With only one week left to meet their weight- loss goals, the pressure is on for Herald reporters Adam O'Daniel and Jessica Schonberg, who are participating in Activate Upper Palmetto. Here's how they did during week five:
Sometimes, you just can't win. Or in this situation, lose.
I capped a hectic week by stepping on the scale Friday afternoon, watching that little metal bar balance the bad news: For the first time in five weeks, I didn't lose a pound. I weighed in without any change from last week. Bummer.
It's my own fault, though. I let my success go to my head. Convinced I could lose the 4 pounds in two weeks to reach my grand total goal of 15 pounds, I slacked off. I traded a salad for a big sandwich more than once. And I didn't exactly order light on Valentine's Day.
Then, there's basketball. I've been playing basketball for the past few weeks as a fun way to exercise. The first two weeks, my team has been crushed in each game. But I was losing weight and getting a workout, so I didn't mind. This week, our team won twice, a marked improvement, but my weight loss faltered. Go figure.
Now, I'm left with a big challenge: shed 4 pounds in seven days. The health experts will say that's too much. They say crash dieting isn't a solution for long-term weight loss. They're probably right. But I'm not going to listen. I like to win too much.
Until this time next week, if you see me at Nishie G's or Moe's or any of my other favorite lunchtime joints, slap me if I'm not eating a salad. I said I was going to lose 15 pounds in four weeks, and I'll be darned if I don't reach my goal.
I've accomplished the greater goal of an overall healthier lifestyle, now it's time to drop those pounds.
I know some of my fellow women out there watch Oprah.
On many a show, Oprah has fessed up to letting her diet go by the wayside when she gets stressed out.
Well, just call me Oprah.
After a long and stressful week, I have gained just about a pound. Lu Reeves at the Wellness Center told me that little weight, up or down, doesn't mean much, so I am choosing to call this week a wash.
I had to drive back to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a few days this week to take care of some family business. My good intentions came with me. Unfortunately, my running shoes did not.
That leaves me 2 pounds away from my weight-loss goal of 6 pounds in six weeks. I know I can do it.
I am going to exercise every day this week. Period. If you see me, ask me if I've exercised yet. If I haven't, you have my permission to call me out on it. Failing to meet my goal in front of 30,000-plus people just doesn't sound like much fun.
One goal I already have met is to improve my diet. The first week of this challenge, I said I was going to try to increase my fruit and vegetable intake.
Thursday night, my boyfriend asked me what I had for dinner, and when I told him macaroni and cheese (organic whole wheat, mind you), he said, "Yeah, and what else? I know my baby won't eat dinner without some greens."
In Jessica-world, that is a success story.