Eight Weekly Challenges for Weight Loss

Happy Monday peeps!

Thank you SO much for reading and sharing your comments on the post about my weight loss journey. Your comments and inspiration mean so much to me. For those of you on a weight loss journey too...WE CAN DO THIS! It's ok for this journey to take time because somewhere down the road you will look back and discover just how far you've come. Remember, there is no quick fix. It sure is easy to gain the weight (and fun too), but it's not easy to lose the weight. However, we are strong. Let's kick that fat in the tail and be done with it forever!

One of the reasons I finally decided to write about my weight loss is because I have hit a wall. I could lie and say I don't know why I've hit a wall...but I know why. I love food. At times, my love for food surpasses my love for myself. It's a bad relationship.

I came across this video the other day:



After watching the video, I've decided to give myself a challenge. I've got to jump start healthy eating again and I know this will help. I invite you to join with me if you would like. I took the five week challenge from the video and added three more weekly challenges. Each week, you will continue to do the challenge of the previous week and include the challenge of the new week. We are on our way to making these challenges into habits. Here are my challenges:

Week 1: Plan out your daily menu
I am so bad at not planning and as a result my eating is horrible. Sometimes I skip breakfast or even lunch. Planning your daily menu really helps you to see how many calories you're eating. I will be using My Fitness Pal, but you can use whatever works best for you. By planning, I mean write down every little thing you plan on placing in your mouth.

Week 2: Drink 8 oz. of water every hour
I have to be truthful, I really don't like water. I don't like it AT ALL. I know there are ways to give it some taste, but water is water. However, water is sooooooo important. So, drink a glass of water every hour, even if you have to set a timer to remind yourself (which is what I'll be doing).

Week 3: Add REAL fruits and vegetables to every meal

Week 4: No more fast food
Since I'm a girl who actually likes fast food, this will be hard

Week 5: Switch to whole wheat bread and brown pastas

Week 6: Add a fruit or veggie to every snack

Week 7: No more regular soda
This is going to kill me...really

Week 8: Do at least 30 minutes of exercise at least four days a week

I have one rule: We are not allowed to work ahead. This is really what gets many of us into trouble. We try and do too much at one time. So, this week the ONLY thing we are going to work on from this list is planning our daily menus...every day. 

Alright, lets do this and get back on track. 

If you plan on doing this challenge with me, I would love to hear how you're doing every week.

 Do not say you will start tomorrow...the best time is to start RIGHT NOW.