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Andrea's embarrassment over her cheating fiancé began her downward spiral. Using food to numb her pain, she gained 40 pounds. Since launching her comeback, Andrea's found a new confidence and has lost 28 pounds. Andrea says that the Who Am I journal has been a key part of her progress.

"It really forced me to face who I am," she says. "When I first started, I didn't really have a clue as to how to answer that question. I know that I am kind and funny. I know that I am resilient, and I know that I am a hard worker. I also know that I can be naive, disorganized, a procrastinator. Saying these words out loud makes you take action, and it makes you say, 'Well, I'm going to try to fix this.'

"Maybe the question of 'Who am I?' is not so much a question [as] a journey. Every time I answer that question, I learn a little bit more about myself. It's not so much answering the question that is as important as the things I find out about myself on the way."
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Published on April 13, 2006

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