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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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  • v SALLYANNE0852
    Hi Maddie, im not much on flickr or sparks or the computer at all much either. lire just got too busy.

    one very nice addition is two grandsons 7 and 18 mo and twin granddaughters 12 months old and i watch the girls every day.

    im having health issues myself now so trying to get back to sparks.

    you look great. emoticon
    3623 days ago
    Hi Maddie ~
    Haven't talked to you in a while, but was thinking about you and wanted to see how you were doing after your fight. Looks like you are doing pretty good, which is great to see!

    emoticon Becky
    3892 days ago
    Wow, Maddie: You're an amazing photographer!
    I was going through your pics in Flickr, and they are stunning.
    Plus, there is a magic where you live. Well, maybe if I would have taken the pictures, it would not look that magical emoticon
    emoticon from Panama,
    3936 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my Spark Page. I'm celebrating the fact that you are a breast cancer survivor. Keeping a journal is a great idea. Thank you for being in my life!

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    3971 days ago
    I went back and read over your page to find out more about you. Glad you live in the most beautiful place in the world!!! Sounds like you have a very full life complete with grandchildren animals and the great outdoors. I too have grandchildren and love the outdoors. No animals though. Too busy to take good care of them.

    Enjoy this beautiful weather!!! It is a gift.
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    3972 days ago
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