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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 January 3, 2021, I have lost 26 lbs. of this regained weight, with another 22 to go to get back to 140! I REALLY plan to make it to a healthy goal this time (& STAY there)! I hereby fully commit to weighing 140 or less and a BMI of ~24.6 or below by the first day of Summer, June 20, 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 very best wishes for 2021!

Member Since: 9/21/2006

My Goals:
So I am BACK from (DREADFUL!) 2020 and the holidays in isolation - now it's "Crunch Time", with my latest restart date of Sunday, January 3, 2021. My short term goal is to weigh 140 or less by the first day of Summer, 2021, at which time my BMI should be at 24.4 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 cup legumes daily, 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. Activity at least 30 minutes on most days. 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 (Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune), 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 37 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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  • v BOSS_OF_MY_BODY
    ~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Tuesday, Carole ~ Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~

    Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always
    be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started
    now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger, more skilled, more self-
    confident and more successful. ~Mark Victor Hansen


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    Keep on Keeping ON and have a safe, successful and healthy September! ♥


    142 days ago
  • v BOSS_OF_MY_BODY

    ~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Weekend, Carole ~ Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~

    Transforming your life doesn’t mean making huge, dramatic, overnight changes.
    All you need to do is little things differently. ~Jeff Haden

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    Stay safe, have a great weekend and Keep On Keeping ON! ♥



    145 days ago
  • v BOSS_OF_MY_BODY

    ~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Monday, Carole ~ Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~

    Today might be the best chance you have to take action. The longer you wait,
    the more deeply embedded you get in your current lifestyle. Your habits solidify.
    Your beliefs harden. You get comfortable. It will never be easy but it may also
    never be easier than it is right now. ~ James Clear

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    Stay safe, have a great day and Keep On Keeping ON! ♥


    149 days ago
  • v 1LITTLECLOUD
    Have a blessed day my dear friend ❤🌹🌺🌹
    151 days ago
  • v BOSS_OF_MY_BODY
    ~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Weekend, Carole ~ Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~

    No one likes to move beyond their comfort zone, but as the saying goes, that's
    where the magic happens. It's where we can grow, learn, and develop in a way
    that expands our horizons beyond what we thought was possible.-Andy Molinsky

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    152 days ago
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