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I have always noticed that everyone at the buffets are huge - including me. I hate to go to them, but we go a couple of times a year with my husbands' family.
I have been trying to make healthier eating choices, but I really need to cut back....
Congratulations on your weight loss!


Your post comes at a great time for me--I did along the lines of what you did four years ago, and lost 45 lbs, keeping it off until pregnancy #3 (and let's just say that the baby is in her toddlerhood!) I'm back to square one, and I know what changes I need to make to lose it again. Thanks for the motivation.


Congratulations on 40lbs!

After my first baby, I lost 59lbs. I used WeightWatchers online and joined a gym. I had to do something to keep me accountable, and for me, having spent the money on the gym, I KNEW I'd use it. Running around the neighbourhood? No incentive. For me.

Baby #2 is now 4 1/2 months old and I'm going to take the weight off again. I'm almost back where I started. Dammit. I'm starting on Labour Day. Not buying the junk. Not eating out (as much). And back to the gym.

I have 4 months left on my membership and 4 months til our Family Vacation in Mexico. The goal is 40lbs. I hope I can do it.


Hi Carmen, Great post! Very encouraging. I have lost a pitiful FIVE pounds this summer, but that's a lot better than gaining, and I only have 10 pounds more to lose to be at the top of the 'normal' weight for my height. I am so awful at self-deprivation, that I am giving myself til next June to lose the last 10. I don't know if I have told you this before, but I have enjoyed reading about your weight loss....great job!

Mary, mom to many


Don't worry ... I know exactly where that 40 lbs went to ... ME!!! Last summer I was in a size 6, let's just say that I'm no longer there. I can't even blame a pregnancy on it! Since around last November, I've done a LOT of eating out. I very recently started writing down how much I spend doing that. What an eye opener! I am cutting that WAY back and try to eat less. I usually drink one soda a day, or unsweet tea, or water so that isn't a huge problem. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, and reading, which I won't give up, but I'll have to "treat" myself to that after I at least walk around the block. One thing I refused to do was buy a new wardrobe. I bought myself only a couple things that fit me in the hopes of loosing this additional weight. Unfortunately, that "I have nothing to wear" syndrome didn't work. You are a great motivation to help me get moving again!


Woah! Thanks Carmen! I slipped off my healthy eating in the past couple of weeks and just for kicks (since I knew you were posting this today) I hopped on the scale. I knew it wouldn't be pretty since I can feel such a difference in how I feel lately but I wasn't prepared for what I saw. Back to it today! Congrats on your 40 lbs!


Congrats on finding what really works for you, sounds like you've made big changes that will keep you and your family happy and healthy.

the womom

Very inspirational, Carmen. I am proud of you!


Congrats on losing 40 pounds, that's awesome!

I fear it is time for me to give up my mountain dew, my metabolism isn't what it used to be either. *sigh*

Mary P

This is great. I've been whittling away at my excess using just the same approach. You can try any diet going, but if it's only something you do while you're losing, if it's not something you can LIVE with, the weight will come right back.

If you want the weight to stay off, you have to be able to live with it. Forever. This, what you've outlined? It would work for *anyone*. (Well, barring some doctor-diagnosed metabological disorder, I imagine.)

Thanks for the affirmation, and CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss!


This is just what I needed. I have the ten pounds that won't go anywhere. After being really good last week I only lost half a pound. I was going to give up, but yet again, you have inpisred me. Thanks!


Eating slowly -- this is KEY. It can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes for the brain to receive the satiety signal, telling you you're full. And, if you're a fast eater, you can consume a LOT of food in 10 minutes!

Congratulations on your lifestyle change!


Thank you for the info and the encouragement. It's nice to see that it can be done without joining expensive Jenny Craig or eating all your meals from little yellow boxes. I think I need my own private cheerleader or nagger to tell me, "Don't eat that, it's not on the plan." Or, "good job with the oatmeal, you're doing great." And I think I need to keep busier in the afternoons, when I tend to graze.


I think writing down what you eat is the key. It is frightening what we can mindlessly consume. I work from home and food is always available..think I would weigh less if I had a conventional job. Excuses, excuses.


The ELF diet, indeed! I almost had it figured out....I was thinking "Eat Less Food". But sadly, I think yours is more accurate for me! ;-)

My short-term weightloss goal: 15 lbs by Thanksgiving, and KEEPING IT OFF through the holidays! :)

My short-term exercise goal: To walk/jog a Thanksgiving 5k. Dh is running a half-marathon, so I figure by the time I'm finished with 5k, he'll be finished, too! LOL!

My long-term weightloss goal: 65 lbs....hopefully most of it before July 4th '07! :)

My long-term exercise goal: to RUN a July 4th 5k in under 30 minutes.

I need to keep a food diary. I know that would shock me into action, LOL!


Thank you Carmen, not only for your great blog but also some motivation. I have been thinking about running/jogging again after twenty five years! I have recently lost 65 pounds and what's left jiggles just a bit too much for comfort. Reading todays entry gave me a push and between reading and commenting I went out and walked/jogged (well maybe stumbled is closer to the truth) for an hour!

I am a long time "lurker" and fan. Thanks again


Oh boy, only this morning I had a conversation with hubby about going for walks every other day after dinner, as we have both turned into blobbies over the past 5 years or so. This comes at just the right time to remind me we need to change our not so good eating habits too!

Stephanie C.

Great post, Carmen! Congratulations on your 40 pounds!!


Woo-hoo! Fantastic, Carmen... you're an inspiration.


Carmen - what you did was not that much different than the Fat Fallacy! The only difference was I cut out the processed foods and ate all natural. Otherwise, very similar - move more, eat less. Anyways, GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Great post.


I'm off this computer and onto the exercise machine right now! Thanks for the motivation!I've quit eating after 8pm(so hard because kids are in bed and could eat without giving everyone a bite too). And I drink lots of water. I read that 75% of Americans are dehydrated, but they think they are hungry.Have you seen the email, Coke or water? So interesting!


Wow! Great job on your food/exercise plan! I started an easy routine for exercise 4 weeks ago, and haven't noticed much difference, so I think it's time to step it up a little. thanks for being a motivation for me!!

Shrinkingmom (aka Mel)

Great post! I'm going to link to it at my weight loss blog. Congratulatios on the 40 pounds! (I'm up to 39 pounds myself!)


Miz Booshay

Thanks for your honesty!

And your great sense of humor. I love the name of your diet plan.

Keep it up! You are an encouragement!



GOD bless you. I know what the smack in the face is when you look in the mirror and say have I really gotten that bad? Thank GOD He has helped me lose it by giving me motovation. Remember this though beauty on the outside will fade. Beauty on the inside is what will make people remember you. I`ll be praying for you.

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