Monday, June 01, 2009

Muffin Top(ple) Monday

Happy Monday friends.

I'd love to say I've dropped dozens of pounds since beginning
Operation Muffin Top(ple) but that would be a lie and I'm going to take a cue from Honest Abe and tell the truth.

Matthew and I saw Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Friday night - hence the Honest Abe reference.

Anyhoo. When I started this about 6 weeks ago I weighed x number of pounds. I normally fluctuate 3-5 pounds on any given day but had managed to lose a steady 5 pounds as of the beginning of last week. As of today I've gained back those 5 pounds plus 2.

To be honest for all my talk about motivation and determination I've pretty much half-assed this thing. I'll either eat really well and not exercise at all, or exercise my butt off and eat junk. Well last week I combined eating junk (read Wendy's & McDonald's) 3 days and not working out at all the entire week. And I feel like doo doo.

So I've decided (again) to do something about it. Only this time I'm taking a slightly different approach.

Matthew and I - he doesn't really need to lose weight but wants to get in better shape and is such a fantastic support to me - have issued a challenge to ourselves.

A 30 Day Challenge.

Starting today, June 1st.
For the next 30 days we are going to do the following:


~No pop (soda, coke)
~No fast food - that includes pizza & Subway
~No sweets - that means ice cream, candy, cake/brownies/cookies etc

Sweet tea is something that Matthew just can't go without so we're limiting consumption to one glass a day and only with dinner.


~Mon-Fri 6am - I will walk 2-3 miles with Leslie Sansone on OnDemand
~Mon-Fri 6pm - I will do 20 push ups & 'The 100'.

I'm currently doing wall push-ups but don't let anyone tell you they're not hard or don't work. They do!

Wall Push ups

Pilates 100 (3 different levels of ab torture!)

Matthew has his set of exercises he is going to do morning and evening as well.

I have a dry erase calendar/message board in the kitchen and we've written down everything that we've pledged to do, and each day that we complete the challenge we will X out that day.

We've both recorded our weight for today and each Monday will weigh in and write in the new weight on the board.

I'm one of those people that the quickest way to get me to do something is tell me I can't do it. Why? Because that issues a challenge and while I may not care if I prove myself to anyone else - proving something to myself is entirely different and Matthew is much the same way.

Which is why we've made it a challenge. Every day for 30 days we're challenging ourselves to do the things listed above. We're both pretty excited too. I don't know if it's because we wrote down a specific plan or what but this time it's something that we're both sure we will stick with.

Studies show it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something in order for it to become a habit. So at the end of 30 days not eating junk, not drinking pop and exercising will have become a regular part of our lives!

What do you need to challenge yourself to do??

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