Thursday, May 21, 2009


Rockelle asked for help with motivation ... Rockelle, you and I used to work out almost every night when we were neighbors. Do you have a workout partner now? Someone even just to go walking with?

I think motivation, and continuing that motivation, are the hardest parts for most of us. I know it is for me. The contest with my sewing forum is enough to motivate me personally -- I tell ya, I've been trying to cut soda and not eat fast food since January (I did successfully quit drinking Pepsi then, though, and don't drink caffeine anymore). But I haven't found the motivation until now to do this, and I knew I'd get extra points yesterday if I just drove on by Sonic. Plus, I have a group of about 6 sisters who go walking every morning. Not everyone goes every day, but we can always count on at least 2 other sisters to join us so we're never alone and bored.

So here's what my plan is: I challenge all of my readers who want more help/motivation in getting fit/fitter to join me in a contest. We'll start Tuesday May 26 (go have fun on your 3-day weekend) and go through June 30. Following the same rules as the contest I'm already in, everyone who wants to participate needs to choose 3 goals for yourself. I've started a separate blog for this challenge, so post your goals over on that blog in a response to the first entry. I will invite all responders here and there to participate in that blog so you can post at will. I'll explain the rules here, then post them there too.

Choose 3 goals you want to work on for the duration of this program. You get a point for each goal every day. Any day you achieve all three goals, you get an extra 10 points. So you have the potential of getting 13 points every day. I'll be choosing 3 separate goals from the contest I'm currently in.

I'll also post a challenge on the challenge blog on Tuesday night every week. Like, drink an extra glass of water every day this week. Or, eat one more serving of fruit every day this week. If you achieve the bonus, you'll get an extra 15 points.

If you post at least 3 times during that week, or post responses to the challenge blog 3 times during that week, you'll get an additional 5 points. You'll need to respond frequently with updated points; on Tuesdays, I'll post the point tallies for the week so make sure you've updated by then.

Here's an added incentive (in addition to feeling awesome and looking better!): I'll make a cute little Japanese knot bag for the person with the most points at the end of the contest (unless it's me, then the second place person will get it), in color/fabric of their choice. I'll show you pics of the fabric I have and you can choose from it. I'll post a picture of one when I can, but our other computer is in the shop and my photos are on it. As if that prize is not enough, *everyone* who participates will get a chapstick holder for their keychain. I've sold them for $5 each, so it's a pretty cool prize if I do say so myself. Participation means you actually have to DO the challenge start to finish, can't just sign up to get the gift. haha. If anyone else wants to contribute a prize, you are more than welcome to do so; just let me know.

How's that for motivation Rockelle? Any help at all?


Kristina P. said...

I am going to consider doing this. Itr might make me really depressed, though.

evitafjord said...

I'm in. Great way to jump start my summer of reclaiming my body as MINE dang it. You know, now that I'm no longer a food source.

Rockelle said...

I know I miss you and Melanie so much...why do My best buddies have to move away and leave me!
I am in this will be fun!

stewbert said...

Wooo! Kristina, we'd love to have you join us. :) So excited!