Hot for the Holidays is officially under way! Wow! Welcome! I'm so glad you're here and you're doing this with me. Safety in numbers!
My confession is as follows: I finished off my "badness" in style with a medium sweet cream ice cream with Oreos and peanut butter cups from Cold Stone Creamery, my favorite, and for the most part, now off limits as of midnight. Until I am to the point of maintenance, that is, where I can institute a more "moderation" rule. Which will be in December. Or else. The positive spin, however, is that I did run 4 miles early in the morning. And I didn't want to die afterward! In fact, I loved every minute of it! Except for running in between not one, but two lakes with "Beware of the Alligators" signs on them so I was pretty freaked out and picked up the pace while neurotically looking around on both sides of me to make sure there were none around waiting to eat me.
As for the challenge, there will be a few installations here at Baby Tea Leaves every week for the duration of Hot for the Holidays. "Motivation Monday", when I will announce the prize for the coming week, and also for, you guessed it! Motivation. Because we shall all need it at some point, so come back and share it with the rest of us if you're on that motivational high. And if you need it, hopefully you can find it here each Monday.
Then, of course, there will be Fat Ticker Fridays. Weigh in by leaving your pounds lost in the comments. Please do not be ashamed if you gain! We are all about honesty here. If you're not honest with us, you can't be honest with yourself, and if you're not honest with yourself then no one wins. We're a team here! I don't know about you, but I have a feeling that 500 pound pot is going to be CRUSHED! I just have a really good feeling. Friday night I will announce the random prize winner is (weighing in enters you into the random drawing) along with our grand total loss for the week! It's helpful if you have your own post with your progress on Fridays too, and I will also have a linky up so everyone can visit everyone else! And please do!
Each day, I will have a basically empty post up, which will be the daily "how are we doing" forum. I'll start it off, but it will always be there no matter what else I am posting for that day, so please, feel free to rant, rave, brag, whatever! It's an open conversation.
All of this being said, let's get to the first prize!!! This week's prize is a combo platter meant to inspire:
-A collectible Starbucks mug with the fitting message, "My Journey Begins Today"
-A $20 Starbucks giftcard hopefully to procure healthy beverages like green tea or "skinny" lattes --hint hint.
-An inspirational necklace of your choice from my etsy shop: Inspire Me Chic. I personally wear the one that says "Focus" and yes, it helps me. It is my rock. Good luck this week!
And sorry music-on-the-blog haters! I brought it back, for now. If you're interested in songs for a workout playlist, some of my favorites are the little I-Pod below on the bottom of my blog, so feel free to check it out. I am an IPod-during-a-run gal because I need something to save me from my own head. I love to run and rock out. And by the way I have recently discovered that my singing isn't as silent as I once thought, and it's actually kind of creepy. Turns out it's a heavy-breathing, loud whispering "rock out" while all along I thought I was just mouthing the words. This only seems to be a problem on a public treadmill (where I've noticed people on either side of me moving down and I had no idea why!) That's neither here nor there.
So besides working on some fitness this week, I have a side-challenge, if you will. Something to think about this week as you're working out and trying to get through each day. The question or questions, really, are:
What do you want your legacy to be? Or rather, what is it about yourself that you want to be known for? And do you think you've accomplished that so far in your life? Are you the person you want to be? If not, how will you get there?
You can answer this in your Friday post (and when you sign the linky, we can all come by and read it.)
If you need some tips for success, I posted some on Friday here. And feel free to add yours!
Good luck this week everyone!!
"Never stop. One stops as soon as something is about to happen." -Peter Brock