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I have to say, 2016 was an interesting year. I started off by getting back on here and really making it work for me. I made some wonderful friends along the way and I am so happy for that. The friends I have made on here is what has kept me going and helped me reach one of my two goals last year. I didn't get to run my marathon due to my knee injury but I did lose my 15 pounds. But, the last week of the year I gained back 3 of those pounds. So hard to lose weight and maintain that during the holidays! But, I still feel like I did well.

This year I have started off okay but with a little bump in the road. I have what is known as Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is not very common and somewhat rare, so this is why most who are reading this have not heard of it. In a nutshell, it causes intense facial pain with doing such minor and everyday things like brushing ones teeth, eating, swallowing or just touching that side of my face. Even walking can hurt it because of the vibration that travels up. A person who does not have it never realizes that occurs, the vibration. But if you have pain from it, you realize it. So that has kept me from doing my usual exercising. When walking I walk softly to not irritate it. I am on medication to help control it but that is becoming increasing useless.

My goals still this year are to run the marathon and lose 15 pounds. If I lose this 15 I will have gotten to my ultimate goal. Then it will be work to stay there. I hope by mid year I can start training again, but, we will see.

Thanks to my Spark friends, I met one goal last year and I hope to again this year. I think 2017 will be my year!! I have hope that it will.

Member Since: 3/9/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,589

My Goals:
Setting small goals this year.

Goal 1: Lose 15 pounds by the end of the year.

Goal 2: Run Hartford Marathon in October again

My Program:
Cardio: Running 5 times a week making increases to meet goals to run a marathon.

Eating: Min 8 glasses of water a day, making sure I have minimum of 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day.

Personal Information:
Happily married for 35 years.

Three fabulous kids, 29, 26 & 21.

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Love gardening and crocheting.

Favorite Quote:
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everybody would do it. It's the hard that makes it great." - Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dougan in A League of their Own

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    Thank you for such a super nice comment on my 100 pound weight loss blog! Like you said in your last blog, It can be done! So happy I stuck with it! Hope you are doing well? I am hanging in there after all this stress and catching up here at home, after the hurricane. Keep in touch, let me know how you are doing. emoticon
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    Hello! Hope all is well.
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    Hi emoticon and I just got in and saw that you came by emoticon I am glad that you got some rain to I have also been watering, in fact we hadn't had any and I lost a lot of plants and with the mosquitoes (I get bite a lot!) emoticon I try not to have a lot of extra sitting out with out flushing (like the bird emoticon bath) So I had gone out last Thursday emoticon (more then this)and watered all even the birds and it didn't look like any rain was coming I then heard something and thought it was our indoor cat emoticon making noise and I went to look and then looked out the window and it was pouring! We ended up getting 3.5 inches that day We are to be getting more now the next coming days Sorry if I went on to much, but thank you for listening and I hope you get more emoticon emoticon too! I only say no sever for any of us The other night into early morning I feel very blessed, we thought there was going to be large hail and bad winds but OK got hit by a Tornado, and it was so fast they had no warning and not really far from our state Prayers to all of them God Bless you and stay safe and enjoy all you can and 1 more thing for me I can't wait for emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Love ya and Smiles and Hugs!
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    emoticon Thanks for your super nice note on my page about my weight loss! I am so happy and encouraged right now! Probably how you feel right now, when things start going right! Now just have to get this cough gone and one more day on antibiotics should do the trick! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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