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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: 54,774

My Goals:
2016 Spring 5% Challenge Goals

To reach my goal I must lose 8.5 lbs over the 8 wks of the challenge.

I will continue to exercise by doing my daily walking (60 mins a day)

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:
Since Oct 2014 I have been doing a LC/HF diet and stick to under 50 Net Carbs a day. I also try for 70,000 steps a week which is about 60 mins 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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    We saw the Ringling Mansion in Sarasota too, back when both of my parents were still alive. They had a summer home in Zephyrhills and we did a day trip down there. I loved that mansion, what a way they lived! I seem to remember though that the wife died soon after the mansion was finished? I love the history of these old houses!

    We are in Maine now, and got out and drove along the coast. Some of the architecture on the old homes and hotels is fabulous! I love the historical look of them, and I imagine some of them ARE historical, dating from the 1700's, according to the man who gave us a talk on the Nubble Lighthouse!
    6 hours ago
    Yes, Sharon! We took a tour of the castle. We went on 3 floors and there were docents placed in certain areas to explain everything. The downstairs had a HUGE great room with French doors that opened out to a courtyard which was perched on a cliff 200 ft. high down to the Connecticut River.
    The kitchen and bar were in the back, and the owners office was also on the first floor. They had on display a desk set he used that was designed for him by Tiffany! The docent said the ink well alone was valued at $5,000!
    The second floor was lined along the back of the castle, looking over the great room. There were three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Amazingly, the castle had central heat and running water and modern bathrooms, even though it was completed in 1919.
    The 3rd floor was the art gallery and library. He was an art collector and the state got everything when he died. They purchased the castle and estate for $30,000 in 1942. It opened as a park in 1944.
    11 hours ago
    “Go for broke, my friends. Straighten your spine when you step to the podium. Trust your own tongue. Believe that your weary legs will hold you until you reach the finish line. And reach it you will if you give it your all. Fall if you must, crawl if you must, but don’t you dare give up or give in until you’ve made it to the end. For at the end is where your great reward will be to begin anew. A new chance. A new life. A new you.”
    ― Toni Sorenson
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    5 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog "Ahhhh"
    I hope you can find a little time for R&R in your busy weekend too!
    Enjoy the grad parties & rememver, everything's ok in moderation! I always remind myself of that going in to events where there's lots of evil foods.
    I'm checking in on SP, catching up on messages, then I plan to take a nice long walk!
    Take care!
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    5 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by my page. I do spend about 2-3 hr.s in the evening with SP. The day belongs to getting things done or appointments etc. Evenings are mine to relax. I do go for as many points as I can. Today is going to be high as I did get 2 50s on the flags. The rest isn't more than average. I also do 3 challenges over and over to keep the workouts in my head so I may be able to do them during the day. That is my only secret, not a secret though. I hop your evening is going well. I am awaiting the storms to reach us and will then know how frightened Ms.K is going to be. What I see, it's going to be rough for her.

    Thanks for all the work you do for us. Even though we may not say that when we should, you know we are very appreciative of you kindness and caring. Keep it rolling!!
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    10 days ago
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