Whoo hoo!
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  I stepped on my scale last night and found that I have hit my 1st goal- 20 pounds off!  YAY!

  I previously decided that when I hit the 20 pound goal, I could plan a girls night out or something similar.  Guess I'd better get to thinking on what I want to do! :)

Blogger
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  I have had a blog over at blogger.com for a few weeks.  I started a journal by the same name here and copied all my posts.  I have used LJ for personal journals in the past, and it seems like an easier place to find like-minded users.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan
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  I came across the book Food Rules by Michael Pollan at Target.  I loved it the first time I saw it, but didn't buy it right away.  Every time I went there, I would pick it up and read more of it.  I have it now- and it's a great book.  It has alot of random suggestions in it, many of which make alot of sense and are helpful.  One of my favorites suggest that you only eat the junk food that you are willing to make yourself- homemade chips, homemade ice cream, etc- because you'll be a lot less willing to make it than you are to buy it from the store.  It's a great point.  (And yeah, I don't follow it- I USUALLY just avoid buying junk food these days- but it's a great idea.)  It just has alot of useful tips in it.

The Complete Beck Diet For Life
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 I was browsing the clearance racks at Barnes and Noble one day and happened upon the book "The Complete Beck Diet For Life" by Judith S. Beck.  I picked it up and it looked interesting- and at clearance price- so I got it.  I haven't finished it yet, but it has numerous tips and ideas that I have found useful and have integrated into my "weight loss journey".  I haven't used everything I've read in the book, but it has been very helpful and I've really enjoyed it so far.

SparkPeople.com
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 I happened across sparkpeople.com one day while I was googling weight loss websites.  I checked it out, made an account, and have been hooked ever since. 

  There are so  many things you can do there... track what you eat, track how much you exercise, blog, post on message boards, make friends, join "teams"...  There are recipes, challenges, exercises, they'll even plan menus for you- though I prefer not to use that option.  You can track your weight loss and measurements.  You can read other users' tips and read articles on just about any health-related topic.  And so much more.  It's addictive, free, and very useful.  I can't get enough of it.

  Should you decide to make an account there, please consider crediting CRRockerGirl with introducing you to the site.  Thank you.  :)

Changing My Life
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I am not on a diet.

  I am incorporating a lifestyle change.  Eating healthier.  Exercising more.  Making better choices.  But I'm not going to make myself miserable over it. 

  I allow myself to eat or drink what I want when I go out on the weekends.  Or even if I'm staying in on the weekend, I will allow myself Saturday night to have what I want.  This helps keep me on track the rest of the week.  I stay within a specific calorie range (which I keep track of by tracking on sparkpeople.com), and I rarely go over.  On my nights of freedom, I may go over, but even then- not always.  I just be extra careful the rest of the day about what I eat so I have more calories for the night.  When you add in alcohol, though, it's harder to stay in the calorie range.  BUT- this works for me, and it works well.  I don't feel like I'm "dieting" and have to be perfect.  I feel like I'm making changes to look better, feel better, and be better, but I don't have the stress of having to try to be perfect.

Welcome
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Welcome to my weight loss blog.  I will be keeping track here of some of the useful resources and ideas I come across, as well as interesting things I happen upon, recipes, achievements, whatever strikes me as post-worthy that day.
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