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Me in front of a huge driftwood log. South Beach, Olympic Nat'l Park, July 2007

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Me at Wallace Falls along Highway 2 in Washington. April 2007

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Dal and I at a Forest Service cabin we rented for a long weekend.

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Hi, I'm Madeline. I live in a rural area of Washington state and commute to my job near Olympia at the headquarters of a regional public library system. I'm 49 years old and am married to a wonderful man. We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary in June, 2011. Between us we have 4 grown kids and 2 grandsons. We have 2 dogs, Annie & Roxy. I am lucky to live in an area where opportunities for getting out and enjoying nature abound. I love hiking, walking, canoeing, camping, fishing, backpacking, photography, reading and writing. Some of my future goals are hiking the PCT, having an organic farm, and becoming a professional photographer and writer. We just moved to our 33-acre future farm and I have licensed some of my photos, so we are on our way!

Photos of our new place:

I am focusing on permanent lifestyle changes.

Member Since: 2/23/2004

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:
Make hard things easier: hiking up mountains, xc skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking.

Get fit enough to hike the PCT and do kayaking and canoeing trips.

To live into old age healthy and active.

I feel making permanent lifestyle changes rather than yo-yo-ing is the way to do that.

I need to lose about 50 lbs but I am taking the focus off of that because I was getting into too negative of a mindset when the scale didn't budge.

My Program:
Make permanent life-long lifestyle changes.

Walk most days.

Eat right (no crap).

Personal Information:
My name is Madeline and I live in Western Washington.

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    Thanks for the comment on my page. Funny you should mention staying in the moment. That actually was my mantra the whole day. Slow down, stay in the moment, everything else can wait. I had to keep working on it though but in the end it made the day so much more enjoyable.
    4117 days ago
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    Hope your March is wonderful!

    4122 days ago
  • v no profile image CHOCLAHOLIC
    Maddie... got a chuckle from your comment on my blog.... you notice I wasn't in the water either ! ...used to do the ice diving every winter,but now that I'm older ( and wiser??? LOL ) .....nope, I'll stay warm and dry !
    4141 days ago
  • v ASTER2606

    Belated thanks for the Holly at Christmas. I've been busy and unfortunately mired in a noncriminal legal matter which is eating a bunch of my time and causing me to lose sleep. Hi hopes for 2010 though. Glad to see by your Deck messages that you are doing so well.

    4173 days ago
  • v MAUIMA
    Needing to stop by and say hello and send some luv...
    feeling like I need a road trip.
    Gotta figure out how make this happen.
    Hugs my friend...
    4185 days ago
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