Everyone knows how much of a struggle it is to lose weight and how difficult it can be to stay motivated so Where Are My Knees? would like to invite all of our readers to join in and make a pledge to meet their weightloss and exercise goals.
On the last Sunday of each month we will post a summary of our progress to date along with our goals for the following month. We would like to invite our pledgers to tell us about their month and goals too. Each month 3 pledgers will be contacted to write a paragraph to be featured in the main blog post and the other pledgers are able to leave comments on the post to update us with their progress and goals. To make this fair we will be working our way down the list of pledgers to make sure that everyone gets a turn.
If you would like to be involved please comment below with your goal for the month and leave us the link to your blog. We have created a page to display our 'pledgers' details and have also made a little button to display on your blog. Don't forget we are also on twitter so if your motivation is slipping or you're finding it hard to resist that biscuit just holler! And if you just want to brag to someone about how well you are doing we would also love to hear that too.
We will give you a brief round up of our week each Sunday to help keep us focused:
Sarah - I have had a great first week and although I have been having major sweet cravings I haven't given in to them. I am really proud of that as I usually fail at the first hurdle and reach for a cream cake. I have also had two nights out with friends and stuck to sparkling mineral water, how good is that! My target for the next month is to lose an inch from both my waist and my hips. I have started walking most nights and am eating healthily so I hope this is achievable.
Gemma - I reached a major goal in my first week, I have now lost 5% of my total body weight and I'm feeling really positive! I have friends over as I type this and they brought the most amazing chocolate cake with them. I planned ahead and ate lots of low point food in the day because I didn't want to be a bore and say no to everything. My aim for the next month is to lose another 7lbs and move closer to my next goal which is to lose 10% of my total body weight.
Charlene - I've had a great first week so far. I managed to get to the gym twice (I had aimed for 3 times but I overworked myself on my first visit and was too sore to go on my 2nd free day - lesson learned!) and it left me feeling happy and motivated. I've been eating well too and resisted a cake sale, a takeaway for lunch, and free Dominos pizza at work this week. I did have a few weak moments and gave in to a packet of Minstrals and 2 chocolates (out of a huge big tempting box...) but as someone who would eat chocolate at least once a day I've done well. My plans for this week are to go to the gym 3 times, and after reading Helen's post, I might start running.
Sarah V - I've had a few challenging moments this week (free donuts at work!), but feel quite proud of myself for resisting temptation, for the most part. Rather than succumbing to chips on a recent night out, I went for Subway instead (one of the lowest fat options). I also made sure I danced a lot! I'm trying to walk to work as much as possible although only managed it twice last week. As I said in my intro post, I've already lost 4lbs which I'm really pleased with for my first week - fingers crossed I'll have lost again at my next weigh-in! For the next week I'm going to try and do a lot more walking - and on top of my Zumba class, I want to factor at least one more workout in.
Lucy - I've had quite a good first week, I've swapped chocolate and crisps for copious amounts of fruit meaning that mid-afternoon snacks are now pineapple (£2 for 400g in Morrisons & 400g = 5/5 a day!) and Weight Watchers vanilla yogurt. I've also started eating breakfast each and every morning so I don't eat rubbish in between meals and those hunger pangs aren't quite as frequent. I've had a couple of weak moments but as yet have resisted giving in with the help of the other girls, I've started as I mean to go on! I'm thinking about giving up carbs in the next couple of weeks but I've not 100% decided yet, I'm going to see how I get on and then make a decision. Has anyone successfully given up carbs? How was it?
So it's now over to you guys, please update us below with your progress so far, set yourself a target for the next month and let us know if you want to take part in the Where Are My Knees? Pledge.