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40 pounds down... running makes losing weight easier and losing weight makes running easier!



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Just thought I'd celebrate my longest run ever (5 miles!) with a "before and during" photo. This is me Memorial Day 2020 and then 40 pounds lighter Thanksgiving. I am sooo much healthier and happier now! Running makes losing weight easier and losing weight makes running easier! #BeforeAndAfter


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May 2020 - Bwa ha ha ha! See below for a long string of "I'm back" updates. I crack myself up but somehow I woke up on Monday and the spark overtook me. Back to "running". Back to measuring. Back to Sparkpeople!

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October 2017 - Okay, after five years of not-dying-from Cancer, leaving a toxic marriage, months and months of homelessness in a 13" camper, along with various and sundry smaller challenges, I'm back.

I'm exhausted by change and challenge. I have been made stronger and weaker by the storms that life has sent me. But I am even more loving, astonished and optimistic!

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November 2013 - I'm back! After a couple years of Intentional Eating and Movement left me feeling healthier and stronger. I even competed in two triathlons in 2012. Then I turned 50 and being all proactive about my health I got my colonoscopy - no symptoms, no family, just a routine check. Dang if I didn't have full-on stageIIIc colorectal cancer.

I just finished the triathlon of cancer (radiation, surgery, chemo) and where as I couldn't bring myself to track my downward fall from healthy to weak over the year. But I am back, basically to track my return from the couch.

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2010 - I knit, I spin, I code, I dance, I garden. I am a hopeless romantic and a hard-core optimist. I am the mother of three strong women, grandmother of two smaller ones, and the wife of the-man-of-my-dreams.

After 25 years of smoking, I haven't had one puff since April 20, 2009. By December 29th 2009 though I had gained 21 pounds and was up to 229 pounds.

But now that I have quit smoking I AM freaking Wonder Woman! I can do anything I set my mind to. I have proven to myself that not even getting off tobacco is impossible! I now know that am the master of all that I put in my body. Full Stop.

In a period of re-invention, I have two part-time jobs. I am a one-girl IT shop for the University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes Program and I am co-owner of The Wisconsin Wool Exchange where I teach folks to knit and spin.

As of May 1, 2010 I have lost 26 pounds and am just ounces from dropping below the 200 mark. That'll feel good.


Member Since: 4/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 38,444

My Goals:


My Program:
Smile big.
Move much.
Get strong.
Breath Deep.
Delve inward.
Eat well.
Drink water.
Be beautiful.
Indulge occasionally.




Personal Information:
I may be the youngest Maud you'll ever meet.

I live 100 miles west of Lambeau Field, the center of the universe.

I have a soft spot for eutrofic lakes and geriatric cats.


Other Information:
"This fresh apple, still cold and crisp from the morning dew, is not-me only until I eat it. When I eat, I eat the soil that nourished the apple. When I drink, the waters of the earth become me. With every breath I take in I draw in not-me and make it me. With every breath out I exhale me into not-me. "

--Doneella H Meadows


Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
- Clementine Paddleford




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  • v SPARKLINGME176
    You are doing so emoticon THX for inspiring ALL of Spark land! emoticon emoticon
    32 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    Spring is coming! Are you ready to join a Challenge and work on your healthy lifestyle goals? Biggest Loser Group is accepting members for it’s Spring Challenge starting the in March 3. The challenge consists of 10 Teams that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the link below or you can click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my Spark page. Join Biggest Loser Winter Challenge All Teams and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Wait List thread.
    https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team
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    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!"

    68 days ago
  • v HIPPICHICK1
    Thanks for the candles, lady.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    xox
    69 days ago
  • v RAERAERAE62
    I hope all is well with you. Happy Saturday ❣️
    90 days ago
  • v HIPPICHICK1
    Thanks for the Solstice candles, my dear.
    Sorry I haven't been by before now to thank you.
    My father passed away Dec 29 and it's not been an easy time for me or my family.
    98 days ago
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