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February 20, 2014

Rick Bramwell: Growing up, branching out

In years past this column often talked about my daughter Jourdan. She grew up hunting and fishing with her dad.

There was a transition period when it was difficult to see her grow up and leave for college. I do not get to see Jourdan nearly enough, these days, but we talk a lot on the phone. With all of her recent accomplishments, I thought it prudent to give you an update.

Jourdan attends the IU School of Health at Bloomington and will graduate this spring. Her major is human development and family studies with minors in counseling and psychology. After graduation she will pursue a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy. Jourdan made the dean’s list with a perfect 4.0 grade average last semester.

In high school, Jourdan was never a great athlete, but with her pitching and my granddaughter Hayley playing shortstop, I was rewarded with a perfect season. Today, my lovely young lady is at the top of her game. She has worked four years at the IU Fitness Center and has taken to heart the things she has learned. Jourdan will compete at a regional fitness competition this June in Indianapolis.

Jourdan began working out in high school at MyTime Fitness, Pendleton. Phil Holden and his staff helped her rehab after a car accident left her with a bulging disc. MyTime is sponsoring Jourdan in her competition.

Jourdan and Connie Hathcoat have held my feet to the fire to get me into the best shape of my adult life. The secret to feeling good all day is not eating breakfast, but drinking it. I make a shake every morning with a whey formula powder. I mix it with almond milk or one percent milk. Recently, I’ve been drinking a Super Mass Gainer protein formula. This satisfies my sweet tooth, as well.

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