Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Last Chance Challenge

Thinking ahead to two months from now, we will be starting a “new year”. Every New Years Eve that I can remember had me making the same resolution for the year ahead; a resolution to lose weight. I can honestly say that 2011 is the first year that I have lost a significant amount of weight (30 pounds) without gaining all of the weight back before the end of the year. I know that we aren’t at the end of the year yet, and I know that I have gained a bit from my cruise, but with only two months to go, I am taking a moment to reflect and realize that I’ve still got some time left to reach even higher. I’d like to end the year with a total of 40 pounds lost. This would bring me down to 228 lbs. How am I going to accomplish this goal, you ask? Well, with a challenge of course. I know, some of you may be thinking, “Another challenge?” The truth is that I don’t think that I will ever be finished challenging myself. The challenges that I create for myself keep me motivated to continue on. If it works for you, I say go with it!

Creating my own personal challenge is always a fun process, too! Of course, first things first, I have to think of a challenge name. Just when my husband didn’t think that I could come up with a cheesier challenge name, I surprise him yet again. It makes me laugh because he has to hear my cheesy challenge names a lot more than any of you. “No, we can’t go out to eat because of my ‘enter cheesy challenge name’ challenge!” or “Ready for my weigh-in for the ‘enter cheesy challenge name’ challenge?” By the end of my challenges, he is more than ready for the next one; that is, until he hears the name of it.

Not only do I have to think of a name, but then I have to think of the length that it will last. This one is obviously going until the end of the year. There are also the mini challenges within the challenge to think about. The challenge here is to lose enough weight to get down to 228 lbs. by the end of the year. The mini challenges would be to weigh-in weekly, exercise at least three times a week, etc. Another fun thing about challenges is that there is usually a reward. I reward myself for every 5 pounds lost, but if you want to make your own personal challenge, you could make your own reward system, too. A nice reward for this particular challenge of mine is that I will be able to open the box in storage marked “225 lbs”. In that box is basically a whole wardrobe of clothes from 4 years ago. What a reward it will be to try on those clothes, again!

Well, I’m sure that you’ve had enough reading about my challenges! Now it’s time for the specifics of this particular one. Drum roll, please…

Challenge name: Last Chance Challenge or LC Challenge for short, of course. Considering that the next two months are my last chance to end the year with a 40 pound lost, I think that the name works!

Challenge Start Date: 11/1/2011

Challenge End Date: 1/1/2012

Mini Challenges: Weekly Weigh-Ins; Exercise 3x Weekly; Track Nutrition; Track Exercise

I’ll update more about the cruise later. My “Last Chance Challenge” begins now!

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