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Yes. In one word, the answer is a resounding YES!

But…not without some changes in your lifestyle and some effort. If you aren't willing to do those things, just head back to the fridge and enjoy yourself! Eat massive quantities of chocolate for me!

If you are, it's not complicated. Eat less than you consume. Move your body. You know, the stuff you've been hearing your entire life.

After 77 long weeks, I have lost 50.4 pounds. I'd like to lose about another two, just to give a little buffer on the 50. No big deal, since I finally submit to the fact that this is going to be a lifelong thing.

In the new year, I added a more healthy meal prep system to the mix, too. This healthy meal cookbook is called Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity. It does include nutrition information, so you can pop it right into My Fitness Pal every night.

In a nutshell, each week you prep a few foods and then make them into three very different meals. (Two bonus meals are included if you want more than three.) So far, I quite like the system. My only modification is that I want to completely prepare and portion the meals—in my glass containers—all at once, so dinner on busy nights can be grab and go.

If you try it out, let me know what you think!

If you want to see the 25-pound weight loss blog and video from a year ago, you can check those out, too.

Just remember, if you're in midlife and struggling to lose weight, hang in there! It might take longer, but it will happen!

Alison Moore Smith is a 59-year-old entrepreneur. She has been (very happily) married to Samuel M. Smith for 38 years. They are parents of six incredible children and grandparents to two astounding grandsons.

She is the author of The 7 Success Habits of Homeschoolers.

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