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a non-scale goal. Why not train for a charity 5k race or challenge yourself to do 10 push-ups? Focusing on fitness means I don’t fret about the numbers so much. And all those endorphins make me feel less inclined to go on a chocolate bender.

19. Accept that sometimes it’s going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of chips. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. It’s picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again.

20. Don’t wait to be “skinny” to start living your life. If you have dreams of traveling or writing a book or learning to scuba dive, don’t think you need a smaller bottom before you deserve them. Your life is happening right now â€" so forget about your wobbly bits and jump right in!

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@ 6:41am ET on January 19, 2009
Awesome!!!! Shauna your list is exactly right!I love your approach and thanks for sharing!
By the way, where have you been John? Patty

@ 1:09pm ET on January 19, 2009
inspiration! thanks for this. i think i'll get some Greek yogurt...

@ 6:07pm ET on January 19, 2009
muesli is just oh so good!

@ 6:42pm ET on January 19, 2009
Great job. Reading stories like yours helps me keep track of my diet.
Muesli never tried it. Will pick some up this week if I can find it.

@ 7:32pm ET on January 19, 2009
Awesome! You are amazing :)

@ 12:00am ET on January 20, 2009
That's awesome! Great job and thank you for the inspiration!

@ 10:32am ET on January 20, 2009
Wow, what an inspirational story! Congrats on the loss and thanks for the tips! ~Sara :o)

@ 1:19pm ET on January 20, 2009
You are an inspiration! An amazing example of how it can be done. Congratulations!

@ 10:14am ET on January 21, 2009
I am so pumped after reading your story. Thank you for your sharing.

@ 1:37am ET on January 22, 2009
Hi I am vey poud of you and your achievements
I agree with all of your suggestions
personally i enjoy a 3 oz portion of hot oatmeal
I buy amy's steel oats frozen inm a bowl and divide portion into 4 prts and put 1/4 into a coffee cup small
sometimes I add dried fruit or fresh berries just a few
we do all tend to fall off the pogram i think stgress is the main reason for this
we just have to learn to cope and as u said pick ourselves up and start again
exercising is the key
even riding a stgationary bike while watching h news or a program start with 15 min and gradually go to 30 min
if boreed do it 2 times a day
start walking just like u suggested 5 min at a time and gradually increase it
don't eat "diet food" eat foods that are healthy but small portions and lots of veggies and small amts of fruit
3 oz only of protein
drink lots of water in between meals i personally drink too much coffee but
will eventuaklly cut down one cup a a time

@ 8:53am ET on January 25, 2009
You are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey and secrets with us. Congratulations on your success!

@ 6:34am ET on January 27, 2009
this is so inspirational!!! congratulations on everything you've done, and well done on doing it all healthily and the way you wanted to.

@ 9:20pm ET on June 15, 2009
Thank you for sharing your story. I am the same height as you and 302 lbs and beginning....well continuing my weight loss journey but from a more positive aproach. Reading about you changing your perspective to focusing on small achievement & fitness insead of self-loathing and body punishing really spoke to me...Thanks Shauna :)

@ 10:18pm ET on June 15, 2009
BRILLIANTTTT! I like the 20th tip one and I also add the 21st tip for myself is 'never say I'm too lazy to do something' :D

@ 10:41pm ET on March 4, 2010
Congratulations! What an achievement! Thank you for the inspiration and the great tips. "Be kind to yourself" is my favorite. ;0)

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