Not just for my own good this time, but for hungry folks as well.
As you may or may not already know, the ladies (and man) over at The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans run weight-loss challenges and issue prizes for biggest losers and whatnot, but this challenge is a little different. Yes, the goal is still weight-loss, but we're also shrinking for a cause beyond ourselves this time.
For each week's loss ~ assuming there will BE a loss, of course!! ~ we will go out and buy a non-perishable food item of roughly the same weight so that at the end of the 7 weeks, we will (hopefully) have a pile of great food which we will then donate to our local food banks! Isn't that a great idea?!
And you know, it's great for a few reasons ~ not only to give to those less fortunate and to give us more incentive to lose, but it will also help us see a little more literally how much weight we've lost. Those ounces and grams add up to more than we give ourselves credit for and now we'll actually be able to see just how much!!
Personally, I think this is the best challenge yet because it's going to make me think more about why and how much I eat, what I really don't need, and who needs it so much more than I do.
I started this challenge out at 160.8 on Sunday, and today I'm UP .8 at 161.6, but I've been having a lot of meltdowns this last week, so it's really no surprise. This week, I've started "getting back to basics" and next week I expect to report a loss, even though we'll be visiting family for much of the duration.
I'd LIKE to drop a total of 10 lbs by the closing date of October 17, but since I'm within about 15 of my target weight, I'm not sure I'll be able to shed at a rate of 1.4/week. That seems like it might be a little unrealistic, but I'll give it a shot!!