First name: Mariel
Geographical location: Chicago
Marital Status: Terminally single
Occupation: Biding my time with a software-consulting gig until my next long-term job begins (end of the year)
Pets: 1 cat, 2 chinchillas
Hobbies/Interests: Movies (big Martin Scorsese fan), music, travel (especially train travel!), the Pacific Northwest, dreary weather, boating, Louis C.K., good beer, eating!
Eye/Hair Color: Green/red like a Coke can
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: January 25, 2011 (this time around)
Starting Weight: 206
Present Weight: 198
Goal Weight: 140
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Boredom and depression, equally
Following any specific plan: Just calorie counting and moderate exercise
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Honestly? Probably not much, except that maybe I'm more fed-up now than usual?
I can no longer brush it off with "Oh, I'm still a teenager, but soon I'll magically morph into an adult with responsible habits and this will all take care of itself."
Anything else you would like to share with us: I've never participated in an online weight-loss forum before, so I'm hoping this might be something of an X-factor for me