STRONGDAWG
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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
    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
    3073 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!
    3074 days ago
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    This coming Tuesday, May 1st, is the celebration of May Day.  This day has been adopted several times over for different purposes and may be called by different names so no matter what you celebrate;

    May you find happiness and health
    May you receive help when you need it
    May you laugh every day
    May you find and keep love 
    May you feel light and inspired
    May you be respected and valued
    May your wishes come true
    May you be a bright and shining fire to others
    May you experience beauty and bliss
    May you be nourished and cherished
    May you look in the mirror and find no faults, no insecurities, and no fears,
    for you are beautiful and confident, strong and brave.

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    The History of May Day: 

    "Etymologically, [May Day] is a homophone (same sounding word) for the international call for help. It is a corruption of the French imperative “M’aidez” meaning “Help me!” As a holiday it is claimed by many. It is known in the pagan world as Beltane, a fertility celebration... Beltane is the day of fire commemorating Bel or Belenos, the Celtic sun god. Indeed, in the modern Irish language, Bealtaine is the name for the month of May. The early Anglo-Saxons began their celebration on the eve before, feasting the end of winter and the first planting. It was a time of revelry and abandon... But this day’s celebration of the revival of vegetation goes back to the Roman practice of visiting the grotto of Egena. The people of ancient Rome honored Flora, the goddess of flowers and springtime.

    "...In America: The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States... But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions."

    "In 1886 it was co-opted as an international workers day to celebrate the 8-hour workday movement, following national strikes in the US and Canada. Later, the French declared May 1 the International Working Men’s Association holiday in 1889."

    History information gleaned from:
    theholidayspot.com/mayday/history.htm 
    and www.billpetro.com
    3075 days ago
  • v NIXY72
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    Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes! You are so wonderful to take the time to celebrate with me.

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    3076 days ago
  • v ZANNBEE
    Thanks so much for your continued encouragement. It's always a balance between spending money on the size you are now or waiting till the next size comes.
    3076 days ago