Monday, March 26, 2012


I have decided to join the Ready For Summer Challenge...and I am excited about it.

The challenge starts today and runs through June 3, 2012.  As part of the challenge each participant sets goals that they want to achieve during the 10 week challenge.  There are four goal categories:
  • weight loss goal
  • non-scale goal
  • exercise goal
  • nutrition goal

In addition, each week there is a mini-challenge to keep participants motivated. 

Honestly, this challenge couldn't have come at a better time.  The last two weeks have been less than stellar for me, and I am struggling to get my focus back. I really think that this will help me get back on track.

Here are the goals I have set for myself to accomplish over the next 10 weeks:

  1. Lose weight every week of the challenge, even if it is only a fraction of a pound.  The scale needs to go down each week, not up.
  2. Lose 30 lbs over the 10 week challenge.  YES, that is a stretch goal...and YES, it is more than 2 lbs. a week.  Healthy weight loss recommendations are typically set at 1 - 2 lbs. a week because for most people that represents a loss of about 1% of body weight.  I don't weigh in the 100's or 200's....or even the 300's for that matter, so I think that a goal of approximately 3 lbs. each week is totally doable.  Call me crazy, but I am going for it.
  3. Kiss the 400's good bye FOREVER...and ever...and ever!!! And weep with joy when it happens! 


 I am not really sure what goal I should set for myself in this category - so, for the time being, this will be left open.  I am not very good at focusing on anything but weight loss right now (which probably means I should REALLY try to come up with a goal here), but I just can't think of anything that would motivate me.

  1. Workout at least 30 minutes each day for 5 days out of the week.
  2. During lunch at work, walk once around the building every single work day.
  3. Walk a 5K race.  I don't care about the time, I just want to do it!  I did it in April 2010 and it hurt my feet so bad I wanted to die.  Now that I have the 1140's I think this is the PERFECT time to try another 5K.
  1. Stay within my adjusted Weight Watchers points every single day of the challenge.
  2. Drink 100 oz. of water each day.
  3. No  more than four eat out meals during the entire challenge.
I feel really good about these goals! 

For the next 10 weeks, let the odds be EVER in my favor!

On another note, who is freaking excited to see the re-release of Titanic?  I am going on record that I am so excited I can barely think about it!  I saw the preview for it before the Hunger Games, and seriously, I was brought to tears!  I. CANNOT. WAIT!

Also, after being encouraged by many to hold myself accountable and weigh in, I did just that.  On Sunday I weighed in at 409.4.  INSERT SAD FACE HERE.  A gain of 2 lbs. I am sad, yes...but, it could have been worse...MUCH WORSE!  Thanks for the encouragement to do the right thing, hold myself accountable and get on that scale!


  1. I'm right there with you on Titanic!!! I saw it three times in theaters when it was first released. It was a huge deal and marks a part of my childhood (teen-hood)...VERY EXCITED!!!

    Good luck with the summer challenge. I thought about doing it...but I've already committed to another challenge and I have enough of my own goals set for myself.

    Advice on the "non-scale" goals...I know you read Runs For have you thought about making a # by age list? Like she made her 30 X 30 list? I made one and I'm really excited about completing it! : ) You could make your whole list and then pick one or two to complete during the 10 week challenge.

  2. Hey, have a great 1st week on our 10 wk challenge!

  3. Sounds like a good list of very doable goals!  I like your #1 goal the best -- lose weight every week!  I'll be following along for the next 10 weeks.  Good luck to you! :D

  4. I look forward to following you and watching you achieve your goals.  Good luck this week!

  5. Good Luck with your goals, Connie!  I hope we can keep each other motivated.  I witnessed a good friend lose 125 lbs through Weight Watchers a few years back, and it changed her life in so many ways.  It's pretty exciting that you can aim for big "mini" goals and experience that success to keep your on track and feeling in control.  

    I saw Titanic on my 1st outing after my daughter was born.   Now I think I need to bring her to see it on the big screen.  Other than the script, the movie was pretty amazing. I admit, my favorite part of the whole thing is Kate's gowns - but I'm shallow that way.  :)

  6. Best of luck Connie! Looking forward to following your weight loss! 
    NSV - I struggle with this. Just focus on what makes you happy. Doesn't have to be weight-loss related, it could very well be a pampering reward for doing this challenge: pedicure, manicure, taking a leisurely & enjoyable stroll just for the pleasure and not to lose weight. Trying something new that you wouldn't ordinarily try (food or activity). Hope you'll find something that works for you!

  7. You can do it Connie!

    I'm super excited for Titanic as well. I loved that movie, and saw it a few times in the theater. I am definitely going to go watch it again :)

  8. You have set very attainable goals. I think you should be able to lose 30 lbs in 10 weeks. Best of luck to you! 


  10. Hi!  Just wanted to wish you luck on the RFS challenge!  You will achieve those goals!!

  11. Thanks Katie!  The week started rough, but I am feeling back on track.  Now if I can just get back to a regular workout each day!!

  12. Thanks Jenn!  Today I decided I may need to apply some kind of grading, you know, if I only hit my goals 90% of the time I still feel good about my efforts!

  13. Alana, can't wait to check out your blog!  Going to spend some time on it tonight!

  14. Thanks Raeesa!  I am really working on getting a NSV goal.  I think it is important and I think in the long run it will help me focus on something other than that darn scale!

  15. I LOVE hearing stories about people who have been able to lose the weight on their own.  I do believe in mini goals...right now, getting out of the 400's is my main focus!  It's not the end of the road, but I think psychologically it will make such a big difference for me!

    I thought Kate's gowns were awesome too!  I actually went to some Titanic exhibit and they had one of her dresses there.  Her waist was so tiny I couldn't believe it!  

  16. Thanks Kristy!  I so hope I don't disappoint!

  17. You know, that is the goal I worry the most about.  In past attempts the scale typically went down each week, this time it has been a little more stubborn!  I'm hoping with some focus I can make it 10 weeks without a gain!

  18. I like the 30 x 30 list idea.  I need to go check out Katie's again - get some inspiration!  Yeah...I think that is a really good idea!  THANKS!!!

  19. Your exercise goals are almost IDENTICAL to mine! I'll be cheeeering you on!

  20. The goal to lose some weight - even a fraction of a pound - is a good one. Weight loss can occur in spurts, so sometimes setting a weekly goal of a specific weight loss number can be discouraging if you don't hit the target. Good luck reaching your goals :)