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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: 68,645

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 MOM4407BECKY
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Just to say it publicly helps. Prayer is the how God heals.
    15 days ago
  • v GLASSART43
    Thanks for visiting my blog, Sharon. I think I’m finally ready to let go of an unrealistic number on the scale, LOL.

    34 days ago
    You asked on a reply to my latest blog if I was eating LC. No, not in particular, but I do think my carbs are lower than they are sometimes just as a result of what I am doing.

    I am eating the fruit with chia that DelMonte or Dole makes at lunch on the two days that I work, I am eating some local honey daily, and I also eating bran buds daily...that is really all the changes that I have consciously made. We really don't eat that much red meat anymore...I followed a diet that was supposed to reduce cholesterol in people a few years ago before I went on the statin, but it didn't reduce it enough and my PCP and I decided it was just going to be a hereditary thing.

    I am going to try the two months off the statin [it was a low dose anyway] and then get re-tested. It will be interesting.

    Thanks for the reply to my blog!
    51 days ago
  • v JAMER123
    I'm working to get it back but the low numbers every night isn't helping!! LOL Better watch out! Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
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    79 days ago
  • v JAMER123
    CONGRATS on getting the top for points this week!!! I have really gotten very low numbers so I guessed you would be number 1!!! Way to go! This week is going about the same for me!!
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    80 days ago
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