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Weight Loss Breakthrough: Sarah’s MakeBetter Update

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weight loss scale - MakeBetter ChallengeI’ve finally had a breakthrough. I was stuck on a weight loss plateau at 20 pounds down since we began the MakeBetter Challenge in September. And it was frustrating the heck out of me. But I have finally broken through and I am now down 21 pounds. Whew!

This plateau was really bothering me. I was starting to lose resolve.

Well, to be really accurate, I had lost resolve already, which is why I was stuck hovering around the 20-pound loss.

There was my Super Bowl potato chip debacle, the weekly pizza night that started with one slice & ended up as multiples, and way too many “oh just this once” moments that all lined up and kept me from my forward progress.

I had to realize I needed to make a mental shift in order to see my weight loss and fitness goals become a reality and not settle for getting part-way there: I was going to have to step it up. Step it all up.

After all, the MakeBetter is not based on a Boot Camp + Deprivation approach. The idea is to make small changes that add up over time; slow & steady progress was my mantra.

But I had slacked off. I was doing the minimum. I had forgotten the Challenge part of the MakeBetter Challenge and was coasting along. And it finally hit me that the minimum wasn’t cutting it anymore. So I have started maxxing.

Spectrum Athletic Clubs generously gave everyone who attended our MakeBetter Meetup workout a 1-month membership, and I have launched mine with the intent of taking full advantage. I want to go to workout classes and use their weight machines to get a new jump start on the plan.

Then yesterday, Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method, invited us to try out her new Interval class, part of her Barre-based workout system. It was killer, and even though I felt like such a rube in the class with some of the pros, I still carried on – and I have the sore muscles to prove it.

And since working out is only half the battle, the other thing I’m doing is taking every bite more seriously. What worked for the first 20 pounds isn’t the same as what will work for the final push, so until I get to my goal, refined carbs are pretty much out. More Kale, I say! And much, much less pizza.

Even if there’s Kale on it.

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles.




  1. Mayra - Estilo Familiar 14 March, 2013 at 11:21 Reply

    Congratulation on your 20 pounds lost! I understand you…because I am always fighting with those 10 pounds that I want to loose…because I am doing the minimum right now! Thank you to motivate me to keep working on it.

  2. Deborah Stambler 14 March, 2013 at 11:48 Reply

    Go Sarah! You can do it. Who would have thought kale could be such a savior? I’ll meet you any time for bit of a healthy bite.

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