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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 no profile image GARBLEDEEGOOK
    Thanks for the smoothie "recipe", I can use ideas :)
    3266 days ago
  • v YDAVIS23
    Yes, she ran with me! We were supposed to do 4 min of running, 1 min walking, repeat 6 times. On our 3rd interval I was like, "can you keep running?" She was like, "yeah, but if I need to stop, you'll let me, right?" With that agreement, she (we) proceeded to run 23 min straight, for a total of 31 minutes of running, 9 minutes of walking, and 3.25 miles total. She was a rock star! Our first 5k is next month and she's totally almost ready. Thanks for asking!
    3266 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    Calling all Christians. I have a prayer request for one of our Sparkers. Her page name is LOSERMOM54. The doctors found a tumor on her brain stem. The little child will be 2 years old in June. LOSERMOM54 said the surgery was done. They found the tumor was benign, but is inside the brain stem. They doctor's are trying to figure out how to remove it. The baby is home for now. Please pray for this child, her parents, and the grandmother LOSERMOM54. Just take a few minutes and bow your head and ask GOD to deliver this child out of the situation. You can check for update on LOSERMOM54 blog.
    3267 days ago
    I'm glad you got something out of my blog. Usually I think I'm just rambling :)

    3267 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    Tell the green beer to move over and make way for guacamole and chelada's!  Today is Cinco de Mayo and according to National Geographic, "Cinco de Mayo... is definitely becoming more popular than St. Patrick's Day", at least in the United States. "So, what is Cinco de Mayo? The short answer is that it celebrates the defeat of the French Army by Mexican soldiers at the battle of Puebla. The real answer is that Cinco de Mayo is a uniquely Mexican-American holiday. It celebrates a change in the relationship between the United States and Mexico" and is now celebrated almost world-wide. (thanks,!)

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    There is so much information out there on the history and popularity of Cinco de Mayo that I am leaving you with two wonderful links that I found that sum up the holiday briefly and incredibly well.

    First, a fabulous summary of the history and traditions of Cinco de Mayo in a handy one and a half minute video:

    And some very fun and informative facts on the "Where Food Comes From" website to do with the holiday:

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    Being a foodie however means that this week has been a fiesta for my inbox with many Cinco de Mayo inspired recipes - so I leave you with a with a Pico De Gallo recipe that's entitled "Sauce with Chile Sharp as a Rooster's Beak" from Cookstr (one of my newest and most favourite foodie finds!)  These recipes come complete with Nutritional Information and a sublime search function so it should make a great online addition to your cook-book "shelf"!

    And some Chilli pepper facts:

    Did you know? "In addition to pleasing many peoples' palates, chili peppers are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, rich in folic acid and potassium, low in calories and sodium, and contain no carbohydrates" -

    And according to the our mexican chef (see recipe above) you are not supposed to drink water if you mouth is "on fire" from hot and spicy foods... instead, put a few grains of soothing salt on your tongue to stop the burning!

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    Happy Cinco de Mayo!  To quote a famous Spanish Proverb: "A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar."  

    3268 days ago