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Suddenly, at nearly 50, I'm realizing I will get a second life. I've had two children who are now grown and on their own journeys, a husband who loves me (ditto), and a great job. I feel like I can do whatever I want without being afraid. Looking back, I can see how careful I was so that I could always be there for the kids. I can cut loose now - climb rocks, kayak, run. It sounds silly; I should never have been afraid. But I was afraid of hurting when I exercised, afraid of what would happen if I didn't eat whatever I wanted, afraid of losing everything if I tried something new. And what did I think would happen? Huh. What a waste. No more!

I want to relax. I want my grandchildren to run to keep up with me. I want to play longer with my dogs. I want to bike and run when I'm 80. I want to love more and more people and revel in my family and friends!

Member Since: 10/16/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,696

My Goals:
I aim to lose about 75 lbs. and get my energy back! Goal #1 is to learn how to eat proper foods in proper servings, then lose 20 pounds to start. I also want to be able to run completely around the block with Portia.

3. Make it through the Iditawalk in Feb/March (with Portia). - Hey, I did this one! Time for a new goal.

4. Run my first 5K in September or October.

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I'm moving, hard, ten minutes a day. Since getting close to age 50, I've lost a lot of fear, which is helping with the exercising.

I'm trying to get at least 3 fruits/veggies a day and to avoid eating out.

Trying to do at least 20 minutes of cardio a day, although I'm always aiming for 30.

Personal Information:
Living just outside Columbia, Missouri with three dogs, one rather not-nice feral cat, one feral cat who has decided I'm the best thing in the world, one very nice, blue-eyed white rescue cat with bowel control issues, eleven chickens all named Esther and one rooster named Mordechai .

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Still currently reading: "The Fiddler's Ghost".

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