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May 29, 2013
Family Winner of 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge We have all let a few pounds creep up on us, so we wanted to do start exercising more to get healthier. I (Bonnie) was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome in 2012, a condition that affects the joints and causes fatigue. I (Bonnie) had not been exercising much so we wanted to change that. The exercise and the medication have both helped me feel a lot better. We learned along the way that the Weather does not always cooperate with your plans to exercise. We had to do extra miles some days to make up for bad weather days. The treadmill is a little boring. Christina (our daughter in college) was the encourager and the one who talked us into doing it. When she was home on weekends & spring break, we were able to walk together as a family. While she was at college, she walked her dog, Abby,  and did some running, and we would walk in our neighborhood each day possible. We would talk about it when she called to make sure we were all doing our part. Curtis & Christina exceeded their goal; however I (Bonnie) had a few days when I just didn't feel up to exercise. We are all still walking each day that we can. Christina is back at college taking graduate school classes so she is running and walking to relieve stress and to stay healthy. We all found that this helped us feel better. It's a great way to relieve stress and to shed a pound or two. Walking together as a family was a great way to talk about things going on. We are a close knit family.Time spent together as a family is very special. The 100 mile challenge was a great motivator and we would love to encourage others in our community to try it. It will make you feel better about yourself!

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Healthy Tip of the DayPhysical activity not only burns energy (calories), but may also help lower the risk of breast cancer.  Exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels, and boosts the function of the immune system that attack tumors.

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