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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Weight Loss Challenge

I just had one of the most amazing times of my life this weekend! I was miles outside my comfort zone and signed up for The California Relay. 12 women took turns running 194 miles from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, and I had a blast doing it! How crazy is that!? I really learned a lot about overcoming fear with the whole event.

I was nervous about spending that much intimate time with several women I don't know well, plus very nervous about the long distance running. I have been out of shape since my 1/2 Marathon a few months ago, and I've put on 9.5 lbs. Like an old lady, I fell during my night time run. Bruised my legs up a little and scraped up a knee. I am more embarrassed than hurt though. But it was really, the BEST time I've had in a long time. When you push your self and go outside the normal, you do get rewarded. Remember that!

Now I am ready to tackle those 9 1/2 lbs, which I can really feel and see in photos of myself. Who's with me? So what is "the challenge"? The challenge is to stick to your diet plan, whether it is BFC, WW, Jenny Craig or whatever. Just stick with it for the month of May. This is a NO EXCUSE month, regardless of what you have going on. Will you lose all the weight you need in May? No, but you will be well on your way!

So many of you have said the timing is perfect for this and want to join in. Everything is funner with a friend! Whether it is the last few pounds, a few added back on, or you are just beginning your journey - you can do this. Leave a comment, tell us all what your goal is and how you aren't going to let anything stand in your way in the month of May (not even a Mother's Day Brunch!) My goal is 5 lbs and I'm going to do it by sticking with the Belly Fat Cure max of 5/2 S/C per meal and 15/6 max per day. I'm going to picture a thinner, more healthy me when I feel temptations. And know it really is worth it to skip them.

This is a photo of me from Saturday afternoon. I had just run 6.7 miles through the town of Petaluma, CA and then up a huge hill and back down. I love this photo, because for some reason I am smiling (10 minutes before that I thought I might die, it was really hard) and my team mate is congratulating me before she takes off on her long run.  Please remember, I was a total coach potato 18 months ago.

16 comments:

  1. Way to go Amber! I'd like to one day run a half marathon but for now count me in for your May challenge. I will lose 5 pounds the BFC way!

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  2. Count me in!! My goal is 10 pounds and to kick the diet soda habit I've developed since Christmas as well as sticking to the BFC basics! Thanks so much for organizing :-)

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  3. Congratulations Amber! I've been lurking around your blog for awhile now and I''m very motivated by you! Thank you for this blog! I would like to join the challenge and lose 10 lbs.
    ~Lisa

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  4. Way to go Amber!! I am so ready for this! April was the month of my buttercream icing additction. Back on the wagon and ready to shed my winter weight tracking my meals and staying in my 15/6 range. Good luck everyone!
    Trish

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  5. Thank you Amber for running for such a great cause. You look fabulous in that photo, and I'm glad you didn't injure yourself too badly when you fell. Now that wouldn't have been fun at all! I am in on the May challenge, and for this week I've lost one pound so far, following the BFC overall, with a spin on F.T. during the evenings, (eating no carbs past 3:00 p.m.)

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  6. Thanks for joining in ladies!

    Lisa - I love a lurker that finally leaves a comment!!

    Laura - I am telling you, if I can do it, you certainly can! Google Hal Higdon's Half marathon training schedule and pick a race. There is nothing standing in your way!

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  7. Amber, funny you mentioned May as a time to get back with it. I have several ladies on spark who are trying to recommit this month as well and that includes me too. I have been a little of track with my neck problem but back in the gym as much as possible so please count me in as well. I want to work out 4x a week and lose 5lbs this month.

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  8. Way to go Amber,I have been checking your site and waiting for you to tell us how you did,wow you go girl!! I am in for the BFC the month of May. We can all do this together.Wendy

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  9. I am so proud of you! Very cool! I'm in for the May challenge. I have lost 13.8 lbs since March 7th. I would also like to lose at least another 5 lbs by June 1st. Let's go!!!

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  10. I am in for the May challenge! My goal is to lose 5 lbs. this month doing BFC as well, plus running for 30 minutes 3X/week. For me, I need to start tracking the 15/6 by writing down EVERYTHING I eat...it's easy for carbs to sneak back in if I'm only "counting" them in my head!

    I am going to Vegas in June to see Celine and need to be looking GOOD in my bathing suit by the pool! How should we report to the group...should we come up with a #BFCMay group on Twitter?

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  11. I'm in too Amber. I would like to lose 5 lbs in May. Normally I would have said 10, but maybe that's why I am always discouraged. I set my goals too high and feel like a failure when I don't meet them. Good luck to all!

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  12. Excited to have so many people join my this month! I snuck on the scale & no movement yet, but I FEEL 5 lbs lighter.....

    Pattie, I would love to say 10 lbs in May too. Better to be surprised at the end, instead of disappointed! But you never know!

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  13. Amber, your timing couldn't be more perfect for me. I am going to take this 5 lbs off and feel like I'm not alone - thank you so much for this. I was really starting to get discouraged but this fueled me to get back on it!

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  14. Hi Amber! I am another member of the spark team- and looking forward to participating in your may challenge! My May goal is to lose 5 pounds and follow the original Belly Fat Cure 15/6 or 5/2 max per meal. Go us!

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  15. I am with you too! I've been pretty stuck-- so I want to shake up my workouts so that I can get the scale moving.. I would LOVE to do it with a 5 pound weight loss...

    Thanks and you look great.. did you run a total of 16 miles? Is that how your race worked.. sounds like FUN

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  16. My goal for May is 8 lbs. I was down 14 and have gained two. (Cursing those 2 for 1 margaritas during Cinco de Mayo) Thanks for the great blog. I have been reading since February and come back often!

    Michelle James

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