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I've been here before. But, in the interest of letting go and making a fresh start, I'm beginning again.

I've been studying diligently to become the photographer I've always dreamed of being. I want to create the most beautiful art. But I've become so focused on this that I hadn't realized that I haven't been in more than five (undeleted) photos over the past five years. During a workshop, the instructors spoke about the importance of "existing in photos" for your children and their children. For the first time, I felt a compelling desire to be a subject in my own work. This will take work on my skills, but also on myself.

My 46-year-old body needs some love and a rebirth into something fit and useful for the things I've been longing to do. I want to hike and photograph freely and run 5 Ks and wear the t-shirts.

So, join me, if you will, as I leave behind all of the times I've started and stopped. I really feel like there's nothing else in my way.

God, help me!

Member Since: 8/23/2013

Fitness Minutes: 4,053

My Goals:
I need to lose a lot of weight, but my goal is to be fit and small so that I will be able to do all of the outdoorsy things I very much long to do.


First things first:

-20 lbs. And a rediscovering of my flexibility and underlying strength. By our anniversary in March.
... I DID this!

-50 lbs. by the time Summer ends in August. (260 lbs.)

My Program:
I'm using my new fitbit to stay on track with my exercise.

Personal Information:
I'm a photographer.

I've been married for twenty-five years to my best friend. He's on his way to being a teacher.

We have three dreamy kids, 14, 19, and 24. I'm in love with each of them!

Other Information:
Many quotes will go here.

"Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I�m not living."
~ Jonathan Safran Foer

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    Just dropping by to say hi and hope you are doing well!! Enjoy your September!!

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    773 days ago
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    Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    949 days ago
    The seat that came on the bike wasn't comfortable, so my husband found a comfortable bike seat and replaced it for me. I can't believe how much I look forward to my workout now. I think it helps that I watch an episode of CSI as I ride. I'm halfway through season 2.
    952 days ago
    Spring is coming!! It got up to 45 degrees today. I'm just hoping it doesn't get as hot as last summer.
    954 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie! Can you BELIEVE Downton is over? I can't believe it went so fast! Loved the season but already want to know what is going to happen!!

    I haven't seen Murder on the Homefront but I see that I can watch it on the PBS website. Our local PBS station can be a bit wonky. I tried to watch the one about the midwives but couldn't get into it. Did you catch it?

    Hope you are doing well and you are having an active week! I have been mixing things up this week and hoping for better results!

    Take care!


    968 days ago
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