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24-Hours Fitness’s Biggest Loser program/!!) should try to build a social/team-building component into their gym offerings?  It seemed to work for the tv show (where they have teams competing). Or suggest that people combine gym memberships with a social program like WW?

I'll admit I found the food part of the weight-loss program at 24-Hour totally worthless; though I know other people benefitted by it.  They made me do a whole "I will eat these foods/ I will not eat these food" inventory, and asked a whole lot questions.  I told them I am allergic to cow's milk. Their "food plans"?  Had milk at each of the 6 meals/day.  And a note: You mentioned you had a food allergy. Please make adjustments to this to accommodate your allergy.

So after saying: I will not eat milk, cheese, cottage cheese.  I am allergic to milk, cheese, cottage cheese.  What did they do?  Told me to eat them and “make changes as I see fit.”  Great plan, guys!

It was also a plan that relied heavily on their own products (not that that’s a surprise) and convenience foods that I was eliminating (instant white rice?).  It did not emphasize clean, simple foods.  While this was probably because they were aiming their service at people for whom these were still going to be big changes, it was the most frustrating part of the program for me.

However, when I belonged to WW several years ago, I did not find that program any more helpful.

I’m just saying, that eating healthy has been a long, slow, painful journey for me.  I’m still not “perfect“, but I’m getting better.  And perfection is really a road to self-destruction, so I’m not taking that detour either.

So I appear to be among the lucky rarity: that person who joined a gym to lose weight and get fit, who kept it up and became a success.

Guess I can say it: Yay for me!


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      Mara wrote Jul 14, 2008
    • Nice post Debra.  I am working on my healthy lifestyle change/weight loss and I find that choosing the right foods is the key to helping loss the weight.  I actually HATE to work out but I have a wonderful trainer and she advises me on food choices as well as my exercise program.  You should shout from the roof tops that you have succeeded so well. Thanks for sharing this and inspiring me and letting me know there is hope for me!  

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