Spring Shape-Up!

So, with just under 24 hours to go, 25 people have signed up for the Spring Shape-Up!

You’re a varied bunch; some want to run their first marathon (myself included), and some of you just want to run your first mile.

Some of you have more than 100 pounds to lose; some of you are happy at your current weight and just want to challenge yourself to stay healthy.

What you all have in common is motivation to better your mind and body through nutritious eating, exercise and healthy thinking.

A few notes:

I am not a certified health professional. (And I don’t play one on TV or on this blog.) For medical or psychological counseling, please consult a doctor or mental health professional.

I am, however, a girl who lost more than 40 pounds in less than a year through good ole’-fashioned diet and exercise. On that journey, I learned quite a bit about fitness and nutrition from my trainer, a nutritionist I consulted, and lots of research I’ve done on my own.

Two pounds a week is generally what’s considered a healthy amount to lose per week. It’s possible to lose 3, but any more than that is not necessarily safe (and may not be sustainable.) That said, you’ll probably lose more than that your first week and maybe your second week. As you switch to eating healthier, you will probably be eating less salt and your body will get rid of a lot of water weight. (Keep drinking lots of water to flush it out!)

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t believe everything you read in magazines; use that information as a basis for your own research. (Do believe these tips, though ;)) Any plan that has you eating less than 3 regular meals in a day is not healthy.

If you are trying to lose more than 100 pounds, you are more than welcome to do the challenge; I’d also suggest you consult with a doctor.

With all that said (and let me know if you have more questions), I’m excited for the challenge to begin! Your e-mails and questions have given me lots of great ideas for posts in the upcoming weeks on tips for staying on track. You can still join by e-mailing me at losingweightinthecity at gmail dot com by midnight tonight – January 20.

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