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For most of my life I have been a sit on the sidelines kind of gal. I am a great one for cheering on and motivating others; making sure everyone around me has emotional support. I have been that way my whole life and in the meantime put Susan aside. Putting others needs first to make sure they had what they needed. I lost Susan somewhere along the way and became great mother, daughter, sister, auntie, friend, whatever kept me from really seeing me.

I would support my friends and family in their quest for fitness and health; going on diets, joining clubs, becoming a workout partner, etc. Since I had never really been good at any sports I didn't have a sense of what I liked or disliked. I tried all manner of work out programs, bought every DVD that promised great results, starting out with them and within a few weeks found any number of reasons to not do them and now they sit on my shelf scolding me on a daily basis. It took me many years and lots of money but I have discovered that I am not an Indoor exercise kind of person. I think I may have caught a glimpse of Susan; can you tell me which way did she go?

I've been a Spark member for a few years now and have dabbled at tracking food and making journal entries, I even blogged once or twice. I did not look at the fitness section much it was only more of the "indoor stuff" that I hated. So I avoided that part. (Today the fitness section is one of my favorites; I love being able to chose my strength training and cardio for the day.) I continued to read the emails and not do much about the way I felt. I was too busy, had no time, my kids needed me, you name it I used it as an excuse. All the while wondering - where is the Susan that I want to be and why is she so elusive?

Last year I was discussing my life with someone and how I have always put others first. Always putting my needs aside; holding all my own problems down with food and lethargy. That is when I really started to think about me and what I wanted, really wanted. Hey! There is Susan again, someone stop her so I can talk to her.

There is a long list of things that I have wanted to do for quite some time. Many of which are the reasons I moved to Montana. Outdoor activities like biking, hiking, snowshoeing... just generally being active, enjoying my family and the great outdoors. But in order to do that I had to get my weight under control; I had to find that healthy Susan that I kept getting visions of before I could do any of them. After this lengthy conversation with my friend I really began thinking of these things that I wanted to do and what I thought I had to do accomplish before I did them. It was like a little bulb popped on over my head...Or maybe Susan was really pushing this time to be heard. Why do I have to wait?

I was told once that in order to become a certain type of person you had to start acting like that type of person. A timid person would not just become confident one day; they would have to begin acting confident and soon they would really be a confident person. So if I apply that to the activities I was missing out on I would just have to start doing them. My thought patterns began to change, I began to change, and Susan began to emerge.

I knew what I wanted to do and I began doing it. The first on my list was hiking so I took my daughter and her friend (both 5) on an adventure in Glacier Park. We discovered as we were enjoying our day that the rocky cliffs of the mountains resembled castles. The girls decided they had to find the princess that was being held captive by a dragon. I stopped at a trail head (I have never done that before) so we could go out on the trail and find that princess. We were out there walking among Mtn. Goats, climbing over melting ice and snow; actually hiking for nearly 3 hours. We had so much fun, made an exciting memory, it cost nothing, and being with 5 yr olds I had no one I had to keep up with or telling me I was moving to slow. I was really enjoying exercise! I think I found Susan that day!

Member Since: 12/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 30,792

My Goals:
Become more consistnet in my workouts.

Run 1-mile, non stop on July 9, 2011. That is four laps around the track at the Relay for Life event this year.

My Program:
I joined Weight Watchers on Feb. 15, 2011 and find the PointPlus system works great for me.

Personal Information:
HI - I am a food addict and an emotional eater.
I live in Montana with my two girls one is 14 yrs old and the other 5 yrs old. We moved here about a 4 yrs ago from Seattle.
I love the outdoors but haven't been able to enjoy them as much as I'd like because of my weight.

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    2987 days ago
    Susan, how have you been. It has been so long since I've seen or heard form you. Thought I'd check and see if all is well with you and if you are on a team that is helping you succeed with your goals.

    Miss you...

    Hugs, Joy
    3132 days ago
    How are you??? We miss you!!!! What have you been up to??? We are starting Round 2 of the Ninjas. Come visit when you can.
    3244 days ago
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    Hi Susan!!

    Welcome back! I challenge you to 20 minutes of strong cardio today!!

    3446 days ago
    emoticon It is weigh in day!!!! emoticon

    Have you updated your tracking thread???? emoticon

    Please so do so. You are strong Ninjas!
    3575 days ago
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