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How to Shed 10 Pounds in 5 Weeks - Is it Possible?

By August 5, 2008 - 8:09pm
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We've recently discussed weight loss programs and clinics. While some people have enjoyed a measure of success following a "clinic" plan, they have also regained the weight.

Joy Bauer would have you eat real food to lose 10 pounds in 5 weeks, before the holiday season begins. Here's how:

  1. Lose the dressing on your salad, using basalmic vinegar or lemon juice, instead
  2. Lose the whole fat milk for skim
  3. Lose one slice of bread on your sandwich for open-faced
  4. Lose a little time by eating slower
  5. Lose the sugar in your beverages

Seems reasonable enough. If you're lactose intolerant, like I am, the dairy issue could be substituted for some other fat in our eating habits. White bread should be swapped out for whole grain. Try sugar substitutes, like Zero or Stevia, if you really need a sweetener.

Anyone game for a challenge to see how well we can do following such a plan of attack on our weight?

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A travel weekend followed by a holiday weekend have thwarted my best-laid plans and I've now hit another plateau, albeit a few pounds lower than 4 weeks ago. So, I suppose the past 4 weeks haven't been totally unsuccessful. Plus, my body shape does continue to change ever so slightly.

The persistent muffin top around my middle isn't going away fast enough, though! So, I've been considering joining 24-Hr Fitness (they have a pool and I have crazy hours) because I'm annoyed about having to fight the swim teams for a lap lane at a time that's convenient for me (they're taking up time that's supposed to be for adult swim, too, grrr!). It's ragweed season and my Total Gym is on the back porch - ahhhchoo!

OK...time to blow up the balance ball, again...the cat will appreciate that, lol!

September 4, 2008 - 4:53pm

I can't even remember what I said I was going to do anymore...(and too lazy to scroll up the page!) :-)

I guess I've fallen off the wagon of the weight-loss challenge (oh yeah...my goal was to lose inches instead of weight).

I joined the YMCA, and have not had a chance to go back. I had some activities start this month that I volunteered for in the summer, and have no time to exercise at the moment.

What I am doing is going on stroller walks with my husband and son every night. We're going too slow for me to gain any benefit (and lose inches), but it's all I can do right now. I'm still glad to have this site so I can stay motivated.

I will eventually make it back the the YMCA to do some of my favorite dance-type cardio.

Next week I'll be at the beach, and that is the type of vacation I actually eat less (we stay at a condo and bring our food), so it will be interesting to see how my eating and exercise (walking on the beach...ahhhh...) improve.

September 4, 2008 - 2:19pm

Last week was tough, especially with the holiday weekend. Even though I ran 6 miles on Saturday, and the Nike+ Human Race 10K (6.2 miles) on Sunday, losing 2 lbs in sweat each time, I've actually regained some of the weight lost over the past couple of weeks. So, this week, I'm pretty much back to the chalkboard.

I don't know why I didn't take notice before, but I finally read the label on my favorite custard-style yogurt and discovered it's made with high fructose corn syrup. Say it isn't so!

September 2, 2008 - 5:45pm
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Ok, I can't lose 10 lbs in 5 weeks, there is just no way.

The good news is that maybe I could lose 2 or 3 maximum. I'll try my hardest.

And I am now down to a 10 or 11 minute mile (power-walking) - it's great!

I will, however, have to invest in an elliptical this winter as it's impossible to do this with our terrain and no lights, in the depths of our frigid winters.

Can anyone recommend a good but inexpensive elliptical?

August 20, 2008 - 12:11pm

When does your training start for the RNR? Are you going to do the full or the half?

We have the San Antonio RNR in November, the weekend immediately following my 3-Day 60-miler (egads!). I've convinced my little team that we're doing the half marathon, not the full, because we'll need the recovery time.

Go ahead, bug me, lol!

August 19, 2008 - 4:09pm
(reply to alysiak)

We start Sept. 13 for the full marathon that is in the middle of January. Thanks for your well wishes. Will update you on my progress. Egads is right. Hope you're taking the week off in between or at least following both races. A little RNR (of a different kind) might be a good thing.

August 20, 2008 - 9:25am
(reply to Tina Tran)

I'm not registering for any events in December, but we do have a long benchmark run that month. So, there will be some recovery time before our 3M Half in January, and 3 weeks before the AT&T Austin in Feb. After that, I think it will be time to take a real break. My SlowFatRunners walk and run groups will resume meeting on Saturdays; but, I already promised my hubby that I won't take on as packed a training schedule as I did this year.

August 20, 2008 - 6:03pm

Think I've read that losing one to two pounds is a normal, healthy weight loss, but that depends on one's initial size. (consumer.gov) Didn't do so well last week as my husband decided to have a swim party Sunday that included Hawaiian martinis and grilled steaks. So started fresh Monday. Skipped a muffin and grabbed an English muffin instead. My big development though is committing to the Rock n' Roll marathon in January. Alysia, I may bug the hell out of you the next few months. Best of luck for all your runs.

August 19, 2008 - 3:19pm

Does anyone know if the goal in 5 weeks is to lose 10 pounds (considered a "healthy" weight loss), then what is the healthy version of how many inches (around middle tire area) to lose in 5 weeks? Is there such a thing?

August 19, 2008 - 3:12pm

Well, for one thing: I realized I don't have a scale in the house! :-)

I worked with so many college students who were obsessed with their weight (whether they were underweight, overweight or normal weight), that I never thought it was "appropriate" to weigh myself; I can tell how I'm doing by my clothes fitting tighter/looser.

Anyways...I've decided to lose size around my waist instead of pounds. I decided this today, so do not have a baseline. (I usually am not this scattered!) :-)

I DID make a great deal of progress in adding exercise back into my routine: yoga, Zumba (FUN!), walking and swimming...all last week. The eating is improving slowly, as I'm finding healthier snacks, but this is still a stressor in my life right now.

Thanks for checking in with us...it helps to know that I'm going to have to write my progress each week!

August 19, 2008 - 3:09pm
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