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The 10-Week, 10-Pound Challenge!

marilyn-jeffersonWelcome to the 10-Week, 10-Pound Challenge!

About a week ago I was forced to admit something I’d been trying to ignore for months; I’ve gained weight. In fact, I’ve regained 10 pounds! Serious bummer.

For someone who’s lost 120 pounds, it might not sound like a big deal to regain ten. After all, there’s nothing wrong with losing 110 pounds! Of course, that’s good too, but I like the way I feel at 145 lbs., and according to the body composition test I did a couple of weeks ago, 145 is a healthy weight for my age, height, bone density and muscle mass.

“Alright,” I said to myself (I do that, talk to myself) “if I’m gonna do this, then I’m really gonna do it. I will go through the process that I know works and really make this happen.”

“But why do it alone?” I thought. “Why not open it up to the whole ‘Eat Like It Matters’ community and do it together? It’s always more fun to do stuff with friends!”

So that’s what we’re doing!

It’s exactly 10 weeks from now until Labor Day, so I thought, what better plan than to spend the summer focusing on our health and recommitting to the process that I know works?!?

I’m in!

If you are too, click here to sign the participation agreement. When you do you’re automatically entered to win a Kindle Fire HD and lots of other prizes. I’ll give you more opportunities along the way to earn additional entries towards those other prizes too, so watch for those!

It costs nothing to join, but it will take time and effort on your part, so be sure you’re willing to commit to that before signing the agreement. 

So let’s get with the program!

Each week will have a different focus. There will be blogs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to flesh out the week’s principle and offer practical applications. “Try-It Tuesdays” will be a new exercise or workout idea. Fridays will either be a video or podcast to answer questions that have come in via the “Ask Marilyn” button on my website and to update you on my progress.

Here’s a quick rundown of the topics I’ll cover:

Week 1: Start here, start now

Week 2: Establish to a schedule

Week 3: Create a vision

Week 4: Challenge bad habits

Week 5: Discover what motivates you

Week 6: Break the vicious cycle

Week 7: Block cravings

Week 8: Unravel emotional eating

Week 9: Measure success

Week 10: Define your future

Obviously these are just the building blocks; there are levels of complexity that we’ll explore along the way. Some items are very task-oriented and relatively simple to implement. Others take more thought and introspection. And please don’t expect that because I’ll only be talking about a specific subject for a week that we can check that one off the list as having been accomplished.

It’s taken me years to sort out #8.

Ah well, I’m a work in progress.

Yet another way to join in the discussion is to follow me on Facebook. I love to share healthy recipes on Facebook and Pinterest, so you’ll get plenty of ideas about what to serve your family all summer long!

Losing weight is hard; maybe nobody understands that better than me. But I also know that it gets easier when you make a commitment to yourself to be the best you can possibly be. Cause at the very heart of it, you’re so damn worth it!

Let’s go get it!

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