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Motivation Monday: 150, by any means necessary

Today begins a new Shrinking Sisters initiative: Project 150.

(And after hours of futzing around on Photoshop Elements this weekend, I've added a faux rubber stamp to the Shrinking Sisters header to celebrate.)

I came up with the idea while reading a story last week about a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that says that being overweight, not just obese, raises your risk of premature death.

I've been saying that my ultimate goal weight is 175, but just for kicks I revisited the BMI chart and the absolute highest weight I can be while teetering on the edge of ideal and overweight is approximately 150 pounds, which I think I weighed in high school. (And in high school I thought I was fat because 150 sounded fat.)

It was something about that story that stuck in my craw. Why the hell can't I get to 150 pounds? It certainly isn't "skinny" by any stretch of the imagination. So I came up with Project 150, a Shrinking Sisters-wide plan for all of us to reach 150 pounds.

(OK, my sister hasn't officially signed on yet, but she's been out of town.)

The three of us will get to 150 at different times, but get there we will, and in the coming days we'll let you know how we plan to do that.

The scale and I haven't been on speaking terms lately because I've been see-sawing on the same 2 pounds for months, but I did manage to be on the down side of the seesaw after Thanksgiving.

But here's my plan: If I lose 2 pounds a week (enormous for me), I can get to 150 in 45 weeks, which would take me to mid-October 2011. Hey, just in time for Halloween!

I'd really like to kill 2 pounds a week. How am I going to do that? I've been averaging around 3-4 hours of exercise a week so I need to increase that. If I can burn around 500 calories an hour, in theory I can burn off a pound if I get 7 hours of exercise a week.

Yeesh, that seems like a lot but really it's a mere hour a day.

Miss Freezing Feet obviously needs to increase her metabolism, so I'm going to increase the strength/resistance training to 3 times a week to raise the "afterburn."

More water also is supposed to help metabolism so I have to commit to 8 glasses a day.

And, as I sit here with the clock nearing midnight, I'm making a pledge to get to bed earlier. I know that a good night's sleep can help with weight loss, and a bad night's sleep can interfere.

But what about the food?

Here's where I start overthinking. Some mornings I don't eat breakfast until 10 a.m. because I'm frozen in confusion over how to start my day. High-fiber cereal? Oatmeal? All protein? Smoothie? Eggs?

I'm just going to "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." That's a quote from Michael Pollan, and I love how that sums up how people should eat.

Pears and laughing cow blueWeight Watchers' new PointsPlus plan really stresses an abundance of fruits and vegetables and discourages junky carbs. And while fresh fruit is zero Points now, I have found this week that I can't go wild on fruit because I tend to blow up like a Macy's balloon. Since I'm lactose intolerant (except for things like yogurt and cheese), I may have a touch of fructose intolerance (yes, it's a "thing").

So while fruit is "free" I'm still going to limit it to two or three servings. Here's an awesome 1 Point snack I came up with: Pear slices spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese flavor. Pear and blue cheese is a classic flavor combination, and the new Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese flavor is pretty intensely "blue." If you want you can add a little sprinkle of chopped walnuts on top.

And I'm not going to spend my Weight Watchers Activity Points on food. I've been doing that and I don't really need those extra Points, especially since the weekly bonus Points have been increased to 49.

So that's my plan, which I'm starting RIGHT. NOW.

And speaking of Laughing Cow Light ...

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