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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! I REALLY plan to make it to a healthy goal this time (& STAY there)! I hereby fully commit to weighing 140 or below and a BMI of ~24.4 by the first day of Spring, March 20, 2021. (A "healthy weight" within "normal" BMI range is shown at or below 143 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 September 11, 2020. My short term goal is to weigh 143 or less by by the first day of Spring, March 20, 2021, at which time my BMI should be at 24.9 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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  • v BOSS_OF_MY_BODY
    ~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Wednesday, Carole ~ Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~

    Understanding how your past created your present empowers you to recreate your
    future by confronting your greatest challenge - Your Comfort Zone! ~ Virend Singh


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    Stay safe, have a great day and keep on Keeping ON! ♥


    8 days ago
  • v 1LITTLECLOUD
    Good morning my friend, I hope you have a great day..listen, I wrote an important blog this morning and I hope you'll read it..here's the link.. I guess you'll have to copy and paste in your browser or just go to my page to look up the blog..

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
    _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6702840

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    10 days ago
  • v BOSS_OF_MY_BODY
    ~ emoticon ❤️ Happy Wednesday, Carole ~ Blessings, Love & Hugs ❤️ emoticon ~

    Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it but when you
    know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you -- you can make
    things happen almost like magic. - Laini Taylor

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    Keep on Keeping ON! ♥


    15 days ago
  • v MSMOSTIMPROVED
    emoticon HEY emoticon You good? I haven't seen a blog in a minute? What's going on up north? It's about to be chowda season so, how are you holding up? AF???? emoticon
    18 days ago
  • 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! ♥


    23 days ago
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