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HEY-Y-Y! We can DO it this time, RIGHT?

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Me as "MEDUSA", Halloween, 2006

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Hi! I was able to attain a weight of 140 lbs. within two years after my all-time highest weight of 217 lbs. on February 29th, 2008. (Sure didn't maintain it for long, though!) Anyway, I regained about 43 lbs. over the following few years and have lost and regained many of those over the next TEN years. I weighed in at 183.0 lbs. on June 23, 2019. ENOUGH of the "yo-yoing" already! I REALLY plan to make it to a healthy goal this time (and STAY there)! I hereby fully commit to weighing 169 lbs. or below by my 61st birthday, (August 18, 2019) and achieving a healthy weight within "normal" BMI range (at or below 143 lbs. at 5 feet 3.5 inches, BMI 24.9) by February 14, 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 - I gained ANOTHER 6 lbs.! My short term goal is to weigh 169 or less by August 18th, 2019 (61st birthday!) and 143 or less by January 1, 2020, at which time my BMI would be ~24.9 (Just at the top of "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.

Personal Information:
My name is Carole Koudsi and I turned 60 on August 18, 2018. 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 13 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.

Other Information:
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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  • v BEVIEG41
    Carole, I too am from MA from Lawrence/Methuen area. Love Boston and miss it, especially the food. Of course. LOL Glad you have opted to join our team, the journey to losing weight is not always easy. But I do have a longer road to travel, but we can do it together. Bev emoticon
    1008 days ago
    Hi... yeah, no rest for me this month! It's a very busy time of year! Thanks for thinking of me though. Way to go on the weight loss too!
    1016 days ago
  • v DREAMBIG59
    So glad you have joined our LATI team! You can do this and we are here for you!
    1023 days ago
    Welcome to the LATI team, Carole. Join us on the team chat and enjoy the support and encouragement the team has to offer. I am glad that you have joined us in our journey to be healthy, happy, and free.
    1023 days ago
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