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I am a middle aged Brit who has lived in the US for over 25 years. I currently am living in Kentucky. I have never been considered overweight and have been blessed for most of my life with a fast metabolism, but as I age it is becoming more challenging to stay fit and healthy...I am a single mom to 3 special needs children, I homeschool two of my kids, and one is in special ed, I love learning and finally got my PhD (in International Health) in 2011, am very involved in church, and I do a bunch of volunteer work (Special Olympics coach, Girl Scout Leader)...I need to stay healthy!! My goal is to try and lose the love handles, I am continually battling that extra 10 pounds or so!!...but I am a snacker and love lots of the wrong foods, so motivation can be a big challenge (and time, of course, with special needs children, school etc). I am going to stick with it this year...luckily I do also like lots of non-fattening foods too, so I am hoping that by using the nutrition tracker faithfully this year, along with increasing my walking, I can "budge the bulge" and get more physically fit and healthy....
UPDATE: 1/2014: I am still battling the same challenges, but I am hanging in there!!! I will NOT give up!!

Member Since: 10/9/2006

Fitness Minutes: 66,253

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My goal is to lose 10 pounds and increase my physical health and wellbeing. I also want to increase my children's awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

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I have to be very careful activity-wise due to my recent history/onset of seizures, but I intend to continue walking, tracking my food intake, and increasing my water intake

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My name is Amanda, I am 49 years old, hail originally from Great Britain, but have lived in the US for almost 25 years now. I have been in southern Kentucky for the past 14 plus years and like it here. I am single and have three special needs children ages 13, 11, and 10. I currently homeschool two 0f them, have one in special ed. I recently achieved my PhD in International Health, something i never thought i would get ....I am also a nurse, I work part time teaching (patients and staff), and also do some contract work. I am wholly in love with God, and I am very involved in my church. I love the outdoors, camping, spending time with my kids, travel, the Arts, the beach, reading, cooking, and a whole host of other things.

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I am not much into TV, but i do love kids Disney movies. I also love animals of many kinds, especially cats. I love to read home improvement books, and I like home repair and gardening. I also love the Arts and my favorite artist is John Constable, my favorite playwright is Shakespear, and my favorite authors are Thomas Hardy and Dylan Thomas. My children are involved in Special Olympics activites, attend an autism program, participate in church activities, dance, and a variety of sports, arts-based, and social activities, so I am never bored......Phew I think thats all for now.....

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  • v CATHYG7
    Thanks Amanda! As for your lawn mower issue, mine died too! My hubby replaced the oil and filter (we can do this as women too!) and it works great! It'll save you a lot of money. Just thought I'd share! Hope you are doing well dear friend! Hugs, Cathy
    1611 days ago
    Thank you for the birthday goodie:-)
    1619 days ago
    Hey Lady! Thanks SO MUCH for my Easter goodie! You are such a great Sparkfriend to remember me! I hope that you had a great holiday with the kids, and that you didn't work too hard cooking and prepping.
    I had a nice holiday at home this year.....usually I go to my Dad's but this year I cooked. I got help from the family, so it wasn't too bad.

    Thanks for being you, and I hope you have an awesome week~

    1629 days ago

    Thank you for the beautiful flowers and adding me as a SparkFriend. While we celebrate Passover, not Easter, all good wishes of the season are gratefully accepted in the spirit with which they are sent.

    I hope that your Easter celebration went well and that your children participated to the best of their possibilities.


    1630 days ago
  • v GEORGIAK25
    You and i can share the goodies later.
    1630 days ago
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