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    Thanks for the congrats on reaching goal! To reward myself I actually went this weekend to go find some new clothes, as I've pretty much been going to Goodwill. I had $65 gift coupons since Christmas for Macy's, and I couldn't find anything I liked! But i will be getting some new clothes!
    3211 days ago
    Hey there. How are things going? May I ask to where you are heading off to college? To which degree program again? I was a peer mentor, made it to grad school, have had some success despite some emotional issues, financial issues, etc. Please feel free to throw questions at me anytime!
    3213 days ago
    Deep breathing really frustrates me. I become anxious at the time it takes, so it becomes a negative feedback cycle. My anxiety diagnosis is rather high, so I'm not quite to where those techniques work.

    How are you feeling about starting college? Do you have any questions?
    3227 days ago
    Thanks for the compliments and encouragement on my SparkPage. I basically give my life story (lol) on my SparkPage, including my weight-loss efforts so far (how long it's taken and what I'm doing).

    Basically, I started my weight loss journey on Nov. 1st, 2007 officially at 305 pounds. I know I was up a little higher, so I'm using my starting weight as 310. By May 1st, 2008, I was down to 275 pounds, but I was stuck at a nasty plateau (272-276) from May to October 2008. I must have lost and gained the same 4 pounds at least a dozen times though, lol.

    Then I shifted down a few pounds, and was bouncing between 272-268 from October 2008-February 2009. During this time, I was working out at the gym doing cardio at least twice a week and strength training at least twice a week, bowling once a week, and eating 1650-1900 calories a day. Had nothing to show for it and was totally frustrated.

    I then decided to Boot Camp myself. My goal was to lose 30 pounds in 3 months and weigh 238 pounds by May 15th, 2009. Obviously that did not happen, but I did go from 267 fown to 256. I had some serious health issues (still unresolved) that drastically limited my exercise, and I exercise as much as and when I can, and currently aim for at least 90 minutes of cardio a week including bowling and riding my bike, and I try to get in at least 3 SparkPeople strength training videos a week.

    I continue to do my best, which is all I can do, and I'm working by the theory of everything in moderation including moderation (ie. 80% healthy food and life choices and 20% life happens). If I can do this, you can too! :)

    - Josie
    3228 days ago
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    Hi Bayernbabe,

    It's taken me quite a while to lose the almost-40 lbs I've lost, but I have not consistently focused on losing quickly. I've lost the last twelve pounds in about two months. Before that, the other almost-thirty came off very gradually, because I was focusing more on healthy living than weight loss. I wasn't doing real cardio exercise, for example, but I was developing a lifestyle that involves lots of walking. I wasn't always tracking my food or cutting out high-fat or high-sugar items, but I was making more conscious and healthier choices, and eating more fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

    Then, about two months ago, I made the decision that I wanted to speed things up a bit, and make my new habits a little stricter and improve my fitness in the process. So I started tracking everything I eat, getting ibn five good days of hard cardio every week, plus two to three strength training sessions. In addition to really speeding up my weight loss (I have a lot to lose, even still, so not everyone loses this quickly), I feel GREAT, am a lot more fit, and am really fueling my body with clean foods.

    The new habits I've adopted are also liveable and permanent since it took me a while to adopt them. I'm sure I'll get to my goal weight eventually, and would rather it be by a sustainable process than by a quick one. Although, when I made the decision to live by those habits instead of just make an effort to incorporate them, the process has gotten quicker too.

    Good luck with your goals!
    3228 days ago
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