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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The HASAY Challenge -first assignment

I just learned about a weight loss challenge created by a little chicklet named Casey at halfasgoodasyou. Sorry Casey - hope you don't mind being called a chicklet - I thought it was better than Beotch - and sorry again, but I don't know how to link to your blog so if anyone reading this can educate a newbie on the finer techie points of blogging I would really, really appreciate it.

Anyway, HASAY stands for Half As Small As You and it's an online diet and fitness group. You can read more about HASAY and join if you are so interested by visiting halfasgoodasyou.com. All the info and directions are there so if you're looking for some friendly motivation and company, like I am, I think you'll find it there. So, in the interest of wasting no more time, I am going to get on with my first assigment and that is to answer the following questions.

1) What motivates me and why do I want to do this challenge?
Feeling and looking good motivate me. Being able to keep up with my boys motivates me. I want to do this challenge because I think losing weight and getting in shape are more fun to do with others.

2) What is my long term goal?
I would like to lose 20 lbs and I would like to FOR ONCE not feel like Nanook of the North when I visit my two super skinny size 0 sisters-in-law.

3) What tools are available to me?
A Gold's Gym membership and a great, hilly neighborhood for weekend runs.

4) How often can I exercise?
At least three times a week. I have been getting to the gym at 5 am three days a week before work. I can also run once during the weekend with a friend.

5) What do I plan to do?
My workouts already go something like this. Tuesday and Thursday - 30 mins of cardio, 40 minutes of weights. One day I will focus on tri's bi's and legs, another day will focus on shoulder, chest and back. Fridays are typically my cardio only day when I will do an hour of cardio.

6) What has worked for me in the past?
Weight Watchers has worked twice for me. I lost about 15 lbs a long time ago before my first son was born and then I lost 20 lbs again after my second son was born. I am now back at my original pre-baby weight but I want to lose more. I don't want to join WW again though because I can find all sorts of things I could spend $40 a month on. And I just got tired of tracking points.

So there you have it - my first assigment for HASAY is done. I feel stronger, leaner, and fitter already.

21 comments:

goodfather said...

Hey, excellent! I'm the de-facto HASAY (male) cheerleader, so, YAY! Cool that you have a gym membership and hills to run.

Casey said...

Woo hoo, welcome to the club! Nah, I don't mind being called a chicklet but beotch would have worked too. I'll answer to either from here on out.
So you're telling me that you actually WAKE UP and hit the gym at 5am? I didn't know the roads were even open that early, let alone the gyms. It sounds like you're already on the right track for HASAY (except most of us are already slacking). I might even nominate you to be the new spokesperson since you're so motivated. Good luck and again, welcome to the club. Beotch!

Kristy said...

Welcome to HASAY! The chicklet thing was hilarious!

Seriously Mama said...

Welcome to HASAY! I'm up at 5am too but it's because my kids wake up way to damn early and not because I am heading off to the gym. ;-)

Looking forward to HASAYing with you!

Keely said...

5am??
Casey didn't say you were CRAZY...
;)

steenky bee said...

Welcome!! Yay! I'm so glad you joined in! You won't be sorry, well, you might once Casey starts trolling your site and gives you a little tough love. Great post and great start!

mrsbear said...

5 AM? That would be before sunrise, right? Wow, I'm impressed already. And you've got a great plan. I had a plan too but I sold it for some Cool Ranch Doritos. Welcome to HASAY.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Welcome to HASAY!
You're in great company and will never see such a tight online support group. (We could loosen the belt a little, but why?)

CelloBella said...

Welcome!

Laufa said...

Welcome!!! Sounds like you have a great plan already started. Glad you found us.

Shieldmaiden96 said...

Welcome! This is a fun group and we're glad to have someone else we can abuse. I mean, encourage.

Leslie said...

To all the wonderful folks who have commented thus far - thanks! 11 comments is the MOST I have ever had on my blog at one time so holy shitso! I'm excited! And thanks for all the encouraging comments. I'm looking forward to this - it's going to be fun. I will add all of you guys to me blog roll, or whatever it's called, so I can check in with you too. Yak at ya soon!

Kristy said...

Hi Leslie...

Me again...I don't see a follow me button on your blog??...I'd like to follow! Thanks for visiting my blog by the way...take care!

Kristy said...

Hi Leslie..me yet again...here's how you can put a follow me button up on your blog...

Go to your Dashboard, click on the layout tab...then click the button called Add a Gadget...then you will see in another window that pops up a list of things you can do...click on the followers link and it will automatically assist you in putting that on your blog for viewers to click on if they want to read your blog regularly. All you have to do to follow someone else's blog is to click on their Follow me button and or you can maually add them on your dashboard where it says Add on the bottom of the page!

I sure hope that helps!

SuZ said...

Good luck with the challenge!

Kat@MotherFonker said...

Hi, Leslie!

Happy you're here :-)

Kristy said...

Hey it's me again...I just keep comenting here since I don't have your email..hope you don't mind! I am now following you...great job by the way..You did it! Btw..your kids are oh So Cute!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Well, thanks for the explanation. I wondered what the hell HASAY was!

Kristy said...

Psst! I gave you an award over on my blog...go check it out!

steenky bee said...

Just stoppy by to check on you again. I hope you're busy doing something fun and not refereeing arguments between a 13 month old and a 3 year old while trying to surf the web.

Seriously Mama said...

Just stopping by to check on your HASAY weekend...

Did you at least get to sleep in a bit later than 5am?