticking to my diabetic diet and exercising (mostly a brisk walk) for 30 minutes a day. For this couch potato, that was hard in the beginning but I am getting used to it.

In the last three months, I have lost over 25 lbs and I'm half way to my six month goal so I'm right on schedule. I am changing my lifestyle and working to take this weight off but I'm determined this time it will be the last! At the end of this journey, I WILL BE HEATHY!

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Member Since: 3/28/2006

SparkPoints: 139,792

Fitness Minutes: 36,382

My Goals:
Onederland (under 200 by Feb 14, 2015) Reached 199.4 on Jan 31, 2015

50 lb loss by May 1, 2014 (Reached on May 20th)

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My Program:
Spark People is the tried and true (not to mention the best) way of losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle so I will be going back to the basics of tracking both calories and exercise. I hope to become more physically active as my weight comes down.

Personal Information:
My name is Sharon and we recently sold our large home out in the country and downsized to a much smaller home in a manufactured community in Zeeland, MI which is not too far from Lake Michigan and our daughter and her family. I have been married for 49 years to a wonderful man and have two grown children and 6 grandchildren. Since we retired in 2008, we do a lot of traveling in our motor home and have been spending our winters in AZ.

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My husband and I are retired and love traveling in our Motor Home.

My favorite toy is my computer - I'm addicted, lol.

I enjoy reading - anything!

I have a passion for Cruising!

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KATHY024
7/28/2015 4:39:56 PM

Sounds like your weekend was great!! We will swim today as soon as the shadow of the house covers the pool. Between 3-5pm is a good time for us. It's very hot here today, but I have to go to the store anyway. emoticon



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TXGRANDMA
7/27/2015 7:17:32 PM

Hi Sharon! It definitely WAS worth the wait! We loved the trip up and down the mountain. emoticon



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KATHY024
7/26/2015 5:27:33 PM

Hope your weekend has been good. It's not too hot here today, high 80's but suppose to get into triple digits this week. I've spent a lot of time in the pool. Wish I was just swimming, but calcium forms on the tiles and has to be taken off. I think though that I'm pretty much done with that, and I can move on to putting a new sun shade on top of the pergola. They sun sure beats things up!! emoticon



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MARGOO_GNU
7/25/2015 12:56:31 PM

Scott's doing pretty well. He has his MRI to check on the treatment of a month ago early this coming week, see if it took care of the cancer and then meets with each doctor (oncologist and radiologist) about it at the end of the week.



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TXGRANDMA
7/16/2015 9:12:40 PM

I DID take lots of pictures there, I guess I will have to do another blog! The only thing I didn't like about it is that it was so crowded....People everywhere! Hard to get good pictures without strangers in them. emoticon



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