Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hot 100


Not bad. I'm down another .5 pounds day to day, and I've dropped an awesome 5.2 pounds since I started.

As of today, there are exactly 100 days left in 2010. Steve of Log My Loss is running, as he did last year, a Hot 100 challenge for the last 100 days of 2010. I, as I did last year, intend to participate. In the interest of mixing things up, this year I intend to, you know, actually finish the challenge instead of puttering out mid-November.

This year doesn't have last year's requirements that all goals be measurable, achievable, and entirely within your control. So it's just, basically, to make three or more goals that can last you till January, and to write about them each week.

1. Blog 5+ days a week. Blogging helps me stay focused and motivated. It forces me to spend a portion of each day really *thinking* about what I'm doing and why. Blogging help keeps me on track, and so I shall blog.
2. Go for a walk outside every day. Yes, even if it's hot or cold or raining or snowing or I'm feeling under the weather and really would rather not. Every damn day, I need to go outside and spend some time trudging through the fresh air. I can do it.
3. Act as if my weight can't hold my career back by doing what I should be doing and applying to new jobs. This might not seem quite like it fits in with a weight loss challenge, but for me it does. I've been using feeling bad about my weight as an excuse not to apply for jobs, and I shouldn't be. While yes, studies do show that obese people are less likely to be hired, there is no chance I'll ever get hired for a job I don't apply for. Ideally, I'd like to find a new job before this challenge is over, and if that happens I'll update with a new goal.

So, those are my challenge goals. You'll notice they're not quite weight centric. The only one that has a direct effect on the scale is #2, and even that's a pretty weak one. A walk of indeterminate length and intensity, even every day, is not the stuff big losses on the scales are made of.

There's a reason for this. It's not that I don't have lots of weight related goals: I do, and I'll probably discuss them in the upcoming future. But the issue is, I already have those. Those wouldn't be challenge goals, they would just be me continuing along my merry way and picking up challenge credit as I went.

So, those are my Hot 100 goals. If you want to try to close out the last 100 days of the year with a bang, it's not too late to join! They're accepting participants until October 1st. Just head over to Log My Loss for all the details.


  1. Came over from Hot 100...I know what you mean about feeling like fat holds your back from striving towards certain jobs. After losing a few honestly because I felt like I was too fat for them, I stopped dreaming. Anyway, now I'm back on the wagon for good. Looking forward to following your progress!

    Polar's Mom

  2. It's great to see this kind of motivation and determination. I think that blogging about your goals and putting them out there for the world to see is a great idea. I really like your goal of walking every day no matter what the weather is like or how you're feeling. I love to go walking and it really helps as not only a form of exercise, but also mentally. It gives me a moment to just relax and get my mind of certain issues. I hope you continue setting goals like this and I hope you stick to them.

  3. I'm so glad you're doing the Hot 100 too. I'll be here to cheer you on until you reach those goals. Good luck!

  4. I am super glad you are doing the challenge AND you and I are at the same weight so let's see how well we can do between now and the end of the year! :-D

  5. I am glad you joined in Hadley! I love your goals!

    You can do this!