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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!


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!


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.


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: 40,342

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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    Thanks for the comment. WOW - quitting smoking - hooray for you! That's not an easy thing to do - I have 2 relatives who have and I know how hard they worked to do it! That's terrific. I bet you're proud and ready to use that accomplishment to spur you on to even more good things!
    4109 days ago
    Hi there and welcome to SP and the LAH team! Come on by anytime and say hello - I promise, we only bite if you ask us to!

    Congratulations on the one year anniversary of smokelessness! emoticon


    4113 days ago
    I have been using SparkPeople for about 2 months, although I have been a member for much longer. I really find the exercise and nutrition trackers very helpful. A year and a half ago I was where you are now and I am just 12-15 pounds from my goal now. I am 67 and if I can do it, you can.
    4125 days ago
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    Welcome to Spark People! It's a great way to start a new lifestyle with a supporting community. I recommend you join teams with similar interests and become active with them. Take time to explore the website, because there is a lot of informaiton here.

    Best of luck on your journey!

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    (If you're interested in any of the above Teams, click on my profile page and see what they're all about -- we support you and help you have fun along the way!)

    4125 days ago
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