Fire up for fall challenge…the beginning


I love a challenge and in my opinion there’s nothing more challenging than weightloss so when I saw the Fire up for Fall Challenge, I wanted in.  It’s run by Rebecca over on her blog and the idea is to set 5 goals to achieve over 10 weeks whilst documenting your progress as you go. So #FUFF Week One let’s go…

What are your goals for the Fall Challenge?

1. I would really love to lose at least 1.5lb per week over the next 10 weeks so that’s 15lb in total. Ideally I would love to lose more but being realistic and knowing how unreliable my weightloss can be each week I think 15lb is achievable. That would take me well into the next stone bracket.

2. Walk Mikey every night without fail (even if it is just around the block and for at least 10 minutes)

3. Get on Wii Zumba at least twice a week (one weekend day and one weekday evening)

4.  Try out a new low fat recipe for dinner at least once every two weeks

5. Drink at least 2 litres of water/squash per day

Why have you chosen those goals?

I’ve chosen 5 goals that I believe are realistic and achievable. I’m already quite good at getting my exercise quota in for the week but I’m going to try and do that little bit more to help aid my weightloss. Walking with Mikey is good for both of us and I do think it helps us bond (I know, Mikey is my Westie but he really is a good boy/listener/companion! Sad eh?) Hubby and I have recently been trying out new ideas for Dinners so we don’t get bored with our food so this will be a great goal to use all the lovely recipes sitting in the numerous WW cookbooks I’ve bought. I’ve chosen to increase my water intake as I do slip with my water intake at work. I take a small bottle of water with me to work but could do with taking a bigger bottle with me and then at least when it’s empty I know i’ve drank enough for the day.

What have you done this week that’s made you feel fabulous?

This week I’ve prepared and cooked a couple of new recipes which have turned out to be fantastic! Firstly, I cooked up a WW friendly Chicken Korma with Basmati Rice which was absolutely delicious. I think it was even better than a takeaway bought curry and hubby really liked it too so will definitely try this out again. Secondly, I’ve begun to bake Banana Loaf from a WW recipe which has turned out to be a winner. My colleagues at work have really enjoyed it and I’ve even just took a loaf out of the oven for my WW meeting tomorrow.. Go me!

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in reaching your goals?

My biggest challenge will be my birthday at the beginning of November. It’s not a special birthday but I do think you need to celebrate and treat yourself once or twice a year else life gets a bit boring. I’m hoping to go out for a lovely meal with hubby and perhaps enjoy one or two guilt free Thorntons choccies!

Fun Question..Where in  the World do you live? What’s amazing about it?
I live in the West Midlands which is slap bang in the middle of England. The good thing about being in the Midlands is that you can pretty much get to the coast (either east or west) within a couple of hours and if you want to go to a bigger city other than Birmingham, London or Manchester are only a couple of hours away by car too! Since I’ve been on my WW journey, I’ve discovered the joys of walking and there’s lots of beautiful areas near to where that we can get to within 20 minutes such as the Clent Hills, Sutton Park and Sandwell Valley.

Here’s my positive pic for the week, taken on Sunday, this is my Hubby and woofer Mikey on top of the Clent Hills looking over a very wet and breezy West Midlands…beautiful!

If you’d like to join in or read more about the Fire up for Fall Challenge, visit Rebecca’s blog here {sig}

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  • Reply Rebecca 20/09/2011 at 8:58 am

    Hey welcome to the challenge! Great that you are on board :) I used to live just outside of Birmingham and it’s ace! I love how everything in the country is within reach there, Cornwall is a little more awkward!

  • Reply Kris 20/09/2011 at 10:35 pm

    Great goals – they seem very do-able! I have to visit the UK one day, it always looks so lovely in pictures!

    Good luck!

  • Reply Carrie@shrinkingcarrie 20/09/2011 at 11:59 pm

    Realistic and achievable goals are a great way to see success! Great goals for the first week!

  • Reply PlumPetals 23/09/2011 at 12:47 pm

    Hi :) I followed your link off of Rebecca at Weight Wars.
    I also just signed up for the Fall challenge! I’m glad to see you are going to experiment with recipes too — I’m looking forward to trying new ones out and add a bit of variety to my meals :)

  • Reply Karen 23/09/2011 at 7:50 pm

    Hello! I’m very excited to find a fellow quilter!

    You’re not a million miles from me. I know Birmingham well as I went to uni there and my sister lives in Tipton.

    Good luck with your goals

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