Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lyn's Habit-A-Week Challenge!

It seems like so many people are stuck in a rut these days. Whether it's the change of seasons, personal circumstances, or just having a hard time getting started (or sticking to it), sooooo many people are struggling with weight loss. Are you one of them?

I get a lot of emails asking me HOW to lose weight, or how to stay motivated. There seems to be a common thread of "I TRY to lose weight, but I just can't seem to stick with it. I start but I fail, over and over. Will I EVER find a way to lose this weight?" It's no secret that losing weight is tough. But it's also no secret how to do it. No magic pills, potions, or soup recipes are going to *make* you lose the weight. If there was a Lose Weight Fast and Easy pill, everyone would be thin. Instead, we have to basically eat less, and move more. Fewer calories eaten, more calories burned. So why is it SO HARD to implement that into our lives?

I think a lot of it has to do with getting overwhelmed. We try and change our lives around 10000% in 1 day. We want to go from eating whatever the heck we want, all the time, and doing no exercise, to eating 1200 calories and working out an hour a day. It's such a huge change that it's very difficult to maintain. What to do??

Enter the "Habit-A-Week Challenge!" How simple is it to change ONE tiny little thing in your life each week?? It takes effort, but it isn't overwhelming. You just do that ONE thing every day. And then the next week you keep that good habit and add another one. Then another, and another, until after 16 weeks you have SIXTEEN healthy and useful habits working together for your health and weight loss.

I got this idea from a nutrition class I took in 1992, when I was 23 years old. I had gained some weight with the birth of my second child, and I was up to 174 pounds. The local hospital had a weight loss class, so I joined. I lost 11 pounds in the first 4 weeks (I don't know how much I lost after that... my records are missing!) and it was pretty easy to do. The book we used was called The LEARN Program for Weight Control (Lifestyle, Eating, Attitudes, Relationships, and Nutrition). Each week we met, weighed, reviewed a chapter and implemented a new habit.

Starting next week (October 6), I will post a new Habit of the Week each Monday. You JUST focus on that ONE habit all week until it becomes ingrained. If you stick with it, and keep working on each new habit, you WILL lose weight. You game? Give it a try!

One of the first things the LEARN manual asks is, are you REALLY ready to lose weight? Because if you are not ready, you won't be able to do it. So your first assignment to prepare for the Challenge is to sit down and make a list. One one side of the paper it will say "Pros" and on the other side it will say "Cons." List all the benefits and reasons why you want to lose weight under Pros. List all the sacrifices and negatives you associate with losing weight under Cons. Which list is longer? If your list of Cons is far longer than your Pros, you might need to delay your weight loss attempt for another time in your life, or perhaps go to counseling to discuss and discover why losing weight seems like a negative to you.

One of the nice things about this Challenge is that you do not need to set a weight loss goal. All you do is commit to doing each new habit each week. If you stick with it, you are almost guaranteed to lose weight. I am going to do it myself... because, frankly, I am sick of stagnating.

If you'd like to join the Habit-A-Week Challenge, all you have to do is begin today. Make your list of pros and cons. And BE READY for your very first habit for Week One!

53 comments:

Ceres said...

I'm in, I'm in! :-)

katie said...

This sounds like a very do-able approach. I'm in.

new*me said...

count me in ;) Love the idea Lyn!

Kate said...

Excellent way to get throught the winter months. Count me in too.

Anonymous said...

Not sure if I can be in as I am in Australia and do not have a blog but will follow this anyway. Carol

MizFit said...

very cool and GENEROUS OF YOU to share...

Im in as I always need new habits *especially* this halloween (candy) time of year...

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this!

Anonymous said...

I'm in, too! I've been doing a lot of Beck reading,(both Martha AND Judith...go figure) so this fits right in with what I have been doing. Thanks! Becca

Jessaleigh said...

I normally just lurk, but this is too good of an opportunity to pass up. I'm in! Thank you!

Andrea said...

I'm game for this - thanks for being willing to share!!

Bikini Envy said...

All in!

Sheri said...

This sounds like a plan Lyn. I am going to use my Blog with my own progress and thought pattern through this. I can hear that negative voice in my head already about my success potential. I wish I could find its power button. Shut down the negatives and ramp up the postives!

LCinSunnySoCal.wordpress.com said...

Thanks for offering us a wagon to hitch our stars to! I'm going to do my best to come along on the trip!

nicole from portland said...

I'm in too! You know another thing that helped me when I started this journey at 235+ lbs was that I worked hard to be happy with myself how I was at that high weight BEFORE I started losing. You ask in your post if you are really ready to lose weight, I think being happy with yourself really comes into play with that. You are much more positive if you like yourself and are more likely to not give up or take the all or nothing approach.

Dinah Soar said...

I'll give it a go..although I can't think of anything I haven't tried to date...maybe I'll be surprised?

ryry the adventurous said...

I love your baby steps to a better you. They are so simple and effective. I am SO in. :D

elife said...

I'm in!

Karyn said...

Count me in!

Olivia said...

I am sooo in I'm out!!! This couldn't have come at a better time. :D

spunkysuzi said...

I'm so in :)

skinnyhollie said...

I'm IN!

Anonymous said...

I'll give it try! Thanks!

dmfuton said...

Count me in too!

K said...

I'm in too!

didi said...

I'm with you!

Kimberly said...

I'll be in!

Heather T said...

Count me in!

Vicki said...

I could've written that post. I lost 36 lbs. and have gained 13 of them back. I also stopped writing what I ate down. Thanks for starting this Habit-A-Week Challenge. It's just what I need at just the right time.

I'm sooooooo in.

GF said...

*raises hand*

Pick me!!

I'm in :)

Anonymous said...

I'm in too!
Thanks for your blog!

~Julia

Mellissa said...

Great Blog. Can't wait to start this.

Anonymous said...

I'm in.

WebRover

Shari said...

I'm in!
I can totally relate to you, and I'd love to have some goals / support.

Lauren said...

I'll join up

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the tips. I'm in.
Willow

doogiewen said...

I'm in!

Farah said...

I'm in. I used to drink two 32 oz bottles of water a day, minimum, but lately I'm lucky if I get in one. So I'm renewing my efforts to drink 2 full 32-ouncers a day.

Thanks!

Susie said...

I am in..I need it..I love it! I am in!

Teale said...

This is a great challenge. I think baby steps are best!

Teeli said...

Ok..I am coming in a bit late( but hey, I am half a world away in NZ) but I am in! I will just do all the challenges, so I catch up... :)

Carol said...

Hi,

I am totally new to this, and also 6 weeks behind. But, I will continue from week 1 if that is OK. I found this blog while looking at a way to stop my nighttime craziness. I just can't seem to stop eating after dinner. It has been a problem for me all my life. Time to really get serious. Thanks so much for the blog and the assistance......Carol

Jan Wilke said...

is it too late for me to join??

Lyn said...

Jan Wilke~

It's not too late! You can either start here at the beginning, or start on the current week's challenge and then go back for the others. Just choose one per week to work on, and in 16 weeks you'll have a much healthier lifestyle. Glad to have you join us!

Anonymous said...

I'm game for the new Habit-A-Week Challeng.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that I have found your blog. VERY informative and inspiring. I am going to start this habit-a-week challenge. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and experience.

Barbara H said...

I am thrilled that I found this blog!! Your an inspiration! I am in! I have gone from a size 24 to a size sixteen since April this site will freshen up my challenge

Gavz said...

Found your blog, just 2 days back... So, I know that it is a 'little' too late to say this, but I'm in too! :-)

NickiJ said...

I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did. I've been doing curves for 4 months but the weight loss has been slow and I know it's because of my eating habits. This is exactly what I need. So I'M IN! :)

marjg52 said...

the sticking too it part is soooooooooooooooo hard. i am so there to change.
thanks
marjorie claire

lasting success said...

Okay it's Sept 17,2012- but I'm in!! I use Flyladys baby steps, so why not for this? I really love your blog- feeling SO discouraged and not healthy- but in reading about your journey I don't feel so alone☺. It's 8:15 pm so I'm starting tomorrow- but I know I'm going to feel more positive waking up with a plan and a feeling of all the rest of you on the same incredibly challenging journey. Thanks!!!😉

Duana said...

I am a mother of two and I recently put on 10lbs when attempting to lose 20lbs. Yikes! And that was with a gym membership that I never had time to use. I found this blog while researching Sensa. Thanks for the review and I heartily agree. Then I kept looking and found your Habit-A-Week Challenge. As I think it is never to late to start, I raise my hand and say "I'm in." I am always so busy at work and I could use all the help I can get. The habits are sensible and simple. That's good enough for me. thank you Lyn and I will keep you posted. Current weight = 209lbs

Anonymous said...

Found your site by your sensa review. Thank you so many such for your honest opinion. I am also a fly lady follower to get my home clean and orderly, but I don't do so good with myself. I am close to passing the 200lb mark and my doctor isn't very helpful. Just feel like I must be lazy and dumb cause the weight just keeps creeping up. I'm in. Thanks for your blog.

caoimhe Walsh said...

So I know the last comment was a long time ago but I'm just letting you know this is a great idea so I will be jumping in!