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Slow and Steady Wins the (Weight Loss) Race


Do you remember the story about the tortoise and the hare? The hare took off quickly and seemed sure to win the race, but the tortoise kept moving steadily toward the finish line and was able to cross it first. Why am I reminding you of this old story? Because the most important thing I’ve learned this year is that slow and steady is the best strategy. To reach your weight-loss goals, you need to switch from the hare's mind-set to that of the tortoise. Do you start diets determined to completely avoid temptation and work out seven days a week, only to fall off the wagon and give up hope? Such an approach can be very appealing for the first few days, but when you skip a workout or give in to temptation (something we all do), you’re more likely to throw in the towel. I know because I used to do exactly this. Now I’ve made a lifestyle change with my eating and work out for my overall health, not just a number on the scale. The results haven’t come as fast, but they’ve been more meaningful because I know they’re going to stay around for a long time. 

Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!

Who’s helping Stacy?
Life coach Michelle Hastie, nutritionist Ruth Frechman, R.D., and personal trainer Whitney Cole.


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