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40 pounds in 4 months: The end of the year challenge.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Before you bring out your pitch forks and start the attack (imagine Beauty and the Beast,, and Gaston lol) Let me start by saying I'm not actually putting ALL of my stakes on trying to lose 40 lbs in 4 months.

I am setting a high goal in an attempt to encourage myself to give this an honest try and really give it my all. I've been at this weight loss thing for many many years now and I've learned that if you do what you've done you REALLY will get what you've got.

I want something different. So I'm gonna do something different. If I lose 20 pounds I'll be ECSTATIC!! If I lose 10 I will still be happy because at the end of the day, that is 10 pounds that I DID NOT gain!

Anyone who wants an end of the year challenge is more than welcome to join in with me! I hiked 6.6 miles today and burned 1244 calories! And the BEST part is that I FEEL AMAZING!!!

I think I told you all that I have decided to intentionally find a better way to deal with stress... well that is a decision I have to keep making because after a rough day it is so easy to just get in the bed and go to sleep OR eat to my hearts desires... but that won't bring me joy in the long run and it surely won't fix even ONE of my problems. Realistically speaking it'll just make it worse.

So my challenge to myself is to use these NEXT FOUR MONTHS to give it my ALL! To wake up each day with a PURPOSE and have SOMETHING to strive for... even if the goal seems a bit out of reach.

I also have learned enough self-love that I don't beat myself up for not quite reaching a goal. Better to aim of the moon and land amongst stars, than sit on the couch and watch my butt spread. But I've never been a sit back and let the inches pile on type of girl... lol.

This challenge for me: consists of: cardio, strength training, yoga/meditation, and journaling.

And come Dec 31,2014 I plan to revel in my success EVEN IF it is less than I desired. Because, even if I go slowly I will lap anyone on the couch.

Still hoping to get at least 1-2 races in this year. I'm measuring inches too... and most of all I plan to HAVE FUN while I do it.

I pledge to ALWAYS choose Joy.


What are your end of the year goals?
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    Good Luck! I agree these may be lofty goals, but like you said, trying things with a different approach may be the key to your success this time!
    Now what is the detailed plan? Without the plan, these lofty goals will be hard to acheive, even for the most disciplined person amongst us! The details really do make a difference... saying 60 minutes of cardio is much more specific then just saying "do cardio everyday"... I personally find if I make the plan specific achieving my goals is simple... I just have to DO the WORK!

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    1720 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    40 lbs is a high goal for sure but with the right attitude(which you have), any step towards meeting that goal is a victory!!!

    My goal is 30 lbs...more is better but 30 would be PERFECT...I know we can do this!!!
    1721 days ago
    I'm trying to lose 20 by the end of the year. 5 lbs down, 15 more to do. WE CAN DO IT!!
    1722 days ago
    Good for you! Best wishes....Keep us posted on your progress!
    1722 days ago
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  • SUGAR0814
    1722 days ago
    Each pound and each positive thought or action is a move in the right direction! Celebrate each of them so there will be no room for discouragement! Keep up the good work. BTW....Love Beauty and the Beast ---always has been one of my FAVS!
    1722 days ago
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