Off the Wagon, But Still Losing
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Off the Wagon, But Still Losing

In month four, Lisa Renwick goes on a burger-and-ice-cream binge but still drops one and a half pounds.

Fast Food and Sweets Binge

Cheating happens, but Lisa Renwick, 37, discovers the key is to plan ahead and stay focused on your goals.

Eat and Repeat

"Okay, I admit it: I completely fell off track for five days. Right after the last weigh-in, I had some M&M's sprinkled on a low-cal frozen dessert. All of a sudden, I was off: I went to McDonald's later that day for a cheeseburger and fries, then that night had a piece of chocolate cake. The next four days were more of the same -- salty, then sweet, eat and repeat.

"Lois Barth, my life coach, pointed out that I usually splurge right after a weigh-in, partly because I want to reward myself, but also because I know that I have the rest of the month to make up for it. So we decided to try and prevent that by planning specific post-weigh-in treats ahead of time."

Have Kids, Will Exercise

"I've also been thinking about ways to work out while spending time with the kids, who are 16 months and 3 years old. My trainer, Leslie Rice Hart, suggested I do my exercises when they're with me -- kids love watching their mom act 'silly.' I also try to take them to the park on weekends, which is better than sitting around. And my husband and I love biking; we're getting bike seats for the kids so I can kill two birds with one stone."

Shopping with Cindy
Lisa Renwick, Side
Lisa's "Before" Photo

"This month, Cindy Sherwin, RD, (my nutritionist), and I went to the grocery store together. We looked at all the labels on my usual brands, which made me realize there are still a lot of hidden fats in my diet. One thing she suggested changing was my salad dressing, which had twice as much fat and calories as the one she recommended: Newman's Own Lighten Up Raspberry & Walnut Dressing, with 70 calories and 5 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons.

"She also showed me some healthy, quick, and easy options for every meal, such as Kashi Go Lean Hot Cereal oatmeal packets, Bell & Evans Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breasts, Yves Veggie Ground Round, and Skinny Cow Ice Cream Bars. Then I learned how to pick out a frozen dinner: Look for one with fewer than 400 calories and no more than 9 grams of fat. I love Amy's Kitchen Teriyaki Bowl and Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich.

"Though I cheated a bit (okay, a lot) this month, I still managed to lose another pound and a half. And now I'm ready to step it up a notch for month five!"

Lisa's Latest Stats

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Weight 150 lb. 139 lb.
Body Fat 31.5% 26%
Chest 40" 39"
Arm 11.5" 11"
Abs 34.75" 33.3"
Hips 41.5" 38.5"
Thigh 21.5" 19.5"
Clothing Size 12 8
Left to Lose 20 lb. 9 lb.



My Goals This Month

  • Don't "splurge" on treats whenever I'm in a bad mood or just feel like it; plan them in advance.
  • Look for ways to exercise with the whole family.
  • Ice my sore feet and shoulders every night to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Work on having two fruits and three vegetables every day.
  • Try to eat a balanced dinner -- and only one dessert -- every night.
  • Learn to value my strengths and realize they more than make up for my weaknesses.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2006.