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5th Year Spark Anniversary!

Monday, December 15, 2014

WOW! Thank you Spark People and thank you Lightening Runner for introducing me to The Spark People.
I have accomplished so much and Spark People has been my Life Saver ever since starting this Fitness Program 12/2009.
I moved from FL back to NC to care for my elder mother and went through many Life Changes. Most of all leaving My Sunshine State and Sunshine Running Buddies whom I met early mornings for our 6 mile Runs along Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor. I still miss them very much. I have not met Runners here in NC yet who I can run early mornings with. So my Spark Friends have been my Motivators to push myself out the door.

I am now within my Weight Range of 120- 124 lbs. It did take some time and persistence. I use the Food Tracker and Fitness Tracker Consistently. It does keep me accountable. Even before Spark People I kept an exercise and food journal but I love having it all on the computer and automatically calculates everything. I also started using the Spark Fitness Tracker, SPAT last year. It is so easy, just love it.

I also accomplished my goal of running a Half Marathon this year. I use to run races all the time when living in FL, including three marathons. My last one was the Gulf Beaches Half Marathon 2010 before coming to NC. So I am so proud. I am trying to keep on running through the winter months- still finding quite challenging due to the weather but I am determined to do it. I signed up for the Rock N Roll Raleigh Half Marathon in April as my Motivator.

Now the real Challenge begins, maintenance. I am sure there is a team for that too.

I never took a before picture because I did not like the way I looked when I gained weight from the time I first moved back to NC.

I just want to Wish all a Happy Holiday and much Success in the New Coming Year!

  
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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/16/2014 3:29PM

    Yay Sunshine! I am so glad to have you among my Super Motivated Friends! Happy SparkVersary!

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JANETRIS 12/16/2014 3:23PM

    Congrats Sunshiney on all your accomplishments! You have done well and stuck with it through the peaks and valleys.....way to stay connected! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2014 8:36AM

    Wonderful!! Congratulations!!

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OSDOWNS 12/16/2014 2:57AM

    Happy Sparkerversary, Sharon! You are doing great!

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KERRYG155 12/15/2014 9:14PM

    Congrats on reaching goal and also running that half marathon!

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MBTEPP 12/15/2014 8:15PM

    Best wishes in maintenance! You have healthy habits, so it should be sustainable for a long time!

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JUNEPA 12/15/2014 1:53PM

    Quite a transition you went through in the past few years!!

That is great you are at goal weight
On the maintenance front, you might enjoy this team. The goal is either to lose 5 % of your weight if you want to lose, or maintain if you are at goal weight. It is an 8 week challenge, you can set healthy habit goals and there is momentum and support. I have done the Fall challenge and plan to do the winter one, which starts in January.
In 8 weeks, goals set are reachable and doable, I find. And then you build the habits to maintain and you continue to have support.

Here is the team link, sign up just opened.

www.sparkpeople.com/
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SWEETNSKINNY 12/15/2014 10:59AM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!!! You have accomplished so much! I'm so proud of you.

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HALFFAST 12/15/2014 9:23AM

    Happy Sparkiversary Sharon! I'm so glad we became friends - you truly are a ray of sunshine!
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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/15/2014 8:44AM

    Not a diet but a lifestyle!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Thoughts for Today

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WOW! My last blog was in September, 2013. Time to get back on track.
I have been sick with colds on and off since my last blog. I believe it is the weather here in the Carolina's. It can be in the 70's one day and the next day in the 20's. I certainly miss my FL weather. Temps are mostly the same all year round except about now. I saw the temps were down around 30 degrees. Well, it appears I am sick again.
I have been enjoying a much needed restful weekend.
I took an off day from fitness yesterday and my husband cooked.
It was sweet of him but I think I better take over. My mother and I have dietary
needs, she is diabetic and I have food allergies. When I was working and he was cooking I gained over 50 pounds within a year. He is a bread and pasta person, which I can not eat. Food allergies, bloat and weight gain. I am more low carb, (healthy carbs and non processed foods and he is low fat, quick and easy processed meals.
I love my fresh fruit and veggies. It is the thought that counts, but after almost 30 years of marriage, I have learned I need to keep control in the kitchen. I don't want to gain back all that weight. It has taken over a year just to loose 25 lbs. It's amazing how easy it is to put it on and not in loosing..

Happy Sunday! Watching the Church morning shows this morning..

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JANETRIS 1/30/2014 4:27PM

    Funny, our husbands sound alike in the kitchen! So glad you are taking control again! emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/27/2014 12:26AM

    How sweet that your husband cooked. Sounds like he and my hubby probably got their cooking lessons in the same place. But it does make for a nice treat, if you can stomach it! Lol!



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GRANDMABABA 1/26/2014 9:25PM

    Great success to you!

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MBTEPP 1/26/2014 8:35PM

    It's great to get back in the saddle. Blogging is an excellent way for self-monitoring. When you verbalize it, it becomes reality.

I had a much needed break from making dinner. My DH found a recipe for a seafood chili! He did it in the slow cooker, and we all could not wait to try it, as it smelled so good. He did not disappoint us.

There was a time when his cooking was not so healthy, but we are learning together.

Enjoy the break from the kitchen every now and then. You deserve it too!!!




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ANGORA4 1/26/2014 7:41PM

    So proud of you for recognizing things that hurt your healthy weight program. Congrats on the 25 lbs., that's an accomplishment.

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PATRICIAAK 1/26/2014 4:02PM

    good insight

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MISSYGEEN 1/26/2014 2:26PM

    Glad to see you taking control in the kitchen. Have you seen that new vegetti thing. It is supposed to cut veggies like zucchini into pasta style dishes. Looks cool. I think I would like the kitchen more if I had one of those small TVs in there.

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KERRYG155 1/26/2014 1:22PM

    Your husband eats kind of like mine only mine doesn't really watch the fat. He is getting better but is a long way from being as watchful as I am though lately even I haven't been very watchful. I agree that it is extremely hard to lose that which was so easy to gain. Great job on losing that 25!

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Setting October Goals

Monday, September 30, 2013

My goal for the month of October is to reach 9 miles running. My son will be visiting from FL and hopefully I can get him out with me to run around the lake. He was born here in The Carolina's and our 1st house use to back up to this lake. That is where and when I started running over 23 years ago. But when we moved to FL when he was 2 years old, was the first time I ever did a race, The Gasparilla 15 K Long Distance in Tampa, FL and met all my Sunshine Running Buds. Sure wish they were here. I have been here now for 3 years and have not really connected with anyone with the same interest in running. I am so restricted being a 24/ 7 caregiver, I just go when I have the opportunity.
I also have a goal with my Fitness Cardio and Weight training. My Fitness Minutes this month I would like to achieve 2500 minutes,. That is including my running minutes. I would like to loose 10 more pounds by Thanksgiving. That would be a year since I restarted my journey. So far I have lost close to 30 pounds of the 50 I had gained after surgery.

Take care and wishing all a Great Week and the Start of a new month!

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THIMBLER 10/3/2013 7:01AM

    Congratulations on your 30 pound loss so far.

Your October plan sounds marvelous. Knowing how the caregiver life can be, I know you can't wait to see your son. I love when my parents come to visit me and we get to do some things together.

Good luck with your goals this month. If you need me to help you out, just let me know!!
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MIRAGE727 10/2/2013 6:50AM

    What a coincidence, Sharon! I'm training for the Pretty in Pink 15K on Oct 13! My running partner, the one I've paced for 2 races now, asked me to pace her. I using long slow distances with fartleks to get my endurance, pace, and speed up. It's working pretty good! We can do this!
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PATRICIAAK 10/2/2013 12:47AM

    super plan

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KKKAREN 10/1/2013 10:45AM

    sounds like a good plan!

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MISSYGEEN 9/30/2013 6:39PM

    I just had an idea. How about the 20 in 90 team support you on that goal and those of us who can will try and join you on the 10 lbs. by Thanksgiving. since I fell way short on the 20 in 90 I would love to give it another shot and try 10 lbs. by Thanksgiving. What do you say?

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Happy Thursday! Almost Friday!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

emoticon Yesterday I had a full day of Fitness. I finished my 60 day Challenge with my buddy in Hawaii, Hard Core work out 60 minutes and his Cardio online TV 22:37 minutes...
Later in the afternoon took mom out for a 2 mile Run/ Walk, and made it up the big hill running and half way up struggling like a stair stepper pushing 135 lbs. It felt good to accomplish that goal of climbing the hill. I could only handle going once around the lake after that challenge but did mostly running avoiding bumps. Don't want to scare my Dear Mom.. emoticon emoticon
I will try to get out again on Friday no later than 3 PM. Takes more time packing the car, wheel chair and all. I sure miss FL where all I had to do was walk out the door. Living 1 mile away from Tampa Bay and so many Parks. They knew me quite well at the Safety Harbor Spa along my route and the Beautiful Safety Harbor Marina.

Today I did a small Jump start Cardio workout, just enough to get me going. I will be taking a rest day today and will be ready to start another challenge.

Wishing everyone a great week!

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WENDYSPARKS 9/22/2013 10:58AM

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MIRAGE727 8/14/2013 11:18PM

    Embrace those challenges, Girl!
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PATRICIAAK 8/9/2013 4:33AM

    super

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/8/2013 9:49AM

    Fantastic! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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My Weight Lose Journey

Friday, July 12, 2013

I did not take a before picture back in November when I started back to my weight lose journey with Spark People because I was really mad at myself for gaining weight. I had been at my goal weight for several years and with my Life Journey taking me away from My Sunshine State and Running Buds I let Depression take hold, which lead to weight gain. I stopped running after having surgery and I think my metabolism had a hard time adjusting. I think I was gaining about 5 lbs a week which made me even more depressed. After getting on the scale last year after Thanksgiving, I said no more. I guess that was my AHA moment to get back on track. So now I have lost 23 pounds and want to at least loose 17 more. I still have not been able to get my running motivation back but have at least increased my fitness minutes to about 60 - 80 minutes a day and taking rest days. I use to run about 6 - 9 miles a day with a long run on Saturdays. I still plan to get back to running and I signed up for a race in FL next year as my goal, push motivator. Today will be kick boxing and some Cardio. It will be a Rainy weekend so mostly indoor work outs. TGIF!

  
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OOLALA53 9/29/2013 2:54PM

    Hope your fall is starting off well.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/15/2013 8:38AM

    Just keep on keeping on and you'll get there. Best wishes for success.

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-LINDA_S 7/15/2013 8:23AM

    You've made great progress! I'm sure you'll reach your goal!



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MIRAGE727 7/13/2013 10:05AM

    First of all, what race here in Florida? Secondly, stay positive, embrace all those great run experiences from the past, including crossing that finish line, and hug them positive waves! I know it's in you, Sharon, and you will excel!
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PATRICIAAK 7/13/2013 2:05AM

    1 step backward, 2 steps forward.

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 7/12/2013 11:57AM

  This is so good for you to be back and losing weight and doing exercise and getting healthy because your mind and emotions will also improve with you taking responsibility for your body and health. emoticon emoticon

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THEWWWAY 7/12/2013 10:23AM

    I know how depressing it is to gain weight back after working so hard to lose it.

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ROCKLAND2010 7/12/2013 8:34AM

    Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you have regained your focus! You are an inspiration for all of us.
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