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Losing 2014 Pounds In 2014

April 4, 2014, 6:18 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Losing 2014 Pounds In 2014

More than 2014 pounds in the first three months of 2014 - that's how much South Dakotans have lost through a statewide program. Be Well South Dakota promised to donate one pound of food to Feeding South Dakota for each pound lost.

We first caught up with 51-year-old David Johnson in the beginning of January. He wanted to lose 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks of the year as part of the 2014 Pound Pledge.

"The hardest part was really how cold our winter has been. It really wanted to keep you indoors and crave carbs," Johnson said.

But Johnson pushes himself to get to the gym four or five days a week and incorporates physical activity into his daily lifestyle. In addition to working out, Johnson also watches what he eats and he cut diet coke out of his diet. Johnson says the soda made him crave sweet foods. Eliminating it made it easier to eat healthier.

"I actually took a four or five day trip down south. During that time, I didn't watch it so closely, but I also tried to ramp up my activity, so I was balancing things out, managing not to gain too much weight during that little vacation," Johnson said.

Johnson says it also helped to have the accountability of the Pound Pledge.

"Not only did they have a weight loss goal, but they knew they were giving back to the community by having that goal of knowing every pound they lost they were feeding or helping someone else," Trisha Dohn with Be Well South Dakota said.

340 people across South Dakota took part in the Pound Pledge. Together they lost a total of 2,165 pounds.

"We sent out weekly emails. We posted things on our Facebook. We had different challenges throughout the program--different things to really keep people motivated," Dohn said.

While Johnson dropped 17 pounds, he's sticking to his goal.

"I'd like to drop about another 12 to 15 gradually over the summer time and take it from there," Johnson said.

Johnson says he's already feeling better and has improved his health, which was his ultimate New Year's resolution.

According to health studies, nearly two-thirds of South Dakota adults are obese. At the same time, one out of every eight people in South Dakota is considered at risk of going hungry.

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