Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Slimmer This Summer Challenge Begins!! Week 1

Woo hoo!  We're off and running for the next 12 weeks with The Slimmer This Summer Challenge. 

The official "rules" post is here but here is a quick reminder of what to do.

**Track food and water.  Use an online food tracker, your blog or a post it note but write down your food and water.

**Keep calories around 10,000 or less per week.  Make healthy, smart choices.  Ask for help if you need suggestions for meals and snacks.

**Stay hydrated.  I can't believe how much this has helped me with weight loss.  I believe that a person at a heatlhy weight is supposed to drink 8 - 8 oz. glasses of water.  We are overweight so we need more.  Shoot for at least 10 - 8 oz. glasses a day. I drink about 120 oz. of water a day which is about 15 glasses.  Yes, I'm in the bathroom a lot but I'm well hydrated.  It does get easier as you go!

**Weigh in weekly. You don't have to tell us what your starting weight is but please tell us how much you've lost each week. Weigh in on June 6th and let us know each week in your review post.

**Stick to your exercise goals.  Let's do more than just "get up and move".  Let's sweat a litttle and make exercise a bit of a challenge. If you're new to exercise, start slow but stay steady and you WILL see improvement soon.  If you already have a good exercise routine, change it up and kick it up a notch.  Ask if you need some suggestions.  Mir is the exercise queen and she'll be able to help a lot.

**DO NOT QUIT. I can't stress how important this is.  If you have a bad day or week, pick yourself up, get over it and get back on track.

**Keep blogging.  Blog about your successes, blog about your failures, blog about your NSV's.  We love to hear about them.  Stay accountable.

**Encourage others.  While it's hard to read everyday and comment every day, please try to visit the other challengers as much as possible to encourage and offer suggestions.  Encouraging does not necessarily mean coddling.  We're not going to tell you "it's okay that you had that jelly donut...".  We're going to tell you to knock it off and get back on plan!  No meanness, no judging, just helpful encouragement.
Below I have a linky for you to link in your initial goal post. Many of you have already posted this and that's great, just link directly to that post so we can all see your goals.  If you haven't finished your goal post, please get it in and link it in.  The link will be up for the next few days. 

Each Sunday night, I will put another post up with a linky at the bottom so we can see how you've done.  Let us know how much weight you've lost and if you've met or exceeded your exercise goals. You can do your post whenever but lets try to link in the "week in review" posts on Monday so we can all see how you've been doing. 

Remember, this is supposed to be fun and encouraging but serious too.  Too many weeks of no successes, no weight loss, no sore muscles or no NSV's just isn't going to cut it.  We're here to lose weight and get healthy.  We've wanted this for a long time so let's finally DO IT. Not just talk about it. I know I've spent WAY too much time talking about it and wasting time. 

Email me if you want to join in. 

Link in your goal post. Please link to the post itself and not your main blog. You can use your blog name as your NAME. Thanks!


  1. Good very early morning Debbi. I am finally back with a post. My race and my goals for your challenge. I did change them to managable goals. After last week I found out I just can't do everything I had planned. You'll see.
    I'm off to bed. A very busy day today with the race, home stuff, family game night and more.
    Take care Debbi and have a blessed Sunday.

  2. All linked up and ready to go :)

    Changing Charlie

    Good luck to everyone, cant wait to meet you all.

  3. Hey I asked a question about the calorie level... I would really like to join up, but I need your answer first! My question was, "Hey, if our calorie goals are a little different can we still be counted in? (I aim for 1200-1700, trying to stay around 1400 most of the time, but allowing for variances on occasion.)" My reasons and my goals are here: I will officially link up with your permission.

  4. So excited! I just wanted to pop over and let you know I am featuring you on my design blog as a sponsor. It was such a pleasure working with you!

  5. Recently I read that people who exercise should drink 1 litre of water per 20kg body weight. ^^

  6. Since I started on June 1, do I post my starting weight from June 1, or June 6?

  7. Thrice-Blessed: Debbi encouraged me to participate with a 1,600-1,700 calorie/day goal. "As long as you're working toward your goals," she said. So welcome, and glad to have you.

    Water Lily: I kinda started last week, too, but am starting my posts 6/6 as a review of the week before. I really think it's whatever you need to do to stay motivated, on goal, and encouraging.

    My link going up later. Just checking in to see what everyone's up to. ;)

  8. So I'm linked! :)

    I'm looking forward to this swift kick in the butt that I need. And I'm hoping that the support and encouragement gets me out of the funk I've been in for weeks now. Here's to everyone being successful every week for the next 12 weeks!!! :)

    Living in My Magic Garden

  9. Okay, based on "Cheap Thrills" comment, I'm linking up!

  10. I am linked in also. Can't wait to get Slimmer !!

  11. Linked up! Good luck guys!! I'm going back to my post now and adding my weigh in. :)

  12. All Linked Up and ready for weigh in and the start of this challenge tomorrow!!

  13. My link is linked. lol... Is there anyone that uses a particular website to track calories. I do Weight Watchers so we just count points but I thought I could count calories too. I did find but not sure if that's a good one. Please help if possible :)

  14. Just getting my link set up but I'll be back to read up on everyone's & the comments above later for sure. I'm excited to begin tomorrow!!

  15. Wow, I'm loving this linky thing! Good stuff! Thanks for all the hard work :)

  16. I am all linked up with my goals. I will be posting a weigh in post in the morning. Should I be linking that up somewhere this week too?
    God's blessings

  17. Okay, there we go Deb! We are off and running!

  18. Look at all those challenge participants! Woo hoo! I'm doing a planks challenge but that's it for now. So many great ones for summer.

  19. Deb- Here we go baby! On to a better us.
    I am sending you an award."The adorable award". Thank you for always sending positive thoughts to everyone. Please see my blog for the award-I Cant seem to send it to you.....:) Gracie

  20. I'm linked up and have read through 19 fellow challenger blogs so far! What's this? I might be excited....LOL

  21. Happy I found this in time! Looking forward to reading everyone's posts.

  22. I couldn't email due to technical difficulties and I'm starting late but I want to join in. I've got to work up to energy again after letting it slide a while.


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