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It has come to my attention (by my mirror and the shortness of my breath) that I can not continue to indulge as I did in my 20's. Forty comes quickly, I have heard it many times but it did not ring true until I did with great astonishment.

Although not surprising, I gained my weight after having my babies. When I couldn't zip my size 16 jeans I knew I had to do something, my pre-baby size was 6 to 8. I found the South Beach diet and it worked fabulously for me. I lost 45 pounds by just eating right and running after my kids. I left all of the bad snacks alone and ate fresh veggies everyday and I didn't mind a bit.
Then, my husband and boys moved from Minneapolis to a very small town in Wisconsin. Seven years later I do not regret our decision for a moment. We have lake shore and spend our evenings on the boat in the summer and skating in the winter. Well, the boys spend the winter skating, I no longer feel comfortable on skates.

You don't get something without giving something else. I lost fresh produce. The quality of vegetables and fruit in our stores are horrific, especially in the winter. No excuses, but it was an easy fall.

I have gained 35 pounds back and I find it intolerable. I never thought I would look or feel this bad at 43. I know I can do it and I know it will take more effort than my first time around and I'm okay with that.

I find everyone's stories very inspirational, thank you for sharing them.

Member Since: 9/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,156

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Cut out bad carbs, exercise to deal with anxiety and shop for the clothes I want not the clothes that are available to cover up my bruised pride.

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It is my goal to actually move my butt everyday and do what I enjoy to do! I know what foods are bad for me and I will avoid them. Drink wine instead of beer : )

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My name is Dawn, I turned the big 43 this year. It isn't pretty.

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I'm married to the love of my life and we have two kids. We live in rural America after both growing up in the city. We love the outdoors, he loves to hunt and the kids love the small school and close knit community.

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40 somethings with 25-49 pounds to lose          
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