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.