Posted: Jan 17, 2013 11:30 AM
I’m on a mission to drop 10 pounds, and I’m inviting you to join me in my weight-loss journey. But I’m going to do it the healthy way this time around.

This is me

My stats

Current weight: 120.5
Goal weight: 110.5
Personal goal: Tone my upper legs and arms and tighten that tummy!

Before we go too far, let me introduce myself. I'm probably a lot like you. I'm a work-at-home mom with two young kids — one in preschool, one in kindergarten. I've never been fat, but at just 5 feet tall and some change, it's easy for me to fall into the chubby zone... especially after the holidays.

I'll be the first to admit I've lost 5 to 10 pounds before… and gained them back. And did that again. I've been on diet programs before like Weight Watchers and South Beach and even some short-lived extreme diets (excuse me while I gag on a cabbage soup spoon). But I'm over all that.

My personal goals

This year I am determined to stop dieting and start being healthy. I don't want to obsess about my weight anymore. I want to learn to cook and eat healthly (and deliciously!) not just for me but also for my family — and I want to be more active.

How I'm going to do it

Luckily, I've got some help in my corner. I'm equipped with a some expert advice from DailyBurn trainer Anja Garcia, RN, MSN, and DailyBurn celebrity nutrition expert Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, AADP, as well as a subscription to the DailyBurn for workouts, recipes and a community to help me through this journey to a slimmer, healthier me.

If you view the type of exercise that you are doing as fun, you'll actually look forward to working out for once.

Garcia has advised me to start my new workout program slowly since I have not been doing any routine exercise to speak of lately beyond playing with my kids. According to Garcia, "If you get too pumped up about a new fitness program and over work yourself, you could injure yourself or lose motivation after a few days."

She also knows I'm a busy mom — and that you are, too. She advised, "Find a fitness program that fits into your lifestyle. If you view the type of exercise that you are doing as fun, you'll actually look forward to working out for once.”

With that, she suggested I start with the DB15 program from DailyBurn, a 15-day program of 15-minute exercise routines including high-intensity workouts, yoga and dance. I think I can handle that!

What I can't eat

Jamieson has advised me to rid my kitchen of the evil 6 — foods that include alcohol, added sugar, gluten, dairy, artificial sweeteners and soy. (Did she really say alcohol and artificial sweeteners?)  Okay, deep breaths, Molly. I can do this.

What I can eat

Thank goodness she also gave me a list of 10 fab foods to stock up on:

  • Canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • Raw almonds
  • Almond flour
  • Unsweetened almond butter
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Salsa
  • Avocados
  • Chickpeas
  • Chicken thighs

10 Tips to lose 10 pounds in a month

DailyBurn offers these additional tips to help me with my challenge:

  1. Start your day off with a protein shake to help fill you and keep you satisfied all morning long. Avoid carb-heavy breakfasts to help you avoid a blood-sugar spike followed by the inevitable crash a few hours later.

  2. Hydrate. You've heard it before, ladies. Drink water. Need a great reason? It helps metabolize fat. With dehydration comes low energy so start your day off with two big glasses then drink more throughout the day.

  3. Try the Inferno Challenge, the DailyBurn's new workout program led by Anja Garcia that promises big results in just 21 days.

  4. Kick-start your metabolism with quick, 15-minute strength training sessions instead of a long cardio session.

  5. Avoid TV, the computer and other visual technology an hour before bed to help you sleep. Quality sleeps helps your muscles recover and also boosts metabolism.

  6. When you need a snack, ditch the chips and dip and reach for veggies and hummus instead. Switch empty calories like candy for healthy ones like raw nuts or sip tea.

  7. Pay attention to what you're eating. Turn off the TV while you eat so you don't mindlessly munch more than you intend to.

  8. Determine the difference between hunger and cravings. Cravings are your brain telling you to eat that cheesecake. Hunger is a real feeling in your stomach.

  9. Up your fiber intake to flush out your digestive system by keeping food moving through your intestines.

  10. Keep challenging yourself. Even if you're a regular at the gym, push yourself to try something new and watch your body change as a result!

I invite you to follow along as I strive to reach my fitness and health goals in the next month. And if I can do it, I know you can, too.

More body and health

Weight loss in a 5-pound package
Work out with your baby
Is what you eat making you anxious

Topics: weight loss challenge