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My 45th Birthday, at my heaviest. I've lost 65-70 pounds since this picture was taken.

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Skinny little punk rock me, in college. I think I was a size 12 here and swimming five days a week.

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Updated March 2017.
Here we go again. Since my last time here I maintained my weight loss through a broken leg, a milestone birthday and assorted other personal dramas. Now I'd like to start losing again.

Updated January 2014:
So now I am one year away from turning 50. I've lost about 40 of the 140 pounds that I wanted to lose before that event, so now I have a year to do it.

Even though I have not made that goal yet, I don't consider the past year and a half a loss: I have learned so much about how I lose weight, about what does and doesn't work for me. And I know I can use that knowledge to have a successful last year in my 40s.

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Someone at work recently said this to me, whispering the word "fat" as if by not hearing it, no one else would notice the extra 100+ pounds I am carrying around.

So I am back, after a long period away. I dabbled in the 4 Hour Body diet, during which I lost 43 pounds, but finally floundered as I could not sustain the no/low carb lifestyle permanently. I currently live in West Africa, which adds to the eating issues as yams and fried foods are the dietary staple of the area. Veggies are lack-luster and limited, but the pineapple is some of the best I have ever eaten.

I am turning 50 in 2.5 years and would like to enter that decade at a healthy weight, which means a loss of about 140 pounds. I can do that.

Member Since: 9/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 28,225

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My Program:
Track absolutely everything that goes in my mouth.

During the work week, make breakfast and lunch the evening before, and track them ahead of time, so that there are no choices to be made when I am hungry and cranky.

Get in the pool at least four times a week.

Commit to a primarily plant-based diet.

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I'm an international teacher and have lived on three continents and taught in four countries.

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    Great to see you are succeeding in your journey, miss you over at the FBI, hope everything is going okay for you and yours xx
    1481 days ago
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    I am really glad we are teammates for BLC... I just read your update here, and maintain throughout what you did, is nothing to sneeze at.. I do hope you find a pool you can use while back in the states... I belong to a gym with a pool but it is a bit of a drive..but when I lost my weight I was in a pool daily... Let's rock this round... BTW, I am really intrigued with your travelling the world and working. It sounds great, with some challenges to be sure...
    1509 days ago
    I bet that was difficult for your parents, but moving that many plants would be nightmarish in the middle of moving an entire household!
    1512 days ago
    That was great effort! Amazing!

    I did 1 mile regularly before I stopped swimming for some reason. I am aiming to go back to that routine.
    1531 days ago
    sounds like you and I are in agreement on the stupidity of fad diets, haha!
    1536 days ago
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