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Starting over, again. And again. And again.
I have been on a perpetual diet since I was about 12 years old. Throughout middle and high school I was always a little chubby and wanted to lose 5 - 10 pounds. When I went off to college, I gained the "freshman fifteen" and then some. By the time I graduated, I weighed my highest weight at 148 pounds. Maybe more but I was scared to get on the scale.
When I came home, I lost 5 pounds and have fluctuated between 138 and 143 pounds. I have gone through countless diets but I haven't made any real progress. I am currently at 143 pounds.
I decided to get real about making changes in my life for multiple reasons:
1. My birthday is in a little over a month. I am too young to be overweight and unhappy. I want to be making progress by then.
2. I am going on a cruise next June. Which gives me 10 months to reach my goal.
3. I want to run a 5k with my best friend in November.
4. Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes run in my family. I do not want to be part of these statistics.

I had this A-ha moment this past week on vacation where I was hiding from the camera because I didn't want to appear fat in pictures. I realized that I want to be an active participant in life. I am the one who put the weight on, and I'm the only one who can take it off.
My ultimate goal would be to lose about 25 pounds. I think that 10 months is a reasonable time period since I want to do this right. Eating right and exercise is the only way I will be able to lose it and keep it off. I heard that journaling about your eating and daily habits help, so I'm giving it a go. I'm hoping for support and tips and motivation through this sight.
I've got nothing to lose, except the weight ;)

@ 10:06pm ET on August 26, 2012 This is the first time I've blogged. I read your post and we are similar. I am a runner, but am injured and can't pound the pavement for 3-6 months. I ran a marathon last Dec, but my weight has steadily increased. I'm at an almost-high too. I am keeping notes about what I eat, but failed miserably this past weekend. I have kids and tend to pick at their food and I love Chardonnay! Anyway, I can help you with your running goal. I need to share my daily caloric count with someone!! Apparently I can't be accountable to just myself!!
@ 11:14am ET on August 27, 2012 The weight loss journal is a great idea. But I failed at that as well, would try to play catch up and it never worked. I just find myself sticking to a few items and just repeating those. When that gets old I find new ones. Instead of changing everything so sudden I would just do it baby step by baby step. It helps alot more to stick to it when you go smaller. Goodluck and I just finished my first 5k and it was tough but now im ready for more. Goodluck and we are here to help.
@ 12:22pm ET on August 27, 2012 Congrats on your first 5K! The shorter races are fun...It'll probably be Thanksgiving before I'm given the green light to run again.
@ 2:01pm ET on August 27, 2012 You can do it! Besides, if you do fall off the wagon, (and we ALL do at some point) it's not permanent defeat, just a VERY temporary setback :) Journaling is a GREAT way to help you. We're all rooting for you :)
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