A group half as small as me

by Cellobella on Monday, October 20, 2008 · 13 comments

One of my new bloggy finds is a blog called Half As Good As You by Casey.

She was moaning about how hard it was to lose weight and somehow in comments a bunch of us decided that maybe online motivation would work. Well why not? Nothing else seems to… for me anyway.

So Club Half As Small As You was born and it’s free – bar a little commitment.

It’s about finding a group of peers who will encourage you to get fit and maybe in the process lose a little of that excess weight… you know, the saddle bags, the love handles, the bingo wings… etc.

To start with – like any old fashioned 12-step program – an acknowledgement of the problem is in order:

My name is Cellobella and I need to get fit and lose weight.

Next – the answer’s to the Club Half As Small As You questionnaire:

1. What motivates you and why do you want to do this challenge? It may be that you’re training to run a 10K or merely just to be able to walk to the mailbox and not break a sweat (don’t worry, I fall on this end of the spectrum).

What motivates me?  Plainly not much. :)  However the only success I’ve had is peer pressure.  That is exercising with a group.  I’m doing this challenge because I’ve tried other stuff and it hasn’t worked and who knows… it might even be fun.

2. What is your long term goal? Do you want to lose weight or just tone your body. Are you trying to fit into your old prom dress for your upcoming reunion? Do you want to want to “pump yourself up” like Hans and Frans? Spill it.

I want to want to exercise – and I’m hoping that feeling those endorphins rush around my body from physical activity will become addictive.  In the process losing some weight would be a good thing.

3. What is your long term weight loss goal? You don’t need to tell us your current weight, just how much you’d like to eventually lose. This can be in weight or inches. Jamie and I have a sewing tape measure that we use for our weekly measurements. We got ours in the sewing section at Wal-Mart, if you look at Target, you won’t find it.

10 kilograms would be nice.

4. What tools are available to you? Treadmill, elliptical, jogging stroller, ThighMaster, Trampoline. Maybe a rabid dog to chase the weight off?

Sandshoes.  Bathers.  Goggles. Running shorts.  And I could go to the gym.

5. How often can you exercise? Be realistic here but try to make as much time as possible. This might include stepping AWAY from the blog for a couple of nights a week. I know, *gasp*. I’m crying on the inside too but it needs to be done. Fatty. Ok, that was mean and it won’t happen again. I promise.

3-4 times a week is probably realistic.  I theoretically could exercise every day if I got up early enough.  I find that it has to be in the morning or I don’t.

6. What do you plan on doing? Beer curls, switch the remote to the other hand for a few days, start smoking more. Maybe you want to actually exercise and start eating better? I hear that never works but go ahead and try if you want.

Reduce alcohol intake.  Take salads to work for lunch.  Get up at 6am and go jogging (gasp!).

7. What has worked for you in the past? Let us in on your secrets, what has worked for you before and how you went about it. We won’t tell.

The last time I lost a LOT of weight I was breastfeeding and had managed to contract Giardia… I was also following the “Fit for Life” food combining principals.   Given the first two are out I guess I’ll try healthy eating and exercise.

There. That wasn’t so hard. Want to join us? Head over to Casey’s to find out more.

{ 12 comments }

Casey October 20, 2008 at 1:10 am

Welcome aboard! I’m so glad you’re joining the club… make sure to eat all of your junk food today because tomorrow we’re going to start kicking your butt into shape! Our weight loss goals are pretty similar from the sound of it so hopefully we can motivate each other. I’m going to have to polish up on my math skills to convert your kilograms to our pounds but I’m sure we can figure something out! ;)

PlanningQueen October 20, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Good luck, I hope you achieve your goal. I always find it easier to get up early and be active in the warmer weather than in winter.

mrsbear October 21, 2008 at 3:18 am

I posted mine this morning as well, just dropped in to say good luck. I think I’ve got a Fit for Life book laying around here somewhere…

Sprite's Keeper October 21, 2008 at 4:24 am

Welcome to the club! Love your name, btw.

steenky bee October 21, 2008 at 11:13 am

Woo-Hoo! Another sister in da club! I’m thrilled and so glad to meet ya! I can’t wait to get skinny with you!

Brenda-SeriouslyMama October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Just popping in to meet the team! Wishing you lots of luck on your first week!

Beth, Scottsdale, AZ October 22, 2008 at 2:10 am

Out meeting the exercise group this morning! I love your response to #2 saying you want to want to exercise. That’s me in a nutshell. Rarely do I leave the gym saying, boy I feel great! I’m just hungry.

Debbie October 22, 2008 at 3:57 am

Yay! Another Half-er to stalk .. um, I mean … encourage!!!!

I walked a mile and half last night … they say that once you do it a couple of weeks that you “crave” your walks. We’ll just see about that!

Casey October 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

How’s the exercise going over there? I actually did it today for the first time and I’m not sore yet!

Brenda-SeriouslyMama October 23, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Checking in to see how your day as aHASAY club member was? I ran for an hour on the treadmill and my legs are sore! Decided tonight that I am taking the day off from exercise tomorrow.

Kat@MotherFonker October 26, 2008 at 5:28 am

Hello, cellobella!

I’m bad, only started going around to say hello to people one week after.

How’s the fitness thingy going?
Hope you’re doing well…

ian October 27, 2008 at 10:51 am

Ah, this is ridiculous, Cellobella. I have seen you, and you absolutely DO NOT NEED TO LOSE wieght. You have a terrific figure, topped off with a great smile.
Perhaps you need “ego classes,” or someone to remind you how beautiful you are each day. Getting fit is another matter though. If you cant achieve everything you want to with your family and friends, you probabnly need to be a little fitter.
If you get fit, you might put on weight.

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