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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 141 lbs. at 5 feet-3.5 inches, BMI 24.8) by the first day of Summer, 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 141 or less by the first day of Summer, 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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  • v DMILLER33
    I am glad to be traveling with You to NZ. We can make this a great trip. Small steps work best for me. Noticed you were from Boston. Spent a couple of weeks there in August to move my daughter to Grad school. My husband's absolute favorite city. He spent a few years there in his 20's. Looks to me like you have already had a lot of success. My philosophy is slow and steady. Trying to be more consistent with exercise. Doing better with the eating unless the stress level gets to high. Looking forward to traveling with you!! emoticon
    1142 days ago
  • v MARPARMC46
    you are right to take it slow and steady. it has taken me 6 years to get it off and now I am stuck and not losing so I joined the team to get a kick In the pants. baby steps is the only thing that ever worked for me. if I went on a "diet" I was off it in several weeks feeling deprived and again like a failure. good luck to you on your journey glad we are traveling together
    1143 days ago
  • v _REBECCA_
    Please know, I haven't dropped from SP;
    in order to refocus my energies, I did
    drop participation from groups ... but this
    has allowed me to give more to self & others.

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    1143 days ago
    Yay! Glad to hear you are here and back on track. The Obesity Code has changed how I view food! I am on Day 15 and down 7.2 lbs. Spark has a team that CWforlife started called Breaking the Obesity Code. lease join us once you have a chance to read the book.

    1143 days ago
  • v BEVIEG41
    Carole, thank you for the goodie. If I go to the pool and walk it should help my knees, but I do have every excuse you can think of not to go to the gym.
    1146 days ago
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