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I am a 40-year-old mom of a 5-year-old little boy, with trouble staying healthy after a lot of changes in my life in the last 6 years. My body did not react well to pregnancy, and stresses like moving, job changes, and a special needs son have made it difficult for me to balance my own needs with other demands.

I tried SparkPeople once before, but got off track, then I did WW successfully for a while, only to be derailed again. Health-wise, I am now worse off than before either of those attempts, and realizing that I really need to get this under control once and for all.

Part of my realization, but also part of my challenge, is that I was raised in a dysfunctional home. Both of my grandmothers were alcoholics, so my parents did not have good people or parenting skills. In addition, my dad has struggled with untreated depression since he was a teenager. This has made parenting and the other recent changes in my life particularly difficut for me to deal with, because I did not have the proper tools to manage my feelings, my behavior, or my life.

Eating whatever prepackaged food was convenient and drinking caffeinated soda has been a coping behavior for me. I need to slow down and make myself and my physical and mental health a priority. My ACA support group helps tremendously with this, and I hope that participating on Spark in my free moments can be as well.

Here's to a new me!

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    1874 days ago
    Thanks for the add, and good luck with all your goals!
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