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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 48 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 188 lbs. on March 12, 2020. Sure, it was still 29 lbs. less than my all-time high, but--ENOUGH of the "yo-yoing" already! As of November 15, 2021, I lost 24 lbs. of this regained weight, with another 24 to go! I REALLY plan to make it to a healthy goal this time (& STAY there)! I hereby fully commit to weighing 142 or below and a BMI of ~24.8 by May 1st, 2021. (A "healthy weight" within "normal" BMI range is shown at or below 142.8 lbs. at 5 feet-3.5 inches, BMI 24.9 or below.) 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:
So I am BACK from my "break" which did me no favors - now it's "Crunch Time", with my latest restart date of November 15, 2020. My short term goal is to weigh 142 or less by by the first day of May, 2021, at which time my BMI should be at 24.8 or below (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 with limited amounts of chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and cheese. 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 other "junk foods" and sweets. Phase out artificial sweeteners. Starting...NOW!

Personal Information:
My name is Carole Koudsi and I turned 62 years old on August 18, 2020. I was born in Jacksonville, NC, but grew up in Cambridge, MA. I live in Metro Boston and I am currently unemployed due to the pandemic. 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 15 year old cat, Mimichou. I have one son who lives in the next town over from me who is 36 years old and whose birthday is November 22nd.

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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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    8 days ago
    I think you would really like this blog I made..hope youre doing well..
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    20 days ago
    I apologize for not being on SP to interact with you for awhile.
    I have been seeing many doctors and sugeons, and Im having a total knee replacement on my left knee on November 23rd. After it is ok to go ahead with the right knee, Ill be having a total knee replacement on that one too.
    I also have to have surgery on my spine. I have degenerative disk disease so, Im in pain all over ALL the time. It has made me not want to socialize very much. But I wanted you to know you are important to me and why I havent been on SP. Have a beauitiful day my dear friend.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    26 days ago
    Good morning! Thanks so much for the info. I calculated my target date and it seems so far away! Oh well, as my mama always said, the time goes anyway you might as well have something to show for it. Have a groovy day! emoticon emoticon
    45 days ago
    Thank ya for my goodie! It’s ok, we are a work in progress. I’ve been struggling with figuring out how to eat when I go out and track it.
    61 days ago
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