Snack Girl Weighs In and Sets Goals

Snack Girl Challenge Day 1

May 8, 2010   17 Comments

There is nothing more fun then stepping on a scale. Woo hoo!

Okay, so I just want to say - THANK YOU! - to everyone who is going to join me on this challenge. I had no idea so many of you were going to sign up. I am VERY excited.

The Start

177 pounds
42 inch waist

I measured my waist (choosing to use my belly button as a marker) because I may get healthier and still not make it to 167 pounds by July 31st. Muscle weighs twice as much as fat.

On the Biggest Loser, people get slimmer and fitter and stop losing weight. It is a shame that they get penalized for that.

What I do know about major changes is that different things work for different people. For example, my mother swears by Weight Watchers. I tried it and got SO obsessed with what I was eating that I ate more!

So what is going to do for you this week? This is what I am going to do for me:

  1. Keep a food journal
  2. No beer except for Friday and Saturday (this may kill me)
  3. One serious exercise class (I'm trying a one this week to see if I like it). One long walk and one date with Jillian Michael's Shred DVD
  4. One breakfast that includes vegetables

My goal is to get to 167 pounds by July 31, 2010.

Please share your challenge and route for success this week.

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I think brave and inspiring for you to weigh in and post it! Good job and good luck.

on May 8, 2010

Love your column and all of your ideas...Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!!

OK...I'm in.
I would like to lose 6 pounds by July 31st. My goals this week: Drink lots of water, Elliptical in mornings, bike to work and walk on breaks, and of course, watch what I eat...that is just a given : ) Good luck everyone!!!

on May 8, 2010

Hey folks, this is Snack Girl's little sister here. Still trying to get mom to sign on. :) So glad to see 50 other fabulous people here! Together, I know we'll be successful.

You are not going to believe this but my scale must be busted! Every time I step on, I get a different reading. So, I am somewhere (am I?) between 165 and 176! It's torture. Step on, step off, step on, step off.

I did your waist idea and I am 39 inches.

1. I am doing weight watchers online. It's more flexible than it used to be and they have an iPhone app. I am also consulting a nutritionist because ...
2. I am setting some big long-distance cycling goals. I'd like to be riding the 40 mile Mt Vernon trail (downtown DC to George Washington's house) without passing out. Right now, I do 20 miles on a weekend day and 10 - 12 twice per week.
3. drinks only twice per week!

so, this week's commitment is to track my food via weight watchers, drink wine only two nights, and maintain the cycling.

Thank you for the inspiration!

on May 8, 2010

I now weigh 140.4 (yipee!) That is down from my July 25th, 2009 weight of 176. A slow, but steady loss. The last 2 months I am at a snails pace so this challenge will be good for me. If I can weigh 130 by July 31st I will be thrilled!

on May 8, 2010

I'm Vlad. I work the graveyard shift so I weigh in at night and have breakfast at 10pm. My goal is to lose 15 pounds off whatever my weigh in weight is tonight when I get in to work.

This week's goals:
1) Wii Fit for 30 minutes every day and a long walk for the dogs at least 6 days.
2) record my calories EVERY day

on May 8, 2010

I began a couple weeks ago just watching what I ate, trying to choose better foods and walking more often.
I have RA and Lupus so I am seeing if Gluten free foods will help the inflammation and joint pain at all while I attempt to lose some weight, which I KNOW will help.
I am keeping a food journal and I am weighing in weekly, but began on Sundays when I started.
I wish all of you luck and look forward to checking in each week with all of you!

on May 8, 2010

I am 152 with a 37 waist.
My goal is 8 cups water, 30 minutes of walking every day, fitday food logging every day and no alcohol except for sat and Sun - Boo hoo!

(PS. muscle does not weigh more than fat, it just takes up less space. So if you were a size 12, changed 10 lb of fat into 10 lb of muscle, the 10lb of muscle is smaller than the 10lb of fat so you measure smaller and wear a smaller size, but you would weigh the same. BUT you would be healthy and fit! Most people lose inches AND pounds tho - but a stall isn't always bad as long as those inches are going bye bye!)

on May 8, 2010

Hi - I'm Lindsay. I am in the midst of weight loss. About a year ago I was at 148 and now I'm at 134, yippee! it's been slow but I'd like to get down to 130 (lose 4 pounds) by July. My goals this week are:
- Pilates at least once, cardio at the gym at least 2 other days.
- Record what I eat
- Manage to eat healthy every weekday - wait to splurge until weekend
- No drinking alcohol until Friday

on May 8, 2010

I'm 54 and lost over 15 lbs since Jan 1st. I have a smoothie for breakfast and one for lunch (around 300 calories each). I eat a snack and then dinner (food). The calories each day total to 1250. I wrote everything down that I eat and drink. I didn't exercise during the time that it took me to lose weight. I do exercise now though.
The smoothies are delicious. I am still eating them every day. I love them. They come out to about 1 1/2 large glasses per smoothie. I use protein powder in them and psyllium in the a.m. and wheat germ at lunch as well as fruit and either yogurt or almond breeze. they are filling.
people should try this as it really works.

on May 9, 2010


Good luck, however, I think you need to re-think #s 1 - 4.

Ken Leebow

on May 10, 2010

Thanks for the challenge! Rather than taking weight off after baby #7, at 45 I'm putting it on :0. I homeschool so I'm home all day with active kids who love to snack!
Goals: entering foods on sparkpeople
Work out 5 days a week
Add more vegetables daily

on May 10, 2010

10 lbs by July 31 (which is exactly how much my dog is supposed to lose too). I weighed 169 this morning.
Goal: Daily walk with dog (minimum 30 minutes)
2-3 gym "sweaty" classes per week' 1 yoga/pilates class per week
3 veggies, 3 fruits, 3 lean proteins, 1 dairy, 1 good fat and 1 sensible treat per day (my daily dozen)

on May 10, 2010

Congratulations on starting your journey!
These are great goals!
Remember to start slow so you don't get discouraged.
The Jillian Michaels Shred DVDS are tough! So stick with it!

on May 10, 2010

as of last night, i'm at 129.4 with a 28.5" waist.

goal: eat more protein, more fruits/veggies and less food in general. hit the gym no less than 4 times/week. get up to 30 minutes of running on the treadmill without dying :)

on May 11, 2010

I'm a little bit behind since it's the 15th but I'd love to be a part of the group. My goal this week is:
1)Work out 3 times a week (elliptical, Shred, extra class, maybe a run)
2)Plan 4 meals focused on vegetables and fruit
3)Drink more water
4)Go to bed earlier

on May 15, 2010

I am 54 years old and have lost 25 pounds since January. It is possible! I have done the "elimination diet", that is under a doctor's supervision, I have eliminated wheat, dairy, refined sugar and caffeine from my diet and incorporated moderate exercise 3 - 5 times a week. Plus good quality supplements and healthy foods. I feel better than I can ever remember.

on May 19, 2010

I just wanted to reply to one of Sonja's goals: 4.) going to bed earlier is probably the most important thing you can do, I was psyched to see someone else thought so as well. I had an epiphany a few years ago when I got a full nights rest every evening for a week--I had more energy in general, relied on snacking less (because when you're dragging sometimes looking forward to a snack/latte is the only thing that is motivating you) and felt like I could attack everything with my full arsenal of enthusiasm (which meant I stuck to my goals harder and fell of the wagon less frequently). I think the value of a full nights rest is grossly under-appreciated.

on May 30, 2010

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