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SHARONSPARKLE is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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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: 55,657

My Goals:
2016 Spring 5% Challenge Goals

To reach my goal I must lose 8.5 lbs over the 8 wks of the challenge.

I will continue to exercise by doing my daily walking (60 mins a day)

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:
Since Oct 2014 I have been doing a LC/HF diet and stick to under 50 Net Carbs a day. I also try for 70,000 steps a week which is about 60 mins 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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    Here's a friendly reminder that tomorrow is " Fitness Friday! " Let's make it a great one!
    1 day ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog "Post Op"
    I'm so glad to be able to get back into the swing of things!
    I took my first "1 mile" walk this morning after hitting the snooze several times. I need to work on breaking that bad habit, again!
    Have a great day & Spark on!
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    8 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog "TGIF!"
    It's been a long week for me, glad it's almost the weekend!
    Wouldn't it be nice to be walking along that Sparkling beach & then be able to sit & relax watching the waves roll in? My mind did escape to that place for a brief moment! AHHHH!
    Keep Sparking on Sharon!
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    14 days ago
    Good morning my friend!
    I cannot believe it's already Wednesday!
    Lets have a great day!

    Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz

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    16 days ago
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    I see we are both still struggling some but we are also not giving up. I want that bone !! LOL !! I am going to add ST back in this week. Join me ? I plan to do 3 days 10 min minimum starting tonight after work. I may do more if I get motivated. I need to shake things up some how and have really been slacking. ST helps us age gracefully, helps with balance, strengthens our bones. It really is effective when done... LOL !! Keep pushing fearless leader !
    19 days ago
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