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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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  • v no profile image BRANDTSGIRL

    Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

    "Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

    Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

    3026 days ago
  • v no profile image BRANDTSGIRL
    I Love GC weekends.
    I don't have to worry about teaching any thing or who's going to teach. Since I'm the 1st counselor in RS and over the teaching lessons.

    3028 days ago
  • v SWAZY33
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    3041 days ago
  • v AWOOD1973
    Hi girlie! Thank you for being my Valentine! :)

    Hope all is good on the homefront! Did you get super spoiled by your hubby and family? We don't do Valentine's all that much. It's not a really big holiday in our family. My hubby and I get cards for each other and I get a little box of chocolates and a card for each of the kids. I made them heart-shaped pancakes that morning. That's the extent of it.

    WW is going well. I have lost 10lbs on it so far. Pretty excited about that. The thing is, I have not done ANY exercise. It's been all about my eating. I have been eating soooo wrong for soooo long. :( Finally figured that out and have been able to do this with no exercise. TODAY I start!! I am tired of not doing anything else to promote my health. I do eat good and much less of it than I ever thought I would be able to do. I still eat my breads and pasta, but don't find myself "craving" them, like I used to. Happy about that. I still treat myself to a bit of chocolate, here and there, but don't crave that either. My meetings are awesome, and our leader is in her 60's and lost 55lbs with WW, so that's pretty inspiring! :)

    Thank you for being here for me. I am so blessed to have you in my life and only wished we lived so much closer! I am thinking of you today, and hope that your day is WONDERFUL! I have all 3 kids home the next 2 days for President's Day and then of course an Inservice day they like to schedule around those types of days.

    Take care and we will talk soon! emoticon emoticon
    3078 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2013 2:35:40 AM
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    Hope your day is filled with love and smiles :)

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    3082 days ago
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