So, last week’s column was basically an introduction, a background of sorts, for me and my previous weight battles. I didn’t really get into what I intend to do here, or what I’m planning to include.

What I would really like to do is first document my journey.  I want to find tips and tricks that work and may help you too.

I also want to find healthy recipes- ones that actually taste good and are easy to prepare after a long day at work. I’ve already got my sights on the first one that I’m going to test this week. I’m interested to see how it turns out.

I think it would be neat to try out different exercise methods, and report back on how they worked for me.

Anyway, that’s where my focus will be, and I hope you’ll join me as I start this new life of mine.

My lifestyle change is undoubtedly going to be a long, tough and strenuous journey.

As we’ve all heard before, this weight didn’t get here overnight, and it most certainly isn’t going to disappear overnight.

What it is going to take is time, focus and dedication.  The biggest problem I encounter with myself is staying focused. 

When I am, what I like to call, "on program", I do fantastic.  I drink the recommended ounces of water, make sure to exercise at least  four times a week, and I eat healthy. 

And as a result, I drop pounds.  I wouldn’t exactly say it’s easy, but it is certainly easier when you start seeing results.

The problem lies when I slip up.  It’s like once I fall, I keep falling until I step on the scale and I see that the number has jumped dramatically, therefore pushing me back to where I need to be.

And in the past, even when I hit rock bottom, I stay there---feeling sorry for myself and asking "Why me?"

What I really need to adapt to is a balance between being so on point that I don’t mess up, and completely pigging out and being lazy.  Which is probably what most people would call "normal".

I was watching the Biggest Loser tonight and one of the contestants had lost 73 pounds in seven weeks.  Ummm….not exactly realistic for most of us. 

Most of us aren’t at the gym working out for six hours a day.  In addition, most of us aren’t able to limit our calorie intake to 800 calories day and still maintain our mental, much less physical, health.  

Someone looking to lose a significant amount of weight would be lucky to lose 73 pounds in a year, much less seven weeks.  It’s just not feasible for a normal human being.

We have busy work schedules, kids to juggle, school  functions to attend, meals to cook---the list goes on and on.

Take me for instance.  If I want to get a workout in, the only time I can squeeze it in is during my lunch break.

That’s right. I rush to the gym, workout for 40-45 minutes, rush back and usually end up eating some barely edible frozen dinner at my desk, or not eating at all.

Not exactly the ideal workout schedule or healthy for that matter.

But in order to see results, it’s what I’ve got to do.

Speaking of results, five weeks in to the LCD Weight Loss Challenge, I’ve lost 13 pounds. Woo-hoo! I am totally happy with my changes so far, I’ve just got to stick with it and keep going at the same intensity.

I’m currently in third place, way behind Mike, one of the sports reporters, who is leading with a huge loss of 11 percent, and catching up to Stewart, one of our online guys, who has lost almost seven percent.

I’m not sure that I can catch up to Mike, but I intend to keep going and do the absolute best that I can. So until next week, lets hope that I can stay on my program and not fall just yet.

Are you a weight loss warrior? Or do you know someone who has shed the pounds and kept them off for a long period of time? I’d really like to connect and hear your stories, get tips and tricks that have worked for you and that might help me and our readers.


Leigh Anne Shapard can be reached by phone at 501-505-1296 or by email at