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I am a mother of a wonderful thirteen year old boy. I have been away for a long time. I gained 23 pounds in the last six months. It all started after I was forced to shift absolutely all of my focus and energy into helping my thirteen year old son. Matthew was diagnosed with cancer last September. It will be a long journey for him, three years of treatment to be exact. We are heartbroken for our sweet little fighter. To add to the horror, he needs heart surgery. It's a lot for all of us to deal with, but he motivates us every day with his can do attitude and warm hugs and kisses. His smile would melt your heart. He faces his challenges head on with no complaints. So, I am taking a cue from my little warrior. I am back to my journey, and my fight for good health. We can heal together, and some day we will look back and say what a great job we did!

Member Since: 10/25/2012

Fitness Minutes: 825

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My goal is to lose 134 pounds!

My Program:
* to track my diet and exercise daily.
* to eat lots of fruits, veg, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and protein.
* Cut out sugar and refined foods
* Practice portion control
* Exercise daily, when we are not in the hospital.

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Matthew wants a baby brother or sister. We want a baby too, but it would be irresponsible to allow that to happen at this weight. It's now or never. I am 42 years old. If I am going to do this, it has to be now, and I have to drop each and every one of my excuses. I pray that I healthy baby is in our future.

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I know that if I keep eating sugar, I might become a diabetic. It was a threat that I never took seriously until my son became a diabetic, temporarily, due to one of his chemo drugs. Now that I have had to test his sugar, and give him injections, etc... I am terrified of the reality of what it means to be a diabetic. I have more motivation to quit sugar now than ever.

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    emoticon for adding me as a emoticon I am glad we can continue this journey to better health together! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1366 days ago
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    well done on losing weight i found your page through the depression page i suffer from depression i first got it in oct 2005 i put on a lot of weight 34.6 kilo so i have lost 8.2 kilo so far but i have fallen off track so now i need to get back on and really get down hope you are still coming down i will be now i am back on track i have allowed myself 20 months so that is my goal so i hope i can do it. i am going to follow your plan of walking daily even if it is around the block i think this is how i got started in 2005 i was walking a hour in the morning a hour in the lunch time and a hour in the afternoon and i was very fit i cannot do this now i can walk for about 20 minutes i find it very hard but i am going to listen to what you said and walk daily even if it is only around the block.
    1392 days ago
    Hi Hanna,
    I came here from your post in the Depression Team forum. I wasn't sure how old your son is (he's 11? So is MY son!). Boys that age are wonderful I think. They still openly love their moms and are willing to open their hearts to others, like your fiance. He sounds like a terrific kid--congratulations to him for making the honor roll!

    Contrary to how you stated you feel in your first post your later posts give plenty of evidence that you *are* important. You love your son, he *loves* you and you help make him feel better. You chose a man who sounds wonderful, too, and has fallen in love with your son as well as you---way to go!

    I don't know what kind of chronic pain you suffer from, or where, but maybe instead of centering on food rewards (we all do it, it's not just you in that habit) how about some sort of activity? Like a minor league baseball game, or a movie/DVD or an activity at a favorite park or indoor recreation center?

    I hope you don't mind if I friend you! I'm Julie. emoticon
    1392 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon to the Scrap & Craft to Lose team!!
    I look forward to getting to know you!

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    1402 days ago
    Hi Annazee!! I added you as a friend. I saw your post on the craft team thingy. When your sparkpage loaded I wasn't paying real close attention and read that you had 11 kids. I had to do a double take and upon closer review I now see you have an 11 year old. LOL

    I hope you are doing well today! Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!
    1404 days ago