STRONGDAWG
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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 ZANNBEE
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    3246 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    "I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn

    This coming Saturday, April 14, 2012 is International Moment of Laughter Day.

    Seriously. You can't make up this stuff.

    "International Moment of Laughter Day is certainly a day to put a smile on your face! ... Laugh loudly and laugh often. Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, or just be silly with your friends. It is not the cause of the laughter that matters… but the effect.
    Researchers have begun to examine positive emotions and their impact on a person's health and aging process. Based on the results from a scientific study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughter may give a jolt to circulation and have positive effects on the heart. In addition, laughter may increase the body's production of nitric oxide (a chemical that helps dilate blood vessels).
    All of these positive impacts on your health are reason enough to laugh not just today, but every day! So go ahead and be silly and laugh at your own jokes. And don't forget that laughter is contagious!" (http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/interna
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    "A day without laughter is a day wasted." ~ Charlie Chaplin
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    For ways in which to spread laughter be sure to read this wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Spread-Laughter

    And if you need a helpful start on getting your laugh on, you absolutely must watch this amazing award winning 3-minute animation. Trust me, the irony of posting this on a weight-loss support site is not lost on me!
    http://vimeo.com/27256955
    3246 days ago
  • v ZANNBEE
    Thanks for the comments on my blog. You're right, it is such a struggle sometimes. I added you as well. Congrats on the race with YDavis23. You guys looked great!
    3249 days ago
  • v RUBYCLAIRE
    Thanks, Laura, I thought I felt your thoughts reaching out to me. My children & grandchildren are all doing GREAT, at least by my standards; however, prayers are still going out to one of my cousins whose adult son lost his battle with cancer last week. I had written a blog about him, but my cousin asked me to remove it because he was a very private person.

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter!
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    Comment edited on: 4/7/2012 7:07:05 PM
  • v VIXSTERLU
    Thank you soooo much for your comments on my blog! You'd think I'd know this stuff since I am a Professor of Psych, lol. You made some great points that I hadn't thought of. And the whole 'bragger' thing completely resonating with me that day. My daughter mentioned one of her friends at school boasting and how she boasts a lot. I realized my reaction may be leading her to the same place I am at. Wake up call! I need to process the comments and make a plan to celebrate myself.
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    3249 days ago