Heads Up: October Weight Loss Challenge

Hi. My name is Amber, and I’m overweight.

I’m not claiming to be obese, but that medical identifier is too close for comfort and that not only scares me, it is frustrating, depressing, embarrassing and down right uncomfortable. And you know what?

That’s gotta stop.

Can I getta AMEN?

So, after talking to several of you, and confirming that I’m not that only one who needs to get on the “Weight Loss Boat,” I’m issuing a challenge. A challenge to myself, a challenge to you, a challenge to anyone who wants to join in.

The challenge will last the entire month of October, but the goal of course is to create some good habits that will last longer than that and keep going to reach your own personal goals.

So are you in or are you in?

Monday, I’ll be putting up my official challenge post explaining more about the point and goals of the challenge, etc. But I can tell you this much now. The challenge is about losing weight, yes, whether it’s 5 pounds, or 25 pounds or 50 pounds or more–but the challenge is also about making changes and creating habits that last. It’s about taking control of my body (through Christ’s strength in me) and being healthy. It’s about more, even, and it’ll probably look a little bit different for each one of us.

Wednesday, October 1st, I’ll put up a “Starting Point” type post with my own personal challenge, story and goals – hopefully one you can sign up on as well. (Can anybody tell me more about Mr. Linky? Do I have to pay for an account or something?) If I can’t do a “linky,” well… you can leave a comment and I’ll add your name to a list in the post and link to it.

Also, throughout the month, I’ll post articles and tips and encouraging stories to keep us all going. I’ll also have a post up every Monday to check in (and weigh in) so you can choose to participate in the weigh-ins if you’d like. Sound fun? Or at least not-too-un-fun?

So spread the word, start thinking about your own goals, start writing out your own Challenge posts for next Wednesday, and look for details about the challenge to come out on Monday ( I suppose this challenge needs a good name, huh? Any suggestions?)

See you Monday!


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September 27, 2008 4:59 pm

Hey Amber,

This sounds great! I actually started my own challenge the 2nd week in September and it is going great so far! 🙂 I reached my wedding day weight (which I had to lose 6 lbs to do) and am now hoping to lose some more! So, I will definitely be looking at this and seeing how everyone is doing and for motivation!

September 29, 2008 10:50 am

No way! Yesterday my hubby and I were just deciding we both felt lousy because we hadn’t worked out in.. well, too long. So this challange came at exactally the perfect time! Count me in!

September 27, 2008 5:45 pm

I saw your tweet asking if anyone would be interested in this and I was just thinking about it today, wondering if you were going to do it. I look forward to your challenge.

September 27, 2008 9:44 pm

What about calling it ‘Count Down to Better Health’? You know I’m right there with you and in pretty bad shape (I do fit into the obese category) so I look forward to having some sisters to be inspired and share with… 🙂 Way to go for being the motivator and event organizer that you are!

September 27, 2008 11:19 pm

Stealing this line from your post, how about calling the challenge:
“Making changes and creating habits that last”

September 28, 2008 4:30 pm

YES!!! I’ll be at your Weight Loss party! Thanks for getting a challenge started! Accountability is a great motivator!

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