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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!

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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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  • v BELLE!
    5129 days ago
    Hi Maddie:

    Welcome to the Secret team. I have about the same amount of weight to loose as you and certainly deal with some of the same challenges you indicated. Spark People has some great resources and positive people that are all here for you. You can do it!
    5129 days ago
  • v NANATO2
    WELCOME to our Waist Management TeamMaddie! Please feel free to introduce yourself on the "Welcome" thread, jump in on any on-going discussions, or start a new topic of your own. We're looking forward to getting to know "YOU" better, cheering each other on, and and sharing our journey together!

    Nana, Team Leader

    5129 days ago
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