2011 Challenge - Week One

It is never a good idea to start an Eat less, Move More challenge right after the New Year celebrations and having those celebrations fall over a weekend. No wonder America's nunber one New Year's resolution, getting fit, is the one resolution most people will fail at.

But never mind.

Here is my Week One posting. Because this is the very first post for week one, I start off with my vital stats (cringe) for maximum public humiliation.

Age: 40 1/2 years.

Height: 5' 4"

Weight: 160lbs. (Met and exceeded beached whale status... and not even a killer whale!)

Waist measurement: 37 3/4" (Groan. I've lost my waist, I can no longer see my toes while standing up, I can't find my hip bones. ARGGGH)

Ultimate end goal (to reach by 12/31/2011):

1. Lose 20 - 30 lbs

2. Eat healthy - which for me is to be eating rabbit food at least once a day.

3. Exercise at least 3 times a week.

Week One Goal:

Eat Less:

Maintain a photo food diary.

I am the biggest culprit for stealth snacking/ inhaling. I am extremely good at underestimating what and how much I consume. So for week one I am going to monitor everything I eat and drink. Nutritionists call this keeping a food diary. My twist? I am going to photograph every piece of food and drink that will make its way into my system. At the end of the week I will have a visual reminder of that week's eating.

Move More:

At work I will go to the 3rd floor restroom instead of the one on my floor. At home, I will do squats through the commercial breaks of any TV/ movie I happen to be watching.


No morning Starbucks for the entire week. (I order a venti, skinny, extra hot, Chai latte every morning.) I am thinking I'll cut down on Starbucks, and at $4.22 a pop I'll save $21.10 for the week.


2011 Challenge - The Rules!

After the (relative) success of my 2010 Challenge, I have thought long and hard about what to do for my 2011 Challenge given my limitations; that is, I am rubbish at New Year's Resolutions. Again, this is not a new or creative challenge, but it is something I desparately need, as I have approached and exceeded beached whale status... I kid you not.

So here it is, drumroll please, the 2011 Eat Less, Move More Challenge.

I have a doodle app called DrawCast in iPad where I created the above - using my finger!

Now here are the rules:

1. At the beginning of the challenge post your vital stats. (We are going for maximum public humilation here... age, height, weight, waist measurement. (Not an exhaustive list, but the minimum.)

2. At the beginning of each week post vital stats - of weight, and for example waist meausrement.

3. At the beginning of each week post one goal for the "Eat Less" part, and one goal for the "Move More" part. This is just a minimum. You can post more than one goal. The goal is simply set for the week - no more than 7 days. (I have difficulty maintaining anything for longer than 7 days - shameful to admit, I know.)

4. At the beginning of each week, measure your success of the goals you posted the previous week.

5. Post a minimum "report back" once a week. You can post more than if you want.

6. Can post photos (since I am fresh from my 2010 Challenge, I think I am going to continue to take photos.)

7. Disqualification rules - failure to post 3 consecutive weeks.

8. Ultimate end of year goal - needs to be set out in the first week's post. Hopefully at the end of a minimum of 52 posts we will all be fitter, healthier and generally sleeker.