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    Posted November 24, 2012 by
    Nashville, Tennessee
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    Chasing Last Night's Dinner

    As an exercise queen running nowhere, I have chased last night's dinner for over 20 years. Recently, I discovered a support group online that has helped me keep my food in check, and I finally lost the extra 20 pounds I put on since my wedding. I'd like to shed the rest and show that it's possible.

    But this is isn't my only goal. This past year, I watched my mother's failing health decline even further after she fell and broke her hip. After realizing that moving back home wasn't an option for her, I moved Mom into an assisted living facility near me. Besides paying bills, I manage her doctor visits and make sure all her conditions are treated. The amount of medicine that she takes is astounding, and I never want to be in that position with my own health.

    Since I've ramped up my exercise and cleaned up my diet of late, I want to push myself even further and become the athlete that my mind says I should be. At age 42 with 3 young daughters, I want to be a shining example that you can do anything you put your mind to. My twins are entering their teen years, and even though they may not listen to my words, they'll certainly remember my actions.
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