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Well, 2017 was an interesting year. It started off with me in much pain with my Trigeminal Neuralgia. But, after undergoing a procedure to eliminate that pain, things have been better. I met my goal to run the Hartford Marathon and almost made my goal of losing 15 pounds. New goals this year will be to run Philly Marathon in November, lose 10 pounds by the end of the year (to finally put me at my ideal weight) and to work on strength training 3 times a week.

I realize i need the training to be able to run faster and I need to run faster if I am to beat my last years marathon time.

I felt honored this year that the SP bloggers were inspired by my blog about my marathon and my achievements with my weight loss that they did a member spotlight on me. This link is in one of my blogs if anyone is interested in reading it. I hope that it will inspire others.

I am looking forward to a really great 2018!!

Member Since: 3/9/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,589

My Goals:
Setting small goals this year.

Goal 1: Lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.

Goal 2: Run Philly Marathon in November.

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.

Strength Train: Work on my strength training 3 days a week

Personal Information:
Happily married for 36 years.

Three fabulous kids, 30, 27 & 22

Other Information:
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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    I read your story about getting in shape running and wanted to continued to be inspired by you cograts on the run you accomplished.
    1234 days ago
    emoticon Hello! I just read your story and wanted to thank you for sharing your Spark! Congratulations on reaching for the stars and touching them. emoticon
    1269 days ago
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    great job! My father had MS and due to the lack of activity gained weight up to 300pounds (he was almost 6'4"). he then got Trigeminal Neuralgia,... what a terrible condition! he was in excruciating pain all day. I would take him to the oral surgeon in the morning before work and he would get Novocain to work all day. then another shot to be able to eat dinner and sleep. then we would repeat the next day... over the many years he suffered with this, he lost so much weight is was down to about 140 pounds because he would rather not eat than aggravate his facial nerves. he had several nerves cut in his face to stop the pain but it would come back after a year or so... he finally had surgery that fixed it once and for all. I feel for those who suffer from that condition. it is one of the worst! Its amazing once the surgery is works!

    keep on running!
    1300 days ago
    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!
    1453 days ago
    Thank you so much for leaving me a message, and congrats on how well you are doing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1470 days ago
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