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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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    Been missing you on the Deck - I hope you're well!
    3429 days ago
    Hi Maddie. Thanks for stopping by my page. Things have not been going well lately and between work and going with Tommy to the doctor my time on the computer has been very limited. Tommy's cancer has spread to both of his lungs and he is back in treatment; three different types of chemo this time. He'll have another scan in two more months to see if it is helping, but has already been told that the goal is to try to slow the progression and that they cannot cure it. We're trying to stay positive and continue to live our lives every day. We're heading to Florida in a few days for a week to visit family.

    I hope things are going well for you. I hope soon I can get back to SP on a more regular basis because I feel so much better when I'm more in control.

    Have a great day!


    3655 days ago
    I don't do much but look at the pics on the flickr group, but would love to start again when I get some free time! So glad to hear you are doing well, and it was great to reconnect with you :)
    3664 days ago
    Madeline! I haven't seen or heard from you in ages! Thanks for the comment on my blog. How have you been? Are you still doing the Shutterbug team on Flickr? It was great to hear from you :)
    3669 days ago
    Maddie, thanks for your note and thoughtfulness and story on the deck. And thanks for being here with us!

    I love that forest cabin. For a minute, I thought it was your house and I got a little envious. Washington is a beautiful place.
    3744 days ago
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