On the day that my Total Gym arrived, I had my annual doctor's appointment. After my blood test, he called me and informed me that "you are on the cusp of type-two diabetes." Yep, those were his exact words. Even though I was already planning on losing weight, this motivated me even more. Skipping ahead to today, I currently weigh 202 pounds and have lost well over 100 pounds of fat. I know, the math doesn't add up, but remember, I do strength training and I can modestly say that I have gained, using a conservative estimate, over 25 pounds of muscle. I am also happy to report that my latest blood test has come back negative for diabetes.
As of today, I still have another twenty pounds to lose and if you are thinking of losing some weight, I have some good news for you, because from now through June 30, 2010, for every pound you pledge to lose, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14¢ to Feeding America® - enough to deliver one pound of groceries to a local food bank. So, you will not only helping yourself, but you will be helping others as well. It's very quick and easy to participate: just go to the Pound for Pound Challenge and follow the few simple steps (oh, and please tell your friends). I joined yesterday and pledged to lose ten pounds.
Before you start a weight loss regime, you may want to take a few moments and do a few things. The first and most obvious is to step on the scale and weigh yourself, although that’s probably how you ended-up here in the first place. Next, take a tape measure and measure your legs, hips, waist, (this is the area just above your belly button), chest, arms, and your neck. Why do I need to measure my legs and arms? Well, when you begin to lose fat, the first places where you will see a decrease in size will be the extremities (your legs and arms). Contrary to popular belief, and wishful thinking, the abdominal area is the last place where you will lose the inches.
Now, if any of you out there are fans of the Biggest Loser, you may have seen several General Mills products featured on the show. These products, including Yoplait Greek yogurt, Total, and Multigrain Cheerios, are available at your local Kroger Family of Stores and can help you stick to your weight management plan. However, the good news doesn't stop there, because as the official supplier of the Biggest Loser Ranch and partner of the Pound for Pound Challenge, the Kroger Family of Stores wants to help you achieve your goals. So, to get you started, they will be supplying one lucky winner with a $30 gift card.
How to enter: Just leave a comment and you're all set.
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This contest is open from now until 2 June, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.
The Kroger Family of Stores includes Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralph´s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillon's, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott´s Food & Pharmacy.
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