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Sept 2008 cruise, at the Captain's reception

One more family photo before Jeff leaves for his next phase of training

Enjoying a great game at Target Field with the family





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Hmm. I was "lookin' great in 2008," and then I was "lookin' fine in 2009." But I still had so far to go! So I was "at it again in 2010." But it still wasn't enough to make strong progress toward my goals. So I vowed that 2011 would be my year. And again in 2012. So what exactly happened?? I'm going to hit my 5-year Sparkversary this summer, and while I've made some strides toward living a fitter, healthier lifestyle, I'm still far from reaching my goal. Yes, I know that if I'd have tried my hardest I'd obviously be much further along than I am now. But I'm not giving up!

Hi! My name is Sharon. Welcome to my page! I'm adjusting my mini-goals and still working on meeting my original goal of losing 62 pounds. I'm about halfway there right now, and once I accomplish that, I'm not sure how much further (if any) I'll need to go to look and feel my best.

Spark People has been a wonderful tool for me, bringing me knowledge, inspiration, motivation, support, and virtual friends who are kindred spirits. I absolutely love my Spark Buddies! This is my time to shine--to finally get healthy. Come join me!

Member Since: 6/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 81,581

My Goals:
Mini-Goals (According to my ticker) :

1. June 29: 30 pounds for the new month.

2. July 20: 33 pounds and a new dress for a wedding I'm attending.

3. Aug 31: 40 pounds to complete the 13-13-13 challenge.

Long-term Goals:

1. BMI out of "obese" and into "overweight"

2. Avoid Diabetes

3. NEVER miss a day logging in to SP or logging my food intake

My Program:
NUTRITION: I'm mainly focused on portion sizes, since I've always made it a point to eat the right things. I'm just learning that yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Logging all my intake is an incredible help in this area.

I have also cut way back on sweets with refined sugar (cookies, pop, candy, etc) in my diet.

Finally, I'm drinking 10 glasses of water per day, and striving for 7 hours of sleep per night.

EXERCISE: I do 30 minutes per day of cardio and balance exercise on the Wii Fit Plus. In addition I aim for another 30 minutes of daily cardio on the treadmill or with a fitness DVD, and I take a daily walk with my DH as often as I can talk him into it. I wear a Fitbit constantly and aim for a minimum of 10,000 daily steps. I also do strength training 3 times per week, concentrating on strengthening my bum shoulder, but also working with my resistance bands on other areas.

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As my screen name indicates, I'm a huge baseball fan--especially the Twins. Other interests include reading, writing, scrapbooking, traveling, country music, and spending time with my husband of 28 years and our two adult kids. My 24-year-old son is a recently-married Marine stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, and my 27-year-old daughter has purchased her own home nearby. However, my elderly mom still lives with us, so the nest isn't quite empty yet. We also have an active border collie who keeps us hopping as well. My job was recently moved out of state, so I'm currently unemployed and working toward getting my home licensed for child care, something I used to do when my own kids were small and miss doing.

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    Thank you so much for the sparkgoodie. I just spoke with Dad on the phone, and I'm sure he did not know who I was. It's so frustrating for both of us. I'm thankful for understanding friends like you. emoticon
    68 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm going to let Tony have that ornament for now. I finally got my tree taken down yesterday and Tony was all kinds of help. He made it so I had two less ornaments to put away -- the one that is his new toy and the one I dropped which he then shredded. It was a cute little angel. I had a pair of them from a set of twins I had in speech therapy over 30 years ago.
    71 days ago
    Thanks for all your encouragement. I feel so blessed to have understanding friends like you.
    80 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Football and Spark, huh?? Looks like it's a very good day for the Vikings. Poor Brenda.

    Thanks for stopping by my 16 blog. Those items are my sanity. I had to chuckle at your comment about a positive outlook. I try, of course, cause it feels better but some days it just isn't there. It is what it is though and I do not want to have regrets about what I could have or should have done.

    Happy 2017!!
    82 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    emoticon for the goodie.

    You can also find lots of videos on you tube that will help you learn to knit or crochet. Wish I lived close, I would teach you.

    Hugs, Sunny

    139 days ago
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