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Sweet Sammie our rescue Lab with his possum buddy.

Mr. Roger - nap, interrupted.

One of my hanging baskets early in the season.


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My name is Susan. I'm 58, I live in South Central Pennsylvania in a beautiful bungalow on 4 acres. I am married to my first love - we met when I was 14 and he was 13, "went together" for a few years, broke up and got back together when I was a junior in college. We married right after graduating from college and this August we will celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary. And to this day, he still takes my breath away!
We don't have children - it just never happened for us, We did try the fertility clinic route for a while, but decided that if it was meant to be, it was meant to be. I won't say that I regret not having children, but I do wonder from time to time what they would have been like.
I love animals and gardening - my two passions! I have volunteered for years with animal welfare organizations and about six years ago a group of my "dog friends" got together and started our own shelter, Canine Rescue of Central PA, Inc. It's wonderful work - it can give you the highest highs but also the lowest lows - and I'm very proud of our group and the work we do.
I'm not religious but I try to live my life being the best wife, daughter, sister, friend, and citizen of the planet that I can be. If this is what is meant by being spirituaL, then I guess I'm spiritual.
So, on with this journey. I have started along this path many times. I've been hanging in the shadows in these sparkpages, and now I'm stepping in to the light. I want so much to live a healthy lifestyle and I need to figure out why I keep holding myself back. I know I have found inspiration and motivation here, so I'm going to reach out for encouragement and help along the way. I'll find my way with a little help from my friends!
It's a new day, so make way!

Addendum: I wrote the part above in May, 2009. So much has happened between then and now. My cancer diagnosis and surgery and then in June, 2009 my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. What a ride. We spent all summer and fall going back and forth to the treatment center (about 125 miles each way) and he went through some very hard and scary times. Happy to say that he is doing well right now and we have every reason to hope for many more happy years together.
During the treatment, I put myself on the back burner, concentrating on my husband and what I needed to do for him as his caregiver. As a result, I fell back in to old habits - not having time to work out and doing a lot of emotional eating. Mid-summer I tried to bounce back but did not realize that I was so emotionally fragile and it was too soon for me.
The new year brought hope beyond our wildest dreams. The chemotherapy and radiation therapy caused my husband's tumors to shrink and die. Yes, die - inactive. Wonderful news.
It was time to get serious about our health. There's not much we can control but we can control what we eat and how active we are. January 1, 2010 was the turning point. I'm not looking back. Onward and upward...just putting one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on. I know we are going to make it and I know I will reach my goals. I know it!!

Member Since: 7/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 31,629

My Goals:
To reach my goal weight by 11/25/10

To enter - and run - a 5K race on or near my 60th birthday - 7/5/10

Eat clean, live healthy.

My Program:
Cardio - 30 minutes at least 5x/week.
Strength training 3x/wk
Follow caloric and nutritional guidelines set by SP.
Look to my sparkteams and buddies for help/inspiration/motivation and try to give back the same.

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I'm 59, married for 37 years. No kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats.
Love gardening, birdwatching, and animals.
Volunteer with an animal rescue group that I helped to start.

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