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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: 89,494

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 JIBBIE49
    Thought you might like to know that Bravah is THE MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY.
    1301 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    HI Sharon! Thanks! I really appreciate your comment. I haven't been on spark in a couple of years... thought it was time to get at least semi-serious again. What happened at your recent doctor visit? I hope it isn't serious!

    Thanks for the kind words about Bo. He is doing okay. I am still pretty stressed that I could have lost him if he hadn't been forced by a colleague to go to the ER! But he is doing well now, and we are trying to combat his genetic predisposition for heart problems.

    Hope you and your family are well!

    1328 days ago
    Thank you so much for the sparkgoodie. I just spoke with Dad on the phone, and I'm sure he did not know who I was. It's so frustrating for both of us. I'm thankful for understanding friends like you. emoticon
    1412 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm going to let Tony have that ornament for now. I finally got my tree taken down yesterday and Tony was all kinds of help. He made it so I had two less ornaments to put away -- the one that is his new toy and the one I dropped which he then shredded. It was a cute little angel. I had a pair of them from a set of twins I had in speech therapy over 30 years ago.
    1415 days ago
    Thanks for all your encouragement. I feel so blessed to have understanding friends like you.
    1424 days ago
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