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linzalee in Orange County is doing 13 things including…

lose 25 pounds

18 cheers


linzalee has written 12 entries about this goal

here we go go go again

Its pretty funny to read all of my old entries, because I have consistently been trying to lose the same 20-30 pounds for the past 4 or so years. “I KNOW I CAN DO THIS” yaaaa theres definitely a difference between can and WILL.

So I go to college soon, like 10 months or so. Itd be awesome if I could be in really good shape, at my goal weight 127(yes I know its just a number, but its a number that means a lot to me psychologically). Then, if I gained 5 pounds due to college escapades, that would probably be okay with me as long as I never got back within 15 pounds of where I am now at 152ish.

See, I carry my weight really well. It must be my bones to an extent because I really am not fat at all. I wear a size 27 jeans and can squeeze into some size 4 dresses (my boobs are usually the only issue). I’d like to look like jessica alba does in into the blue, through running and pilates (i know i am capable of it I just have to put in the effort).

Once I start running again regularly (and I have even found a workout buddy to run with me), I should be able to lose about 5-7 pounds a month depending on how well I eat. Since winter formal is at the end of january, itd be lovely if I could have lost almost 15 pounds by then. It is doable, I just have to keep myself busy so that I don’t snack too much, and work out regularly.

The last 10 pounds will be much, much harder, and depending on how I look/feel after I’ve lost 15, I’ll decide how much more I want to lose. I want to feel small and girly for once in my life. I’m okay with my height and occasionally size, but I really want to be smaller so that when I go to college to reinvent my life, I can even look like a different person. Wish me luck xoxo

Ready, Set, GO

Well, according to the scale at my doctor’s office, I’m 152 now. Which works for me, I suppose. I think if I lost like 15 pounds more, I could be happy at 137. (Someday I’d love to be 127, as that is my goal, but that would probably jeopardize my boobs and butt too much.) I’m focusing on eating right for the moment, and not eating too much. After finals are over, I’m going to start doing real workouts again, with long-distance running, HIIT training, and some lifting thrown in the mix.

I’m focusing on getting lean, and getting to the point where I can look in the mirror and be satisfied with what I see. The point where I can be photogenic in beach pictures. The point where I can be considered both slim, yet still with my famous curves. I carry my extra weight really well, like most people would never guess that I weight what I weigh. But I’m tired of being the slightly thicker girl.

Hopefully by spring break I will be the thinner version of myself that I’ve always wanted to be. If I go easy enough on myself, and not kill myself with super intense workouts on starvation diets, I should be able to lose 15 pounds. Maybe even 20. I have 3.5 months. I have no doubt that I am capable of doing this.


My goal weight is 127, and has been 127 for a while. I want to be a size 4 (27) in clothes, and be extremely confident about myself and my body. My body has been a mental block for me for too long. I don’t know how many years I’ve been struggling to lose weight, but I’m finally realizing that I am not one of the girls who can just eat and eat and eat and remain skinny. I’m just not. If I want the dream body that I can picture in my mind, I have to work extremely hard to get it.
For the rest of this month I am going to work out a lot, and eat well, nothing that I’d regret eating. Then, over winter break I am going on the lemonade diet (master cleanse) for the 3rd time. (The first time I made it about 3 days, and the 2nd time I made it about 6.) THIS time, I will be going on it for the full 14 days, since I’ve heard that is the most efficient way to lose 20 pounds quickly. I know that it is mostly water weight, but losing that amount will inspire me to keep going. Part of my problem is I have never had that amazing body, so I don’t know what it’s like. By doing the lemonade diet, I’ll be able to start fresh for 2009, without all the cravings and food addictions I’ve struggled with for the past 3 or so years. Once I lose that weight, I’ll naturally gain at least 5 pounds of it back once I start eating solid food again, but I should be able to lose the remaining 13 or so slowly and healthily. I KNOW I CAN DO THIS. All I need is to persevere this time, and SUCCEED.

Attempt # 102

Ahaha….k here goes nothing…

So my new life changing speedy weight loss “plan” in which I will lose 25 pounds and look svelte and sexy and all the guys I want will want me too….(I’m starting not to take myself seriously anymore I’ve said this so many times…)

5 weeks of : veggies and fruits only, with 2 eggs in the morning, and 3 liters of H20 daily, and take all my diet supplements, maybe do a combo of the phentermine and hydroxycut (has anyone ever lost weight with it?)

CW: prolly like 153 or something
GW: 128 sigh someday…
wish me luck people….maybe the 110th time will be a charm…:)

not this time

I feel like I’m trapped in this endless cycle of losing 5 pounds, and then losing motivation, and gaining it back, and losing it again…and so on

I just gave up on the master cleanse, because I was dying of boredom, and everyone around me was eating, and it was so hard. I dropped to 151, which sounds like i’ve made no progress, but I had bloated up to 157 again..

This time, hopefully, I might break that endless cycle.

frankie b's

Okay, so I bought a pair of size 6 Frankie B jeans last year around this exact same time, and they fit me about the same now as they did then, basically with a little too much muffin top to wear in public. lol.
So my sub-goal of lose 25 pounds is fit into my Frankie B’s by xmas. If only food didnt taste so good…

I’m putting them folded all cute and nice in plain sight, so whenever i’m sitting in my room, craving some food, or just plain old procrastinating, I have to put them ALL the way on, and struggle with the zipper and everything, before I can have that snack. Its a FANTASTIC appetite suppressant.


well, still no change, but I haven’t been as diligent as in the past. The fact that winter formal comes early this year makes me want to get super thin, maybe down to like 126 by then. so pretty much 25 pounds in 3 months. Totally do-able, right? If I can lose like 2 pounds a week, I should be able to manage it. I’ve just got to watch my caloric intake.

Things I’m going to do when I lose 25 pounds:
1. Run in a sport bra and shorts around in broad daylight, in a “hey LOOK at me kinda way”
2. buy myself two pairs of brand spanking new designer jeans.
3. wax my arms so I can have that uber feminine soft look
4. Get crazy hammered and tell the guy of my dreams that I think he is amazing.
5. Buy a gorgeous little dress that I can wear to formal
6. Get a haircut and a mani/pedi
7. Look ridiculously gorgeous on the first day back to school after xmas break.
8. Jump for joy and say I DID ITTT!!!


This morning I was 5 pounds lighter than the last time I weighed myself. :)
I’ve been staying true to my previous entry, and focusing on my confidence, and I’ve found that FEELING better about myself makes me not want to eat. Maybe all this time it WAS just emotional eating…oh well.
so I’ve lost about 10 pounds total since the beginning of the summer, and about 15 since my heaviest at 165…you do the math. ;)
the key is I am making progress, and I’m running, and I’m feeling better…and just FYI PILATES DOES MAKE YOUR STOMACH FLATTER…TRUST ME.
so of my lose 25 pounds from 155, I am 5 pounds into it, and feeling very, very fab. :)

do or do not, there is no try

Okay, I’ve been trying to lose the same stubborn 20 pounds for the past 2 years. 2 YEARS OF MY LIFE spent dieting, obsessing, and just being disappointed with my reflection and especially the scale. I’m 5’7, and I weigh 155. I’ve gone as high as 166, and as low as 138 in this past year. I’ve gone on 14 different diets in the past 2 years. I’ve tried the master cleanse, and the abs diet, and lean for life. But after I starve and work hard for a day or two, I start my old bingeing habits again.

Enough is ENOUGH.

I’m going to be a JUNIOR in high school, and I know that isn’t very old, but I feel like my life is slipping through my fingers, and experiences and things I should be doing I don’t do because I’ve had confidence issues for a very long time.

THIS TIME, I’m going to lose 20 pounds the right way. I’m going to work out, but reasonably, and I’m going to buy jeans that fit me NOW, so I feel good about myself enough to perservere and keep going. If I can lose 5 pounds a month, then I will weight around 135 by January. I think that should be my ideal weight. Once I get THERE, then I can push myself to lose the last 7, so I get to the glorious 128.

I think the key is that I keep myself feeling GOOD right now this moment through forever, and I will be less likely to binge and stuff my miseries in food and not exercising.

THESE 20 pounds are not going to hold me back from the life I want, and very much deserve to have, ANY MORE. STARTING NOW


actually…even if I don’t actually LOSE weight, because of all the lifting we do for H20 polo…since I’ve gained 5 pounds since season started….ugh…I just really need to lose 10 or so, and SLIM down…like, lose FAT not just weight….does anyone know how to lose FAT fast?

linzalee has gotten 18 cheers on this goal.


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