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By Lisa Spodak ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com
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Week 1 Weigh In:
Starting weight: 209

I'm about to shake things up a little!

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I've been struggling ever since surpassing my 100 pound weight loss goal for my 40th birthday.  I've gained about 15 pounds back and I haven't been able to find my motivation to keep losing and working toward my ultimate goal.

It turns out, just having a goal isn't enough – what's key for me is finding the right goal.

And I found it this weekend – my brother has set a wedding date in June and I'm going to lose 50 pounds by then!

I'm feeling motivated and rejuvenated in a way I was worried I wouldn't again and I'm raring to go. (I know that I'll eventually have to figure out how to maintain my weight without a definitive and aggressive goal, but I've got time for that.)

It doesn't hurt, either, that for the first time, my brother is struggling a little with his own weight and we've got a little competition going.  It's interesting, because even though we're competing, I also feel like I can finally be of help to him, in a reverse to how it usually is with us.

I'm not changing my basic approach much… I'm still doing Weight Watchers and focusing on lots of gym time.  I won't be making any radical changes there.

The big thing though, is making a break from the past 21 months.  I'm still incredibly proud of what I've accomplished and I won't ever forget that… but I also need to stop focusing on the weight I've gained since my birthday and trying to make up for it.  So, this is Week 1 again! 

I've posted a starting weight at the top of the page and a "before" picture over there to the right.  We all know I've already lost a chunk of weight, but let's pretend we don't and start over!

This week's goals:

1)    Meet my friend Annie at the gym in the morning at least twice

2)    Make use of all the groceries I've bought this week before they go bad

3)    Go to bed before midnight at least 4 times

4)    Try one new recipe

5)    Resist all unplanned snacks at work (i.e., holiday candies/gifts)

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