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I am a middle aged Brit who has lived in the US for over 30 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 teenagers, one of them is still in schoolic school can be for some children. 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 ...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....

Member Since: 10/9/2006

Fitness Minutes: 66,496

My Goals:
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

My Program:
I am going to the gym, walking, doing a low carb diet and increasing my water intake

Personal Information:
My name is Amanda, I am in my mid 50s, hail originally from Great Britain, but have lived in the US for over 30 years now. I have been in southern Kentucky for the past 20 plus years and like it here, but am planning to downsize and move back to Florida (one of my favorite places) in the next 3 years. I am single and have three special needs children teens, age 16, 17, and 19, who keep me very busy. Back in 2011, I 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. I am very involved in my local community, especially the homeless.

Other Information:
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, special needs groups, sports, arts programs, and social activities, so I am never bored......Phew I think thats all for now.....

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  • v GEORGIAK25
    Dearest Amanda where are you?? We miss you and hope you are alright. Hugs hugs and more hugs. Pls let me know you are ok but just busy.
    3063 days ago
  • v CATHYG7
    Happy Mother's Day Amanda! I hope you are doing well! I miss you on the team, but understand the challenges and busyness! Hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Cathy
    3169 days ago
  • 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
    3186 days ago
    Thank you for the birthday goodie:-)
    3193 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~

    3203 days ago
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