Monday, June 20, 2005

The Ten Percent Challenge: Return of the (Positive) Motivation!

Monday morning. This one's for you, Tiffany. (Well, it's for me, too, but you're the one that gave me the motivation to get off my duff and do it.) So, without any further ado, I give you the 2005 version of the TPC.

Starting today, Monday, June 20, 2005, I will do the following things consistently -

1. Eat my healthy gourmet prepared meals for all but one meal a week. The meal that I eat outside of my prepared meals will be calorically consistent with my recommended daily limit and will include vegetables of some sort.

2. Start with 45 minutes of exercise five days a week at an intensity of between 65 and 75% of my maximum heart rate and build to 60 minutes, five days a week in this manner:

First week - 45
Second week - 49
Third week - 54
Fourth week - 60

3. Consistently drink at least 100 ounces of water every day.

4. Find something to celebrate every day and share it here.

5. Focus on the positive changes that I'll be making (and have already made) in my life and the loving way that I treat my body. Mirror that attitude in the way that I talk and think about myself.

If this looks familiar to long-time readers of this site, that would be because it's pretty much verbatim from my June 6, 2004 entry when I launched the first incarnation of the TPC. This time, however, I'm going to expand this little game and ask anyone reading this who needs to lose more than 10% of their body weight to consider playing along at home. You can report your progress here or just post a trackback to your own site if you'd prefer to put your progress reports there.

My tentative goal is to lose 10% of my weight and weigh 207 pounds by my brother's birthday - September 14th. This is 11.5 weeks away and will be a real challenge, but we'll see how I do, won't we? Come on, let's have some fun!

5 comments:

Tiffany said...

Good for you!!

I'll take your challenge, and we'll see how far we get by September 14th! 5 days of exercise, plenty of water, and some positive thinking--I can do that! And you can, too.

Erin said...

I'm in. All us big girls in San Diego need each others support! I can already feel those Petco seats loosening up!

Mamato2boys said...

With a beautiful invitation like that how can I not accept!

OK I am going to try not to look too far ahead but heck 10% I can handle that little, heh, chunk.

203.4 by September 14th sounds good to me!

P.S Could it BE a more beautiful day out? *in my best Chandler Bing voice ;o)*

dietgirl said...

that is a great idea! and sounds achievable too. as opposed to scary and overwhelming, as some of my previous 'challenges' have been, hehe :) go denise! woowoo!

Michael said...

It sounds like a quite sensible and realistic challenge.

A couple of pounds a week is definitely doable. Good luck.