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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.

With that in mind, I joined my first 5% Challenge in the hopes that it will jump start another weight loss streak. This time I have so many old and new Spark Friends to encourage and motivate me into keeping it off and reaching my goal.

I am happy to say that I reached my 5% goal five weeks in to the Challenge and have continued to lose. I am taking baby steps in getting this weight off but I'm determined this time it will be the last!





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Member Since: 3/28/2006

SparkPoints: 102,068

Fitness Minutes: 20,552

My Goals:
5% Challenge (12 lbs by July 6th)

Onederland (199 by Sept)














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 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 47 years to a wonderful man and have two grown children and 6 grandchildren. Since we retired in 2008, we do alot 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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TXGRANDMA
8/21/2014 5:37:00 PM

Thanks for the goodie, Sharon. Eileen is right, we won't be able to go because our Good Sams trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas is scheduled for the same time! We usually don't go but this is a special deal for the 35th Anniversary of our Chapter.

Surely we will be able to meet somewhere, somehow, some time! I was looking forward to meeting everyone, too. emoticon



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MARGOO_GNU
7/23/2014 10:01:07 AM

Hey, it's me, Margo! I'm back for a bit.



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TXGRANDMA
7/13/2014 5:34:40 PM

Well, her acting experience came in handy! I'll bet she was great at it! emoticon



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RUTHANN05
7/11/2014 2:31:10 PM

Thanks for the comment on the poster. Things are changing and they are going to miss me. I think I have a job and it is only 3 miles from my house. I will tell you more later. I feel really good about it and I won't be taking it out on my car. (:-)



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CORKYTHEMOM1
7/5/2014 10:11:03 PM

Sharon, I didn't know if you heard about the head-on collision accident that I was in. I posted an updated blog about my current injuries. I'm so proud of you for making daily healthy choices and permanent lifestyle changes, resulting in fulfilling positive results! I'm giving you a STANDING OVATION for the goals you have achieved and the progress you continue to make! You are:


emoticon * S * P * A * R * K * T * A * C * U * L * A * R * emoticon


S = Set goals! Develop plans! Take action! Make progress! See results!
P = Promote regular medical checkups to achieve optimum health!
A = Approach each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
R = Reduce stress! Eat healthy! Drink water! Exercise regularly! Sleep better! Have fun!
K = Keep track of nutrition intakes, fitness minutes, weigh-ins and body measurements!
T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions in all that you do!
A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and personal well-being goals!
C = Create a non-food reward system for working hard to achieve healthy results!
U = Utilize behavior modification to break bad habits and challenge yourself to change!
L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and individual growth!
A = Assemble a support system to help one another stay on track!
R = Record emotions, setbacks, adjustments, progress and achievements in a journal!


~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon



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