I decided I need to kick myself into gear and do something about the cottage cheese thighs that I bemoan every morning as I'm getting dressed. So this weekend I enlisted a friend who agreed to try to do the (evil) 30-Day Shred with me for a month. We figured if we emailed each other every evening to check in, we might motivate each other into sticking to the plan.
We also decided to cut out desserts and dessert-like objects (read: that chocolate muffin I eat at 3pm when I'm starving and there's nothing else edible at the kiosk in my building).
And then we got all hyped up on our own excited planning and issued a throw-down to the husbands: we're weighing ourselves on February 1, and taking all of our measurements, and then we're going to do amazing things to our bodies in the next month. What are you doing? Very quickly, a boys vs. girls challenge was born. Whichever team loses the most weight (based on percentages) in combination with the most inches by March 1 is the winner.
Why did we choose February? Well, it is conveniently now, and there was no reason to put this off. But also, it doesn't hurt to pick the very shortest month of the year if you are promising yourself to exercise every single day for a month.
And then I thought: how better to keep motivated for such a thing than to try to enlist as many friends as possible into the Great February Shape Up? The more of us the merrier, right?
No contest involved. Just moral support.
So here's the deal: If you've been thinking of starting your own personal fitness regimen, or you're bored and want (virtual) work-out partners, or you need some group mojo going on to keep working out, sign up.
Set whatever goals you like. Make them realistic but just a bit ambitious.
Leave a comment on this post saying what your goals are.
Email me every Saturday (mommysmartini AT gmail DOT com) with your weekly update, saying how well you managed to stick to the weekly goals and/or what you still want to work on. (Include a link to your blog.)
Every Sunday, I will post a weekly recap of everyone's great accomplishments so we can all check on in how each other is doing and keep the motivation going.
So: who's in?
(1) Exercise: do something every day. I prefer running or a Pilates class, but it takes a long time to get to the gym and do these things, so I've decided the 30-day Shred video (which only takes 20 minutes) will be acceptable as many days per week as needed.
(2) Food: cut out alcohol and desserts/dessert-like objects; pay better attention to portion sizes to emphasize fruits and veg much more and pasta a bit less.
Jump on the shape up train! Tell me what you're going to do this month...