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The real reason I try to run 5k's.

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New issues, figuring out a plan. My numbers for things like cholesterol and blood sugar have always been good so you can imagine my shock (and the doctor's) when the best part of my bloodwork put me into prediabetic range. I do have a family history of heart/cholesterol issues - my grandfather was way ahead of his time when he did things like quit smoking after his time in the war (WWII), cutting salt, eating fish and lean meat and he still fought issues that ended up with him having heart attacks and strokes. Not sure that I can do a whole lot more than what I do now. There isn't a lot of room to cut things out so I'm looking into meeting with a nutrionist.

I read. A lot. I enjoy learning and escaping. Reading provides both of those things. Generally, I read about 100 books a year. Often, I have 3 or more going at a time.

I also like to write. That too, is an escape for me but one I've been having more trouble maintaining. I do a fair amount of tech. writing in my day job. It sometimes makes it harder for me to break into my alternate universes. I'm trying to make writing a priority again, starting with 15 minutes a day.

Spiritually - I consider myself a non-denominational pagan.

Member Since: 1/6/2013

Fitness Minutes: 103,021

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The newest goals (as of 06-03-2021) :

No to give up.

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Married for decades (saves me from updating the number.). We have 3 boys - two adults, one teenager. I'll include my "daughter" in the mix. She doesn't officially fit the title of daughter-in-law because she and my son aren't married, but they've been together for years and they are in it for the long haul. I love her too. And as of February of 2021, they are engaged!

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My youngest and I created a 5K team called The Rainbow Narwhals. Every group seems to have a 5K to raise money and when you get a group, you need a name. He came up with the name when he was about 5 years old. We like it. Our yearly 5K's are for a local School on Wheels group - Outrunning Homelessness (in April) and The Community Autism Resources - Hearts and Hands Walk/5K (in September). We try to do others during the season for different groups. - food allergies (the youngest and I both have epi-pen worth food allergies), Veteran's, local programs for education, environmental, to name a few.

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    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.

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    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!"

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    Thanks for being our Book Club leader.
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    Thank you so much for the lovely Birthday wishes! The lovely flowers were appreciated!

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    “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Thank you for being a friend and for spark support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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    Its Thankful Thursday and today I am thankful for my Spark Friends! Thanks for all your comments on my page and blogs! emoticon

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