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I am a 46-year-old mother of 4, step mother of 3, and grandma of 2! I never had weight issues until I started having children. I suffer from depression and anxiety which seems to get worse the older I get 😔. Unfortunately, this causes me to self-medicate with food. I have tried many different diets. Some have been successful but I always gain the weight back plus more! I have decided that I want to be healthy as well as being skinny. I know that I can do this! I have finally moved from the "diet mentality" to the "healthy living" mentality. I welcome new sparkfriends! This is a journey we are all in together. It sure makes it better, easier and more fun when we are helping each other along the way! (Big, special THANK YOU to my wonderful sparkfriends! Love you all!) Some of my favorite quotes from sparkpeople: "If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average." "Being defeated is often temporary. Giving up makes it permanent." "We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same." "There are no short cuts to any place worth going." "Insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting different results."

Member Since: 11/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,726

My Goals:
I want to lose 80 lbs by April 2012. I'm hoping I can do it sooner but we'll see. I want to be healthy and have TONS of energy to play with my kids and do everything I enjoy. I don't want to have to say "no" to everthing because I'm too tired!

My Program:
Since I am a Diet Pepsi addict, I'm starting there. I am weaning myself off of the caffeine and making sure I drink at least 10 glasses of water a day. I am tracking my food and my exercising. I'm trying to become more involved with sparkpeople this time. Hopefully I can get more motivation through members like me.

Personal Information:
My name is Andrea and I live in Twin Falls, ID. I gained most of this weight with my 3rd and 4th children. I would lose 20-30 lbs and then gain it right back and then some! I am so ready to be a fun mom instead of a mom who's always too tired.

Other Information:
I love to read which doesn't help my weight situation. I need to move more. I love to go camping, boating, riding motorcycles, and skiing with my family. I haven't gone skiing for a couple of years because of my weight. When we go boating I never get in the water and play too. I just watch everyone else. I also love scrapbooking, sewing, crocheting, and singing. I am done being this person who can't do the things she loves. I'm tired of my weight holding me back! It's time for a change!!

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    Glad I could help! You've totally got this!!!
    1404 days ago
  • v LAILA07
    Wishing you a most wonderful and blessed Memorial Day Weekend!

    "I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward"

    Charlotte Brontë

    2982 days ago
  • v LAILA07

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement'

    ~~Helen Keller~~

    2988 days ago
  • v AWOOD1973
    Soooo glad to hear from you!!!! The weather here has been crazy, too! I just want it to spring and REMAIN spring!! LOL

    My hubby and oldest are getting ready to go on her last school campout. Wow, time sure does fly. She has an open house tomorrow for middle school...aaaahh. So NOT ready! She is apprehensive about middle school. I told her that she will do great, but I am too. That's when that little girl starts changing into a young lady...boy, I'm really not ready for THAT!! hahahaha. Thank goodness she is still all about being a kid!! :)

    My kids are out of school on May 23rd!! Can you believe it??! 14 literal days of school??! OH MY!! They aren't going to like me very much this summer. LOL I have chore "sticks" already made for each day, for each child. Each stick is painted a color that I have picked for each child. They will start out with 10mins of reading and 10 mins of math. They will have to choose a stick and there is a chore on each side with a "small" allowance amount written for that chore. Sooo, we shall see how that plays out! :) Can't let their brain cells fade over summer! LOL We will have fun, too. The yucky stuff has to happen first. :)

    I always look forward to your comments, compliments. You never let me down. You are the BEST virtual/real friend ever!! It WILL happen one day! We WILL meet! Life is too short! We have to make our loved ones know everyday that we cherish them, and boy do I cherish you! I know someone's birthday is coming up soon **wink, wink**! Can't believe that a year has almost passed!! Wow!

    Thank you for always being supportive and for your pushes here and there! You mean the world to me! Have a super week... We will talk VERY soon! Love ya, girl!! emoticon
    3000 days ago
  • v AWOOD1973
    So hello, my lovely friend! How is Idaho's weather treating you??! Well, we have had some pretty weather, but now we are back to Old Man Winter!! What??!! Glad I haven't planted anything as of yet!!!

    Can you believe how much school our kiddos have left?? What the heck happened? Didn't they JUST start school not too long ago??! I think I am ready... We'll see! My oldest will be starting Middle School next year. I know that I am NOT ready for that!! I want her to stay little. emoticon

    I really am glad that we are FB buddies. I try to get on here at least every other day, but I can chat with you on there. ;) I sure wish we could arrange a meeting in the next couple of years, when our littlest ones are a little older. :) I would absolutely LOVE that! We would have a blast!!!

    Well, I just wanted to touch base and tell you that you are AMAZING! Thanks for being such a wonderful friend and support system. I know my life has improved, since you've been a part of it... Even if it IS virtual!! LOL

    Have a fabulous day!!! Talk to you soon!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3004 days ago
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