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Sept 2008 cruise, at the Captain's reception

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Enjoying a great game at Target Field with the family

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Hmm. I was "lookin' great in 2008," and then I was "lookin' fine in 2009." But I still had so far to go! So I was "at it again in 2010." But it still wasn't enough to make strong progress toward my goals. So I vowed that 2011 would be my year. And again in 2012. So what exactly happened?? I'm going to hit my 5-year Sparkversary this summer, and while I've made some strides toward living a fitter, healthier lifestyle, I'm still far from reaching my goal. Yes, I know that if I'd have tried my hardest I'd obviously be much further along than I am now. But I'm not giving up!

Hi! My name is Sharon. Welcome to my page! I'm adjusting my mini-goals and still working on meeting my original goal of losing 62 pounds. I'm about halfway there right now, and once I accomplish that, I'm not sure how much further (if any) I'll need to go to look and feel my best.

Spark People has been a wonderful tool for me, bringing me knowledge, inspiration, motivation, support, and virtual friends who are kindred spirits. I absolutely love my Spark Buddies! This is my time to shine--to finally get healthy. Come join me!

Member Since: 6/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 90,834

My Goals:
Mini-Goals (According to my ticker) :

1. June 29: 30 pounds for the new month.

2. July 20: 33 pounds and a new dress for a wedding I'm attending.

3. Aug 31: 40 pounds to complete the 13-13-13 challenge.

Long-term Goals:

1. BMI out of "obese" and into "overweight"

2. Avoid Diabetes

3. NEVER miss a day logging in to SP or logging my food intake

My Program:
NUTRITION: I'm mainly focused on portion sizes, since I've always made it a point to eat the right things. I'm just learning that yes, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Logging all my intake is an incredible help in this area.

I have also cut way back on sweets with refined sugar (cookies, pop, candy, etc) in my diet.

Finally, I'm drinking 10 glasses of water per day, and striving for 7 hours of sleep per night.

EXERCISE: I do 30 minutes per day of cardio and balance exercise on the Wii Fit Plus. In addition I aim for another 30 minutes of daily cardio on the treadmill or with a fitness DVD, and I take a daily walk with my DH as often as I can talk him into it. I wear a Fitbit constantly and aim for a minimum of 10,000 daily steps. I also do strength training 3 times per week, concentrating on strengthening my bum shoulder, but also working with my resistance bands on other areas.

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As my screen name indicates, I'm a huge baseball fan--especially the Twins. Other interests include reading, writing, scrapbooking, traveling, country music, and spending time with my husband of 28 years and our two adult kids. My 24-year-old son is a recently-married Marine stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, and my 27-year-old daughter has purchased her own home nearby. However, my elderly mom still lives with us, so the nest isn't quite empty yet. We also have an active border collie who keeps us hopping as well. My job was recently moved out of state, so I'm currently unemployed and working toward getting my home licensed for child care, something I used to do when my own kids were small and miss doing.

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  • v BRAVAH
    Hi Sharon.


    I hear you about wobbling along just under that obese mark. That's a rough place to be. I had a huge plateau right before I got down below it. And another trying to get into ONEderland. I'm glad you're in ONEderland. I know you can get more firmly into the "overweight" range, too! We've definitely got this!

    23 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, and for your support. I was certainly stressed. For the last night, I decided to just go to a hotel, as I was done. My dad was upset, of course, but it was the right call for my mental health. And I got home yesterday, so that's good. Thank you so much for your good wishes!!!

    32 days ago
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    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, and for the support. As for what my mom is doing, not a single thing surprises me, as I have a degree in Psychology and experience with dementia patients in the psychiatric hospital. It is my dad that is sadly causing problems by not admitting to anyone else what is going on. I've surmised a lot - which has been proven by staying here. My siblings see them for an hour here or there, and don't see the day to day stuff. So they have no clue. I really appreciate you reaching out and reminding me that I am not alone. That is something I was forgetting that day for sure.

    Also, I didn't get any sleep the first couple of nights, due to how freaking hot it was in this house. Apparently, if my dad turns on the AC to a proper level, she gets up in the night and turns on the heater. So, it was set to 80 (and it was 87 outside). That was rough with my hot flashes. I'm doing a little better, but really looking forward to going home.

    Thanks again!

    35 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Hello my friend!

    I'm so sorry to hear that your knee is worse! I have knee issues, so I can totally relate. Yes, it is always something. I'm sorry that you're also watching paint dry, hahaha. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I've had a bit of a breakthrough (fingers crossed it sticks). I'm facing a week without my fitness classes, so that will be rough. Wish me luck.

    I hope that your knee feels better soon!

    40 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Hi Sharon!

    Thanks for the relaxation music. I certainly need it this week!!! I appreciate it a lot. Have a great weekend!

    43 days ago
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