July 4, 2011

Beat The Heat: Week One

Oh, how I love the start of a new challenge!

Weight Wars

My positive picture for the week:

Waiting for a bus at the end of my street:

I love this picture because I took a similar one in Fall 2008 when I was moving into my apartment from the miserable graduate dorms (one suitcase at a time on the bus; not bad because I didn't have too much stuff). I was probably around 310-315 pounds here:

Lovelovelove progress pictures. And being able to cross my legs!

What are your goals for the 10 week challenge? / Why did you pick those goals? What makes them important right now?

I've decided to go with some non-traditional goals for this challenge. I have my summer bucket list full of things I'd like to accomplish before fall comes, but for this challenge, I'm going to be working on emotional weight loss and self-confidence exercises. My goals are in line with Michael Bungay Stanier's Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun:
1. Stop hiding who you really are.
2. Start being intensely selfish.
3. Stop following the rules.
4. Start scaring yourself.
5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously.
6. Start getting rid of the crap.
7. Stop being busy.
8. Start something.
At this point in my weight loss journey, this is where I think I can best focus my energies. I'm going to try to focus on one a week, though perhaps not in his given order.

What's your biggest excuse reason for not doing something and how are you going to stop it getting in the way?

Usually fear and self-doubt stop me - it's improved unbelievably over this time last year, but I could still use some work.

Are you a planner or do you go with the flow?

I'm a planner, definitely - I need a plan, goals, and/or some sort of to-do list at all times. Spontaneity makes me anxious ... so that's likely going to be one of the things I work on with this challenge!

Tell us something that will help us get to know you.

July 31 is my "rebirthday" - the one year anniversary of deciding to get healthier and hopefully save my own life. I've made a lot of progress these past eleven months, and I'm really looking forward to rounding out my first year with continued strong efforts and successful results!


Karen said...

Those pictures - wow!

Chubby McGee said...

I love this. I freakin' love this. You are amazing. ;)

financecupcake said...

WOW!!! I love the pictures! You are truly amazing. :) I love the goals you picked for the challenge.

Caron said...

Great photos! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comment on my challenge post :) I have to echo what everyone else has said so far, that progress picture is amazing, I hardly know you a dot and yet I have to say it...mega well done!

I think your goals are great, sometimes we need to take a step back and realise there are parts of our lives which we can't necissarily measure but that deserve equal attention as those which can be such as weight etc. I'm really looking forward to seeing how you tackle these goals. You have a cheerleader in me!


Weight Wars said...

Woah!? Those pictures are amazing! I'm so so impressed!

I love your goals too, it will be great watching how you put them in to practice.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I like your goals a lot. I'm excited to follow along and see what you do with them.

What an amazing set of progress pictures.

And Happy Rebirthday month! May it bring great things to you.

Amy said...

Those pics are amazing!!!! Congrats on a sucessful journey and I love the challenge!

Kelty said...

Those pictures are amazing! I love those goals...the emotional aspects are just as important to work on as counting the calories!

Anonymous said...

How will you be celebrating your rebirthday? I hope it is by doing magnificent #2 AND #4!

You know I think life in transition is the perfect opportunity to do those 8 things. They can be transformative. I did not have a name for it, but when I quit a job or when I retired I found myself with a new energy (it eventually goes away, so you have to seize it) that sort of propelled me into those 8. I think whenever you have life altering things you go into that mode. That "what is important/seize the moment" mode. It is how change is made.

I look forward to see your interpretation of these.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those pictures tell an amazing story! Love your goals too! You're doing great! :)

Shannon said...

Awesome progress pics!!! Good luck w/ the challenge! I know you will do great!

Amy said...

Your progress photos never cease to amaze me! I love how you do reshoots too... same scenario, different picture/person. I sense a Paris reshoot in your future!! :)

I love love love your take on the goals this time around, great idea!! You always rock challenge goals so doing something such as this will really push you out of your comfort zone and you'll accomplish amazing things!

Vicki said...

Love your progress pics!! You look great!
Here’s my first week post

Tim said...

loving the pics!! especially the comment about being able to cross your legs. I didn't notice that at first in the picture but it just made me like the pictures even more!!

Hyla said...

Yay! Your rebirthday is almost here! And look how far you have come! I LOVE the picture comparison!

I hope you are doing better emotionally this week! Just keep moving!

timothy said...

i LOVE your progress photos and you goals are fierce! you're gonna rock this challenge sooooooo hard!

Unknown said...

Wow I am loving the progress piccies! They are amazing! you should be really proud of yourself. I know i loved seeing my before picture next to part way!


Jess said...

Great pics!!!! :) My rebirthay is coming up soon too and I am so excited!!! :)