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Board Posts name is Sharon and I live in Central Florida. I have been with Spark People about seven years now. I've lost weight, gained weight, and keep coming back year after year. Spark People is my inspiration. I keep thinking that one of these days I will "get it" and I strive for it every January.

I have health issues that need to be dealt with and my stress level is very high which contributes to those above issues. This is the year that I plan to take care of me instead of always taking care of someone else. Let's see how will that work.

I will be turning 77 years old this year and hope for at least another five years or so. So many things left to do, but unable unless I get more fit. So, this time I mean it. I'm going to beat this battle of the bulge, track my food which really works for me, and gain as much support as I can from my Spark People friends. I may stumble along the way but I will get back up.

I will blog weekly and support others with their blogs and struggles. It's time to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk.

Member Since: 4/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,243

My Goals:
My goal is ultimately to get healthy; one day at a time, one pound at a time. If I trip and stumble, I will get back up and start again.

My Program:
I will use SP as a food planner/tracker along with sensible eating. No more cheating or making bad choices. I'm going to start exercising with chair exercises to help with cardio and strengthening. I have to get this old bod moving.

I will track daily and blog once a week.

Personal Information:
I'm interested in many things. I love to pen pal and I write to 21 ladies all over the USA. I'm also Queen of a Red Hat Society chapter. I also enjoy counted x-stitching, ceramics, a little gardening, travel, reading, stage shows, and figure skating (watching it). I've lived in Montana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia, and now Florida. I've been married fourteen years to my old high school steady which has been a lot of fun. He's a great husband. We share six adult children, nine grandchildren, four great-granddaughters and recently our first great-grandson. We're both retired and living the good life.

Other Information:
I'm an author and just published my fourth novel which I wrote with my son. Something he wanted to do so we did it. "Cosgrove Cove" was published last December. My other books are "Detours of the Heart," "Stony Creek Diner," "A Time to Reboot," the second book in the Stony Creek Series, and I'm working on my fifth novel, "Reflections of the Heart," the sequel to "Detours." I've also written a few short stories; one published. I belong to a photographers club, book writing workshop, the Write Corner,The Florida's Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Writers League of the Villages.

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    Hi Sharon, l'm really pleased you're enjoying my little forays out, l do so love nature and being outside in the fresh air. l'm feeling very pleased with myself and so happy that l'm getting back out there amongst it again...l have missed it.
    lt can be quite a painful experience at times but when l've worked through it l feel so happy and l've achieved something.
    l've got to the stage now where l don't care what l look like or what people think, l just get on with what l want to do and if that means looking silly or sitting down in the middle of the street well...l look silly, or l sit what!!

    l do hope you manage to get outside and do a bit of walking, it doesn't need to be far and l'm sure you'll enjoy it. Your sense of achievement will be fantastic and spur you on to do it again. emoticon
    Have a lovely day, take care. emoticon
    1466 days ago
    Hope all is well. emoticon
    1473 days ago
    Hi Sharon,
    Thankyou for the lovely blog comment, l'm glad you enjoyed walking with me.
    l must admit it wasn't easy and if l hadn't been with my friend l think l'd have given up a whole lot sooner but l did enjoy it in a funny sort of way and l will persevere and hopefully things might get a little easier and my back a little stronger.
    l've decided l'm not ready for a walker with a seat just yet, my little fold up camping stool is serving me well for now. The doctor's told me the spinal arthritis is degenerative so eventually it will get worse, when that happens l'll think about the walker.
    l don't really see myself as an inspiration but hey, if it's encouraged you to give a walk a go all well and good...take things slowly and enjoy! emoticon emoticon

    1473 days ago
    Hi MAINLADY, where you will be in Maine. I live in the very small Capital and I have loved it over 50 years Pat in Maine.

    We do not like the very high temperatures but I do not like the ice. I have fallen too many times. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1473 days ago
    Hi Sharon, lovely to have you back on Spark, l've missed you. emoticon emoticon
    1484 days ago
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