June Weight Loss Challenge

It’s almost June and I am Way behind schedule. I need to lose 5 pounds and I have been dragging my feet. Springtime is when I usually shed my winter layer. What better way to usher in June than with a weight loss challenge. Let’s see if we can crowdsource our way to a healthier life through a friendly fitness challenge.

The last fitness challenge I blogged about was my February Plank Challenge. If you missed how I was able to get to a 3-minute plank you can read about that challenge here.

 You Know You

My normal yearly routine is to put on 5-10 pounds of winter fluff. Almost like a bear preparing for hibernation! Except I never hibernate. During those months of the year, where the days are short and there seems to be an endless parade of holiday meals and desserts, I belly up to the table and consume. Then come spring, the sun starts to shine, I get more weight conscious and shed those 5-10 pounds.

I guess the reason I do this is because I like to eat. I have always loved food. My mother could tell you stories of how I was the first child to the dinner table and the last to leave. I was a “husky” child for that reason. At least, that is what my grandma always called me. Thanks, grams.  I first realized I had a problem as a child when my parents took me shopping for school clothes and my waist size started to equal my length. Uh oh!

As I grew into my teenage body, I played more sports, grew taller and “thinned out.” But my love for food never went away.

Even as an adult I have a bad habit of eating large portion sizes or going back for seconds. I don’t eat overly fatty foods, I just eat too much of those foods. I don’t know if this is healthy or unhealthy. It is just what I have always done.  My Achilles heel is for baked sweets like cookies and cake. This is an area I will focus on in June.

The Commitment

For the last 3 months, I have been trying to shed 5 pounds. Each month I start strong for the first couple of days and then I see a doughnut or piece of cake and its all over.

This is the big commit. 

There is something about putting your goal down on paper that makes it more real. In this case, I am putting my goal on the internet(my blog), but it has the same outcome. I know that I can’t tell you I want to lose 5 pounds and not give it my very best, 100% effort.

The Plan

Mission statement: I plan to lose 5 pounds in the month of June.

I will publish a kickoff post, Friday, June 1st with a morning weigh in.  This will be followed by 4 more weekly update posts on June 8, 15, 22 and a challenge wrap-up post on June 29th where I have hopefully met or exceeded my June weight loss goal.

In my weekly update posts, I will include food journals and some photos of my favorite healthy foods that I ate that week.

My two-pronged approach to my June weight loss challenge will be:

  1. Diet – I plan to loosely keep track of my calories for each day with a planned intake of 1800 calories per day. I will also drink one gallon of water per day to help offset sugary drinks like juice or soda. I will cut carbs and as much sugar out of my diet as I can tolerate. I plan to use the
  2. Exercise– I plan to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.* As part of my exercise plan, I will try to accumulate 500,000 steps for the month of June.

I am currently working on a year-long, 5 Million Step Challenge that the blog My Sons Father is hosting. You can read about that challenge here.

*The 30 minutes of exercise will be measured by using my Apple iWatch. The iWatch calculates any movement or activity greater than a brisk walk and keeps a running total for a 24 hour day.

The red ring measures active calories burned. The green ring measures exercise per day. The blue ring measures hours of standing during the day.

You Can Be Part Of The Challenge Too

In the comments section of this post, let me know if you are interested in joining the challenge. You can use your real name or a fake name. I won’t mind. Let me know how much weight you would like to lose. This challenge can be anything you want to make it.

I would love for people to join me on my month-long journey to be more healthy.

On the weekly update posts, you can post in the comments your progress. For the wrap-up post at the end of the month, I will include a roll call shout out to everyone who participated.

This challenge is more about the process rather than the results. It is more about the change process over the outcome. Small seemingly inconsequential changes in your life have big impacts over time. Let’s get going.

Email List

This would be a good opportunity to sign up for my email list on my homepage. By signing up, you will receive the fitness challenge kick off and the weekly updates delivered directly to your email inbox.

Stay tuned for June 1st, where we will kick off this challenge with the first post and my official weigh in.

20 thoughts on “June Weight Loss Challenge

  1. I always do better when someone is watching over my shoulder, bugging me, so I’m in. I want to lose 10 pounds by vacation July 7th.

    Me and Jenny Craig are dating again.

    1. That is fabulous. Glad you can join. I have never dated Jenny Craig but I have heard many people do, LOL. I will be happy to keep tabs on you this month. It should be fun. We will do weekly check-ins in the comments section. You can even email me more info that I can share in the post if you would like. Like a favorite easy snack or a food journal for a day you were proud of. I hope to make this fun for everyone to shed a couple undesirable pounds.

    1. I honestly question my ability to hit 500k steps as well. That is 16,666 per day. yikes. I will have to stay active. For this friendly challenge, there are no rules. It is the honor system. Exercise when you can and eat healthily. Thank you, Angela, for joining.

  2. Good luck with the challenge! 500,000 monthly steps is an impressive goal. I have a desk job so I would really struggle getting anywhere close to 500k in a month (at least based on my current pace). Excuses, right? 🙂

    1. Oh, those goals (500k steps) are just my goals. If you want to lose a few pounds come join us. You can lose your weight just be eating healthier if you want. No rules for this challenge just a motivational experience to be healthier and wealthier.

  3. Count me in for the June weight loss challenge! Losing 5 lbs in one month seems reasonable, but I’d really like to lose 10 lbs before my niece’s wedding in July.

    My diet is healthy, but I never seem to lose weight for very long. In the past, I’ve focused on raw foods, the Mediterranean diet, and Paleo diet. In general, I eat whole foods and avoid processed foods, sugar & too many carbs…..but I think I just eat too much food.

    I will try to exercise more, but it’s hard to fit it in – I can’t even get in 10,000 steps per day. Today I got in about 5,000 steps and I went to a yoga class.

    1. Great I will add you to the blog-roll list. I’d like to make this a 2-month challenge but I for the sake of brevity I kept it to one month. I am excited to see how you do.

  4. So as I said on twitter, please count me in. I’ve been getting lazy lately and packed on some weight, and need to get it off before marathon training begins.

    I’m going full on slow carb, and upping my exercising. I aim to run 5-6 days a week, do bodyweight each day and some yoga to stretch it all out.

  5. Ah slow carb is a faddish low carb diet, created by Tim Ferris. Main rule is anything that comes in white is banned. And don’t drink calories.

  6. Sounds like a great start to summer by getting started on your health. I think I’ll try for the five pounds too, I have a wedding to go to in July. 😂

  7. I’m in! It’s already June 4, so I’m getting a late start, but better late than never. My goal is to lose 4 lbs this month and do 20 minutes of daily exercise, working up to 30 minutes daily by the end of the month. I’m a senior out of shape, so this is a good challenge for me, thanks!

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