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I want to grow old with my husband and have fun and be active the whole time. He has been a great motivator for me to get in shape.

I am in maintenance. It's not the goal weight that I set at the beginning of the journey, but it is what I can maintain and feel healthy. When I started, I didn't think I'd be working with a trainer 3 days/week as long as I have (18 months as of writing.) I look great. I am incredibly strong. I'm out of pain most days. If I manage to lose a few more pounds, I'm fine with that. I'm no longer stressing it. My trainer keeps telling me that I'm in the healthy range for body fat/lean muscle mass and I'm getting close to the athletic range. I can't argue with that. My new goal is to be competitive in the NJ State Triathlon in July 2017. Not sure I'll make it given my injuries, but I'm trying. Stay tuned, Sparkers. (May 2017)

I am close to my goal weight. I have recovered from a debilitating back injury and now I am stronger and more fit than I ever was. However, the pain of that injury and the many, many months of working with a physical therapist, physical trainer and registered dietitian has taught me a strong lesson in not ignoring pain and taking care of the body that I am blessed to have. I will never again take for granted my ability to walk. (Sept. 2016)

Alas, I have fallen prey to the perils of arthritis and back injury. This has resulted in more than a year of reduced activity for me and significant weight gain. I am very frustrated and scared of a lifetime of obesity and pain. So I am embarking on a commitment to intense physical therapy and training coupled with nutrition counseling to lose the weight that is making my pain worse. My husband is right by my side doing whatever he can to make this work. I am counting on my spark friends to be there, too. There is no place like SparkPeople for support and motivation. (Sept. 2015)

Member Since: 4/18/2010

My Goals:
1. Be competitive for my age group for the NJ State Triathlon.

2. Maintain weight loss.

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I live in downtown Beverly, MA - less than a half mile from the ocean. It's lovely.

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  • v BJPENNY70
    With those large windows, you could do a potted garden. Just a few to start. Then go from there. Unless you have wood floors. Then it would be a no no. It would water stain them. I have potted plants. Patio tomatoes, Basil (love having fresh basil to pick), and an all time favorite in the deep south, Collard Greens. I have about 24 plants growing in a box. It is about time to transplant them into bigger boxes. I want to buy leeks and try garlic around those plants.
    3073 days ago
  • v JECKIE
    I saw! Wish I could join you, but I'm running the Wounded Warrior's 5K in Nashua tomorrow and it's at 11. No way for me to be back and ready to ride in time. :(

    Next time!
    3073 days ago
  • v IRISHF
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. You are so right, like attracts like! Thanks for the encouragement.
    3073 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    To be sure, Laurie. I have taken this to the LORD in prayer and will keep praying for you and the other person. Listen to the LORD, He will guide your heart. Pray much and search HIS word for answers. Don't worry it will work out. It will pass.
    3074 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    Hi Laura,
    I am going through my SparkFriend list and I am praying for each of you. I have prayed for you. I asked the LORD to help you with your weightloss and your daily goals. I ask HIM to meet your needs and help you with any struggles you may be having. I ask the LORD to protect your health. I asked HIM to give you the strength you need for each day and your training. God bless you. The LORD will take care of you.
    3074 days ago