Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Christmas Dress Countdown 2011

Now that Slimmer this Summer, which was hosted by Debbi of Debbi Does Dieting and Mir of Two Years to Happy Weight After, Mir is hosting a new challenge to fit into that elusive Christmas dress.  Her Christmas Dress Challenge 2011 is just in time for all those fattening holiday foods and thankfully I have been graciously accepted into the challenge!  Our goal is to continue making responsible and healthy decisions about the foods we eat and the amount of time we are active during these upcoming holidays.  Here's how we plan on doing it:

Between September 11th - and December 18th {14 weeks total} the participants will be linking up to the official Christmas Dress Countdown 2011 site once weekly on Sundays to track our progress in these areas:
  • Fitting into a smaller dress, skirt, or pant size.  My goal is a dress.  Picture coming soon!
  • Sticking to a daily caloric limit.  I will be following my Weight Watcher's guide and staying within my points each week.
  • Exercising a minimum of 3 times per week.  This will be the hardest part for me but I am determined!
  • Striving to stay consistent in our eating and work out plans.  Consistency is the key to weight loss that makes it a life long change.
  • Hydrating sufficiently.  I really need to keep up with this one.  Water and sleep are needed to lose weight and keep it off.  I am lacking in both.
  • Working through a weight loss book to learn and keep motivated.  I will be going through the Bible Study Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.
  • Posting twice a week: once for official updates and once for issues, progress, epiphanies found along the way. I have been in a posting slump.  You may have noticed my last... oh 10 posts... have been Motivation Monday.  Not too motivating is it?  Well life has calmed back down again so I need to get in the habit of posting more.  I plan on posting to this blog a few times a week with two challenges, Motivation Monday, and some interesting/educational posts for you as well.  In addition I now have a journal blog where I will be jotting down ideas and thoughts on weight loss as they come to me.  That blog will be more personal and less informational.  I'll debut it very soon.
  • Finally be supportive! Weight loss isn't fun or lasting without the support of friends in your day to day life and online as well.
Some other suggestions Mir has for this challenge include:
  • Using our online gifts to help others whether it is posting yummy, healthy recipes, encouraging friends, or researching weight loss trends to post about.
  • Be quick to bounce back.  We all have setbacks in life and especially in weight loss.  Just shrug it off and keep on trucking.  I went off the Weight Watchers' Plan for one week and it took me two weeks to lose that weight I gained, but I now weigh less than I did before and I learned a lesson from it.
  • Prep your house for healthy eating and exercising.  Get rid of the fatty, sugar filled foods that temp you at every turn and set apart an area to do work outs at home when the winter months get too cold to be outside.
  • Build up your faith in yourself.  Whether you think you will succeed of fail, you are correct.
  • And of course consult a professional before starting any workout or diet routine.
To see all the info Mir has for this challenge or to join up, go here!
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