This is a "dangerous" time of year (for me) to start a Challenge to lose weight, but then, when I thought about it, it might be the best time...
As some of you might know, My first 90 Day Challenge was to lose 45 pounds. Ultimately, I fell short, I lost 42 pounds, 3 pounds less than my goal.
Its been 3 weeks since my challenge ended and I have so much more energy than I had at the end of August. I have lost six inches off my waist. I wore a suit to our company's Christmas party last weekend that I have not been able to wear comfortably since probably 2004 (it was a little loose!). I was able to button up the collar on my shirt (something I haven't done, even using collar extenders, since 2007). I can walk faster, longer and climb more flights of stairs than I could just four short months ago. All this said, I still have a long way to go.
I am starting another 90 Day Challenge today. I have thought about this one more, and have chosen to include not only a weight loss component, but also some fitness components, achieved through not only healthier food intake but also increased physical activity.
- I plan on losing 30 pounds in the next 90 days.
- I want to lose 4 inches on my waist (I have noticed from my previous challenge that inches will come off appropriately elsewhere)
- I will endeavour to increase my daily physical activity and walk at least 1 mile at least twice a week. I will achieve increased daily activity by choosing to park further away, choosing to walk up stairs when the option presents itself and to start using some of the many pieces of exercise equipment I have acquired over the years.
My thoughts are that, even though I know that I will not be able to maintain this program during my birthday, Christmas, New Years and on some occasions when we will socialize over the holidays, I will probably make "better" choices knowing that I am on a 90 Day Challenge and am accountable (if only to myself). At the end of this challenge, I will take new pictures (the ones I am currently using were taken in September, 2009) and update my picture online and on my business cards.