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October 2017 - Okay, after five years of not-dying-from Cancer, leaving an abusive marriage, a year 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: 23,278

My Goals:

229 - January 1, 2010
206 - April 18, 2010
186 - August 15, 2010
200 - October 31, 2017

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.

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"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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