Sunday, June 5, 2011

I'm Ready for a Challenge

Tomorrow is the big day.  I've done really well on following Brad Gansberg's Program Learn to Run a 5K in 100 days. I'm just having a hard time doing anything else.  I found this challenge while reading blogs and just knew that this is exactly what I needed.  I've been going back and forth about whether to start weight watchers. I have to drive quite a ways to make the meetings, but I just don't have the discipline to do this on my own.  I'm thinking I may need the support.  The meetings are on Wednesdays, so I guess I have a couple of days to decide if I'm going to need it or not.

We are supposed to list our goals for the Summer Challenge so here goes:

1.  Track food.  I plan on tracking every single morsel that enters my mouth.  Even if it is a single piece of gum, or a bite off of stinkers plate.  The challenge prefers keeping calories below 10,000 calories a week, that will be my plan.  If I decide to do weight watchers I will stay within my points every day.

2.  Water.  It is said that you should have half your body weight in water.  That's a whole lot of stinkin water for someone my size.  I'm going to shoot for 120 ounces of water.

3. Weigh In.  My goal is to lose 10% of my weight in the next 12 weeks, which is 27 pounds. I will weigh in every Monday and post my loss on my blog.  If I start Weight Watchers, weigh in day is on Wednesdays. I may post a special weigh in on Mondays for this challenge.

4. Exercise. I will continue to do 5K in 100 days, which is basically 45 minutes cardio 3x a week. My goal is to run a 5k when this challenge is complete.  I need to schedule a run so that I have a race to prepare for.

5. Document.  I will be here everyday blogging my success, setbacks and menus.  I know that the most important element is accountability. I'm looking forward to following along with my fellow participants and cheering them on as well. 

I definitely have my work cut out for me.  I'm looking forward to what this challenge will bring, and I'm at that point in my life where I'm not going to sit on the sidelines any more.  This weight will come off and I know if I follow the above goals I will succeed.


  1. And I look forward to seeing you make wonderful progress. I believe in our ability to change.

    Let's do it together!

  2. You're right, no more sitting on the sidelines waiting for something to happen. It's time to MAKE this happen! You can do this!

  3. Hi this is Nicole from Colie's Kitchen!! I am excited to see you are part of the Summer Slim down Challenge!! I am looking forward to seeing your progress and getting to know you. If you ever need encouraging words let me know. I am a new follower and would love to have you visit my blog

  4. Water water water, it is like my full time job.

  5. @princess Change will happen and I'm so lucky to be sharing it with all of you. Thanks for visiting.

    @Debbi It is time to make this happen! No more feeling sorry for myself.

    @Colie Thanks for stopping by! I stopped by your blog and left some love. Looking forward to getting to know you too.

    @Grace and the rest of the time is spent in the bathroom. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Your goals are great! I was going to start the Brad Gansberg program... and got lazy and never did the consent forms. I'm glad it's working well for you!

    I look forward to following you through the challenge!

  7. I've joined the challenge too and I'm excited for all of us! I'm going to check out that run a 5k in 100 days site---might be too much for now but,
    then again...

    Good luck!

  8. Sitting on the sidelines stinks! Let's Get up and Go!!

  9. Glad to see you are in this challenge, too. Your goals sound realistic. We will all support each other as we work hard to get healthier and fit. Best of luck to you. Michele at

  10. Your goals are realistic and targeted. When you point out the 'percentage' of weight loss, vs. just the number of pounds it really seems amazing. It's very doable though. Good luck. And yes... the water! Water! Water! Water! Luckily it seems way more natural to drink that much in the summer. Best of luck!

  11. @jacqui I'm loving the program. He goes really slow and has videos to talk you through it. I just may be a runner some day.

    @Emptynester you really should check out 5kin100days. I'm pretty sure he's still taking people. I'm loving it. Thanks for stopping by.

    @Angela Pea We're going ;) Yay!!

    @Michelle Thank you so much. I'm thrilled to be doing the challenge.

    @Miss April Thank you for stopping by. They say just 10% can make a world of difference...I'm looking forward to meeting that goal.


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