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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: 90,401

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. Thanks! Yes, I do have a particularly full plate at the moment. And I'm not dealing with it very well, lol. I'd like to eat better, as I don't feel well when I stuff my face. And not feeling well isn't conducive to being productive. I am okay with maintaining... like the blog says, it is way better to be stuck here than where I was (20 pounds heavier) for several years! Thanks for the good luck wishes!

    How are you? What are you up to?

    817 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Hello Sharon!

    Thanks for the support!!! Yes, soon it will all be better... as soon we'll be moved! I'm just slogging along until then, lol! Smell the flowers is a good idea! Thanks!

    819 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, Sharon. I hadn't been blogging for a long time, as I hadn't been sparking. But as you can see, I'm on a major effort to get rid of some pounds! Thanks for the support! I hope you are well.

    830 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thank you for the goodie and your kind words.
    1118 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    Many of you complained in the past about the loss of the Team Sparkpoint flags, which was very popular on most of my teams. Good news! Sparkpeople has brought them back. You can access them again from your sparkpoints page. Please come and support our team!

    Shall we start rhyming again?

    Let me know.

    1437 days ago
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