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My name is Susan and I am married to Marc, (27 years on January 7, 2011) and our children all have fur, feathers, or fins. We have three dogs, Teddy Bear, Maggie Jane, and Toby, a cockatiel Jessie, two giant Goldfish, and an algae eater.

I will be 48 years old September 6th, 2010 but I am working out and living healthier more than ever before and loving it. I had to learn a hard lesson though. I had some serious health issues (possibly allergy/ asthma related- never really knew except that my Blood Oxygen Level in the ambulance was 30 and I felt like was floating away.) and discovered multiple food allergies and other allergies were having a big effect on me i.e. inflammation.
I was hospitalized and in ICU in 2008 after that I was in Physical Therapy and from there went on to work out more and eat healthy and lost 77 pounds. I gained 37 pounds back last winter (2009) due to overworking/overstressing myself, getting sick and then depressed etc. So I have been back on track since May 2010.

I am striving to eat the healthiest way I can for a better life, health, and happiness. I gave up meat on July 10th. ( I was a vegetarian for years but the allergist convinced me to eat meat again for more variety. I recently decided for many reasons to give it back up. ) Since I have 12 food allergies and many of them are protein sources such as beans, eggs, dairy, and soy, I am struggling to stay under my calories and get enough protein. So I am still eating some fish for that reason. I felt a conviction to do this prayer and the nutrition and has made a huge difference. I am dealing with mutiple food allergies and a diagnosis of Asthma, Allergies, and Fibromyalgia BUT I am doing things I was told I couldn't do. I am riding my bike to keep fit and lean and because I LOVE it! I lift weights, and do Pilates, stretches, aerobics, hiking, swiss ball, whatever for variety.

I am working in the ministry to serve God and others. I am a licensed and ordained Full Gospel minister with an outreach ministry mainly to the elderly and shut-in. I minister at nursing homes, a group home for mentally handicapped men and also visit jail and prison when asked. I am working at keeping a BALANCE of physical, emotional, menta,l and spiritual. Now I make time to love/serve God and others and time to love/help myself! I have to watch myself though and make sure to rest and give myself time for fun! Fortunately riding my bike is healthy, relaxing, quiet prayer time AND fun! ;)

"That's not rain..That's SWEAT!"
*Susan July 2010

 Pounds lost: 4.0 
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