New Year, New Goal: I’m in the New York Post Dieters Challenge

Hey everybody! First, let me start by wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year!! We’re at that bright spot in the beginning of the year when everyone is at their most motivated. This is the time when everyone is eating healthy, the gym is packed, and everyone is getting their weight loss and fitness on. By the end of the month or mid-February, more than half those people are gone. Sad but true story. But we’re not going to be one of those people, are we? NOPE!

And with that I bring you some news about my journey…I had know about this for a while but I didn’t want to mention it until it was fully confirmed. I and 5 others have been chose to take part in a Diet Challenge with the New York Post!

mepostworkoutI’ll tell you how it happened before I get into what’s happening. In early November, I saw a tweet by the New York Post to an article by them soliciting people to share their weight loss journeys, not those who’ve lost but those who are starting or in the middle of. I immediately applied and in mid December I heard back and they chose me! They brought the other dieters and I in to take photos in different outfits and to be weighed and measured and also issued us free memberships to New York Sports Clubs for the duration of the challenge and gave each of us a different diet book to follow. The book they gave me was “The Ultimate Diet REVolution” by Jim Karas, as you can see in the photo above.

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The challenge began on Jan 4th and continues until Memorial Day weekend so I basically have 6 months to lose as much weight as I can. Every 2 weeks, I have to submit a progress report and every month, come in for a weigh-in and progress photos. It will all be published in the paper. Then at the end of it, I take professional “after” photos. As far as I know, there’s no winner so this isn’t exactly a contest between the 6 of us but more a personal challenge directed at each of us individually to see if we can conquer our own personal demons. That is just what I need, a bigger stage, bigger accountability. The thought of my progress being immortalized in the newspaper makes me want to do well. It makes me want to finally get over the hurdles that have been holding me back for so long. This should be fun!

While I’ll be posting status updates here periodically, you can also keep track of my progress with the NY Post by following this link: http://nypost.com/diet-challenge/ All the posted updates of everyone’s progress can be found there. They also want us to post at least one weight-loss related tweet per day and Instagram post per week.