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Me and my still-annoyed kitten. This time it was the vacuum that was too noisy for his taste.

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Dressed up for my husband's company holiday party. Bought the dress at a "normal people" store!

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Virtual me, before and after. On the left, 260 and huge. On the right, 180 and lean.

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My name is Diane, but my sister calls me Dinane, or simply Din. I'm just shy of 6' tall. In July of 2010 I came to truly understand that I was obese. I am working with a personal trainer to burn off the fat and become the leaner me.

My blog posts tend to be a combination of celebrations of success, musings on my current state of mind, and my attempts to spread some of the things I'm learning. It is good for me to write down when I'm happy, so I can look back and remember it, and just as important for me to see what impact my mental state has on my day-to-day. I also hope some of the things I learn are helpful to someone else, not just me.

My page title is my mantra. Sometimes I get scared. "Do it anyway." Sometimes I get tired. "Do it anyway." Sometimes I get depressed. "Do it anyway." Sometimes I just don't feel like it. "Do it anyway." Sometimes I think it's just too hard. "Do it anyway."

I am currently trying to work out my next set of goals. Primary goals met include:
* no longer being obese,
* going weeks without needing my rescue inhaler,
* recognizing what I actually look like in the mirror and in pictures,
* wearing size 12 dresses,
* doing push ups,
* running a 10-minute mile, and
* living my new life as part of the new normal.
I think it is very important to have a bunch of goals, reasons, and plans. "Motivation" is a dirty word to me. Motivation can leave you. Reasons, goals, and plans don't abandon you. They just are. And I just follow the plan.

I just do it anyway.

Member Since: 9/21/2010

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My Goals:
My top three goals, in no particular order, are:
* to see my doctor and not get "the talk" about obesity,
* to stop relying on my rescue inhaler so darned much, and
* to see the same me in the mirror that I see in my head.

My Program:
I am working with a personal trainer at my gym. I meet with him twice a week, and do weight training on my own 3 other days, for a total of 5 days a week of strength training. My sister-in-law also works with the same trainer, and we support each other.

For cardio, I either run or walk on a treadmill at a steep incline. On weekends I run outside, which I much prefer to the treadmill. Every so often I sprinkle in alternate cardio such as a rowing machine. I aim to do cardio at least 6 days a week for at least 20 minutes each time.

I am on a low-carb, high-protein, high-fiber food plan with a pretty low calorie count. I don't put my food into the tracker here for because my trainer wants me to email it to him, and I have no desire to track twice.

I also aim to drink a gallon of water a day.

Personal Information:
I live north of Boston, MA in the USA with my husband and our adorable Siberian kitty. The best treatment for sore muscles is a purring cat.

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