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Mom, Thanks for the Gift of Fitness

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Going the Extra Mile

Laura's grandmother, Laura Franklin, walks a mile around her Houston neighborhood most mornings. But after a half mile, the 89-year-old has to stop...to let her dog back in the house. "He can't do the full mile," she chuckles. She passed down her energy to her daughter Kathleen. "I didn't have time to belong to the gym when I was raising my three kids, but I'd always walk the track while they were at soccer practice or take them on hikes in the woods," says Kathleen, the executive director of an educational nonprofit. She now hits the gym at 5:30 most mornings. "The year that Laura left for college, I decided to get a trainer," says Kathleen. "I wanted to have cut muscles when I turned 50!" Laura, who works in public relations, thinks about her mom and her grandmother when she doesn't feel like going to the gym to take her ballet aerobics class. "If they can do it, so can I, and that's what gets me there."

Thank you, Mom, for...

"Helping me lose 20 pounds without pressuring me. It was the summer after my junior year in college, and you told me that we needed to help inspire Dad to exercise by working out with him. That was smart of you, because I would've been angry if I thought you wanted me to lose weight. Four years later, I've kept those extra pounds off!"
Love, Laura

Thank you, Grandma, for...

Emphasizing the importance of getting in shape. "You'll get to see more things and do more things your entire life," you've told me. The fact that you toured China last year at age 88 is proof enough for me!
Love, Laura

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