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10 Pounds Down Plan

Posted May 19, 2009

As promised we will begin the Ten Pounds Down Challenge tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who plan to participate. Many of you have struggled to shed a few pounds in an effort to feel better, look better and improve cholesterol levels and other blood chemistry. Now we’ve got a team, a measurable goal, a plan and a professional to help us reach our goal.

Registered dietician and trainer Tara Wind of Life Time Fitness in Cary has agreed to lend us a hand in our quest for a healthier weight. One of Tara's favorite phrases is "Less fork and more foot." She will teach us to eat right and get a good work out regimen going.

We will support and encourage each other over the next ten weeks as we reach our goal of losing ten or more pounds. I’m going to weigh tomorrow morning when I awake and post that weight on the blog. My goal is to lose roughly one pound a week over the next two and a half months. Wednesday will be the once-a-week weigh day.

Please don’t worry about posting your current weight unless you want to. The key is to check in every Wednesday with a progress report such as “Hey, a lost a full pound last week. I feel like I’m off to a great start.” We’ll share both progress and pitfalls as we move toward our goal. I am going to keep a food and exercise diary. Maybe you would like to do the same.

Thanks for sharing your recommendations on the best ways to lose weight and get in shape. Here are some of the bullet points I plan to follow:

  • exercise portion control on meals
  • cut down on fried foods
  • keep food and exercise diary
  • regular exercise including aerobic activity and weight lifting
  • cut down on sugar laden foods
  • add more fruits and vegetables
  • limiting red meat
  • avoid processed foods
  • more salads
  • weigh just before shower
  • drink a glass of water before eating
  • eat more slowly and listen to body when it’s full

Coach Tara Wind will elaborate on those bullet points tomorrow and help get us off to a great start. Ten Pounds Down! We are going to make it!


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  • neusebrats May 20, 2009

    Glad I stumbled on this ...I'm in :)

  • bunnie May 20, 2009

    Can I get in on this? I have more than 10 to lose, but this would be a great start.

  • Legswilson May 19, 2009

    Count me in Bill! It will be a lot easier once my fresh veggies start coming in from the garden.


  • twoboys May 19, 2009

    I'm IN

  • YOMAMA May 19, 2009

    Count me in also Bill. I have been laid off for 3 months and just started walking 3 weeks ago. I am already feeling better and I got one of my co-workers(also laid off)meeting me each morning after we drop our kids off at school. We walk 2 miles up beautiful College St. in Oxford. Debbie

  • bleslie May 19, 2009

    Welcome Moosemus and my05cents! We'll make this as painless as possible.

  • dontaskme May 19, 2009

    Y'all need to remember: muscle weighs more than fat. If you add extreme excercise to your diet plan, you might not see your weight drop, but you will see your body more toned.
    Good luck to all of you!

  • my05cents May 19, 2009

    im game. i've lost 25 through a weight loss center, but have hit a 6-week plateau. stress has played a big part w/respect to the road block. heck, if i could loose another 10+ pounds, i'd be a very happy camper (and only have another 15 - 20 to go after that).

  • moosemuss May 19, 2009

    Count me in too! I need to loose about 25 pounds, so this will be a great start. I am a mom of two and need to do something that is just for me! Thanks Bill!

  • bleslie May 19, 2009

    ej - great to have in you in for the ride! You too, Heeland! Keep the faith. We are on our way to much healtheir place!




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