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Life isn't always easy, but it IS good.

The past year and a half has been full of ups and downs (call it "the good, the bad and the ugly"), but I'm still kicking. I left one job (#1) to begin another VERY stressful job (#2) (I learned from the experience, but probably wouldn't have done it in the first place if I had realized what it would be like). Still, I finished out the year and then...

About a month after a family trip to Alaska this summer, my mother was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and uterine cancer. I submitted my resignation at work. Her health conditions sealed the deal for me. Life is too short and precious to not be available for my family. Had I stayed in job #2, unavoidably that would have happened. Mom moved in while she began her treatments (we're looking at about 7 months in total right now). It really is a blessing that she is able to live with me while we all fight our way through it and I'm so grateful that we have each other.

After resigning, I took a temp job (#3) and began looking for a full-time job, which I found and began in November. I love this new job (#4) for many reasons: wonderful coworkers, work that uses my skills, a great schedule (good so my dad and I can tag-team Mom's treatments) and good benefits.

While I do my best to keep everything in perspective, I'm starting to realize that stress has been creeping around corners without me being aware. I'm eating more than usual. My exercise routine has slipped away. I sleep more than I probably should (yes, sleep is good, but too much is not). My pants are fitting more snugly than they have in years (and yes, these are the bigger ones I have in my closet). I'm not moving as easily as I was - feeling greater strain on my joints. On and on and on...

I'm grateful for my family, my dog, my friends, my coworkers, my community, and I want to be healthy for them. Taking better care of myself is important so I can be here for all of them. Plus, there's just so much I still want to do in life! I've completed half marathons in the past with a combination of running and walking. I'd like to actually RUN a 5k straight through. That's a bit further off...right now I'd just like to feel healthy enough to run a mile. Baby steps.

Member Since: 12/20/2011

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I plan to: eat healthier, exercise regularly, make God a bigger priority in my daily schedule and get moving in the morning (no hitting the snooze button).

I've joined the 5K Your Way Rookie Running Program, I'm walking with coworkers, and doing calisthenics and light strength training.

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Florida Girl transplanted from the North :)

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"You know it's a good day if, when you get up in the morning, you stretch your arms up...and you don't hit wood."

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