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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.

Last 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!

We were about to leave MI for our winter destination of AZ. My doctor recommended I lose 40-50 pounds during the six months I would be gone. What??? Obviously, she has never lived the retired resort life! However, I took her and my diabetes very seriously and set out to accomplish her goal for me.

I have been sticking to my diabetic diet and exercising (mostly a brisk walk) for 30 minutes a day. For this couch potato, that was hard in the beginning but I am getting used to it.

In the last three months, I have lost over 25 lbs and I'm half way to my six month goal so I'm right on schedule. I am changing my lifestyle and working to take this weight off but I'm determined this time it will be the last! At the end of this journey, I WILL BE HEATHY!

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Member Since: 3/28/2006

SparkPoints: 122,200

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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 physically 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 48 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.

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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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KATHY024
2/24/2015 1:09:59 AM

I love your idea of listening to a book while walking. When I play my music I usually get to walking way too fast!! My knee can't take walking really fast and I end up worse than when I started. The audio book is perfect!!



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KATHY024
2/21/2015 7:49:46 PM

Hi Sharon,

Just dropped in to see how your day is going. I've been gone to appts. all week, but we have our cars all done and continuing to roll. Today I'm finally getting some of the clothes washed and I'm going to bake my DH some bread. He loves the homemade bread, and now won't eat any other. Yup! I created a monster here!



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GOOFYGIRL48
2/17/2015 9:27:42 AM

Hi Sharon!
Great to see some old friends out here! Reading your updated page - and I am right there with you! I lost my momentum, stopped tracking, and then stopped paying attention to what I was eating....
Ad, it is all back - that ugly fat I said good bye 'forever' to in 2010!
I am easing back in (my sister said that Sparking was my motivation before).
Hope we both make it a life long change this time!

and btw - Happy late anniversary (like I said I am just getting back in) -



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KATHY024
2/16/2015 3:56:42 PM

I see you have a new picture....looks like you have a great setup!



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HOLDINGMYOWN
2/14/2015 12:04:34 PM

Sharon? Are you going to email us about the new thread? For me it is the best way ( Spark mail ) NOT to miss the thread...
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