Let’s Get Physical

Let's Get Physical!

So…I signed up for an 8 week weight loss challenge and fitness training my friend Wendy is holding.

I’m going to phrase this post as if someone emailed me to ask these questions – I’m having trouble framing it on my own – but really I’m talking to myself. That’s totally normal, right?

What is the Let’s Get Physical challenge?

It starts tomorrow! You can check out the details on her blog, but here’s the gist: Wendy signed up 40+ women who are all working on their fitness (tm Fergie Ferg) to motivate each other. We all bought into the challenge for $25 and there are cash prizes for the people who lose the biggest percentage of weight, plus other prizes along the way. I’m aiming for 12 pounds (realistically) but would be THRILLED if I got to 20. I figure I’ve thrown a lot of money at Weight Watchers and Slim Fast and diet pills in the past – how about this time I motivate myself with a chance to win it back?

What kind of crazy diet are you going try this time?

I’m going to try Paleo. If you’ve read any of my ramblings about finding a diet and lifestyle that works for me long term you might have noticed my friend Erin in the comments trying to convince me to join her cult of bacon. I started reading this website and bought his book (plus the cookbooks) and I’m going to try it. I actually started last week, to see if I could make it even 24 hours without bread and the answer is definitely yes…as long as I can replace it with bacon. I’m also not going to follow it perfectly and I’m not trying to win any “please explain EXACTLY what the reasoning behind this paleo thing is” debates so if you absolutely HATE paleo feel free to tell me but don’t expect a fight. Although if you’re interested/do it too/have questions I would looooove to talk about it on Facebook or email.

Are you going to post before pictures?

Maybe when I have nice thin after ones to show. My before picture was an unpleasant wake-up call at how much weight I’ve put back on since losing 30 pounds last year. I am hoping these are the last “before” pictures I ever take.

This isn’t going to turn into a paleo/diet/cross fit/healthy living blog, is it?

No way. I might tell you about some of the stuff I get to eat (because you’ll be totally jealous) and I’ll probably update in a couple weeks (because hopefully I’ll have exciting! news! to share about how much I’ve lost!) but regular diet updates are a) boring and b) super boring. The group doing the challenge has a private Facebook page so we don’t annoy everyone we know. But like I said, I’m happy to talk to anyone who actually WANTS to hear about it.

So, yeah. I think this is going to be good for me. It might end up being another in a long line of schemes I start and don’t follow through with. And it might turn me into a crazy obsessed dieter who never shuts up. And there’s a distinct possibility I won’t be able to stick to it and I’ll end up cheating and gain 20 pounds from all the bacon. But it’s a new month, we’re starting a new phase in our lives, and it feels like a challenge I’m up for. Wish me luck!

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13 Responses to “Let’s Get Physical”

  1. MommaExpat says:

    I really have been looking for something like this but of course it’s already closed. If you happen to see another challenge like this, please let me know!! Good luck with the Paleo, a friend is doing it and loves it. =)

    • bebehblog says:

      Oh no! I’m sure Wendy will do another one after this 8 weeks is up. And if I hear about any more I’ll let you know!

  2. Jess Judkins says:

    I would love to see your progress and also hear about which meals you love to eat on the Paleo diet. A friend of mine told me that the Paleo diet might help my husband Scott with regulating his blood sugars (he is type 1 diabetic)

    • bebehblog says:

      I think it is supposed to be great for regulating diabetes – there’s a lot of info about it on the website. I’ve already noticed I feel much more stable (fewer crashes in the afternoon, now evening cravings for dessert) than when I was eating tons of carbs.

  3. YOU GO GIRL!! Good luck and do awesome… I’ll be doing this next year to drop all this baby weight I’m putting on. Ugh.

  4. Denae says:

    I wish you luck. In good news, my grandfather ate bacon every morning for almost 90 years and looked like a stick. So maybe the daily bacon, no bread diet can work?

  5. Cindy @ the flipping couple says:

    Awesome. You go, girl! And I will be happy to cheer you on anytime you hear the bread sirens calling to you. You can do this!

  6. Courtney says:

    You’ll do great – Good Luck! I’m in the challenge too and can’t wait to get started tomorrow. I’ve lost 41lbs already and I’m ready to loose even more!

  7. Other Erin says:

    Excellent. Everyone come join me in the cult of bacon…

  8. You got this, mama! I’ll be cheering you on. And expecting regular bacon updates/recipes. No pressure.

  9. Margot says:

    My feelings exactly on the ‘before’ picture question – I’ll post a ‘before’ only when I have a good ‘after’ to put right next to it :-)

    Good Luck!!

  10. Dorothy M. says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing how you like Paleo. Some friends of mine are Cross Fit instructors and they’re all about Paleo. They gave me a cook book that’s pretty good. It all makes a lot of sense, eating the food that our bodies are meant to eat but I can’t convince my husband to do it and I know I can’t do it on my own. I’m in the process of seeing if I’m dairy and/or gluten intolerant so I’m might be forced into it, we’ll see.

  11. Good for you! And I know you’ll do great. Sometimes it may takes a little accountability for me. And usually a picture helps push me along. Good luck!

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