Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Hot 100 Challenge Goals

Abrams Falls Trail - GSMNP
October 1, 2008 

This picture is a couple of years old, but looks very similar to the early hint of fall which we are seeing here in Tennessee.  Compare that to the pictures Michele posted this morning from her neck of the woods in Minnesota. Prognosticators (don't you just love that word??) say we are in for a spectacular fall and I hope they are right.  I am planning for my weight loss journey to take a spectacular turn along with the trees in this picture.  I'm hoping to do this hike in mid-October and post contrasting pictures just as I hope to be posting success towards my goals for the Hot 100 Challenge which begins tomorrow.
Speaking of the challenge, it's time to share my goals.  I know these are very aggressive and restrictive, but I've shared in earlier posts leading up to this one, that I believe it's what I need at this point, so I'm not entering into this lightly (sounds like I'm getting married, doesn't it??).  I have also shared that this is something I've done before that WORKED, so I'm hoping for the same results this time.  I will also keep reminding myself that "to everything, there is a season" and so is this.  It isn't forever and I can modify once the challenge is over.  Mr. B and I had a discussion about this earlier this morning.   He knows exactly what I'm doing and has promised his support.  That goes a long, long way.

So here they are:

1)  Reach my goal weight of 138 on or before December 31, 2010.

2)  I will eat nothing containing white sugar, white flour or trans fats.

3)  I will walk 10,000 steps every day or an average of 10,000 steps over seven days.

4)  I will not eat between meals or after 7 p.m.

Here are some helpful reminders for me (and maybe you!!)

1)  I will approach this challenge wholeheartedly from the standpoint of what I CAN have rather than what I CAN'T.   I choose for this to be a positive experience and an opportunity to learn to be more creative with my eating.  I want total clean eating to become a habit so much a part of me I don't even notice when January 1 rolls around and the "official" challenge has ended.

2)  I am so excited that many of you have chosen to participate in this challenge along with me and I will lean heavily on you for support as I hope you will lean on me.  Some of us will do very well, others will struggle.  We will support each other EITHER way. 

3)  I am hoping that when I weigh in the morning, my amount to goal will be 20 pounds, but I will not be discouraged if it is more.

4) And most importantly, based on all I've been learning, my "yes" will be "yes" and my "no" will be "no."  That is going to be put to the test sooner rather than later as you'll see when I write about the upcoming weekend challenges.

Karen at Waisting Time  has graciously given me an award and allowed me to choose one of three.  I chose the one with the word "substance" in it because if the writing you find here doesn't contain something of substance, then I probably don't need to be writing it.  But I also chose that one because of the rules.  I've received this award previously and to fulfill rule number one, spent several days clarifying in my mind a five word summary of my blogging philosophy.   It hasn't changed, so I'll leave you with that today.  And thanks, Karen, the award AND your friendship mean a lot to me.

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  1. And you do exactly that!!! Hugs.

    Those are indeed strict goals but as you said, you have done it before and you can do it again. I agree wholeheartedly with the support part - and am here for you and the rest of the gang, however I can help.

    That said, I am reading a book that is making me totally rethink my own goals and approach to eating in general. When I finish it and think it through I will blog about it and hope for insightful feedback:)

  2. I'm getting excited about the Hot 100 starting. Things won't really be so different (except for the chocolate) but I love the synergy we're building. You're goals are very clear and sound totally doable to me. You know they work and you're committed. I especially like the "my yes will be yes and my no will be no." Your hiking plans sound great. We have a few trees showing a bit of color, but are expecting temps in the low 90s for the next couple of days.

  3. I know you can do it. The support of your husband is priceless. But for you (and me) the outside invitations and gatherings are difficult to navigate. "No" is like tough love - I've already refused (gracefully, I hope) three restaurant meals this week - but at least I'm not wearing them.

    Love the hiking plans.

  4. Sharon, You have such a great attitude. I have no doubt that you will achieve your goals. You can totally do this!!!


  5. You certainly deserve the Blog With Substance Award. I love your blog! :D

    When you said your goals were stringent, I braced myself--but when I read them, I saw that we have quite similar goals. They may be stated differently, but they are quite similar.

    And I, too, want these goals to be my lifestyle. Except for my plunges off of the highway into food indulgence, (that is a big except)I have been eating pretty clean since Loretta's Spring Challenge.

    The whole eating clean thing has actually begun to feel like my normal--and the indulgences the odd eating. I just need to nail it down and eliminate those exceptions!

    I'm glad we're doing this together--makes it fun. We are gong to be HOT, girlfriend, blistering HOT! :D


  6. Good for you Sharon. There's such power in writing down our goals. You'll do great!!!

  7. You do blog with substance!!! Congrats!

    Your goals always impress me.

  8. Great goals! I look forward to this challenge with you.

  9. Way to go, Sharon. These last 100 days are going to be awesome.

  10. Hi. I'm marbear, I'm running Fall Focus []. If you are interested in participating you can sign up here:

  11. I love the goals, but more than that, I love the reminders! Welcome to the Hot 100!