Carol does Nutrisystem: Week 1
Tunes for Tuesday: No More Drama, by Mary J. Blige

Care to jump off a plateau with me?

Jump off a plateau
Happy October, everyone! Pumpkins are decorating store displays, boots have replaced flip-flops in fashion magazines and we're shvitzing like usual down here in the swamp.

Can you believe Halloween candy is already in grocery stores? Who the hell can keep bags of Snickers in the house for an entire month without ripping into them? My tactic is to buy Halloween goodies at the very last minute. I also tend to choose things like pretzels and microwave popcorn, so if there are leftovers they're not sugar bombs. And y'know what? The kids actually like them. 

Anywhoo, since it's the start of a new month, I thought it'd be fun to start a challenge, and I'm opening it up to everyone who has been stuck on a plateau. I've been farting around with the same 5 pounds for, ahem, two years and I'd like to get off this ridiculous merry-go-round. 

Let's all leap off our plateaus this month and set things in motion for the rest of the year, much of which is fraught with landmines loaded with cornbread stuffing.

It can be dangerous out there, and if we start with a strong October, we can power through the rest of the year. I'm already off to a good start. I've lost a couple pounds the past couple weeks and I feel like my head has been screwed on straighter than usual in regards to working out and eating.

Got any tips? Share them in the comments or on the Shrinking Sisters Facebook page. I'm going to change up my workouts to do more strength training. I was doing ChaLean Extreme twice a week but I'm going to increase it to three times a week and alternate it with cardio that I love (Turbo Jam, Zumba and Hip-Hop Abs). If you do what you love, you're more likely to want to do it, right?

So who's with me? My goal for October is 5 pounds. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it'll get me down lower than I've been in 15 years. And 5 pounds is totally do-able.

LET'S DO IT! (I'll leave you with a moving scene from one of my favorite inspiring dramas -- no, it's not "Hoosiers":)