Ten in 10: Ten Weeks to Healthy in 2010 (here are the details…)

The beginning of the year is as good a time as any to make some healthy changes in your life.  I work best on this sort of thing when I have support from others.  So I’ve decided to put together a challenge that everyone can participate in if they wish… one that will begin on Saturday, January 2nd and go on for 10 weeks (or more).  The event is called Ten in 10: Ten weeks to healthy in 2010.  Will you join me?
Ten in Ten470
Thanks to some wonderful Twitter friends who helped brainstorm logo ideas for this event @toontz @GoodLifeEats @somethingshiny and @jenschall.  The logo we decided on was from @jenschall.  Thanks Jen!!


What is this all about?
It’s about wanting to feel healthy. Everyone has a different vision of what being healthy means.  Some want to lose weight, some feel that they’re already at a comfortable weight but they would like to make a commitment to exercise, some would like to eat healthier, etc.  Everyone will have their own individual goals for this healthy challenge.

Who can participate?

If you’re a reader of my blog… plan to set your own goals, follow along with the posts, and comment if you wish with your own progress.  We can help motivate each other to do well.

If you’re on Twitter… we’re going to use the hashtag #10in10 to tweet updates.  Do a search for this hashtag if you’re looking to find others who are tweeting about the challenge.

If you have a blog… feel free to write about the challenge on your blog and encourage your readers to follow along with you.  You have permission to use the large graphic above, and here’s a badge that you can feature in your sidebar with a link to this post.


When will I post updates about this challenge?
Today is just an introduction to the event that will begin on Saturday, Jan. 2nd.  I’ll plan to write a blog post with info, personal updates, motivational stories from readers, tips for recipes/exercise etc. on Saturdays only (beginning on Sat., Jan. 2nd).  Why Saturdays only? Well, I maintain a food blog, and I don’t wish for my blog to become solely about diet and exercise.  Writing on Saturdays only will ensure that my regular readers will get the recipe posts that they’re expecting during the week and if they wish to follow along in the challenge they can visit on Saturdays too.  I’ll incorporate some healthy recipes into my blog posts, but mostly I’ll continue with the normal mix of things I usually write about.

How will we know who is participating?
I’ll be creating a page on my site that lists participants:   If you’d like to be added to the list, comment on this post with your information (you can include your name, blog url, twitter ID or whatever applies and if you have a general idea of what your goal will be w/ this challenge, let me know that too if you’d like) or email me all of that information at therecipegirl {at}gmail{dot}com.  Once we have a list going, I’ll add a link to the participant page on this post and you’re welcome to link to it too.

Why should you do this challenge with all these people?
SUPPORT!  Get-healthy challenges can be difficult to manage on your own.  With the support of your virtual friends, you’ll be encouraged to stay on track and keep motivated… let’s share our successes (and oopsies) together.  Share as much (or as little) as you want.

Why ten weeks?
@JenSchall came up with the idea of Ten in 10 via a brainstorming session on Twitter.  Everyone seemed to like the idea so we stuck with it.  When ten weeks are up, many may choose to extend the healthy challenge beyond ten weeks.  At ten weeks, we’ll “officially” congratulate those who stuck with it and plan to celebrate by sharing success stories.

What should you be doing between now and January 2nd to prepare for this challenge ? You need to decide what this challenge is going to mean for you and set specific goals that are measurable.  Write down all of your goals. If it’s in writing, you’re more likely to stick with it.  You might wish to take your measurements and/or take a “before” photograph.  Here are some things to consider…

1.  Do you want to lose weight? If so, how do you plan to do it?  Do you have a specific number in mind?  Will you follow a Weight Watcher’s plan?  South Beach?  Low carb?  Cut down on sweets?  Is there a Biggest Loser competition you can join at work or at the gym?  Or will you just commit to eating a low fat diet?  Will you weigh in once a week?  The great thing about keeping our options open is that everyone is able to go about it using their own preferred method.  Create plan that you intend to follow for ten weeks.

2.  Do you wish to incorporate exercise into your life? Maybe you’re not concerned about weight, but you’d like to lose inches… or gain muscle.  Decide what you’d like to do.  Do you belong to a gym?  Will you be committing to attending classes?  Will you work on the machines?  Will you lift weights?  Will you walk in your neighborhood?  Will you do the Couch to 5K program?  How many days a week will you exercise and for how long?  The best thing to do is create a plan that will work for you- one that you’ll be able to manage with your busy schedule. Make an exercise calendar.  Keep track weekly what you’ve done to exercise.  Add up totals weekly, and you’ll motivated when you see your endurance and passion for exercise increase as the weeks go by.

3.  Do you need to banish comfort food from your life and eat more healthfully? How will you do it?  Will you be on a diet plan where meals are laid out for you?  Will you be eating more whole grains?  Will you be cutting out/cutting down on sweets?  Will you vow to cut out alcohol or soda?  Will you allow yourself an indulgent day once or twice a week?  Will you make a commitment to eat more vegetables and fruits?  Or do you just wish to create a healthy balance between baking – salads- wine- carbs, etc?  Decide on a realistic plan of what is going to work for you- what you think you can stick with for the whole ten weeks.

4.  What else do you want to do to get a healthy start to the New Year? Do you need to stop smoking?  Get more sleep?  Drink more water?  Gain weight?  Eat a more balanced diet?  Cut out artificial sweeteners?  Give up beer?  Eliminate nighttime snacking?

5.  Consider getting your family involved in the challenge too! Each family member can set their own goals for getting healthy in the New Year.  It can be a great lesson for your kids to learn about what it means to make healthy food choices and live an active life.

6.  What’s your motivation? Do you have a special event coming up soon… a wedding, a class reunion, a family re-union, a trip?  Do you have health issues that can be alleviated by living a healthier life?  Do you want to have more energy to play with your kids or your grandkids?  Do you want to fit into the clothes in the back of your closet?  Are you more likely to don a bathing suit next summer if you’re more fit?  Or do you just feel like you’ve been overindulging and you want to feel better about yourself?

7.  Set up a reward for yourself at the end of your challenge: Maybe you’d like to go shopping?  Maybe you’d like to buy something you’ve been wanting for a long time?  Maybe you’d like to donate $/per pound that you’ve lost to your local food bank?

You may find that the changes you decide to make will end up becoming lifestyle changes- creating a healthy, new you!

Some have suggested www.SparkPeople.com as a way to keep track of your progress.  I have set up a Spark Group for us here if you’d like to join in.  Use this url to add yourself to the team (it’s free).
I’m still learning about this website, but you can use it to track fitness, food, etc.    We might as well join and give it a shot (but that’s up to you, of course).

So that’s the plan!  Please let me know if you’d like to participate- all are welcome- join in at the beginning or any time throughout the 10 weeks.  I’m happy to listen to suggestions for other things to incorporate into our event.  If you have things to share, websites to refer us to, expertise in this area… by all means comment below or email me.  Although I’ve been on nearly every diet plan known to mankind at one time or another, I’m definitely not an expert…. just a girl who loves recipes & food who is always trying to find a healthy balance :)

Final note: If you wish to be included in the list of participants, please email the following information to therecipegirl {at} gmail {dot} com w/ the subject heading “Ten in 10″: geographic location, name, blog url, twitter ID or whatever applies & if you have a general idea of what your goal will be w/ this challenge that would be good too.

*Here is the link to who is participating in the challenge.

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132 Responses to “Ten in 10: Ten Weeks to Healthy in 2010 (here are the details…)”

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    Sarah, MaisonCupcake — December 12, 2009 @ 1:33 AM

    I am so on board for this. My goal is to lose a stone in 10 weeks. There. I’ve said it now so it must be real.

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    homedotmade — December 12, 2009 @ 4:19 AM

    My goal is to make healthy meal planning a priority (and a reality!) as well as incorporating yoga and stretching into my weekly routine.

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    Donalyn — December 12, 2009 @ 5:34 AM

    I’m in – I was already planning to do a kind of “New Years Resolution” month of recipes in January, so this will fit right in with that. My goals are to get back to healthier habits – eating with more restraint through most of the week and getting daily exercise. Looking forward to it!

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    Brooke — December 12, 2009 @ 6:06 AM

    I LOVE it! I have a P90X program calling my name…

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    Mary Ann — December 12, 2009 @ 6:57 AM

    I want to participate, but I need to think about the goals I want to set.
    Great idea!

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    maria — December 12, 2009 @ 7:10 AM

    Count me in! This is going to be FUN! Thanks for organizing Lori!

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    ThatsSoYummy — December 12, 2009 @ 7:15 AM

    I love it and cant wait to join and participate. Will brainstorm for some great recipes to share! :-)


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    myprettypennies — December 12, 2009 @ 8:16 AM

    I definitely want to join! My goals will probably include a number of gym visits and eating healthy. Thanks so much for organizing this!

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    Lauren — December 12, 2009 @ 8:47 AM

    I love this! I decided a little while ago that I need to start becoming more active again. I’ve been sick on and off for almost 3 years, and have a handful of health issues, so this looks like the perfect way to stay motivated!

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    Rebecca — December 12, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

    I’m in. Thinking about my goals… This might even motivate me to start a blog!

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    sarah — December 12, 2009 @ 9:10 AM

    Count me in. I need a kick in the but & some support to keep me going.

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    Heather in SF — December 12, 2009 @ 9:27 AM

    I am IN! Will plan my goals this week and email you. After the H1N1 flu knocked me down for October and most of November I am so ready to be healthy!

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    Lazzy — December 12, 2009 @ 12:20 PM

    Count me in! I always need to kick the sugar addiction after the holidays.

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    Diane — December 12, 2009 @ 12:48 PM

    Hi I am glad I found you I would love to be part of the challenge. I really dont need to lose any weight but to eat a bit healthier and get a little more active.
    My twitter name is 1ofthose2girls
    Look forward to your posts.

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    VeggieGirl — December 12, 2009 @ 5:04 PM

    Actually, I need to GAIN at least 10 pounds… may I still participate even though my health goals are different?

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    Sweet Potato — December 13, 2009 @ 4:37 AM

    Great idea!! I’m definitely on board. I’m working on my goals right now!

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    Lori Lange — December 13, 2009 @ 6:01 AM

    VeggieGirl- YES, definitely. There are people who have expressed interest in joining in the challenge who have a need to “gain” weight. We’ll all have different goals for getting to “healthy!”

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    Anne — December 13, 2009 @ 8:21 AM

    Count me in! I’m starting this week though with the couch to 5K plan. I have been looking for an exercise plan I can do consistently and this looks like a great new beginning.

    Thank you!

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    Patty — December 13, 2009 @ 9:29 AM

    I am in! General goal ..better health.

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    BethieofVA — December 13, 2009 @ 3:15 PM

    I want to do this. I need to change my eating habits drastically. I am going to give this a go with you guys.

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    vwc — December 13, 2009 @ 3:23 PM

    Good idea! I want to get back to practicing yoga at least 2 days per week and calm down a bit:)

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    Teresa — December 13, 2009 @ 4:08 PM

    What a great idea! :-) Perfect timing too. ;-) I’m definitely in. And I just wanted to say Sparkpeople.com is an awesome site. I lost 20 pounds there a couple of years ago. Lots of great people there.

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    Joy — December 13, 2009 @ 10:17 PM

    Count me in! I want to be fit and lean, and get running my first 5k. I’ve never been a runner and have been told I couldn’t run…so I’m here to challenge myself. I already started doing the Couch to 5K with Maris and Denise, but I want to be accountable when it comes to food as well. It would be great to have more buddies-in-health online. =)

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    Leelee — December 14, 2009 @ 5:20 AM

    So Excited!! I need to lose ten and get ready for a half-marathon in March (Disney Princess)…need “good enablers”…..

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    Yvonne — December 14, 2009 @ 10:29 AM

    I’m in! I want to eat healthy and will do my best to lose at least 10 pounds in 10 weeks

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    Chez Us — December 14, 2009 @ 2:00 PM

    Count us in, we were actually just talking about this over the weekend. Need to drop about twenty! We will write out our goals and blog about it w/you! Thanks for getting this going!!

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    misty — December 14, 2009 @ 2:10 PM

    I am absolutely on board! this is fantastic!

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    LJ — December 14, 2009 @ 2:13 PM

    Love it! I’m thinking of how to best incorporate into my blog…

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    Lora — December 14, 2009 @ 3:21 PM

    I’m on board! I want to get healthy and fit in’10!

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    Chrissy Harris — December 14, 2009 @ 3:33 PM

    I’m in – please ADD ME!

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    Margaret — December 14, 2009 @ 4:19 PM

    I’m in.

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    Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar — December 14, 2009 @ 4:23 PM

    Count me in! I’ll be getting back on the beach. The South Beach Diet, that is.

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    Sonja @ ActiveFoodie — December 14, 2009 @ 10:12 PM

    I am in!! Great idea Lori!

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    Mandy — December 14, 2009 @ 10:39 PM

    Count me in! I’ll work on specific goals for the 10 weeks. Can’t wait!

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    Jen Schall — December 15, 2009 @ 9:07 AM

    Just occurred to me that I don’t think I ever left a comment to let you know that I’m in! I guess you probably figured that out, though. :) I’m still contemplating my specific goals, but will definitely be working on a regular exercise schedule and making healthier meals. May even add a “blog goal” to start including nutrition info more regularly on the blog… we’ll see!

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    Tracy and Dustin — December 15, 2009 @ 9:25 AM

    Sent in our email to sign up! We’ll be working on setting up some concrete goals over the next few days!

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    Gera @ SweetsFoods — December 15, 2009 @ 10:19 AM

    Lori you know that my blog isn’t exclusivity of food is about healthy eating and fitness. I don’t have a challenge in food or weight, I’m ok!
    May be, in fitness increasing moreover my training, is it enough? I see that the point is lower..to begin do some workout ;-)

    Perhaps a regular healthy post of mine, can I link it to the Ten in 10? I think so.-
    Will you open the trackbacks for the challenge?

    Healthy Cheers,


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    Sarah Jayne — December 15, 2009 @ 10:45 AM

    I am in! Down 10 lbs in 10 weeks is my goal- exercising 5x/week and cutting out the weekend indulgences !

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    Nickie Dee — December 15, 2009 @ 11:57 AM

    I’d love to lose some inches and get my mid-section toned! If anyone hears about any fun exercises please let me know. I get bored of exercise quickly, lol

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    Yvonne — December 15, 2009 @ 1:31 PM

    I’m in!

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    jennywenny — December 15, 2009 @ 6:10 PM

    Hi there, I’m @jennywennycakes on twitter and I’m in. I’m desperately needing to lose a few pounds, plus I’m training with a bike team for a century bike ride, so it should all fit together nicely. I’m looking forward to it! Thanks for organizing!

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    Pattie — December 15, 2009 @ 9:36 PM

    I want to lose my last 10 pounds by eating more healthy. Need to stop eating those sweets for breakfast! I already exercise regularly.

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    Elizabeth — December 16, 2009 @ 10:14 AM

    I’m in! For me, I’m cutting the insane amount of sugar I eat – that’s goal 1. Goal 2 will be to get ready for 5K again as I actually found I miss not running.

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    Kim Ippolti — December 16, 2009 @ 10:17 AM

    Count me in!

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    Stephanie — December 17, 2009 @ 11:56 AM

    OK…I’m in! I am committing to cutting out refined sugar for 10 weeks (I need to detox after this holiday season!) and exercising at least 3 times/week.

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    Michelle @ Taste As You Go — December 17, 2009 @ 4:12 PM

    Count me in, too! My main goal will be to gain weight in a healthy manner. Thanks for organizing this!

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    Angie — December 18, 2009 @ 9:19 AM

    Count me in!

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    kimz — December 18, 2009 @ 12:15 PM

    I’m in! I have three weddings in May and June 2010, so I need to get started! I even created a new Twitter ID devoted to this particular challenge. Looking to add more friends to this twitter to help with the motivation!

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    Teresa Stanfill — December 18, 2009 @ 12:52 PM

    anursehere on twitter
    i want to join

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    Amanda — December 19, 2009 @ 7:29 AM

    I have Type 2 Diabetes, but I am right at what they used to call Adult Onset Diabetes, meaning I teeter on the brink of having it and not having it. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good, because it gave me a wake up call and reminded me to be healthier. It’s bad because I often feel like I am not that bad and don’t need to worry about it, when I really know that I do! My goal is to incorporate at least one walk around my neighborhood everyday. I work like crazy, so I often use that as an excuse, so I really want to try and get out of that rut. If I lose some weight in the process, great, if not, that’s fine too. I also want to focus on getting more veggies in my diet.

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    Christine@Cookie Goodness — December 19, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

    Count me in! I love the 10in10!

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    Brenda Vazquez — December 19, 2009 @ 11:36 AM

    Hey this sounds like the perfect motivator. It’s not a diet or commitment. I personally want to get fit. I have a three month baby and I love my weight but I don’t like love handles or my belly pooch. Count me in I love it!

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    Brenda Vazquez — December 19, 2009 @ 11:41 AM

    Sorry I forgot to add my Twitter ID @BrendaVazquez

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    andrea — December 20, 2009 @ 11:13 AM

    10 in 10 – love it. Great spin on resolution time. I want to incorporate exercise back into my daily routine and tone up this mommy-bod of mine :-)

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    Virginia — December 21, 2009 @ 10:13 AM

    Yes, I am in. I want to exercise more regularly. We eat quite healthy – but the exercise part always stumps me!

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    Kat — December 22, 2009 @ 6:38 AM

    I really NEEEEEED to start a regular (even semi-regular) exercise regimen! I’m glad all these “accountabili-buddies” will be in the same place! Thanks for setting up the campaign!

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    Renee H — December 22, 2009 @ 6:50 AM

    I’m in! My goal is to do 4 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training per week! I started this week, so hopefully I will be able to make a habit of it by 1/2!

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    Emmy — December 22, 2009 @ 6:55 AM

    I love this idea… need to eat better, exercise more, and I think 20 pounds

    my Twitter ID is @emmylyn

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    Rhonda Bruno — December 23, 2009 @ 7:15 PM

    Count me in and keep in touch. I can use any encouragement I can get!

    My Twitter I’d is @rlb_mo
    Goals: lose weight, cut down on comfort food & add fruits/veg,
    drink water, exercise

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    Kristen M. — December 24, 2009 @ 12:14 PM

    Please count me in.

    Twitter: @mclanek
    Goals: Continue running twice a week and add strength training;
    Sign up for a 5k, & 10k with my running partner; lose 10lbs; try something new to stretch my mind (a new craft, new food, etc)

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    Louanne — December 26, 2009 @ 4:48 AM

    This is a great idea! In the past year I’ve lost 56 lbs, so I want to continue my weight loss success and increase my daily exercise.

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    Donna — December 26, 2009 @ 8:01 PM

    I think this is a great idea! I’m so ready for the New Year to begin.

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    Chrissy — December 26, 2009 @ 8:56 PM

    I just joined on sparkpeople. I want to get healthy. I want to be a better example for my children by exercising everyday. :)

    Twitter @dasluv

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    Anne — December 27, 2009 @ 5:41 AM

    Thank you for this great idea. My husband and I both hope to lose an average of 2 lbs a week during your ten in 10 challenge. Will do this by following the G.I. Diet and going outside plus yoga and workouts. Will blog also blog about it.

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    Marla — December 27, 2009 @ 11:25 AM

    I saw you guys tweeting about this a while back and I think it is genius!! It is true, when we work as a team we often see more results. I will think about what I want to work on…..there are so many things!

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    Adam — December 27, 2009 @ 2:21 PM

    Awesome idea Lori. I’m so with you on writing down your goals, and gathering support from those around you. Back when I was dieting for a bodybuilding competition, it was SO much easier with my friends helping me.

    I may join up with some goals of my own, but I’m open to help point anyone in direction with weight loss (I’m pretty good at it, if I may say so)

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    sara — December 28, 2009 @ 10:17 AM

    I’m in!

    Me: Sara
    My blog: http://cupcakemuffin.blogspot.com
    My twitter: cupcake_muffin
    My goals:

    I’m going to restart the Couch to 5k program, which I tried about a year and a half ago but only made it halfway through. My mom is a big runner, so I will be running with her for the first couple of weeks while I’m visiting my parents. Overall, my fitness goal is to do 30 minutes of exercise per day (probably jogging 3x per week and exercise videos, strength training, or swimming on other days).

    I also have a goal to increase fruits and vegetables in my diet. I’m pretty erratic with this, particularly when I’m at school, even though I love fruits and veggies and know they’re important. My goal is to be more conscious, shop smarter, and aim for 5 per day.

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    pamela — December 28, 2009 @ 5:55 PM

    I’m finally going to stop procrastinating and join this challenge you’ve started! I think it’s a terrific idea.

    My blog: http://cookieswithboys.blogspot.com/

    Twitter: cookieswithboys

    My goals right now are to get moving and to get healthier. I’m going to be 42 soon and I would like to shed some weight to feel more confident in myself and in my health. I want to be a healthy and energetic mom for my two young boys.

    Definitely going to be keeping a food journal, as I find that really helps me. And I think I’m going to have cut way back on my baking…cookies are a weakness.

    Thanks so much!

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    Chloe (P.L.W) — December 29, 2009 @ 3:53 AM

    This is a great challenge – kudos for putting it all together.

    My blog: http://www.projectlivewell.com/ [Project Live Well] – I’m new to blogging but looking forward to joining the community ;o)

    Goals: to lose 10 pounds, complete a 5k race at the start of March, exercise 4 times weekly.

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    Chloe (P.L.W) — December 29, 2009 @ 3:56 AM

    Sorry – forgot my twitter address:


    And I am in the UK

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    glutenfreeforgood — December 29, 2009 @ 7:00 AM


    Great idea! I’m going to be focusing on health-related issues on my blog as well. I’m a nutritionist/exercise physiologist and have been eating way too many sweets and treats this holiday season. Ugh! Time to get back on the clean eating bandwagon. I’ll connect with you and tweet about your event when I post something new.

    Peace, love and lots of healthy changes in 2010!

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    Kristen — December 29, 2009 @ 8:58 AM

    I’m in – my plan is to menu plan for 10 weeks (which results in a healthier us because we don’t eat out) and to lose 8 pounds :) Bye Bye baby weight.

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    Kate — December 29, 2009 @ 10:45 AM

    I am definitely in!
    My husband and I just got married and most definitely put on the requisite 20 lbs of being in love and eating long indulgent meals and giving up exercise time for couch and cuddling time!
    Our goal is to work out at least 20-30 minutes a day of cardio (we do own a treadmill collecting dust!), to take our dogs out for more long walks, and to eat more mindfully instead of in front of the TV!
    Thanks for the inspiration

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    CookiePie — December 29, 2009 @ 11:02 AM

    I’m in!

    Even though I have a baking blog, I really need to cut back on the amount of sugar I’ve been eating. I did a 5-day detox a few weeks ago and it was great, but I need a real program to get me back on track so I can stick with it! Not ban sugar all the time, just limit it to a healthy amount – a small treat once a week, occasionally twice. This is the perfect opportunity! Looking forward to being part of this great community and hearing about everyone’s progress!

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    Sallie Sullivan — December 30, 2009 @ 6:03 AM

    We’re kicking off a fitness blog Jan. 1st so this would be perfect! We’d love to be included.

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    Shannon RF — December 30, 2009 @ 11:09 AM

    I am in. I need to do something. And more importantly I need support to do this.

    Thank you

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    Betty — December 30, 2009 @ 6:33 PM

    Im in.

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    CG the Foodie — December 30, 2009 @ 11:04 PM

    I just sent you an email. I am totally in. My 29th birthday is March 13. The end of the 10 in 10 challenge!

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    Genie — December 31, 2009 @ 3:51 PM

    I’m in. My goals:
    1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Every. Single. Day.
    2. Get in bed by 10 p.m. one night per week. If I’m not ready to go to sleep, I can read, but that’s it. No computer, no TV, no radio. Sleep or read.

    If I can just do those two things, I bet the rest of the goals are going to fall into place that much more easily…

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    Emily — January 1, 2010 @ 8:49 AM

    I almost forgot to join!

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emielli
    Website: The Southern Belle Blogs http://thesouthernbellecooks.com

    Goal: Loose 10 pounds, be able to run a 5k and get healthy for my move to Japan.

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    lettergirl — January 1, 2010 @ 9:16 AM

    I’m in — I’ll be blogging about this on Mondays. =)

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    Kitchen Butterfly — January 1, 2010 @ 2:40 PM

    Kitchnbutterfly is my twitter name. Will walk at least 3 days a week, cook a vegetarian meal once a week and soup as well….
    I live in the Netherlands! Cheers, Oz

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    Kelly — January 1, 2010 @ 6:37 PM

    Lose weight by walking 3X week, and take a break from the wine collection :(. Here’s to a great idea!

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    JennBee — January 1, 2010 @ 7:52 PM

    I am in!! My goals are to eat more healthfully and to incorporate more exercise into my day besides walking my dog. I just got the Wii Biggest Loser game for my birthday. It will be tough having to listen to Bob Harper tell me what to do but I’m willing to give it a try!

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    modernest — January 1, 2010 @ 8:22 PM

    i am launching my website this month and so want to have a community to help me focus my efforts to live a healthier life. i don’t eat meat (only fish on the rare occasion), but my weakness is carbs – i’m hoping that i can cease/greatly decrease this and start going outside more…i am on the computer all day most days…i look forward to meeting this challenge with all of you!
    my twitter is “modernest”.

    good luck and happy 2010 to all!

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    ParkRidgeDDS — January 2, 2010 @ 7:09 AM

    I am SOOO impressed with the effort that you have put into this GREAT idea. There’s nothing like support and group mentality to help committments like creating a healthier lifestyle come true. THANK YOU. And…..COUNT ME IN. I plan on actually DOING the yoga that I love so well but have ignored lately AND walking daily with my walking buddies (husband and 2 goldens) AND portion control spread out in 3-4 smaller meals a day (no skipping meals anymore – I promise) OK. Now I made it real. Bring it on 10 in 10!!! I’m psyched.

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    Suziwong66 — January 2, 2010 @ 7:38 AM

    I’m in!
    My goals are to reduce my energy (calorie/kilojoule) intake because i’m interested in the research about a reduced energy diet which is nutrition dense & energy low. I’m also going to get moving again; even if it’s only 30 mins on the treadmill!
    My twitter id is @suziwong66 and i’ll write a weekly update on my blog about how i manage my cravings and progress.

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    Karen Zemek — January 2, 2010 @ 9:05 AM

    I will participate, it might help to join with others for support. I do most of these already but I know I should drink more water and also work up to working out at least 3 times a week. Really like the Twitter group idea. My twitter ID is kzemek.

    I’ll mention this in my Friday “Things I Learned This Week” post at http://www.zemeks.blogspot.com with a link back here.

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    Patrice — January 2, 2010 @ 12:15 PM

    I’d love to be included as well…shooting over an email now…

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    Tammy — January 2, 2010 @ 3:48 PM

    Just sent you an email…so excited to start this 10 week journey.

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    doodles — January 2, 2010 @ 7:30 PM

    I am so ready for this and all the motivation y’all can muster. I do enjoy your food blog but am looking for a healthier me……………emailing now.

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    Gwen — January 3, 2010 @ 7:36 AM

    What a great idea! I need to shut off the computer more and get moving, loose a few pounds and firm up. More importantly, for health reasons, my husband has to loose a total of 40 pounds, but the realistic goal is 15 pounds by April 1. Since I do the cooking, we will both be changing our diet and I will be cooking very different foods going forward. I look forward to the support!

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    Lys — January 3, 2010 @ 11:50 AM

    I’m shooting you an email now but I’m definitely planning on joining #10in10! Thank you so much!

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    pamm kesselring — January 3, 2010 @ 12:20 PM

    Please count me in. I would really LOVE to loose 15 pounds.

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    Leslie — January 3, 2010 @ 12:42 PM

    I’m with you (if a bit late in telling you so!)

    I Tweet as @ldmd
    My blog is http://lethallydelicious.blogspot.com/

    My goals are to cut waaay back on sweets and unplanned eating, increase the amount of cardio and strength training I am doing (from practically nonexistent to 5x a week) and to keep a food and exercise journal to document the journey.

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    Lindsay — January 3, 2010 @ 2:28 PM

    Eat healthier & work out 3-5 times a week.

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    Beryl — January 3, 2010 @ 4:16 PM

    Sign me up! Goals include:
    Complete 7 day detox cutting out sugar, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and wheat then continue healthy eating after that.
    Eat vegan one day a week.
    Exercise 6 days a week.
    Experiment with vegan & gluten free baking

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    Tiffany — January 3, 2010 @ 4:24 PM

    Sign me up! I’ve been looking for motivation and this sounds like it!

    My goals are:
    Exercise 5-6 days a week.
    Cut out sweets.
    Eliminate night time eating.
    Monthly dinner menu’s so no eating out.
    Drink more water!


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    Meagan with an A — January 3, 2010 @ 7:18 PM

    Please count me in! I’ll be posting my goals on my blog and my twitter is MERgetsMRSed.

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    Gigi — January 3, 2010 @ 7:59 PM

    Turning 50 in June!
    Exercise 3 x a week (at the gym) for 30 min.
    No food after 8 p.m.
    Drink 64 oz of water daily.
    Minimal white bread/pasta.
    Minimal sugar.
    Gave up soda years ago (regular and diet)!
    Healthy smaller meals at work.

    My twitter ID is dizzlepop.

    THANK YOU for this! I hope we share good recipes… :)


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    Bobbi — January 3, 2010 @ 9:16 PM

    I would love to join this. I’ll write a post tomorrow about it on my site. Thanks for the opportunity. I need to map out my goals now!

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    Caroline — January 3, 2010 @ 9:22 PM

    So glad I found this – such a great challenge!

    My healthy food goals are:
    > eat fish 3x a month
    > cook balanced meals that include a veggie more regularly

    Still figuring the rest of it out, but at least I hope to come out with some great 1-serving meals to share!

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    katie — January 4, 2010 @ 6:33 AM

    twitter id: finzup

    Great idea! I am getting back on the diet.. I have lost 45 pounds and have 55 more to go!
    In 10 weeks I would like to have lost 20 more pounds (2 pounds per week). My goal is to exercise (cardio) 3x per week at the gym as well as doing strength training.

    I have made these changes in my lifestyle that I want to continue:
    I don’t drink soda, or anything with high fructose corn syrup.
    I stay away from sugary foods.
    I don’t eat trans fats
    I don’t eat white flour.

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    Divina — January 4, 2010 @ 7:15 AM

    Can i still join?

    Upgrade exercise routine for me.
    I still have some leftovers such as smoked ham and hamburgers. But will make a healthier meal out of that.
    Eat more vegetables and fruits.
    Menu will focus more on real and whole foods.
    Drink more water.
    Do some stretching and body conditioning
    Remember to take a break and do some slow deep breathing.
    These are just some of the few things I want to do.

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    Tigli — January 4, 2010 @ 11:18 AM

    Hello! I would like to join the challenge! I have already registered with the group on SparkPeople. Can’t wait to get started! My goals are to lose weight and build muscle tone, and I intend to reach these goals by eating less, eating healthier and starting to exercise (I do absolutely NO excercise now…yikes!). I would like to lose 20 pounds… that would put me at a VERY healthy weight, and I would weigh what I did when I graduated high school! :) I’m not expecting to lose all 20 withing the 10 week challenge, but I’d like to get a good head start!

    Thanks for inspifing me to get off my butt.

    PS – I was referred to this site from My Baking Addicition.

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    Darlene — January 4, 2010 @ 11:51 AM

    I would love to participate!! Please add me to the list!

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    Jess — January 5, 2010 @ 7:40 AM

    Count me in! I’m getting married in October 2010 and want to be in the best shape that I can! Ten in 2010 will be a great jump start to a healthy lifestyle. I began the challenge yesterday by eating whole, non-processed foods and went to the gym. I will create a blog post of my goals soon. I haven’t blogged in a while so trying new and healthy recipes will give me some needed motivation!

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    Gina — January 5, 2010 @ 8:00 AM

    Count me in! I am tracking my food intake, cutting out the junk! Eating more vegetables too!
    My other goal is to save money! Using coupons, shopping better, bringing lunch to work, cook to what is on sale!

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    Mei — January 5, 2010 @ 8:38 AM

    I’d definitely like to participate. I am already on a weight-loss program, that is due to end (paid portion) on February 9. However, I’d like to renew my commitment to the program, to myself and to my diabetes to continue to lose weight and also to find ways to lower my blood sugar.

    Thanks for coming up with this great idea!

    PS: I was referred to this site by the blogher post: What Are Your 2010 Food Resolutions? by theinadvertentgardener

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    Banu B Bingor — January 5, 2010 @ 9:42 AM

    Hello :)

    I’ve just read about this challenge on Jenn’s (aka the Leftover Queen)blog, and came here to read about the details.

    I would love to participate. Though my primary goal is to have daily excercise. Simple: walking daily… and maybe some more to have stronger muscles.

    I’m already trying to keep a healthy nourishing program. More Mediterranean (from where I am) and less bad fats! But the area I live now is not suitable for walking as an excercise. (The very center of Istanbul! All high towers w/out parks or coast!)

    Fortunatelly I’ll move back to my hometown of Istanbul (to Bostanci) where there is a very long coast (more than 25 km.s!) to walk as I like in two or three months.

    So when the move is finished I may start my own 10 week challange myself :)

    Till that time I’ll keep an eye on here :)

    Thanks & Cheers from Istanbul!

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    Barbara — January 5, 2010 @ 10:16 AM

    Oops! Forgot to mention I’m from Florida!

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    Diana@Spain in Iowa — January 5, 2010 @ 1:44 PM

    I’m so in! What a great idea!

    Diana Bauman
    A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa
    From Iowa

    Goals, Get back into an exercise routine and lose 8-10 lbs. A goal for this coming year is to finally give up my occasional McDonald’s happy meal!

    Thanks so much,


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    Beth — January 6, 2010 @ 6:40 AM

    I’ve been seeing this all over Twitter. I’m a little late to the game (it’s Jan. 6), but I am definitely on board! I’m from Chicago and see a few of my blog buddies on here already – yay!

    My twitter – bethylou10

    My goals:

    1. Track Weight Watchers Points everyday
    2. Exercise at least 3 times per week
    3. Practice yoga at least 1 time per week
    4. Lose 12 pounds

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    Sarah Flamion — January 6, 2010 @ 9:36 AM

    I am late, but am so in for this idea. I have two goals: complete the CoolRunning Couch Potato to 5K training, and be able to do a chaturanga (yoga pose) without falling on my face. Had a baby 5 months ago, so I’m still working on getting back into real-cardio shape.

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    Callie — January 6, 2010 @ 3:53 PM

    I am in. Just had a baby and need to get in swimsuit shape!

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    deeba — January 7, 2010 @ 9:59 AM

    Hi Lori. Thanks for taking me on. Have just blogged about it. Cheers, Deeba

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    Simone (junglefrog) — January 7, 2010 @ 10:49 AM

    What a fantastic idea!! I am a little late in joining but join I will! It’s totally inline with my newyears resolution of being more healthy, losing weight and getting fit!

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    Dani H — January 7, 2010 @ 3:28 PM

    We “met” on Twitter the other day {ddh77} – a group of my Twitter friends and I have committed to getting healthy in 2010. We are trying to maintain a minimum of two-to-one protein/carb ratio and exercising more. Some are doing yoga, some exercise equipment, some walk/running. We are hoping to meet up in New York City next fall, so we all have good motivation. For myself, I feel it is more of the mindset to improve my lifestyle overall, rather than “go on a diet.” I will be following your Ten in 2010, too. I need all of the inspiration, tips and suggestions that I can get. Thanks for putting together this challenge. Good luck to us all! :D

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    sheba — January 7, 2010 @ 10:23 PM

    What a truly inspiring idea….great way to start and have a healthy year….Oh yes i want to be a part of this….My goa is to be healthy and lose weight atleast in time for our annual holidays in March.
    My Goals are.
    Exercise 5 days a week
    Eat right
    Cut down on fatty foods

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    Veronica Miller — January 10, 2010 @ 8:03 PM

    OK, I’m in! I’m already a sparkpeople member, so I’ll be joining the group there as well. My goal is to lose weight (at least 10 lb. by the end of the challenge) by eating & living right (good food & excercise). My motivation is my upcoming 30th birthday and 10th wedding anniversary. Not to mention my high cholesterol!

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    Abigail Blake — January 11, 2010 @ 1:28 PM

    I’m down in the British Virgin Islands and I’m in. My goals are to exercise regularly, drink less wine and lose 20 pounds in preparation for quitting smoking. Can’t believe I said that in public.

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    Preeti — January 12, 2010 @ 8:58 AM

    Is it too late for me to join?

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    Allie — January 12, 2010 @ 4:02 PM

    Okay, so I’m a week late but I’m in. My goals are to lose weight and get to the gym at least 4 days a week.

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    Melissa C — January 13, 2010 @ 5:47 AM

    Please include me in this challenge. Lose 10-15 pounds by the end of the challenge and inspire my husband to do the same. Motivation: several trips including to Vegas and a cruise as well as running a half marathon in May.

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    Renee — January 16, 2010 @ 11:00 AM

    Goals: To eat healthier,exercise more often

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    Sue — January 16, 2010 @ 11:30 AM

    I just found your site but would love to participate. I will try for 8 in 10 :) I am Weight Watcher Lifetime but am currently about 10 lbs above goal weight. I signed up for a 3 month online subscription last weekend to get back to goal. I already attend a workout studio that I go to 3x a week doing spinning & weight training. I have lost about 10 inches in the past year but have stalled a bit. I have all of the info on the C25k & did W1D1 & D2 & that was it in the summer so I want to recommit to that & prepare to run the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

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    Megan — January 23, 2010 @ 10:35 AM

    My goal for this challenge is to add more weight training. I do Jillian Michaels workout dvds, Turbo Jam dvds-and other at home videos. No money for they gym so I am also canceling out comfort foods. For Lent last year I gave up chips, chocolate and soda…I have successfully kept it all out of my eating plan. My goal is to eat less at dinner, and no desserts. Thanks for the challenge.

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    Cindy — January 23, 2010 @ 6:50 PM

    So glad I found this. I am looking for a healthier lifestyle after celebrating a little too much after the holidays. I am interested in seeing how other people approach that. Thanks for inspiring me!

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    Simone (junglefrog) — January 26, 2010 @ 10:40 AM

    I just wrote my first blogpost about this. My goal is to eat more healthy, exercise more and loose 20 kilo!

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    Amy — February 3, 2010 @ 6:30 PM

    Love this! Best way to make healthy lifestyle habits. My goal is to become more conscious of what I’m eating, become more active, and try shed 10 lbs :)

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    Liz — February 13, 2010 @ 7:10 AM

    I hope it’s not to late to join but I’ve been doing this already for 5 weeks. One of my goals is to lose weight and I’ve already lost 20 lbs! Yay! My other goals are: Learn yoga, start running again, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. I already feel so much better so I’m inspired to make the changes I’ve made permanent. This is a great idea!

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    Bill — November 20, 2011 @ 1:39 PM

    It’s great that these things exist because it helps people stay motivated when it comes to taking care of their health.