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Fit Folks: Kitty page, 61

Staff Writer
Austin 360

I've been obsessed with my weight since high school. I've never really been overweight, but I always thought I was. I spent years on crazy diets. I bought in to all those late-night infomercials that promised tons of weight loss in record time if I would just purchase their magical potions and equipment in the quest to look like a size-4 woman. Ah, the foolishness of youth! I am now in my 60s, and through encouragement from my competitive CrossFit daughter and a wonderful group of athletes at GrassIron Gym, I have learned that beauty is strong, muscles are beautiful and true fitness is a wonderful adventure.

I walk and jog on the hike and bike trail three or four days a week and attend Cardio Strong classes at GrassIron two days a week. I work in a furniture maker's shop, which requires a lot of standing and heavy lifting. Through my fitness routine, I have more energy now than ever. I look forward to my workouts. Beauty comes from within, and being fit inside and out is a path I urge everyone to follow. You're never too old to start feeling and looking great!

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.