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in a clinic."

When it comes to slimming down smartly, Valerie has made the grade. She continues to juggle work and dieting while taking computer science classes at Westminster College, a private liberal arts school in Salt Lake City.

Because of her crazy schedule, Valerie relies on the Diet.com food and exercise trackers to keep her calorie intake under control.

Her advice to Diet.com newcomers: "Be happy with the progress you're making and don't expect to lose a lot of weight fast. Fit in exercise whenever you can and enjoy the ride."

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@ 10:08pm ET on March 22, 2009
WOW, you look AMAZING! Congratulations on your weightloss journey thus far. Your goal is within your grasp. I KNOW you can do it.

Way to go Valerie!

@ 11:13pm ET on March 22, 2009
BRAVO! You are such an inspiration!

@ 10:42am ET on March 23, 2009
i wish i can apply for diet.com but i can't since im from europe :( and i really need to lose the weight.

@ 12:40pm ET on March 23, 2009
youuu honestly woaahw, you look ah-ma-zing!!!
you`re such an ispirationnnnnn!!!
I envy youu because you`re reaching your goal!!!
great job val!! (:

@ 1:35pm ET on March 23, 2009
your an inspiration. thx for sharing.

@ 1:39pm ET on March 23, 2009
great story

@ 2:26pm ET on March 23, 2009
awesome story...you go girl...do everything you want so that you have no regrets!!!!...

@ 8:50am ET on March 24, 2009
Hi Valerie,
Congratulations!!!. I have embarked on a similar journey. I started at 197lbs and my goal is to get to 160lbs. You have given me that extra bit of motivation to continue to achieve that goal. I like the idea of milestones as I have given myself monthly goals and so far even though its one month has seen and experience the difference. Thank You for sharing

@ 2:43pm ET on March 24, 2009

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS. You have been an excellent motivator and comrade in both LIFE and weight loss :) I'm glad to have come back to diet.com after my 1 month hiatus in time to see your story posted. This is EXCELLENT! :)

Keep it up girl, you have done EXTREMELY well - I look forward to our messages/posts and another WLC!

@ 5:15pm ET on March 26, 2009
Congradulations, It is not an easy road but your doing it. I started losing I was 281lbs 3wks ago and now I am 275. My goal is 160lbs.

@ 9:58am ET on March 31, 2009
Congrats Val! You're always a motivator for me. I love reading your blogs!

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