Challenge Yourself Blog: Teri Davis

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Self dieter Teri Davis, 49, from Gahanna, Ohio, is married and has two kids, both of whom moved out of state this past year. She and her husband are now empty-nesters and ready to live a more active life. Teri is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds. Her "girls" at home are now her two giant dogs -- both weigh more than 100 pounds Teri wants more energy to keep up with them, too. This is her blog.

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Eight Days to Go. Just when I needed you most ...

Yesterday was one of those days, by the time I got home I just wanted to lie on the couch and watch TV. I checked the mailbox as soon as I got home and was thrilled to have received the June issue of Self. As I perused the pages (lying on the couch watching TV), I stumbled upon the Pilates work out. After some self-reflection I decided to get up off the couch and give the workout a try. All of the exercises required a small exercise ball; I found one of Maggie's old basketballs and went to work. The whole group of Pilates only took about 20 minutes and I had enough energy afterward to carry on a decent conversation, fix a great dinner and clean up the kitchen! Moral of the story: Give exercise a try when you just want to flake out...you can always get back on the couch.

The Countdown -- Nine Days

This weekend was tough. I completed the Race for the Cure on Saturday morning. Over 37,000 racers showed up. It was an amazing show of support to finding a cure for breast cancer. I ran in memory of my aunt and in honor of four courageous survivors. Those were the people that got me through the race. I was exhausted when I got home on Saturday. I spent the rest of the weekend watching my husband work on the cottages at the lake (I pretended to watch while reading a great book). I took Rosey for a leisurely 2 mile walk on Sunday morning. After that, Tim surprised me with a picnic lunch on the dock, Sunday afternoon ... "Lee's famous fried chicken"!

I haven't had fried chicken since 2006. I was afraid that if I took one bite I was going to eat every piece. This was not something I wanted to eat a week before the big day. On the other hand, it was a little romantic, a traditional picnic, on our very own dock. The sun was shining, all was right with the world. I decided I could do it, I could eat one piece of fried chicken, skin removed, green beans and a small portion of mashed potatoes. I ate two small pieces of chicken, most of the skin was removed, green beans and a small portion of mashed potatoes with an even smaller amount of gravy and ½ of a biscuit. It was a glorious day and I didn't totally ruin my diet. More importantly though, I didn't eat everything in sight because of a little deviation.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame!

In two short weeks my celebrity status with "Good Morning America" will end. It is hard to believe that the challenge is coming to a close. The past three months have truly been life changing. I cannot believe I have followed a diet plan and worked out regularly for three months. "Self" and "Good Morning America" have changed my life. I look forward to exercising and feel cheated if everyday life gets in the way! I don't even consider myself "on a diet" anymore. I have changed my eating habits to a healthy diet. Combining that healthy diet with exercise is decreasing my weight.

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