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Hi! I finally reached my goal of 140 lbs. within two years of my all-time highest weight of 217 lbs. on February 29th, 2008. (Sure didn't maintain it for long, though!) Anyway, I regained 43 lbs. of my 77 lb. loss over the following few years & have lost and regained many of those over the next TEN years (or so). I weighed in at 182 lbs. on October 14, 2019. ENOUGH of the "yo-yoing" already! I REALLY plan to make it to a healthy goal this time (& STAY there)! I hereby fully commit to weighing 142 or below (a "healthy weight" within "normal" BMI range at or below 142 lbs. at 5 feet-3.5 inches, BMI 24.8) by the first day of June, 2020. I dedicate myself to attaining these goals and to enjoy the entire process as much as I can. WELCOME and BEST WISHES!

Member Since: 9/21/2006

My Goals:
I am BACK from my "break" which did me no favors - now it's "Crunch Time"! My short term goal is to weigh 142 or less by June 1st, 2020, at which time my BMI would be ~24.8 (Within so-called "normal" range). Let's DO this! :)

My Program:
I am aiming for lower carbs, lower salt, lower sugar, NO alcohol, higher fiber, higher protein and higher nutrients. LOTS of vegetables, limited fruits, up to 1/2 cup legumes, up to 1 cup gluten-free whole grains per day. Minimum 8 glasses of water daily. Limit caffeine equivalent to 3 cups coffee daily. Drink at least 1 cup of green tea per day. No refined/processed wheat or bread; no pastries, sweet baked goods or white potatoes. Phase out artificial sweeteners. Starting...NOW!

Personal Information:
My name is Carole Koudsi and I turned 61 years old on August 18, 2019. I was born in Jacksonville, NC, but grew up in Cambridge, MA. I live in Metro Boston and I work in the financial district of Boston (Downtown Crossing, across from Macy's). I have lived in many states, but have only been outside the USA once (Montreal, Canada). I will share my email with people who would like to keep regular contact and "share the journey". I have been divorced since 1988 and am living with my 14 year old cat, Mimichou. I have one son who lives in the same city as me and who turned 35 on Thanksgiving, 11/22/18. I live and work in the Boston, MA area.

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My favorite hobbies are: belly dancing, international folk dancing and singing, karaoke, making jewelry and walking outside (not necessarily in any order). I am also starting to do yoga and hula hooping again, which I enjoy very much. I love all kinds of music. I also enjoy nature (and all that!). Some of my favorite sayings are: "Be Your Own Best Friend"; Don''t Sweat the Small Stuff" and "Get Out of Your Own Way". (My favorite excuse is "It was like that when I got here", but I can't use that for my obesity issue!)

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    Hi Carole--

    I saw you closed your challenge-so sad the challenges are not like the ones we are used to.
    I know you are going to keep at it--keep me posted on your progress.

    See you lighter!

    993 days ago
    I love tomato soup--I have many bags of tomatoes in the freezer from our summer garden. I pick up some fresh so I can roast them and then use a bag of the frozen (more fresh or canned works too. I blogged the recipe a few weeks ago. For dinner tonight I am making some no carb rolls for grilled cheese to go with the soup.

    I don't miss the bread or pasta; rice I miss a little, but I have found out of sight out of mind works for me. The hardest part for me was my sugar addiction. I still have some WW friendly foods hanging around--mostly super lean meats left. I gave most of my condiments with sugar to my DiL along with specialty flours I had.

    I am finding my niche and balance and am hopeful that I can enjoy Thanksgiving foods and then get right back on plan. More than anything else--I think getting back on plan is the key for me.

    1072 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie.
    1087 days ago
    Thanks for popping back into Breaking the Obesity Code group--I have missed you. I have my Dr appt this Wednesday & will get my lab result---I am wondering mostly if my cholesterol went up since LCHF and just how low my blood sugar level is.

    I'll probably blog the results. What have you been up to?

    1093 days ago
    Sounds like you are off to a great start with LCHF--keep on reading the book--the science is all there.

    1105 days ago
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