But, now on to the meat of this post. On Monday, November 11th I will officially kick off what I am loving calling "Operation 40".
In just 22 short weeks I will turn the BIG 40...as they say. While I am incredibly proud of what I have accomplished from an athletic perspective over the last several years, I would like to go sailing in to 40 in truly the best shape of my life. So, I have a lot of work to do. And I mean a lot.
I had been trying to decide how to go about Operation 40 and I've decided that I will do a series of short challenges, that I will hopefully incorporate into my life after the challenge period is up. Operation 40 is not just about losing weight, although that is a major goal, it is about making better choices and living a healthier lifestyle.
So on Monday I am kicking things off with a little Weight Loss Challenge with a few girlfriends. It is going to be EXTREMELY tough. It is a 4 week challenge and during three of the weeks I will be traveling at least a few days, and for the one week that I'm home the entire week....well that's Thanksgiving....so yes, it's going to be tough. I used DietBet to set up the game. If you've never used it before it's kind of cool. Basically everyone has to lose 4% of their starting weight in 4 weeks. Everyone that does splits the pot. You can make the game public or private. I made ours private for more motivation. I think it helps to know those you are competing against. If you have any interest in joining it let me know and I can send you the invitation. It's by invite only. The bet is $25 and you are guaranteed to at least get your money back if you lose 4%, but you could win some money too. But you would have to let me know before Monday to get you added to the game.
Other than that I will be doing other challenges throughout the 22 weeks. They will probably also be 4 week challenges. Here are a few ideas of things I'm thinking about. I won't do these all at once, but pick one or two every few weeks so things are always rolling on or off
- No Starbucks
- No Soda
- Squats, planks or other fitness type challenges (certain # a day or amount of time per day)
I'm also *thinking* about doing the December 5K a day challenge. Would anyone be interested in that? It might be a really difficult one for me this year because I will be traveling some in December and will have some pretty full days in the car....so I would have to figure that out. No pressure to officially join, but let me know if you'd be interested and I might make this a 2nd Annual Challenge. If you weren't following my blog last year - you can read about what I did here.
I will also post about the other challenges I will be doing along the way, so feel free to join me. I will need all the help and support I can get to make Operation 40 a success!!!
So do you think you'd be up for the December 5K a day Challenge? How about the Weight Loss Challenge starting Monday? If so, leave me a comment below. If you are interested in the weight loss challenge I will need your e-mail address. You can e-mail me directly at email@example.com
You can't really see the words I put below these images very well, but the first one says Me Today, and the 2nd Me in 22 Weeks??? Maybe :)