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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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    Hi Deb!
    Thank for stopping by my page! I have been very busy with work, but loving it! I am glad that you are back!
    158 days ago
  • v AKELAZ
    emoticon I haven't been on here for so long - my partner has been quite ill and is a seriously demanding patient so something had to give. Today is my first day Sparking for about six weeks and it was great to come back and find YOU on my page XXX
    I'm pretty exhausted with all that's been going on but have slept on and off all day now that Gerry has been given very much better news so life is looking up.
    Very happy to hear that your time in Ca was good - and you obviously survived the flight - very unpleasant I imagine if you dislike flying. Sure the time with your family made it worthwhile though.
    What GREAT news re your TN pain - must be so great to be pain free and the reduction in meds is the icing on the cake!
    How's the running going - guess the marathon must be very soon - hope you've been able to keep up the training.
    Lovely that we're both back here and can resume the friendship - makes me very happy.
    BIG emoticon Keep at it all dear friend. More Xs

    162 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Have missed you, but do understand why sometimes we need a break from here. Doing good for the most part, except for the daily aches and pains. Plus, I hyper-extended a tendon on my knee a few days ago and have to deal with that by taking it easy and icing it . UGH. Can't believe I did it, but oh well, it is better now. Had a nice vacation a few weeks back and posted a photo/video blog about it, if you want to check it out. Not much going else going on. I am only 2 pounds away from the 100 pound loss ...if I can just stop eating bad foods, I would get there sooner. Sigh. How are you feeling...still pain free? I hope so. Thanks for stopping by. Take care and emoticon emoticon
    163 days ago
    thinking about you hope all is well
    170 days ago
    haqvent heard from you in awhile hope all is well hugs
    197 days ago
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