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I'm a 41 year old female who has gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years--sound familiar to anyone? Then in late 2003, my now ex-husband, who has a severe drug addiction, went into rehab. I figured if he could kick drugs, I could lose the weight. Unfortunately, he didn't stick with his program. I did. It took over 3 years to lose 66 lbs, but I did it. It just goes to show you that anything can be a motivating factor; I decided once and for all that I was going to do it. !

On January 4, 2004, I weighed in at 226 pounds; I met my goal of 160 in April of 2007--nothing quick or easy about it. At the end of 2007, I had put 15 pounds back on and it was HARD to get them back off. But by September I was back to 160. Now I'm trying to lose another 10 pounds so I have some leeway, and I want to continue to tone everything.

It took me over 3 years because there were a LOT of little ups and downs; few people actually lose the "average" of 2 pounds per week. I also hit a lot of plateaus; however, I refused to let them stop me. At the end of 2004, I weighed 191; my weight at the end of 2005-- the same 191! I'd experienced a year-long plateau. But instead of letting it get me down, I realized that I had NEVER lost 35 pounds and kept it off for an entire year!

So try to look at a plateau not as a downfall but as something to be celebrated. Let your body get used to itself at that weight, then get back into weight loss mode. The weight may come off slowly, but that's ok.

I'm more confident and self-assured than I ever have been, I feel so much better, and I'm all around a happier person. Everyone I know (even my ex, who is still my best friend) is proud of me. I'm proud of me. I didn't think I'd ever be able to say that about myself. It's not easy, and its a lifetime battle, but it is SO worth it!

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As much as I HATE to exercise, I find that I can't lose or keep the weight off without out it, so I try to exercise at least 4 times a week for an hour each--and I hate every minute of it! You always hear that you should find an activity you like and use that as your exercise--but as soon as I do that, it becomes "work" and I stop enjoying it! So I just suck it up and do it, knowing that as much as I hate it, I just need to do it. As far as food goes, I try not to eat any white bread, white pasta, white rice or added sugar. My diet usually consists of lean meats, low fat dairy products, whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies and nuts/beans/legumes. I also know that I'm not always going to be perfect and if I eat something I shouldn't, I put it behind me and get back on track.

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