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Me on my kayak on the San Juan River in Utah. (June 2014)


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I'm Cindy and I live in Pfafftown, North Carolina. I'm very lucky because I married my best friend, Tommy, in 1995. Tommy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. He continued to live and enjoy his life while battling this horrible disease. After almost four years of survival, Tommy passed away from pneumonia and sepsis on July 19, 2013. Our sweet Doberman Thor (and Tommy's best buddy) was also diagnosed with cancer and after a two year battle, he passed away on December 21, 2013. I can take some comfort in knowing those two best friends are together again.

Tommy's diagnosis changed everything in our lives and I almost completely quit exercising. I've paid the price for my lack of exercise by adding back some of the pounds and feeling unhealthy and tired. Now I'm ready to start working on getting my life back and spending more time enjoying the outdoor activities I love.

I'm taking things one day at a time. One of the most important lessons I learned from Tommy was to enjoy each and every day that we have here on this Earth because there is no guarantee for tomorrow. If he was able to be happy and enjoy life while he was fighting cancer, then there is no excuse for me to let some extra weight bring me down. So many of us think about how happy we'll be when we reach our goals, but we need to be happy today, while we're working toward those goals. So I will look for something to enjoy in every day, just as Tommy used to do.


Member Since: 1/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 42,299

My Goals:
To get back to a healthy weight and make more time for hiking, backpacking and kayaking.


My Program:
I use my nutrition tracker faithfully and I now understand how much food I used to eat. I never realized how fast those calories add up until I started putting everything into the tracker. I'm also trying to drink more water and eat healthier foods and get some exercise each day. I plan on doing a lot more hiking on weekends.



Personal Information:
I love hiking and backpacking, kayaking, camping (really anything outdoors) and photography. I have two sons, two step-sons, four grandchildren and a my sweet Doberman, Thor!


Other Information:
Although I live in North Carolina, I love the southwest better than any place else, especially the slot canyons in Utah. I also love photography and have loaded a lot pictures to my flickr page at the link below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindymccr
ary/sets/




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  • v RAVON27
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I love your travel pics. Hopefully in September my husband & I are driving from San Fran to Seattle. I'm dying to take pictures and see the sites.
    4266 days ago
  • v GRANDCRACKER
    I;M STILL SICK.WHAT EVER I HAVE KEEPS HANGING ON.IT;S BEEN GOING ON FOR WEEKS NOW.PLUS I KNOW STRESS DOESN;T HELP IT MUCH.
    4266 days ago
  • v SASSY333
    Hi hiker woman

    Hope this week has been a success for you. I love your page and I love hiking.

    I am from Georgia, married 31 years, 3 grown kids, 3 grandbabies all under 3, living life and loving it.
    4267 days ago
  • v I-DESERVE-IT
    Hi! I just wanted to drop by and thank you for such a warm welcome! You are too kind.

    I look forward to being more active with Shutterbugs, as I hope to be inspired to start taking photographs again (I've been terrible at taking time to draw and take photographs).

    SP def. has many useful tools... but it's like information overload!! It's too much to comprehend all at once. ;p

    I must say, your photographs are wonderful. I spent some time on your website, looking through the beaches, your Arizona pictures, as well as The Great Gallery. I found it to be adorable that there was a little dog drawn next to the largest figure. It seemed to be such a fiesty little thing! It was amazing that you went through all of that (by yourself!) so that you would be able to see those ancient drawings. I liked reading your captions as well, as you seemed to really appreciate the art, and are quite passionate. One day I plan on traveling all over and taking photographs of my experiences and travels. Maybe one day I'll have my own photography site just like you. :)

    I hope you are well, and I wish you good luck with your goals, as well as with your travels and photography.


    -LC
    4269 days ago
  • v DDMANN
    Hey Cindy - Just stopping by to wish you a happy weekend! I've saved my calories all day and I'm about to have two slices of pizza with my family and watch a Star Wars movie. LOL!
    -donna
    4270 days ago
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