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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 JECKIE
    Is the Lowell Sun half the same as the Baystate Half? If so then yes I'm planning on it. It is 14 days after Divas which will qualify me for the Half Fanatics. :) plus that's my training course, I really have no excuse not to run it! :)
    3069 days ago
  • v NIXY72

    This Friday is International Star Wars Day, so celebrate with ... yup, you are reading this right... YOGA. And not just any yoga... STAR WARS YOGA. Oh yes. "Much to learn you still old padawan. ... This is just the beginning!"

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    How fabulous is that??

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    So if you're not a Star Wars fan (and really, how could you not be?)... here's the back-info:

    "May 4 is called Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day.... "May the fourth be with you".

    'May the Force be with you' was a phrase used to wish luck or good will, generally when individuals parted ways or the object of the expression was facing some sort of imminent challenge. The phrase implied the speaker's wish that the power of the Force would be working alongside the addressee, in order that the addressee's goals would be more effectively accomplished.... Current day Star Wars fans were not the first to introduce the line "May the Fourth Be with You"; When Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain's first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, her party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

    In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada [YAY, TORONTO!!] at the Toronto Underground Cinema.... The second annual edition is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 4, 2012.

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    If you need a little more motivation today, look no farther than wise, old Yoda:

    "Always pass on what you have learned."

    "Named must your fear be before banish it you can."

    "You will find only what you bring in."

    "When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not ehh." - Yoda

    and of course, the most famous and wisest of all Yoda-isms:
    "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try."

    and now... for this laugh-out-loud commercial break...

    We really do need some Storm Trooper or lightsaber emoticons... sigh.

    3069 days ago
    Hey how is it going? Just stopping by to let you know that no one on Spark hurt my feelings, it was my DH...
    3069 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    There are a lot of you on my SparkFriend list now. I want to contact each of you to say I hope you are doing well with your daily goals. I am still praying for all of you. I want sent thanks to everyone who has sent encouragement, Christian love, and support to me. I hope to be a great help to you. Hang in there and keep moving, eating healthy, and be confident in the LORD. God bless all your efforts to get healthy and lose weight. God be with you in your daily lives and give you whatever you need. emoticon emoticon
    3070 days ago
  • v YDAVIS23
    I am DEFINITELY worried that this adoption will go quickly... We might have three cheerleaders at the race in September! Thanks for your well wishes... it is quite a process!
    3072 days ago