The six weeks are up, and it's time to see if Herald reporters Adam O'Daniel and Jessica Schonberg met the goals they set for themselves during Activate Upper Palmetto, a weight loss and healthy living program. Here are the results:
So close. That's about all I can say.
I lost 12 pounds in six weeks, participating in the Activate Upper Palmetto program at the YMCA. My goal was 15 pounds, and it didn't happen. But averaging two pounds lost a week ain't too shabby.
I'm holding my head high.
After the first month, I was cruising along with more than 10 pounds lost. But it all came to a screaching halt the past two weeks.
The reasons for my decline are many. Too many sweets since Valentine's Day. Not enough exercise. A mild addiction to Moe's Southwest Grill. Yet, none are excuses. I could have met my goal with a little more discipline.
But that's all history. I'm going to focus on the positives: I've eliminated "super-size" from my vocabulary. I learned to drink water and diet drinks instead of sugar-infested soda. And it's no longer drudgery to exercise.
My hope during the past six weeks has been to lose weight in a healthy manner. No crash dieting. I think I succeeded. Favorite sweet or fatty foods remain on my menu, but in smaller portions and with less frequency. I learned that if you splurge at lunch, you should scale back at dinner.
Good health is about moderation and balance. That's the motto I'll be trying to uphold from now on.
I made it! Seven pounds in six weeks and I feel dang good about it.
The past six weeks have had a lot of ups and downs. It has been very hard learning to balance the things I want to eat and drink with the things I should be eating and drinking. And don't even get me started on how hard it has been to train myself to wake up extra early to work out in the mornings.
I have discovered that the best system is to set your alarm 30 minutes before you need to get up and that way you can snooze a few times before you really have to get up. Yes, I know the professionals say that isn't healthy, but it works.
On a more serious note, I feel like a healthier person now. I have made simple changes to my lifestyle that should be relatively easy to keep up.
I don't skip breakfast. I now eat yogurt and fruit for lunch most days, cutting out a couple of hundred calories from that meal. I try to eat at least one serving of fruits or veggies at every meal and I eat them first so I am less hungry when I get to the main course. I recently started bringing nuts, raisins and apples to work for snacks instead of granola or cereal bars. And I go to the fitness center even if I only have time for a 15 or 20 minute workout. Anything is always better than nothing.
The hands down biggest thing I have learned is that the easiest way to motivate yourself to stick to a diet is to tell more than 30,000 people that you're on one.