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Tanya and Tabitha's Weight-Loss Journey

Grab a workout buddy to get more motivated. Here's how coworkers Tanya and Tabitha got in shape together.

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Tanya and Tabitha's Weight-Loss Motivation

"We're excited to do this together! We've taken on wacky weight-loss missions in the past, but this time, we're ready to get fit for good."

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Their Diet Plan

"Tabitha and Tanya shed pounds by trying new foods, like low-calorie pasta, eating smaller portions, and making healthy choices when eating out or traveling for work."
-- Cynthia Cave-Gaetani, RD

Sample Diet Menu

Low- or nonfat cottage cheese or scrambled egg, fresh fruit, banana muffin (2-ounce or small size), coffee or tea, low- or nonfat milk or yogurt

Grilled chicken over mixed salad greens with apple, dried cranberries, walnuts, and low-fat or fat-free poppy seed dressing, whole wheat crackers

Yogurt and fruit parfait or fresh veggies and low-fat dip

Pasta Primavera (lots of veggies) with Herbed Tuna Salad, whole wheat roll

Berries with nonfat whipped cream

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Tanya and Tabitha's Workouts

"We've been hitting the gym almost daily, and haven't done the same workout with Jessica twice. She really keeps us on our toes -- she had us warming up on a 13 percent incline!"

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Tanya and Tabitha's Workout Plan

"Tanya and Tabitha never knew what to expect in our sessions, so they never got bored. We did tons of circuits, intervals, and bodyweight exercises -- their cardio endurance has sky-rocketed."
-- Jessica Surdey, trainer

Sample Workout Routine

Track/Stairs Circuit Workout

Complete 4 times.

  • 2 minutes of easy jogging
  • 4 sets of stairs
  • 2 minutes of walking lunges
  • 1 minute of triceps dips (Use seat of chair, edge of sofa, or stairs.)
  • 1 minute of push-ups
  • 1 minute of squats
  • 1 minute of heel jacks (Perform a jumping jack, tapping heels together in mid-air instead of jumping heels back together on floor.)
  • 1 minute walk

Followed by:

  • 10 minutes of core strengthening moves and stretches

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Tanya and Tabitha's Results

"We did it -- and ran a 5K! We've lost weight, we're eating so much healthier, and we need smaller clothes. We cheered each other through every tough workout."

Originally published on, October 2010.

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