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Just a Thought - Let the weight loss get started
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My 2020 healthy eating resolution was off to a rough start, but it is looking better. 

Pizza commercials were driving me mad, literally. It felt like Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Dominos were in cahoots. Was it just me or did anyone else notice how many pizza commercials there were in the week or so before the end of 2019 and the week or so after the start of 2020? It was an avalanche. 

As I’m watching my 20th pizza commercial in a two-hour movie timeframe, I started to wonder if the goal was to ruin the most common New Year’s resolutions of weight loss and healthy eating. As I’m contemplating that, here came the proof that I’m on the right track. 

Papa John’s Extra Cheese Alfredo Garlic Parmesan Pizza for $10. The video was amazingly tempting, even for me and I avoid garlic. It looked delicious. The voice said, “When it comes to resolutions, there’s always next year.”

I wasn’t happy. Shame on you!

While still reeling from the sabotage attempt, the Southern Standard and USA Gym launch another weight loss challenge. Standard employees are not allowed to participate. Last year, I attempted to follow along and challenge myself. I failed miserably. 

During a staff meeting, yes, we have those. It’s usually to review a laundry list of upcoming publications and special sections that are in addition to the three newspapers we publish. It’s good to know what’s coming your way. Getting a jump on preparing is key to survival. 

During a staff meeting, I offered my unsolicited advice that another weight loss challenge for the community was an awesome idea. I followed that up with "why not show a little love to Standard staff and offer us a weight loss challenge." 

As I suspected, Standard publisher Pat Zechman was all on board. She thought it was a wonderful idea. Then, things went awry. She put me in charge. Lisa, she said, you take the reins on that. 

They do say no good deed goes unpunished. When, oh when, will I ever learn? 

So, I did a little research on organizing a weight loss challenge at work, sat down the rules, winnings, check-in day, check-out day, who would be over keeping that information private, getting the word out, getting everyone excited about it, etc.  

At this time, we are less than a week into this eight-week competition. Our weigh-in was held Jan. 28. I feel like I’m doing well. FYI, I’m never hungry, which is important. I’m also attempting to be mindful of not eating from stress or boredom. 

I’m usually not into the traditional dieting. Gradual changes by replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones are the only way to go. However, my diet was pretty healthy. I just needed a few tweaks here and there. After about a week or so of review beforehand, I had my game plan down when it came to food intake and regular exercise. 

I will keep you posted. 

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.