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10 Lbs. Down Celebration

Posted August 12, 2009

Scanning the scales this morning I was pretty excited. 174 lbs. It's taken a little longer than planned but today I reached my Ten Pounds Down weight loss goal. I started the summer at 184 lbs and my clothes were starting to feel a little tight. This morning I put on my "leanest" suit and it fit perfectly.

I'd like to thank my family for supporting me, taking long walks after dinner and consuming lots of salads and whole wheat products with me. I'd also like to thank registered dietitians and trainers Tara Wind and Avril Young of Life Time Fitness for their expert advice, humor and fat burning core exercises. Plus, I'd like to thank you for all of your warm words of encouragement.

The key now is to keep the weight off. How can I do that? That's my question for you today. Please share your advice on how to maintain a healthy weight and avoid slipping back into bad habits.

The Wednesday weigh-ins will continue but only once a month and I will report the results here on my blog. The accountability is good for me.

I am going to celebrate today with a treat - a mint chocolate chip Carolina concrete at Goodberry's. But I'll show restraint and order a "small."


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  • marywag Aug 12, 2009

    Hi Cuz, Congradulations!! 10 lbs. that is terrific, I have only lost 8..but really feeling better too!! Enjoy Goodberry's! We loved the same place in Winston one night last year!! Little Richards!! Great BBQ.. try Smileys in Lexington! keep up the good work!! You look terrific!!

  • lseltmann Aug 12, 2009

    Congratulations Bill! Awesome job! I'm still working on reaching my goal. I began a diet/exercise regimen in April. My goal is to lose 58lbs, I've lost 41lbs. Enjoy the Goodberry's. Good choice going for the small.

  • NTVTXN Aug 12, 2009

    Congratulations on achieving your goal! Keeping it off, I have found, is a "win some/lose some" struggle. Of course it's important to mind what you eat. Portion sizes are my trick. Also, I put physical events on the calendar. A 5k here, maybe a sprint triathlon or a charity bike ride a month or two later. This way, I have something to focus on to keep me exercising - a "goal"! Otherwise, I will get bored and the exercise will cease to be part of my regular daily routine. Fortunately, there are plenty of events in this area to choose from. Good luck keeping it off!!!

  • HappyGirl08 Aug 12, 2009

    Hey thanks. Clearly I am better at that than seeing I made two comments by mistake. ha! Just basic calorie counting and exercise! Man do I exercise. ha I never was much into that before but now I am walking on my treadmill before work and after work plus whatever else I may also do to go along with it. My losses were slow until I really started watching every single thing I ate though. Once I did that, things picked right on up!

  • Kathleen Aug 12, 2009

    Congratulations! I do recommend weighing yourself at least once a week, maybe twice a week. This helps by not allowing things to get out of hand.

    Enjoy the Goodberry's!!

  • bleslie Aug 12, 2009

    A Big 5 High 5 for HappyGirl08 and your highly successful weight loss regimen. How have you done it?

  • hppyhourhero Aug 12, 2009

    Time to sign up for the City of Oaks Half Marathon....
    P.S....The Bear was a great run at the Highland Games!!!! We're already booked for next year.

  • HappyGirl08 Aug 12, 2009

    That's great! Ice cream sounds good as well. I'm down 28lbs as of today, so I'm pretty excited about that as well.

  • HappyGirl08 Aug 12, 2009

    That's great. As of today I am minus 28.5 Pretty happy about that as well!

  • NCSUbabe Aug 12, 2009

    Congrats! I know it's hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and resist sweets (because I know it's hard for me to do) but I recommend doing the same rountine you have been and eating in moderation. If you stop walking and start eating whatever you want the weight will gain back. As long as you are aware of what you eat and work out at least 3 times a week you should do great! Good luck!! :)




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