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 current weight: 145.0 

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Member Since: 9/10/2012

SparkPoints: 26,502

Fitness Minutes: 10,644

My Goals:
June 14,2014
Summer 5% Challenge

Exercise: I will weight train three times a week, and continue the walking I do now.

Diet: see below

My Program:
I went to an italian dietician and she gave me a restrictive low-carb diet. I've learned that restrictive diets really work for me, because they eliminate all the guess work. And this time it's working well- I've lost 14 pounds in 6 weeks and the scale is still going down!

Breakfast: 2 slices of wheat bread with a) cheese (ricotta, cream cheese, etc.) or b)
jam or c) slice of turkey or ham or prosciutto

Lunch: red meat, white meat, fish or insalata di mare (a cold fish salad, usually with octopus and calamari)
vegetables -all you can eat, or desire to eat

1 carbohydrate lunch a week (100grams of pasta or rice or two slices of bread etc.)

Dinner: white fish, chicken or turkey (without skin), tuna, prosciutto, eggs, cheese
vegetables –again, all you can eat

Snacks: 2 yogurts a day (eaten whenever you want, even for dessert or before bed). The low–in-fat variety.
Fruit –as much as you want but not with meals

Personal Information:
I am an American married to an Italian living in Italy.

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Member Comments:
11/9/2014 1:47:55 PM

Hope you're still smiling & singing Sarah, inside & out. All the best for your work trip to Dusseldorf (how exciting!). May success and joy follow you wherever you go! emoticon

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10/28/2014 12:27:37 PM

My MILs were both nice ladies but I would not want to have lived with them nor my mom. One adult female per house is enough. LOL.

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10/6/2014 1:15:26 AM

Sarah, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my blog "Humiliated?" You're right--Japanese women are very tiny in general. I'm pretty sure I weigh twice as much as my extremely petite neighbor Miho-san. I laughed at a photo taken of us sitting together on some steps. When I saw it, I joked to my daughters, "I look like TWO Miho-sans!" So weighing as much as I do is sort of like carrying around my neighbor Miho-san all day every day. I really should make a bigger effort to lose this weight!

Obesity has increased just slightly in Japan, as it increases more rapidly in other countries, so the Japanese are still doing something right. My image of Italy is that there is healthful eating there as well.

Thank you again, and good luck with your decision about which job to take! Let us know how it goes.

Comment edited on: 10/6/2014 1:16:40 AM

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9/27/2014 7:26:19 PM

hi I just started today and feel so energized by so many of you working to become well and fit!

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9/27/2014 9:30:45 AM

thank you!! i am so excited..i am no longer a scale jumper..i weigh only once a week..and i was shocked and so surprised!! i knew i had eaten well and done all my exercise but i NEVER lose more than a pound in a week!!!

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