Today I officially began my 8-week weight loss challenge

@taface412 (3175)
United States
October 13, 2008 9:14pm CST
Well I started my weight loss challenge. This is inspired by a co worker who about a month or so ago entered (along with her family) into a contest for the tri-state area for an 8 week weight loss challenge. She did really well losing 16 pounds and it got me to thinking why don't I start a weight loss challege for myself. And since I have already adjusted my diet to not only include what I should be eating while allowing me to still eat what I want my challenge really is exercise and toning. I will be the first to admit I am not so good at keeping up with htis at all. Here are my goals and guidelines for the next 8 weeks: weigh in on Sunday and measure inches and track vitals 30 minutes of cardio three times a week 30 minutes of strength training 3 times a week drink more water (I never do this) and make sure I get sleep (another hard thing for me to do) Weight loss goal is 15 pounds. This is just under 2 pounds a week. If I meet this goal I will end up weighing 137 pounds...now I am a realist so I know chances are I will not reach that goal. But I will give it my best shot and hopefully be able to keep the weight I lost this spring and summer off during the fall and winter months still being able to eat what I want within limits. Today, I went walking after dinner with my dogs. And the one on the leash definitely gave me a workout, felt like I was on a treadmill stuck on incline for awhile. And not only did I feel good walking with them as the moon came out I was able to sort through an area of an article I was stuck on. So not only am I keeping my body from being lethargic I am waking up my writing mind. So are you currently doing a weight loss challenge? Do you think shows like the Biggest Loser are inspiring to this personal challenge?
7 responses
@tismesara (113)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Congrats! I do hope it works well for you. Something i noticed wasnt commented on was your question about th biggest looser... i think they are kind of good but unrealistic for most of us because they are spending hourss working out and loosing more than the weight drs say to loose (no more than 2 a week).
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Not to mention on the BL they have a team of fitness experts who are watching this rapid weight loss....It is unrealistic that way, b/c who can afford a trainer and a dietician while challenging themselves? Thanks for responding
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
You have a great weight loss plan and good luck on the results. I've been overweight for almost a decade now and i tried all diet pills, diet plans recommended by doctors as well as exercise routines by gym instructors. Frustrated by the minimal effects on weight reduction, end results were adding more pounds to my weight. Almost gave up when I came to know a weight management plan from a Korean nun whom I get aquainted at a charity mission. This is easy to follow and it really worked on me. I lost an average of 10 pounds a week and more with exercise twice a week. These are the rules: 1. Avoid drinking water or any beverages during meals. 2. Take large portions of vegetables and fruits. 3. Meats, carbohydrates and fats in moderation. 4. Drink as much as you can and anything you want except carbonated drinks two hours after meals.
15 Oct 08
10 pounds per week is amazing. If I could do that I would be at the weight I want to be in four weeks. Did you feel tired at all when following this diet. I find that is one of my biggest problems becuase it just make me crave chocolate. Well done, keep up the good work.
@YOULANLIU (312)
• China
14 Oct 08
Two pounds a week,oh,it is indeed a big challenge for you.I think you need not to pursuit the speed of weight loss deliberately,it is a hard and long jop.Maybe you can achieve the objective in a short time,but usually it has the danger of rebound and it is also harmful for your health.From another viewpoint,a much big project usually makes you found that hard to perform and lose confidence at last.This is very important for the weight loss.
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Thanks. But I assure you this is not my first rodeo with weight loss. Like I said the most big challenge to me is the exercise...and i am sure that with htis change of routine I will lose weight, maybe not my 2 lbs/week, but I will definitely lose something. I originally wanted to shoot for 20 lbs but a co worker who is using weight watchers said it would be best to aim for 1.5 to 2 lbs per week. SO I adjusted my goal a bit. Either way I am on my way to good times. Thanks for the response
• United States
18 Oct 08
I think that 15 pounds is a great goal. It is very reasonable. Let us know how you are doing as you go along. It is great to have the extra acountability to keep you motivated. I am thinking of starting a new weight loss plan that can get me a good boost. I dont have a real plan yet. I tend to make up plans that are to hard to follow so this time I am thinking it out more.
@missybear (11393)
• United States
17 Oct 08
I seem to start a diet every monday but never follow through. At least when i had my dog i always walked a lot. I move around at work all day but i doesn't seem to help. I was exercising for about 2 month, but i gained weight, so i quit that.
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
I'm actually on a meat-free diet. I've been successful so far. Tomorrow marks my first month without meat and I mean chicken, pork, beef, and lamb. I still eat seafood and sweets though so I didn't lose a lot of weight. I also go to the gym almost everyday. My goal is to burn 700+ calories a day which I have been doing for over a month already. it's so much easier to exercise than diet. I think I'll have to start cutting down on carbs and sweets pretty soon though.
• United States
14 Oct 08
First off, congrats to you for challenging yourself. Try not to beat yourself up before you get started, progression is the key. The things you mentioned are all great lifestyle changes that will lead to becoming more healthy and that will result in weight loss. I'm not doing a weight loss challenge but I do stay active. Good luck in your quest and let us know how you did.