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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.