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I joined SparkPeople when I retired in 2008 and have had a terrible time losing weight even though I've done all the "right" things, mostly because of some health issues that result in an incredibly slow metabolism. I've talked to several doctors and also "professionals" from SparkPeople, followed all their suggestions faithfully, all with no results. Recently I have been spending most of my Spark time on a new team I've joined. One of my Spark friends belongs to it and when she told me ...
I joined SparkPeople when I retired in 2008 and have had a terrible time losing weight even though I've done all the "right" things, mostly because of some health issues that result in an incredibly slow metabolism. I've talked to several doctors and also "professionals" from SparkPeople, followed all their suggestions faithfully, all with no results. Recently I have been spending most of my Spark time on a new team I've joined. One of my Spark friends belongs to it and when she told me about it I asked her to find out what I needed to do to join also since it's a private team. The team has been wonderful for me, since joining I've actually started losing some weight, slowly but that's OK. I think it's because the focus now is no longer on how depressed I am at being so unsuccessful. I think stress plays a big role in not only weight gain but in weight loss also.
The main thing that has caused me to leave teams in the past are lack of participation, if I'm only talking to myself and one or two other people I get bored very quickly. Also, I won't be on a team where people do nothing but complain or, even worse, where someone is bullying someone else.
The only real requirement for the team is to be active and they offer a lot to do there so it's not hard to do. They also require showing respect for the other team members and, if anyone has any personal issues they’re dealing with there is one thread devoted to that for people to get support but those types of posts are not allowed on any other threads. The team is based on Hogwarts, the school in the Harry Potter books, mainly it’s based on the British school system. You get points for attending "classes" and there are a lot to choose from, two different reading groups, several art-type personal expression classes, one cooking/nutrition type class, one devoted to either strength training or cardio exercises, a couple devoted to things like meditation or other calming activities. There are chat threads, team challenges between the different school “houses” and “extracurricular” activities with opportunities for roll-play. It's really hard to describe the whole thing but I'm enjoying spending my computer time there and have found I'm feeling better in general after joining. It’s a very positive place, if it sounds like a team you would be interested in, let me know and I’ll arrange for an invitation to be sent to you.
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Member Since: 8/18/2011

SparkPoints: 25,326

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My Goals:
I don't need fast weight loss, just consistent. I would like to lose 60 pounds - not an easy task for me because of some health issues but I don't give up easily!

My Program:
I am watching my calories by eating only "healthy" foods in accordance with my doctor's recommendations and trying to get more exercise. I think I own about every exercise DVD and Wii program out there and also recently bought an activity tracker. I'm trying to walk a lot more as my main form of exercise. For me the secret is audiobooks - I only listen when I exercise so I'm motivated because I want to hear more of the story.

Personal Information:
I was widowed in 1999 and remarried in 2002. I spent the next 5 years teaching High School biology in a very small school 67 miles from home until I retired in 2008. We recently moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, a difficult move because my husband had lived in our other house for over 40 years. Now we're looking forward to our new life in our new home.

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I love to read, I own a lot of audio books and like to listen to them when I walk. I mostly like fantasy, mystery, or young adult novels. I got interested in YA books while teaching high school and continued reading them after retirement. I also try to keep my mind active by playing RPG computer games.

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SHARON10002
8/28/2015 1:03:19 AM

Happy Friday! emoticon Time for some Friday Funnies emoticon

My yoga class is great! You can close your eyes, and imagine yourself in a relaxing place, like lying on your couch not doing Yoga.

I prefer sit-ups to jumping jacks. At least I get to lie down after each one.

I was going to wake up early to go jogging, but my toes voted against me 10 to 1. - Randy Glasbergen

Have a great day!



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SHARON10002
8/23/2015 11:35:56 PM

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The greatest thing you have is the 24 hours in front of you. The past is gone; the future is distant.
Today you CAN succeed. Set a goal you can achieve in the next 24 hours.
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I hope the coming week is full of success, happiness, and good things for you!



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SHARON10002
8/18/2015 11:24:55 PM

It's Wonderful ~ Woman ~ Wednesday!
♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸ ♥ `*•.¸♥ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸ To my very strong and powerful friend`*•.¸`*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* reading this message right now `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* What ever I set my mind to I can accomplish!*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* My beliefs, and willpower have brought me *♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Right to where I find myself today.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* I’ve made these choices and taken my actions.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Even when I sometimes doubted myself.*♥`*•.¸ `*•.¸
*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* I may not have totally reached my goal,*♥`*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* But I am further ahead than where I was yesterday.*♥`*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* Today is a new day with new choices and actions,*♥`*♥`*•.¸
`*•.¸ `*•.¸♥* And for those very reasons I will not give up!*♥`*•.¸ *♥`*•.¸
`*•.¸`*•.¸♥* I hope you have A Wonderful Day!`*•.¸`*•.¸♥ `*•.¸♥ `*•.¸
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¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨) Focus just for today, and make your choices from a place that feels right to you. Believe in yourself no matter what happens!
(¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´¨`*..•´¨`*♥ Sharon
Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!



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LADY_JAE
8/12/2015 4:46:29 PM

Are you as excited as I am to get the Tri-Term started?? I can't wait!!!! Slytherin is gonna rock!!!! If you have any questions or need help, just let me know!! We are now in this together!! LOL!!
Hugzz ~ Lady Jae, HoH Slytherin



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LCERTUCHE
8/1/2015 5:38:32 PM

I'm laughing when you said you had no idea how I found you since we don't appear to share any teams or such. I probably saw you post a comment on one of the articles I read recently, but to tell you the truth I don't know. It's good to share though. At any rate thanks for stopping by my Spark Page.



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