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One of my favorite family photos, take in 2003. My babies are all grown up now.

The Offspring - 2016



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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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  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon Wanted to check on you and see how you are. Sent a sparkmail to you last night, just in case you missed it. Take care.... emoticon
    103 days ago
    Hi Deb!
    Thank you for stopping by my page and the compliment! I hope you feel better soon! I am looking forward to walking again too. Rest up and keep me posted. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    112 days ago
    hi thinking about you sending Hugs .
    116 days ago
  • v AKELAZ
    emoticon Have a good one!
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    117 days ago
  • v AKELAZ
    Hey Debra - thank you so much for dropping by - you are one the people that keep me going here and am so happy that you're my friend.Very glad to hear you're doing reasonably well for the moment and hope you get your extra test and the procedure soon. Certainly wish for you that life improves by early Spring - it's long enough now for you to keep bearing all that pain. I'm reasonably OK though I have bad ulcers on my tongue - nothing in itself but makes talking and swallowing painful - good for saving calories but wouldn't wish it on anyone as a weight loss aid!! My partner has been ill for some time with a really horrid bug that is doing the rounds and was in hospital briefly with breathing problems. He is now being tested for angina and is on beta blockers as an interrim measure. Nothing definitive yet but he's certainly feeling much better which is a relief. So - not a lot of fun here but am hoping Spring will see an improvement for us. Bit of a tale of woe - sorry.
    Wishing you all things good and better months for you than the last ones. Sending you healing emoticon and BIG Xs
    128 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2017 7:02:36 PM
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