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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 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.
    1576 days ago
  • 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
    1579 days ago
  • v LESLIESENIOR
    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.
    1594 days ago
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