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Holiday Weight Challenge

Posted January 4, 2010

Dozens of you accepted the challenge in November to maintain your normal weight over the holidays. Well. how did you do?

If your weigh-in number this week was within two pounds of your normal weight and you signed up for the challenge then you are eligible for a series of prizes. They include a month's worth of personal training with Tara Wind at Lifetime Fitness, all of my CDs, my book Blue Ridge Reunion and a few other prizes.

We will put all of the eligible names in a hat tomorrow and pick a winner. So if you did well on the weight challenge please let us know.

I didn't do as well as I wanted over the holidays so I'm ready to get back on track with the help of Tara Wind's Top Ten Diet Resolutions for 2010. Here they are:

1. I will let go of all faulty nutritional knowledge learned up until now including but not limited to: carbs will make me fat, fat free and sugar free means I can eat as much as I want. . .

2. I will put down the fork!
I will carefully watch my portions.

3. I will be a more knowledge consumer and will educate myself not only on the nutrition facts panel of nutrition labels but will read the ingredients as well!

4. I will eat real food.
No more meal replacements, fortified, processed foods.

5. I will supplement my diet with a multivitamin and omega 3.
Even if I think I eat healthy.

6. I will be more informed when eating out and know about all the hidden fat and calories in my dish.

7. I will not adhere to any fad diet or quick fix.

8. I will enjoy moderation.
If I want something bad enough I will have it but not make it a habit.

9. I will have more meat free meals.
I don't have to be a vegetarian but will try more meals using beans and maybe even try tofu.

10. I will not skip meals. We all know that is disastrous!


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  • axepack Jan 5, 2010

    1.5 lbs over, I only managed that by running like crazy the entire holiday season.

  • softballmom Jan 5, 2010

    I'm so jealous. I did not keep within the two pound goal. I gained four pounds! I was doing pretty good up until about the middle of December. Then everyone started bringing food and goodies into work and I splurged just a little too much. Oh well. It's a new year and I'll get back on the wagon with lots of other people.
    Happy New Year to everyone!

  • swharp2 Jan 4, 2010

    I decided to taste everything but made sure I did not over do it. I lost 2 pounds - goal is to lose 5 more and begin a steady exercise program. Good luck to everyone in 2010.

  • tarhillmom Jan 4, 2010

    Hooray! I, too, maintained my same weight throughout the frenzied holiday season. No loss, but that's what January is for!

  • ageorgia Jan 4, 2010

    I feel like I did well with my eating over the Holidays. I did splurge occasionally but continued my workout routine. My weight has stayed the same! Good luck to all!

  • teddybear999 Jan 4, 2010

    From the time I committed to this until now, I am down 10 lbs. I also had knee surgery, which turned out better than originally anticipated, so hopefully I can get going again this year. Total loss last year was 70 lbs. Good luck to all!

  • murdock Jan 4, 2010

    1/2 lb under too! Good luck everybody!

  • RN2b Jan 4, 2010

    I managed to eat mostly what I wanted, and take it easy, and I still lost 3 pounds!! I think that Wii Fit I got for Christmas helped!

  • thefensk Jan 4, 2010

    I very pointedly skipped this challenge. But I will embrace most parts of your resolution list. One thing my bride and I decided to do is not feel self-conscious about sharing a meal when eating out. Portions are so huge at most places, this will be one way we will try to hold those calories down.

  • missparrothead Jan 4, 2010

    Frequently weighing yourself isn't healthy. Do your best- exercise- engage in cardio exercise (using a heart rate monitor) and weight training and eat using the budget system. (healthy breakfast and dinner allows a bit of leeway at lunch, for example). Stay active, drink lots of water and BE HAPPY!!! Life isn't about a # on the scale.




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