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Going into the new year, I'm starting in a good place. This year I will be 11 years sober, I'm venturing out and trying to learn new things (classes as mentioned in my previous blog post), started a blog and I've lost 58 lbs. since June 23rd. I have about 30 lbs. to go. This isn't the first time I've lost a bunch of weight. Back in 2007, I lost about 50 lbs.but gained it all back. In 2014, I lost 81+ lbs., and again, gained it all back. Let's hope this third time is a charm.

Each time I lost the weight, CICO (calories in/ calories out)  has been my weight loss method of choice each time. I have used the "My Net Diary" App to keep track of pretty much every calorie, and it has never failed me. Of course, I also exercise, and use "Map My Walk" to calculate calories burned. Where I keep dropping the ball is the maintenance of my weight after I reach the goal. So, inevitably, I have to ask myself, "What will be different this time?"

This time my approach was much more moderated. I wasn't nearly as dogmatic about cheatinga here and there. Occasionally (maybe every 3 - 4 weeks), I splurge a bit. I've allowed myself to binge on Ben & Jerry's, Reese's PB Cups, and many other things I love. This time I don't feel as though I'm going to blow up and eat everything in site. I like to think I've learned my lesson. My workouts were much more casual and fun. I've learned the hard way not to rush into it too fast with working out and with losing weight. I lost the weight at a much slower rate this time. I love my walks in the woods and around the neighborhood. Not as excited about my walks on the treadmill during winter. I know I can't stop this time. This has to be a lifestyle change.

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