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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: 72,789

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 L1LL1AN_M
    I have lived in Saginaw for almost 50 years. We never did get any rain. I love your area. I have always wanted to go the Tulip Festival.
    4 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/19/2018 11:46:03 AM
  • v KATHY024
    Finally starting to see my weight (regained) go down. Eating clean - mostly vegetable, proteins, and fruit. For breakfast I still love either my oatmeal or raisin bran. What a job!
    It's been hot here, so I work and walk outside and get up a good sweat and have lots of water!!
    10 days ago
    I use dvd's when it's raining too! I'm hoping the sun will be shining soon so you can get outdoors once more! Have a great weekend!

    14 days ago
    Thank you for your wonderful support during my Dad's illness. Your kind words are truly appreciated. Wishing you a wonderful day!😊
    18 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    Hi Sharon, Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!! It has been cold here but Memorial day is suppose to be in the 90's. I actually prefer it cooler like it has the 60's. I was watching the business news this last week and they were touring a Coachman RV. 45' long with all the bells and whistles. It had a frig that looked larger than my one in the house! It also came with a $700,000.00 price tag. They said it was geared more toward people who sell their homes and then live in their RV traveling full time. The manufacturer rep didn't exactly want to tell the reporter how much it cost to fill up, but I finally heard him say $300. Don't know if that was a full tank as he was talking about just buying 1/2 tanks. I wouldn't dare to drive the thing for fear it would be wrecked!
    28 days ago
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