Contagion: The Plan Takes Shape #Drop10TODAY

10 neighbors traveled to Austin, TX last weekend to have some BBQ.  While chowing down our BBQ and sipping some wonderful wine (we did ride our rental bikes both before and after the BBQ), we were discussing how we all wanted to lose weight. Some for performance reasons (run faster, better triathlon times), some want to feel better, and some just want to lose that jiggle.

Dr. Nicholas Christakis  http://nicholaschristakis.net/  and his lab at Yale focus on social networks and well-being.  One of his studies focused on friends who are obese will influence the weight of their friends: more than family, genetics, etc.  So can we take that experiment in the opposite direction (lose weight).

Those who were interested logged their weight on a smart sheet and hopefully began to follow the spirit of the Today Show’s Drop 10 program.  I had seen the challenge last week while watching the Today Show – and thought, why not, great timing.  So I told the others about the challenge, provided the website for the plan (a 1200 – 1400 calorie diet plan) and on Wednesday (today) began the challenge.

Day 1: I followed the diet (better than Day 1 of Lent).  So why is this different?  Publicly writing down my weight?  Wanting to run faster?  A visit to the cardiologist yesterday to discuss why I have a racing heart rate when I run (Echocardiography and Stress Test scheduled).  Being over 60 makes you realize that you have to take care of the aging “car” – a bit more oil, rub out the dents, etc.

I will try to post daily on the success or failure of the challenge.  Weigh in days are Wednesday (that is bits and bytes day – so it will be interesting).   Hopefully others will join the discussion and provide their insights.

Challenge on!  PS, my weight is 133 lobs with a goal loss of 8 lbs to get to 125lbs.  My 1/2 marathon is early June, so we will see how this all shakes out.

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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