A Healthy Goal

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

I am challenging myself to lose weight and keep it off. I will share my goals, new gained knowledge, and meal and exercise routines for the next couple of months. I welcome your success stories.

I managed to lose 5 pounds since January 1st with small steps and doing things I already know. I eat smaller portions of healthy food. I walk every day at least 20 minutes. My dog helps me stay on track with that. I've worked out with weights at least 2 times a week. I'm not a huge fast food fan, but that is totally cut out and I cut back my alcohol intake.

Now it's time to get serious. I want to lose 10 more pounds by my birthday March 15th. That means no alcohol, healthy eating, a food journal, and a regular workout routine. Unfortunately I am sick. I've only worn down my immune system by working out while I had a cold, and now I'm really sick. Do not push yourself into working out when you're sick!

I'll take this week to put together a workout and meal plan while my body recovers. In the meantime, the new US dietary guidelines were released Monday, and they say what most doctors and health experts have told me for years when it comes to losing weight- exercise and use portion control.

The guidelines stats grabbed my attention about the weight problem in our country. It says 72 percent of men and 64 percent of women in the United States are overweight or obese, 37 percent of the population has cardiovascular disease, and 35 percent of the adult population suffers from pre-diabetes.

The Guidelines call for significant reductions in salt, added sugars, processed flour, solid fats, and saturated fats. It suggests salt intake for people 51 or older; African American; or who have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should be reduced from the regular 2,300mg to 1,500mg. 2300 mg is equal to about 1 teaspoon of salt and is the reccomended amount for people in good health.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 is much easier to navigate and understand than  previous editions, which were aimed at the medical and educational communities.
To read, print, or download the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 go to DietaryGuidelines.gov


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  • by Mike Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    Best of luck to you, April. Over the course of 12 years, I've lost over 200 pounds. It is not easy; making the right choices for food intake and the commitment to consistent exercise is tough....but not impossible. Keep us posted as to how you are doing! Also, we are doing a weight management seminar at Lifestyles Medical Fitness Center at Beaufort County Medical Center. We would love to have you join us over the 8 week seminar. Perhaps you could do a news piece for a news broadcast.
  • by Bobbi Location: grifton on Feb 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Good Luck!!! I've struggled with my weight for years. And have found that the best way to keep it off is to lose it slowly. But don't deprive yourself of something that you really want. It only causes you to binge later. If you really love fast food, pick one day a week to "treat" yourself for lunch or dinner. Believe me, it really works. I have fast food on fridays for lunch. That's the only day that I allow myself to have fast food.

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