Gah!! January will be here in no time, which means I’d better share with you my overview on the upcoming annual Hate Loss Challenge for January, 2013
This challenge has evolved over the last couple of years, and every year – thanks to readers spreading the word – it continues to grow with more and more participants.
It all started between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2010. As I read browsed and read various weigh loss blogs I noticed a common theme: many bloggers were amping up for weight loss challenges to kick off the New Year, determined to work off those extra holiday pounds. While these weight loss challenges were nothing new (I’ve had several of those New Year resolutions myself), many of these perfectly beautiful young women were berating themselves for not having met a certain goal for the year; I read post after post of bloggers beating themselves up for not having dropped that pound for the week and ultimately, disgracing themselves on their blogs for the way they looked.
I decided that what if, in addition to these weight loss challenges, there was a hate-loss challenge that focused more on loving ourselves for who we are at this moment?
So, on January 1st 2011 the Hate-Loss Challenge was born. Given ‘exercises’ to do for that month, we started creating a more positive environment for ourselves and learned to accept the goodness and beauty in each of us as we made our way towards a healthier lifestyle. We came together here on my blog one day a week for Group Therapy Thursday and shared our progresses, our concerns and supported each other with theirs. Those who blogged committed to writing their own post so their readers could be involved and offer support.
Many things will remain the same, such as Group Therapy Thursday. This is the day when participating bloggers post their progress reports as well as link their posts to my own progress post so that readers can visit and read other people’s posts, as well as offer support. There will be a few new surprises this year, including giveaways!
Note: **You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate. You can commit to this challenge by following the exercises and then reporting your own progress report in the comments section of my blog every Thursday. This is OUR challenge – all of us; no exclusions
Still have questions? Go to the Hate-Loss Challenge Information tab at the top of my blog and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.
More to come. In the meantime, for those of you who already know you’d like to participate or simply just spread the word, feel free to grab my HL Challenge badge located on the right of my sidebar and add it to your blog.