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Elgin's Biggest Loser: Five Weeks, and an ode to the Gazelle

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Thumbnail image for janelle.jpgNOTE: Courier-News freelance writer Janelle Walker has signed up for the second round of the "Elgin's Biggest Loser" challenge. Participants weigh in Wednesday nights, and Janelle is blogging the experience exclusively for The Courier-News.

Seven pounds now, total. It might not be the biggest number among the men and women who are doing Elgin's Biggest Loser, but for me, just wrapping up my fourth week of dieting, it is a number I am pretty happy with.

Friends already have said they can see a difference in my face. Luckily, I guess, that is where it first shows when I do lose weight.

It also is, I think, the hardest place for a person to notice his or her own weight loss or gain. When you look in the mirror every day, you (or, at least, I) don't really notice that slow progression.

The biggest difference I have noticed is just a gradual increase in muscle tone. And I can thank my Gazelle for that. You remember the Gazelle infomercials: Tony Little hawked these machines, telling viewers, "You can do it!"

More on the Gazelle, after the jump.

I got a Gazelle after my sister bought one and in three months got back to her "fighting weight." My sister, Rochelle, is not only my best friend, but also an inspiration when it comes to weight loss. Nearly 18 years ago, she was my size or bigger and decided that she'd had enough. She limited herself to 20 grams of fat a day and worked out every day, and she was back down to a size 9 or 10 in about six months.

I don't have her dedication to limit food intake like that, and I am counting carbs, not fat grams. I have learned that a diet has to be a personal decision -- to figure out what plan works best for an individual. For me, I have to find a diet plan that isn't necessarily about short-term and quick weight loss, but that I can stick to for long enough that it becomes a new way of eating and not just a diet.

That means lean meats, like chicken and fish (I love fresh fish!), and fresh veggies. I started using my steamer and found out that steamed veggies from Elgin's Harvest Market with some pepper and lemon juice is pretty tasty.

I do have some good habits already. I've always tried to not have sugary cereals around the house and stick to oatmeal and fresh blueberries for breakfast, or throw some strawberries or apple bits in there, too. I try not to buy chips or keep snack foods around the house (other than popcorn).

Now if I can just do something about that sweet tooth.

-- Janelle Walker, Freelance Writer

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Go Go Go Janelle!!! You are setting such a good example for the rest of us. Now, how do I get you to Montana??

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Heres some more ideas to lose weight. Get an indoor bike, if you ride casual, you will not put to much pressure on your knees - if you can! Diet should be protein based with vegetables. Get some dumbbells so you can do upper body training, shoulder press, arm curls, chest, back, triceps. You could do leg raises, squats using dumbbells in each hand (if you can), sit-ups for stomach.

This is the quickest and healtiest way to weight loss. Step 1:You must drink a minimum of 96 ounces of water every day. This will help you eat less and cleanse your body. Step 2:Replace your snacks with fruits and vegetables to lose weight now.Step 3:Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes, make it a date with your friend. Take a brisk walk or jog around the neighborhood. Play a game of basketball or tennis. Try to work towards 60 minutes daily. But, at least get exercise for 4 days of the week if you want to lose weight now - minimum.Step 4:Make a poster for motivation - add your ending weight goal and keep track of your weight loss progress each week.

First of all, l love your template, and will subscribe to your rss to keep up with your post update. l do enjoy reading them.

I'm so fed up of being fat. I guess I will use your words of wisdom and try to stay on my diet this time and get rid of my belly for good.

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