Holiday Assault Challenge: Start

Today is the official start of the Holiday Assault Challenge! If you want to get motivated and be held accountable to someone (me!) regarding your eating and exercise habits over the next 6 weeks, join in! Just email me your starting weight at A number of you have already sent me your current weight, but there are a few others out there who said they wanted to participate that I haven’t heard from today… you know who you are :)

Again, this is not a contest. It’s a personal challenge, from me to you, to be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth and how much exercise you’re getting in during the holiday season. For most people, eating right and exercising is even more difficult than usual during the holidays, what with all the parties and the shopping and the decking of halls.

Most Americans gain weight over the next 6 weeks – many as much as 7-12 pounds! – but you don’t have to be one of them. Take the Holiday Assault Challenge and be confident that when you start out 2011, you won’t have to “undo” the damage you caused over the last 2 months.

As I stated in my introduction to this challenge, your weight will not be shared with anyone else. However, I’m asking you all to share your weights with me, I think it’s only fair that I share mine with you. You might recall (or notice under that photo of me in the corner…) that I was down to 170 pounds earlier this year.

Well, my current weight is 182.

What can I say? Shit happens, folks.

I could be upset or embarrassed about where I am. Ok, full disclosure – I’m a little of both. But more than that, I’m determined to lose those 12 pounds that I regained. There’s no use beating myself up about past mistakes; you can’t unscramble an egg. I know that if I wallow over how much I’ve eaten and how little I’ve exercised, then I won’t be putting my energy into rectifying those bad habits. In fact, if I don’t face where I am today and get back on the right track, I know that in another 2 months I could be up another 12 pounds.

And I won’t let that happen.

So there it is. If you’re embarrassed about sharing your weight with me, stop being silly! I’m just one person (as opposed to the entire internets) and I’ve been a lot of different weights over the years, from as low as 170 to as high as 262.

And every pound in between. Many of them three or four times!

2 Responses to “Holiday Assault Challenge: Start”

  1. Stephmac2004 Says:

    I would but I won’t step on the scale!!!

  2. Jessica Says:

    Captain’s Log, Stardate Nov. 22, 2010. Have submitted my report concerning my mass index as calculated by pounds to Werner Command. Now, we must take action to prevent further advancement by the enemy across the neutral waistline.