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I'm Sue, a 53 year old mom to two teenage boys. I never struggled with my weight when I was younger, but since getting married and having kids it seems to be a constant battle. I joined SparkPeople to get the extra support I need to get to my health and fitness goals.

I make and sell home-made jams and jellies. Many of them are without added sugar so they fit better in a healthy life-style. One of my favorite places to sell them is at a local Farmer's Market. I'm also looking for other outlets to sell the jam.

I saw this sign outside a Day Spa yesterday and decided it would be a good thing to remember:

Start where you are
Use what you have
Do what you can

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

Member Since: 6/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 90,988

My Goals:
My current short-term goal is to re-tool my eating. I'm still eating way too much junk. My long-term goals include getting my thyroid balanced out and actually feeling fit for the first time in my life.

My Program:
I'm on the process of re-working my fitness plan, again. I aim for 5-6 days of cardio a week alternating between walking, my exercise bike and various DVDs. I do yoga once a week. I'm trying to get myself back into strength training 3 days a week, something I've been slacking on lately.

I still have some issues with portion control, but I'm getting better.

Personal Information:
I'm married with 2 boys. I live in Southwestern IL - about 30 min. from St. Louis.

I spent 20+ years in various medical research labs, before leaving to spend more time with my kids.

Other Information:
I'm an avid reader - Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings are my all time favorites. I also like to garden, cross stitch and crochet.

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  • v SAPICL
    Out Pumpkin hunting. emoticon emoticon Have a happy Halloween!

    113 days ago
  • v REDROBIN47
    emoticon Hi, I'm on a pumpkin hunt. Hope you are having fun with the emoticon challenge. I am. No pumpkin here so I'm off to look for more. Happy Halloween and stay strong.

    ~Carol~ (Red)
    114 days ago
  • v KATIE5668
    Hey there I hope your day in the Spotlight left you with a happy glow!

    Do you have a web page or such to market your jams & jellies or just local?
    Thas great..I love to make my own. DH says why when you can buy it so cheap..
    Cause it is a great feeling to have those jars on the counter , popping away as they seal
    & know..I did this and it is good!!

    What type of jams & jellies do you you have local berries?
    Often I have to resort to frozen fruit ..but still enjoy making the product.

    Oh have a good night and so glad to have you on our team!! emoticon
    114 days ago
  • v MAGICAL13
    emoticon How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?? emoticon with a pumpkin patch emoticon
    emoticon Every time you eat or drink or choose not to exercise ask yourself is this going to move me towards my goal , or take me further from my goal. emoticon emoticon I'm on a search for the great pumpkin. emoticon Hope you are moving towards your goals emoticon emoticon
    114 days ago
    emoticon Pumpkin Hunting! Have a great challenge! Happy Halloween!!
    115 days ago
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