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Get inspired to lose weight

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Hey  cupcake, how’s your New Years resolution to drop the weight going?


Like millions of obese Americans plenty of people vow to hit the gym and eat right every January first. Even I have set my mind to dropping some excess poundage. I’m on the 20 lbs in 20 days plan – today is day 14 and I’m down 16lbs.

I go to the Salem YMCA and avoid the mass of humanity that just signed up and flood all the machines from about 5:30AM to 7PM by going at 8PM. Having been a member for a few years I know that by March it will be safe to go back at a reasonable hour.

In addition to working out I have cut back on dining out and stepped up the cooking at home. Adding a few great cooking blogs to my RSS reader and setting the DVR for Good Eats (Alton Brown is my homeboy) has inspired me to cook some new things. Some people bitch and moan about how they can’t lose weight but all it comes down to is desire and willpower – a dash of inspiration doesn’t hurt either.

Need some inspiration to lose weight?

Tomorrow night (Wednesday Jan. 14th) get inspired by someone who has battled the scales and won. Neil Tejwani a Marblehead native and contestant on season 4 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser will be speaking at 7PM in the Old Town Hall, his talk is free to the public. At the begining of season four, 26 year old  Neil weighed in at a 420lbs.  After learning what he needed to do and applying himself he lost half of his body weight and got down to 210 lbs.

If you are having a tough time sticking to it or just want a little boost to keep you heading in the right direction, check out Neil’s talk.  He has parlayed his 15 minutes into a career helping people loose weight and get healthy. Perhaps he can help you get into that bathing suit this summer.

One Response

  1. Tim says:

    I think weight loss is all about three things – attitude, diet and exercise. From my experience, reducing carb intake and doing aerobic exercises are keys to successful weight loss.

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