It’s Tuesday, May 1st and I’m thrilled to officially kick off the #iwillrockthis weight-loss challenge! For the next 8 weeks, along with 30 other women, I’ll be fighting tooth and nail to get into that bikini bottom. This body hasn’t seen a bikini since I was nineteen years old – and for good reason. First it was the hips, then the booty, inner thighs, the muffin top, and then I caught a glimpse of cellulite on my arms. *shudder* Throw being pregnant in there somewhere coupled with surgically induced menopause and some crazy meds I have to take in hopes of staying cancer-free. *double shudder* I’ve totally lost control. And I feel like crap. This is not the body I want and I’m ready to change it.
I’ve got an ace in my back pocket though and it comes in the form of thirty super, kick-ass, amazing women who declared “I’M IN!” when I threw a line out in the water waiting to see who’d bite. Thirty! And though we’re all competing against each other, we’re all strangely supportive of one another. I’m hoping that doesn’t change mid-challenge. *fingers crossed*
Where’s the challenge part of this, you’re wondering, right? Isn’t diet and exercise enough of a challenge! Sure, but there had to be a prize. Something to fight for. And there are some rad prizes (I’ll be posting more about the fabulous people who generously donated to the winnings over the next few weeks). There is also cash. Cold, hard cash. Like $500 cash. That definitely something to fight for!
Many of the 30 women are bloggers and I’m loving that they’ve embraced the idea of writing about their journey over the next 8 weeks. Today, I’m adding a linky at the bottom of this post so my fellow participants can link up their kick-off posts. Go give them some love and see what their respective plans are to win the 500 bucks! One gal consulted with a family friend who also coaches basketball and he drew up some very specific instructions on what she needs to do to win. Someone else hired a trainer *ahem, me, ahem* and another is currently training for a 1/2 marathon. There are some serious contenders in this group!
Me? Beyond the trainer? Well, no more fancy Starbucks coffees, no more soda of any kind, no processed foods, no fast food, no pizza delivery, no booze, and no late night desserts after everyone’s gone to bed. More fruit, more veggies, more fish. More juicing, more smoothies with chia seeds, more greens and more water. And definitely more sweat. A lot more sweat.
I encourage you to follow along over the next 8 weeks. I’ll be posting before, mid, and after photos of me and some of the other brave souls who have agreed to my hard sell. Bless their hearts.
Before you go, you must tell me what your favorite go-to exercise is. The one that gets you the most results. Is it Jillian’s 30-Day Shred, countless hours logged on a treadmill, spin class, Zumba, what?