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Feb 2013, 27 pounds less than my highest Spark weight, 54.5 pounds less than highest ever weight.

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

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: 25,082

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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.

Use the Fitbit to track walking and work on getting in 10,000 steps a day.

Continue going to Zumba class twice a week.

Get in the pool at least twice 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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    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.
    9 days ago
    sounds like you and I are in agreement on the stupidity of fad diets, haha!
    14 days ago
    Come and join a new team - Bento Boxers
    47 days ago
  • v MUFFIY831
    That food hall looks awesome! But it's apparently a 25 minute walk away, and that's not going to happen for lunch when I usually have less than an hour if I'm lucky. Mariano's it is! Or Pret. for some reason I freaking love that place. (I don't have one at home.)
    59 days ago
  • v MUFFIY831
    Yes, I am *RIGHT* by the Mariano's. Beautiful store. I *may* have caved and bought a focaccia muffin this morning. :)

    I may end up there for lunch today, depending on how it goes. It's super close and lots of good options.Yesterday I found the Pret in the Pedway which is always a good veg-friendly option.
    59 days ago
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