Monday, June 08, 2009

The Final 10 Challenge

I've jumped on board with Prior Fat Girl and Feed Me I'm Cranky (along with dozens of other bloggers) for The Final 10 Challenge.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I've recently lost a substantial amount of weight. However, for months I have been stuck at about +10 lbs from a personal goal that I've had for years.

I set a personal goal for myself to reach this weight before September 27th when I run my next marathon. I know, trying to lose weight while training for a marathon = I must be crazy, but I think I can do it. This challenge runs until August 1st so my official goal is to lose 10 lbs by that time and the remaining few lbs by September 27th.

In order to sign up for the challenge (and a chance to win fun prizes), I had to establish:

• A specific goal: 10 lbs by August 1st

• An award for myself: mini shopping spree at my local running store

• The name of a charity to which I will donate $50 if I don’t meet my goal: Team in Training, the national charity partner for my goal race

The challenge kicked off on June 1st and I’ve lost 2.6 lbs in week one. (I won’t be expecting numbers like that every week!)

I'll be checking in at Challenge Headquarters every Monday and posting mini updates here too. I need all the accountability I can get!

27 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Good luck, and I know if anyone can reach a goal set for themselves, it's you!!! :)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Best wishes. You can do it!!

Heather said...

Sounds like a great challenge - you are off to a good start! I'm looking forward to seeing what you get on your shopping spree once you meet your goal. :)

Marci said...

Ooo this sounds great! I just may join you in this!! Good luck!

chris mcpeake said...

Good luck.. the last 10 can be really hard. I found it not to bad coming off but have to keep an eye on not putting it back on

Toni said...

Good luck, you are very motivated so I know you can do this!

Denise said...

Wow, that's really cool!!! Maybe I'll jump on board and start...NOW!

RunningLaur said...

Very good idea. Good luck!

Jenn said...

You need to pick a charity you don't like so that you're really incited to hit your goal. There's got to be an anti-running organization somewhere that you'd donate to if you don't make it! :P

unathleticrunner said...

I need to do this challenge! Is it too late?

tfh said...

That's a fun challenge, and 2.6 lbs in a week is a terrific start!

lindsay said...

good luck! you can do it :) i like the idea of donating to a charity as the "penalty", and a non-food reward is excellent (esp running gear!)

Runner Leana said...

Good luck! I'm trying to lose 10-15 lbs...and just seem to get stuck with where I am at. Guess that must be my comfortable weight. We are doing a Biggest Loser competition here at work so I'm hoping that helps...

jawsome said...

Good luck! Before I started running I thought training would HELP me lose weight! In a sense it did, but it's HARD not to pig out after a long workout. I'll be pulling for ya!

Lacey Nicole said...

way to go! you are so organized and i love your goal, award, and charity idea!!!!! you should consider having a mini daily goal, too!! i find that helps keep the ball rolling.

Christy said...

You've got this....you go girl!

Blyfinn said...

Good luck. Sounds like a good plan

EndorphinBuzz said...

You are already 25% there, congrats!!! Just picking when you weight could help you meet your goal (you probably will loose 2-3 lbs of water during long training sessions, especially if it is hot) but that may be considered cheating by some.

Maybe you should also focus on inches lost. I remember when I was training last year, my belly and face hollowed out but my weight was going up cause my legs were getting as big as tree trunks.

Kelly said...

Yay! Good luck!!!
I love the idea of a shopping spree at a running store. I am a total addict to buying work out clothes!

J said...

I hope you lose the 10 pounds! Those are the trickiest for some reason but I am sure you can do it! Are you going to change anything about what are you eating now? Just wondering!

trialsoftraining said...

It's definitely hard to lose while youre "training" - which sound backwards, but you gotta take care of those legs!! this is great motivation though - I think you'll get there :)

if you need any extra input, email me!! Nutrition is *kinda* my expertise ;) and I'd be mooore than happy to help if I can!

yumke said...

I always make a plan to be a healthy eater when I am in training, cause it is so easy to just run lots and eat lots... I hope to drop 5-8 pounds over the next three months

Mama said...

Good luck!! I'm still trying to get rid of the 5 pounds I gained while training for the marathon.

MCM Mama

Road Warrior said...

Good for you, Marlene. The last 10 are the toughest!

M-Rah said...

You have a great goal with a very attainable time frame! It's great that you chose to publish your goal on your blog for accountability! Good luck!!!

Lily on the Road said...

Oye, I should join in too, since I haven't been able to run, well, let's just say it ain't pretty! LOL..you can do !!!

I Run for Fun said...

Good luck! You can definitely do it!