Live To Win!

Live To Win!

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About Me


Hi! My name is Maria and I live in North Florida with my husband, Richard and our four legged kids.  I am a retired state law enforcement officer.  I worked as a state officer for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Before becoming a sworn officer, I was a communications officer for the Florida Highway Patrol.  Before that I spent 6 years with the City of West Palm Beach Police Department as a Crime Scene Investigator. Due to back issues, I unfortunately had to take an early retirement.

I am now a “lady of leisure”!!  Most my friends would laugh at that because I am busier now then I was before.  I enjoy working out, working around my home, photography, reading, movies, gaming, and all the things you say you will do when you don’t have to work again! I am a big animal advocate and also spend time rescuing homeless animals. Cats are my specialty, but I will not turn my head away from a dog or any other animal I find in need.

Back in 2009 I was very much involved in sports.  I have completed several sprint distance triathlons and 5Ks, one 10k and one 13k.  I also competed in several open water swim challenges.  Those are basically one mile ocean swims.  They are awesome!!  Since work is not an issue at the moment, I have been seriously thinking about getting back in shape and giving it all (TRIs, 5Ks, and open water swims) another season.  Since its been awhile, needless to say, I have my work cut out for me.  And the fact that I have had 5 knee surgeries, 2 right ankle/foot surgeries, and a low back double fusion doesn’t help matters at all.  But hey, I’ve got the time, just need to find the motivation. Retirement can make you lazy 🙂

My hometown is West Palm Beach, Florida.  I need to visit more often, and when I do, I love to spend time in or near the ocean.  Who knows, maybe I will compete in that area!  For now I am focusing on myself and living life one moment at a time.  I’m trying to enjoy the small things in life.  The things I was always rushing past when duty called.



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Nice Trek bike. I’ve got one myself that I am dusting off. Rode it for the first time in a long time yesterday. I was so out of breath and struggling it was pathetic. One step at a time will get us there, though. I’ll keep you up on what I’m getting done and you do the same. Hopefully we can both get back into shape! 😉


April 10, 2014

Mark, That sounds great!!! You are taking steps in the right direction and that’s what counts!! I lost focus, but tomorrow I am going to get myself moving again. I need to take my bike to the shop and get it serviced. Then we can trade stories about our bike rides 🙂 Good Luck and I look forward to your posts!!

Live To Win

April 10, 2014

Welcome! Good luck with your blog.

David Casarez

January 18, 2014

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