Ready for a little friendly competition? I'm really tired of seeing the same old numbers on the scale, and I've been inspired by all the television weight loss competitions I've been watching. While most of us can't drop out of our lives to focus on diet and exercise, we can steal some of their ideas, and try to adapt it to our own situations. So, let's do this thing.
Follow whatever diet you want - but make it sensible and balanced, okay? No crazy only lettuce and diet soda routines.
Plan your dinners. If you are like me, breakfast and lunch isn't such a major dilemma. I can eat the same things day in and day out. But the family likes variety at dinner. Once a week, sit down and spend ten minutes planning out your week's food. I'll post mine.
Get moving. I'll be posting weekly exercise goals plus challenges. These aren't going to be difficult, and you can save your excuses for your mama. (You can also expect a little trash talking from me.)
Be accountable. At the start of each week, I want you to take a photo of your weight displayed on your scale. We'll do this every Monday. This is to keep you motivated through the weekends - and also to keep your pedicures current. Heh. We'll also take our measurements once a month.
I also want you to tell someone what you are doing. Tell your husband. Tell your kids. Tell your best friend. Encourage them to help you by joining you in exercise, not offering foods you can't resist, and by distracting you when you are feeling weak.
If you are already a blogger - consider blogging your challenge. If you aren't, CafeMom can have you up and running in five minutes. Send me your links!
Get enough rest. If you are a night-owl like me, start by moving your bedtime up by 30 minutes. And then do it again. Your body needs time to regenerate.
Drink your water. I don't care how you get it in, but you need 8 8 oz glasses daily. Start drinking in the morning, and keep it with you until you've gotten it all in.
Finally - we're going to stop the negative talk. We're going to forgive ourselves for gaining weight, and we're going to tackle one choice at a time. If you mess up at lunch, you'll go back to your sensible plan at dinner. If you mess up after dinner, you'll wake up tomorrow and start fresh.
I'm going to create a one-sheet print-out-able file that will give you a place to record your weekly menu, your weight and measurements, your exercise challenges for the week and your water intake. I'll have that available in my sidebar by this evening. Feel free to modify it as you see fit. Mine will be taking center stage on my 'fridge.
Here's what we are playing for, and how I'm judging:
At the end of each of the next three months, I will compare your starting weight with your ending weight. I'm cooking up prizes for our progress check-ups. At the end of three months, I will do one final comparison. The dieter who has lost the most weight (in pounds) will recieve a $50 gift certificate of her choice. If there is a tie, we will use minutes exercised as a tie breaker. Track those minutes!
So! This weekend, take some Before photos. Find your measuring tape. Change the batteries in your scale. Start thinking about the way you want to eat.
I will keep the "official contest entry" open until Friday, March 9th. I don't know if comments are actually working - it has been a rough week. If you'd like to participate, but can't comment, send me an email email@example.com and let me know you're in.