I am: Robin Bucy, and I am 47 years young. I live with my partner of 12 years - Jim (everyone calls him Rookie), and my 13 year old son Bobby. Bobby is in the 7th grade, and will soon be old enough to drive - Yikes! We also have a couple of cats - Gateway and Peppercat. I live in a town of 2,000 in the the most southern, tropical part of South Dakota (Yeah, it's 7 degrees right now).
Another artist here. BA in fine art. I started painting again last spring, but I set it aside for more pressing life stuff. Hope to get back to it soon.
I completed two challenges in 2009, but struggled with finishing them this year. I still made lots of progress, and learned a ton.
My job: I am a secretary in the graduate school/distance education office of one of our state universities. I've been there 12 years, and every day is a busy one. We are one of the most dynamic, growing departments on campus, which can be challenging to manage. Never a dull day!
]My reason: Like Cathy, I Googled Bill's name after I bought one of his books. I wanted to see if he was doing anything new. Lucky for me! I joined in December 2008, and couldn't even imagine what a difference it would make to my life. I was overweight, suffered from allergies and asthma, and could barely peel my butt out of my desk chair. I couldn't run for 30 seconds, and it took several minutes to recover when I did. Now I can run 2 miles straight without stopping, and have run/walked up to 6 miles. At my heaviest, I carried 203 pounds on my 5'2" frame.
I am bipolar, and have spent most of my adult life in a state of depression. Now I know how much good food and exercise have made to my my life. I still have to take medication for it, but I no longer have to take the four medications I was taking to control asthma and allergies. And I feel like I am part of life, not just watching it go by.
But the best part is the internal change. I have learned to reach out, and how to make a difference in other people's lives. I have learned self respect. I've realized how interconnected we all are, and that I have an important part to play. I have more love in my heart, and more gratitude. I am a very lucky lady.
Why I am still here: I have made the best friends I've ever had, right here in this site. They love me unconditionally, and I feel the same way about them. I learn from every interaction, every thread. My heart is light, and being here reminds me of how grateful I am.
I did do some slipping up these past few months, but I am ready to finish what I started. I want to get fitter and lighter, and this is the best place to do it. Those last 20 pounds will be history!