‘Tis the Season for saying, ‘It’s too late in the season for thinking about challenges.’ I know this because my participation level has dropped off as the end of the year gets closer. Believe me, I completely understand this. It’s November; the holidays are upon us; we have baking and hosting and shopping to do. Who has time to think about themselves right now? Well, I’m just going to say it: WE SHOULD.
Would you like to participate in this month’s Moving Mountains Update Challenge? It’s easy to do: just post a comment below with a goal you’d like to begin working on or a goal you’d like to improve on, and then mark your calendar for December 7th, where we will all meet back here and share our updates with each other. Remember, it does NOT have to be an exercise goal. It can be ANY goal upon which you’d like to see an improvement. We have exactly 2 updates left before I retire the Moving Mountains Challenge forever, and I think this is the perfect time for you consider thinking about participating. Need some ideas?
For the month of November, your challenge could be to:
~ steal a few moments every day solely for yourself.
~ refuse to be everything to everyone and concentrate on those who really matter.
~ allow yourself to eat in moderation during the holiday and not feel guilty about it.
~vow to get along with that one annoying family member who always thinks he/she knows everything!
~ wear a pedometer and commit to an extra 1,000 steps a day.
~substitute a Starbucks latte with hot tea for a month.
If this time of year gets too tempting, vow to just concentrate on maintaining. That’s still something to be proud of, considering most people gain between 4-8 pounds during the holidays. I, for one, am going to make that my challenge for this month. November and December are busy months for me and can get pretty stressful. My challenge this month will be to keep myself from feeling overwhelmed and bullied by the holidays and use the mantra: maintain and keep sane!
How Did Our Participants Do Last Month?
Michele T started Weight Watchers and by this time last month had already lost 10 pounds. Way to go, Michele!! She had concrete challenges for the month of October. Here’s what she wrote:
1. continue on the food path I’m on — there’s been a fundamental shift in my views on this, and it’s nothing short of a miracle
2. continue getting to the gym three times per week
3. continue decreasing procrastination
She also added that she liked the idea that all of her goals involved continuing something she was already working on. I agree that focus can really help push us along even further. I always look forward to Michele’s updates.
Jill is one of the best reasons for hosting this challenge, and the thing is, she just offered up her first one last month. I have to say though – when she entered her goal it was as though her determination was burning through the computer screen. In it’s entirety, here’s what she wrote:
I have not joined Moving Mountains yet as I tend to fear failure. I did not want to put out there any goals that I didn’t think I would accomplish. Reading your post this morning gave me the strength and courage I needed to join. This is just what I need- so THANK YOU Ellen for inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there.
I have been struggling with these last 10 pounds of my weight loss journey. I go up a little and then down. Yo-yoing. I am ready to get these last 10 off and move into the scary world of maintenance. My goal for the month of October is to go back to following Weight Watchers and track my points. I am really looking forward to November 7th now to see where I will be.
Jill, I have been thinking about you all month. The platform is yours! Let us know how your challenge went!
Greg has been working on losing those stubborn last few pounds during the past few months, and has been quite the role model in my mind, because he’s not letting it get him down, he’s not giving up; he has a very healthy attitude about it and knows it will come off when it comes off. Here’s what he wrote last month:
Well, I have been getting to the gym more than I was, but life still seems to get in the way. Only twice a week for the last couple of weeks, but it’s still something. I’m mostly back to the strength levels I was at before August went to hell, workout-wise, I just need to keep at it. I think my goal for this month will be more of the same, plus trying to concentrate more on my portion control. That seems to be creeping up a bit, so I should watch it.
Looking forward to your update this month, Greg.
Marsial has had on-and-off health problems which sometimes keeps her from feeling up to blogging, but she felt pretty successful when giving her update last month. She decided to put forth another month’s goals. Here they are, in her words:
For the coming month, I’m going to pledge to continue blogging and to resume weighing myself daily. I was doing very well about daily weighing and recording. but in the past six days, I haven’t gotten on the scale. It wasn’t that I was purposely avoiding it — mostly I just got up VERY early each day and planned to weigh a little later — and then forgot about it. Daily weighing keeps me “honest” about my portions.
Marsial, I’m just looking forward to hearing from you to see how you are doing these days. Hope you come back with an update
Connie had some extremely focused goals when she first posted her challenge a couple of months ago. I was so proud to read that she achieved the first part last month by training for and completing a first half marathon! Here’s what she wrote for her challenge last month:
Yesterday I continued training for the 2nd half marathon which is on the 23rd. I walked 9 miles yesterday and should walk 10 miles next weekend. So, my goal is to finish the training and finish the 2nd half marathon. I know this one will be slower because I’m walking with a friend who has major knee problems but it will still be a lot of fun!!
Connie, I can’t wait to read about how the 23rd went for you. Looking forward to your update!
Teresa has been doing beautifully with her goals, and just celebrated a birthday this month! She figures things out as she goes along, and last month’s challenge was no different. Here’s what she wrote:
Well… I did great the first half of the month and I’m really proud of that. I also learned definitively that I stopped tracking exactly when I started going off plan. Going off plan started first and then not tracking. I suspect if I’d forced myself to push through with tracking, I might have gotten back on track sooner. I am starting again today in fact. I’ll post soon with new update and new goal to add to this.
Looking forward to your new update AND your new goal, if you decide to add one, Teresa
Cindy is new to the challenge and I think it’s great to have someone join by realizing that any month is a good month to make a change – not just when New Year’s Resolutions are the ‘in’ thing. Here is what Cindy’s challenge was:
Okay, I’m joining in! Goals for October:
1) Lose five pounds such that my weight starts with a “1″ and not a “2.” (“Onederland” has been out of my reach for 10 years, but I’m almost there!)
2) Complete the first month of C25k training program.
Cindy, I can’t wait to read about how your month went. Looking forward to your update!
Julie didn’t quite reach her previous goal to her satisfaction last month, but it didn’t stop her from noticing that she succeeded in another area, and actually lost three pounds! Here was her goal for October:
For October my goal is to continue staying with my eating plan which I have tweaked this month. We go on holiday mid-November and I want to stay calm and not be tempted to crash diet off a few extra pounds before then. For me that tends to rebound and lead to overeating later.
Here’s to hoping you achieved what you set out to for the month of October, Jules. Can’t wait for your update!
Laura achieved her last goal of feeling more in control of her eating habits, even though she has been incredibly busy. For the month of October, she chose this as her new goal:
I’m so busy that I’m managing stress by ignoring it! I resolve to take ONE WHOLE DAY weekly in the next month where I do nothing “productive!”
I am totally on board with this goal, Laura. I hope you were able to do JUST THAT!
Well done, everyone. Many, many thanks to my dwindling crew for sticking out these challenges month to month, and a special thanks to the new faces that joined last month. Have a fantastic Monday, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday!