Losing Those Last Ten Pounds

by Jennifer Donovan

Amber Scott at Capessa has a whole list of why she’s finally going to dicapessa-10.jpgg in to lose those last ten pounds. You can read them, and her more recent blogs and videos about her journey HERE.

You can also join in the conversation HERE if you are trying to shed a few pounds yourself. This section is more like a bulliten board posting, so you can just read through and join in anytime.

I can relate.

For me, it’s not really “the last ten pounds,” since I’ve always had them, but I would say I’m in that spot. I am relatively happy with my weight, since I am at a smaller size than I’ve been for almost all of my adult life (including high school), but I know that I have ten more pounds in me–or ten pounds that shouldn’t be on me. It’s the difference between “fine” and “fabulous.” It just takes a lot of willpower to get there.  I think that my secret is lots of fruits and veggies.  If I’m eating lots of vegetables, I find that it reduces my cravings for some of the “bad stuff,” but I am usually also able to splurge on something extra.

What about you–how to you focus on your health and weight in the midst of life?

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Susan March 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm

I’m definitely working on losing those “last 10 pounds” right now. I’m not at all a dieter… I never have been. I hate being hungry and I refuse to be.

One of Janice’s recent diet changes that helped her lose her baby weight is cutting out all juice and instead eating oranges. I’m trying to do that too. I already am a big water drinker, but I’m trying to really up the amount of water I drink and cut out almost all juice.

I’m also trying to start doing pilates again and some yoga. I don’t have enough time to take classes but I’m trying to do some videos that are mom and baby type of routines.


2 Amber March 26, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Hey Jennifer,
Thanks for getting the word out about the 10 Pound Challenge. I’m looking for workout partners/sympathizers in the LA area, so if anyone’s up for it… HELP!
Capessa’s Managing Editor (& Weight Loss Optimist)


3 Julia March 27, 2008 at 8:04 am

AHH thanks for the post. I am a month into an elevated exercise program and have GAINED 4 pounds, while my husband is dropping weight like its nothing… I am so happy to find others working at this…


4 Sandra Hamlett March 27, 2008 at 10:37 am

For the first time in my life I need to lose weight. It’s a triple blow, the combination of Baby#3, turning 40, and moving to out of the city that’s sent the pounds creeping on to me. Recently I was listening to NPR and heard about a website called StickK.com. You can make a contract to lose weight or reach other goals. You can choose to make your contract monetary or non-monetary giving money to a friend or enemy or to a charity or anti-charity. I signed up and made a contract to lose the weight or else send money to an organization I don’t really believe in. Boy has this worked. I’ve lost 8lbs already. I’ve also started back to exercising everyday, cut down on my portions, and stopped snacking when my kids snack.


5 Petula March 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Well, I have about 30 pounds to go before I’m satisfied and I’ve lost 19 pounds so far. I count calories, normally stick to the serving size or smaller and treat myself often with things like Skinny Cow. Eating healthy has become a way of life … now, if I could only make exercising a way of life! :-)


6 BeachMama March 27, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Technically I am getting rid of my last ten from this pregnancy. But, I do have another ten to lose from prepregnancy. And to be really, really back to my happiest I could lose another 10. So, truthfully I have 30 to go, but I am working on it one pound at a time.


7 Karen March 28, 2008 at 1:19 am

I have put on 15 pounds since this winter! I am not happy about it either! I love to bake when the weather is so cold and boy have we had a cold winter! I joined Weight Watchers Online today and I hope that is what I needed to get this weight off once and for all!


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