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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: 66,413

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 KATHY024
    Thanks for telling me about your RV and the gas over diesel. Right now gas isn't too bad, but I still remember when my car was taking $75 to fill it. Of course in CA we have all sorts of gas taxes. Now that so many have switched to electric vehicles or hybrids they are trying to come up with a plan to tax them using mileage. They must stay up nights trying to think of ways to bleed the public dry with taxes.

    We haven't started looking seriously at RV's yet, but I'm constantly looking at all the RV makers web sites. I loved our travel trailer, but that was many years ago when having a 4' tub was heaven for scrubbing kids in. Good thing I was young then!
    5 days ago
    thanks for your comment on my blog, sometimes I'm just a big crybaby, life isn't being very good to me at the moment
    11 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    Hi there! I'm back from being with my sister and sharing in her kidney disease lectures with the clinc where she lives. Helps to have more than one set of ears and eyes when you are presented with so much information.

    As I write this I have websites open for Calss A motor homes. We've never owned a Class A, just had a 21' travel trailer. Loved going camping and meeting all the wonderful people. I'd like to get back into that again. Do you have a diesel or gas? If diesel, do you find it hard to find the fuel when traveling to small towns and remote parks?

    Take care, and hope you have been well, Kathry
    15 days ago
  • v JAMER123
    Thanks for the comment on the blog. I chose to do one daily until returning to TX. so family could know where we are and what we are doing. Didn't expect to get hung up here at home but have had many things to do and help the kids out. Glad to be here too for our DIL. Once I began the blogs I felt that I would carry them though but daily has been hard on the brain!! So will keep thinking!! Have a great Friday!
    19 days ago
  • v JAMER123
    Computer is back and running better than ever! Faster and Windows10 was reinstalled with a new hard drive too. I have tried to use the mobile before and like you, it goes for a while and then everything seems to be a frustrating problem. And yes, I am lucky to have a son with computer degrees and knows just what to look for in the computer language! He gets all kinds of job offers as he do have the degrees and abilities that few people do in combination.
    30 days ago
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