I'm feeling a little better today, but still taking things pretty easy. It's been a while since a cold or any kind of sickness has left me feeling so wiped out! Anyway, I've been thinking about doing a bloggy weight loss challenge, and finally decided to jump in and post about it. First of all, this challenge is for myself--I gained about 5-6 lbs. back over the holidays, so I have some catching up to do to get back to where I was, plus some more weight to lose to get to my goal. My grand total of poundage to lose as of right now is 13 lbs. I decided to set myself a deadline of my birthday (April 5), which gives me about 9 weeks to lose the weight. Jim and I talked it over, and decided that if I accomplish my goal, then I get a reward (at this point, I'm planning to buy a new denim skirt), but if I don't make my goal, then he gets to buy something for himself! So that gives me a little incentive. :) I will also admit that I will often set goals and then lose heart somewhere in the middle of my challenge, and never accomplish what I set out to do. This has happened to me more than once in trying to lose weight. So, I thought that by tracking my progress here on the blog, maybe that will give me some extra accountability and incentive to meet my goal.
Second, if any of you ladies would like to join me on the challenge, go for it!! You're welcome to set your own goals and deadlines, or you can use the same deadline as me if you'd like. From now till April 5, I plan to post my progress once a week . . . either every Monday or every Tuesday. I'd love to have you join me! Maybe if a few of you join in, I'll even think about doing a prize of some kind for the "biggest loser." :) I'd love to hear feedback if you think this would be fun and helpful.
I started off this week with a big plan to exercise every day, then getting sick changed my plan. However, being sick does have one advantage: I'm not very hungry. :) So maybe this will help jumpstart my weight loss. And I do plan to jump on the exercising wagon again next week, or sooner if I feel more energetic. My plan also involves keeping a food journal, which I've been doing since Sunday. Having to write down everything I put in my mouth does help me keep the munchies under control! The third big part of my plan is drinking plenty of water. I'm aiming for 66 oz. per day, which is pretty doable for me.
So, there you have it. Whether I fall flat on my face or emerge victorious remains to be seen! :) I hope some of you may jump in and join me! If you do, feel free to chime in on the comments with what your goals are. Even if you don't have weight to lose, seeking better health and fitness is important for everyone, so if you have goals related to healthy eating/working out, please share those, too!