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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: 62,232

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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    Have a fantastic Workout Wednesday!
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    24 days ago
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    I love salad and they have tons of it out there :). Thanks and have a great day!!
    51 days ago
    Think Spring! It's well on it's way!
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    You'll be home before you know it, wishing you were on the road again!
    51 days ago
    Can you believe I'm still in my PJs! This is so out of the norm for me! LOL! Feels pretty good though! The sun finally came our for a bit but looks like it's clouding up again. It's going to be 67 today!
    Are you gonna make it to 4/1, or have to pull out early? 90 degree winter, oh my! I can believe it, it's been very mild here too. Only had one snow that actually covered the ground and that was the only day the salt trucks were out but they didn't have to plow! I think this summer is going to be very HOT!
    Have you been to the Riverwalk in San Antonio? Looks like a fun place to visit!

    58 days ago
    Hello Sharon!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, "It's time to SLOW down!"
    I sure put the brakes on, I'm taking every Wednesday off work for the next 6 weeks to use up the last of my vacation days by my anniversary date.
    I think the rain stopped, I hear birds chirping. Time to get out of my PJs and go for a walk. Sure feels good to take a ME day.
    I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! What parts of the U.S. are you in now? It's been a while since we've chatted!
    Take care,
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    59 days ago
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