I've been working hard at losing a little weight for a while. I got sick this week with a super bad, burning sore throat and soothed it with ice cream and the likes. I am ready to get started again with me diet/exercise program and I am wondering if there is anyone out there who would like to do a competition with me. I do best under pressure! Besides, who doesn't want to look great with summer approaching?!
The contest will be approximately 8 weeks long- Starting Monday, April 5 and ending Monday, May 31.
There will be a prize for the winner- given to the person who has lost the most percentage of body weight.
We will keep track of the results on my new blog http://www.thehealthyroad.blogspot.com/. This can be a private blog so only those participating can view the information.
Each week, there will be a "challenge" in which you can earn points. Whoever has the most points at the end of each wins a prize.
I really hope this will interest some people to join me! I'm just looking for anyone who wants to be a bit healthier! This contest is open to men or women. Please leave a comment or email me and let me know if you want to join. I need everyone's info by April 1st.
It will be fun! :)
*I had a friend contact me about my own exercise/nutrition program that I will be doing for this contest. Back in November, I bought all of The Biggest Loser cookbooks and read about what they reccommend doing. The book reccomends counting your calories and working out. This is the formula they ask you to follow:
Take your weight and times it by 7.
Example: 180 (weight) x by 7 = 1260
1260 would be the number of calories you are allowed to eat in a day if you want to LOSE WEIGHT. I made a spread sheet in excel that allows me to write down the food I eat each day and keep track of the calories I eat. I love a lot of the recipes that are offered in The Biggest Loser cookbooks. Also, each week as you evaluate your weight, you need to recalcuate the number of calories you need to eat to lose weight. The book does say that you stop calcuating at 150 lbs (1050 calories). If you weigh less than 150 lbs. you should never go under 1050 calories.
* I reccomend all of their cookbooks and their calorie counter book. You can also use online resources to figure out calories like www.calorieking.com, etc. Once your look up calories for a week or two the numbers really stick with you and it is easier to remember and keep track of how many calories are in the food you eat.
I also follow the "The 4-3-2-1 Pyramid" found in The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. It reccomends:
4: The bottom, or widest, tier of the pyramid represents the fruits and vegitables in your diet. You should eat at least 4 servings daily and it suggests you never eat for fruit than vegitable servings.
3: The next tier up represents protein foods- 3 servings daily.
2: The next tier up is for whole grains- 2 servings daily
1. The top and smallest tier is for extras (200 calories daily), such as fats, oils, and spreads, desserts and sweets, condiments and sauces, spices and herbs, etc.
The books also recommend that you eat your breakfast in the first 30 minutes of when you wake up. I struggle doing this because I am not a morning person and I have a little boy to take of first, so I try really hard to eat within an hour of waking up. I also try to drink 80-90 ounces of water a day. This is really helpful and my body feels so good when I can drink this much water!
You should be eating every 2-3 hours like this: Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner. You should eat things high in protein and fiber. I also worked out 6 out of the 7 days doing a program/routine of my choosing (P90X). We also got an elliptical for Christmas so I do cardio too. I lost 17lbs. in a few months doing this program and I could have been a lot more dilligent with working out.
This will be the program I follow during this competitiong- counting calories, drinking lots of water, and exercising.
The challenges we will be doing each week will be things like making sure you drink enough water, get plenty of sleep, try a new healthy recipe and post it for others, get 2 miles in a day (walking, running, eliptical, etc.). They will be simple challenges that should make us all feel great.
You do not have to follow this program to join the contest, this is just what I found works for me. If you have any other questions let me know!