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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 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.

In 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!

My A1C was 7.8 and I was told to lose 40-50 lbs as soon as possible. I took my diagnosis very seriously and began following a low carb/high fat diet and a walking program. The pounds starting falling off. I have now lost 68 lbs and I see my goal weight as a reality.

My A1C is now 5.3 and I am off all my meds so I am hopeful to be at goal when I go to my Doctor in June.

Member Since: 3/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 71,608

My Goals:
Lose 15 more lbs.

I will also do S/T on Mon, Wed, & Fri.

I will continue to eat under 50 net carbs a day and keep my calories between 1350-1600 calories.

My Program:
I am following a 1200-1400 daily calories and walking at least 7,000 steps a day.

Personal Information:
My name is Sharon and since we retired we downsized to a much smaller home in a manufactured community in Zeeland, MI which is not too far from Lake Michigan. My husband and I just recently celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We 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.

Other Information:
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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  • v KATHY024
    Has your snow all melted yet? What a winter everyone has had. Our temps are all over the place from one week to the next. We just keep our jackets handy. emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
    Sending some Florida warmth & sunshine! emoticon emoticon
    7 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    A real warm day here today, near 80. A couple of days of that and then we will drop down again. Working on the office for the last two days. I'm hoping one more will see it done.

    Not much else happening, I'm trying to watch my eating a bit closer. I had a long discussion with my DH about him wanting us to eat so late at night. He wonders why he doesn't feel well and I keep telling him that eating and then going to bed doesn't give your stomach the time it needs for digestion. Old work habits die hard though. As an engineer he was always used to setting his own hours and going in at 1-2 in the afternoon and then working late at night. Then when he came home, he would eat and fall into bed. It is so odd as while we were working I was always the "deadline centric" person and he was always "perfection takes time" . How did we ever see eye to eye enough to get together!!

    I suppose many couple could say the same. So the result was that if he isn't wrapped up by and earlier time, I just go ahead a eat without him. I feel so much better and havn't gained like I was there for awhile. Small steps....... emoticon

    26 days ago
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    Hey Sharon!! We are still in boxes, but less of them. Everything is moving at a snails pace. But as long as we are getting rain I don't mind waiting. My new window treatments come in on April 3rd. and I am so looking forward to getting the paper shades off the front windows so I can leave them open during the day. Our ponds are full of water and now we have had a pair of Mallard ducks out there swimming around. So pretty. Lots of humming birds coming through so i put my feeder up fresh and they are enjoying that in their travels northward. We usually see about 6-8 different varieties of them. I love the weather like with the need for some heat at night. I always feel better not be par boiled in the sun. How did you come out with the flu your DH had. Hope you didn't catch it. We started to just stay home and eat lunch a lot instead of going out for anything. Luckily none of us have had it yet. I was more fearful for our 4 month old at the time than I was for myself.
    Have you decided to pull out and leave TX for the winter. You are right, my cousin in Austin said the winter has not been good there, then the bombing over the last few weeks had everyone on edge. So scary.
    I have started another round of dieting after getting off track for awhile. I didn't gain a lot, but neither did I lose any either. I just wasn't taking the time to prepare food ahead of time so ended up grabbing what was here. Always a mistake and totally my own fault. So back to the plan. I am thinking about having the local organic farmers group drop off baskets every other week for us. They started this service and I think it's great. It's all locally sourced, all certified organic and gauranteed fresh.. They make up the boxes with whatever is growing for a monthly fee and dtop them off at your home doorstep, or you can arrange to pick them up. It might beat getting up so early to hit the farmers market.

    31 days ago
    Thank you Sharon, Fred and I, and you and your DH. I am sure we are bonded together with love.
    I am so happy we have a connection to married life that is WONDERFUL. I hope there are many others. Thank you for that comment, it made me even happier. Often we kiss in the street if we part and we are never embarrassed. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.
    67 days ago
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