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Me after the 2017 First Run.

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The Mutt Brothers. I miss them every day.

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July 2016


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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
    I just want to encourage you today! Stay with you food plan and exercise daily. Stay lifted up in the LORD and don't get discouraged. GOD loves you!

    Psalm 121: The LORD is my keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
    3203 days ago
    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Glad you told me your sister wears yoga pants at 51. They are now my goal for the spring . . . About another 5 lbs. and I should be ready! emoticon
    3216 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    emoticon on your Fitness Minutes Award!
    3216 days ago
  • v YDAVIS23
    Ooh! Just saw your post about the microbrewery suggestion! So sad that we lost though :(

    Harpoon is a good, slightly larger company. They have a brewery in Boston, and another up in VT. You can buy their beer almost anywhere. I tend to go with the standard IPA.

    I also really like long trail, a company out of VT. They have a good "long trail ale" and a fairly strong "Double Bag."

    Good luck finding something that he'll like! And pick one up for yourself too :)

    3217 days ago
  • v YDAVIS23
    Pats fan and dog person!?? We are soul mates!
    3217 days ago