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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: 65,062

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 JAMER123
    We are going to head to NE. where we are going to my nephew's wedding on the 30th. After that, I guess it all depends on mom. She has finally booked a flight to Omaha for the wedding and plans on staying with my brother through the 10/11. She hasn't booked a flight back because we think she is going to push for us to take her back with us. No way can she get in the truck of camper but she will push. And she wants a rental car to drive another 4 hrs. up to the farm in NW IA. and visit her 2 friends still living. She lost her sister this morning and I believe she is 2 yrs. younger. So, long story short, we don't know but won't be going back to MN. May go back to the Hill Country which is beautiful! Love it there but can be cold and rain/snow in the winter.
    5 days ago
    Sharon, I agree that it is hard to put into words. But we have a great time and I'm already looking forward to next year!!!
    6 days ago
    Hi, Sharon! I do not know what the new challenge is. Could you fill me in, please? Thanks!
    11 days ago
  • v JAMER123
    I am not a yard working person either but didn't want to look at the weeds in the roses any longer. The camper pad is elevated to the driveway level so we have a terraced level with roses and the rest of the hill "rolls" to the street which is what I thought I would be doing a couple of times. Roger has been busy mowing and cutting up the big branch that fell in the storm last week. I thought I needed something physical to do now I have to finish. :-)

    24 days ago
    Hey there! That's one heck of an inspiring A1C differential. Congrats! Thanks for inspiring and wishing you continued success.

    25 days ago
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