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This year, I have a reason that's pretty familiar to many of you to be Thankful.

This year, I'm thankful for Roller Derby.

Because of Roller Derby, I am now in the best shape in my life. I don't mean I dropped 20lbs and am now made of rock.

I mean last week I was able to do ten minutes of sprint intervals. I mean that my resting heart rate is 64bpm. I mean that my labs are textbook perfect.

Wanting to improve my skating finally got me to an orthopedist for pain in my right leg that had been plaguing me for years, which got me into physical therapy. I saw an almost immediate improvement in my skating, and now I have hope of resolving chronic pain that was impacting my life in ways I didn't even realize.

I'm thankful that by signing up for this one thing, I went from knowing a handful of people in my new town, to knowing many people. My weekends of sitting at my computer wondering where the party is are a thing of the past. Okay, I still do that sometimes, but then, don't we all?

In all seriousness, derby really did take me from "I live in Austin," to being an active member of the community.

I am thankful for the wonderful women I now have in my life. They make me laugh, support me, cheer me on, and make me push myself until my legs come out from under me from exhaustion.

I am so thankful I finally chased this long-ignored desire.

Thank you.

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