Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The New Me Challenge

Every year we make new resolutions, but if you're like me, you rarely follow through. Well, 2009 is going to be different - I mean it! I'm ready to turn over a new leaf, start a new challenge, become a better person, lose a little weight.

I'm sweating just thinking about it!....

How in the world am I going to do this? I sit at the computer all day and watch my backside spread to the width of the chair - ok, it's not quite there yet, but by golly, if I keep sitting here doing nothing but exercising my fingers ..... well, let's just not picture that, shall we?

So, I thought - hey, my cyber friends will help me! At the very least, they can give me a little encouragement to keep going. And maybe they will even join me. So, here's my thought:

My goal is to lose 15 pounds by my birthday on April 24th. That sounds pretty reasonable, right? I mean, that's about a pound a week. My total goal is to lose 40 pounds over the course of the year and to be able to walk in a marathon next New Year's Day. Hubby and I made a pact - next Christmas our gifts to each other would be....each other! Oohh la la!! How great is that?! And it's free - he's bought and paid for!

Here's my challenge: I have a heart condition that, in the past, has kept me from pursuing much exercise. If I get too stressed, my heart begins to race out of control and I get very weak and dizzy and although I've never actually passed out, it's been close. Besides losing 40 pounds, I'd like to be able to strengthen my heart so that by next New Year's Day, I can walk in a local marathon for a good cause.

Every Sunday, I will post my results here - what I did that week for exercise, if I've lost any pounds, what I ate, my pitfalls and my triumphs.

Want to join me? Then hop on board and take The New Me Challenge 2009. Let's do it together.

Here's what to do:

1. Pick a day each week that you will post your weekly progress.

2. Commit to yourself and to the others who join the challenge that you will do something every week to improve your total health - eat better, exercise, etc.

3. Blog about your progress and use the graphic above.

4. Link back to this post for new Challengers to begin The New Me Challenge 2009.

5. Sign up!

Here's my first post and my pledge.

I pledge to post once a week on Sunday on my progress for the week. I promise to walk at least three days a week to start. I promise to cut out most sweets and soda. I promise to eat more veggies.

Start Date: January 1, 2009

Total Goal: 40 pounds lost & a healthier heart.

Fitness Goal: to walk a marathon on New Year's Day 2010.


  1. I just lost a bunch of weight because of a surgery I had that left me with a hard time eating. So I'm not signing on for the challenge, but I want to cheer you on. My favorite thing is to serve a pitcher of cold water with dinner for the family. No calorie-rich sugar drinks for us! And try try TRY not to eat anything after dinner. That is my danger zone. Good luck!

  2. Yeah, I know all about that chair 'spread'! I'll cheer you from the sidelines :)

  3. I am SO in! The whole reason I started my blog was to be accountable for my weight loss. I kind of lost sight of that around the holidays, so it will be good to get back to it - and to have friends' support!

  4. I've been in search of a partner... looks like I have 3 here so far!