Here I am.......again. Originally, I began this journey in March of 2005 and was successful at losing about 42 lbs. My original journal was "Lesli's Live Long and Strong WISH Journal." http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=761361 Things were going pretty well and I was learning to enjoy life again. I had energy, both mentally and physically! Clothing fit well for the first time in a long time. Plus, I was able to get alot accomplished and stay on top of things better. I wasn't hungry, got plenty of water, felt rested, and could make it through sticky situtions such as a buffet or party. Stress was so much easier to handle and I could simply enjoy day to day life with my family. That is the life that I long to have again. So why did I let it go? Not to make excuses, but much changed after my car accident and it took a long time to gain my strength and energy back. Add to it the stress of a college student and the inability to be very active, well, let's just say that the weight creeps back on. Fortunately, I have regained most of my energy and I am now ready to bump up my strength. I see women all the time anymore who are changing their lives at 40 and look great in few years. If they can do it, then I can too. For those who don't know me, I am a mother of 4: DD20, DD18, DD10, & DS5; with a wonderful DH, who supports me in all that I do. Trust me, that was very helpful the first time around on my weight loss journey. I do alot of volunteer work, help DH with our business, keep track of everything in the family (maybe I should charge to be a Personal Assistant ), and I try to engage in my favorite hobby, genealogy, where I can. Did I mention that we are still trying to update our home, which also takes much of my time since I am the main "contractor". So let's just add weight loss and planning better meals to the list, right? Currently, I weigh 224.5 lbs and plan to get down to 150. When I get there, I will decide how much more I would like to lose and still be at a healthy weight. Last fall, I saw 186 on the scale and I would love to see that again soon. My heaviest was 230 and I promised myself that I wouldn't go there again. It's getting dangerously close, so now is the time to get back on track. I thought that by starting a new journal, it would be like making a new commitment. Over the last few years, I have learned many things, of which the most important is: I have to hold myself accountable for my choices. Being honest with my food choices, exercise choices, stress management, and quality of life choices made a huge difference in the amount of weight I lost the first time around, not to mention how much more I enjoyed life. Also, it is very essential to have support, such as those the WISH board. Most people say that you should wait until after the Holidays, but I think that I will just keep making an excuse not to start. Now is as good a time as any. Currently, my goals are: 1. Lose 10 lbs by year end 2. Increase my water intake 3. Increase my exercise This time around, I am focusing on changing my life for the rest of my life. It won't always be easy, but it will be worth it in the long run. Check back from time to time, as I update my goals and make some great progress!