Based on a thread by a new member, Vince from Arizona and some discussions with Jeremy ,I thought I would pose a winter weight loss and fitness challenge. The idea was to challenge each of us, keeping us on track and supporting one another through the winter months while getting in shape and dropping a few more pounds.
The title says "rules", but they're more like guidelines rather than rules.
Here's the idea:
1. It will be for 3 months - Dec 1, 2007 through Feb 29, 2008 (most good programs are 12 weeks long)
2. You choose your program that you want to follow: Burn the Fat, Body For Life, Vegetarianism, Sunrider, etc
3. Weigh in at the beginning and take measurements. You can disclose them, or keep them private, they're for you, not for anyone else.
4. At the beginning of each month you will state your goal for each month.
5. At the beginning of each week, you will state your goal for each week and the steps you will take action on for that goal during the week. By focusing on your goal for each week, you will meet or exceed your months goal. Stick to what you can focus on right now, this day, and make it the best day possible.
6. You will track your results and all the details above inside your own personal thread inside this subforum. Click on "new topic" inside "Winter Weight Loss and Fitness Challenge" - using your name or some other identifier
7. Check In: Each Sunday or Monday you will check in with your results over the past week, and journal how you've done. What your success' were and what you need to work on for the next week.
8. IMPORTANT: Join the Winter Weight Loss Challenge Usergroup. Go to your User Control Panel
, click on Usergroups and then join so that I can communicate with the members via email about "goings on" and to show new members that you're involved in the challenge.
During the challenge, I may come up with some new things including a monthly conference call so that we can all touch base personally and support one another via the phone.
Now, regarding point number 4 and 5 above. Setting a goal and writing it down is quite powerful. However, this must be in your own handwriting for the full benefits. I suggest you keep a paper journal with your goals for the week and month, then just transcribe them into the forum. This is about YOU getting results
The reporting area that you keep inside the sub forum is for check ins and stating your goals for the upcoming weeks. I encourage you to still keep journaling inside your own weight loss story area, possibly linking to your check ins if you like. This encourages others to get involved as well.
What I would like to recommend is to follow your own chosen program. If you've done the research on it and have guidance, or are working with a personal trainer, keep doing that. You should always stick with a program for at least 3 months (or to the end) to completely evaluate the results.
I would like to recommend a couple of things during the course of this challenge though and that will come either in the form of blog posts or here in this forum.
Tip #1: Eliminate dairy products from your diet.
Tip #2: Increase the amounts of whole foods in your diet. Darlene posts one new whole food recipe each Saturday morning on the blog. These are recipes that we make for ourselves week in, week out. I've been asked if we've "tried" the recipe yet. The answer is YES. The picture of the recipe is one that Darlene took of it after we made it, so yes, we make and eat these foods. Your body is a machine that is fueled by live foods. Life creates life. By incorporating whole foods into your diet DAILY, you improve your quality of life. Whole foods contain more fiber which supports colon health among other benefits. I encourage you to begin cooking a few of the recipes each week.Request:
I would like to promote this challenge on my blogs, along with pictures of the participants and anything I happen to see as success' during the course of the challenge. I will ask your permission before using the information. If you'd like to remain anonymous, just let me know. However, that said, simply by being involved in the challenge and checking in and posting, there is certainly very little anonymity to begin with. By my posting your success', your learns, your ah-ha's etc on the blog, you 'd just get more exposure is all.