Hi Ladies, Our October 2013 Weight Loss Challenge has 2 parts:
- 1) We will focus on finding ways to make losing weight more affordable – That means that I will be sharing tips on buying groceries, cooking more meals, finding deals on gym memberships, how to buy in bulk or use coupons to lighten your food bills, etc. There are so many tips to share and I plan to share a great tip each day on our blog and Facebook page.
- How can YOU participate? – I’m asking that you visit our blog, our online community and our Facebook page to share your tips, resources and suggestions with other BWLW sistas. I’m asking you to pledge to share at least 1 great tip per week.
- Click here to read the Daily Weight Loss on a Budget Tips that I will be sharing!
- 2) Exercise Challenge: I’m challenging everyone to add 30 minutes to 1 hour of walking 3-4 days per week for cardio exercise. For those who have started walking, you can switch to running or jogging as your goal. If you are already walking or running regularly for 30 min or more, I challenge you to step up the intensity, add more time or transition from walking to running/jogging so that you are challenged.
- How can YOU participate? – You have to determine what works for you in terms of walking or running 3-4 days per week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- If the weather is an issue to you being able to get outside to do your workouts, use a treadmill. You can also walk/run/jog in place at home as an option.
- At home walking: Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds workout DVDs are a great option if you want to workout at home.
- I suggest that you also invest in a pedometer or fitness tracker so that you can track things like distance and the amount of steps you take.
There are a lot of walking and running programs out there. Here are the 2 programs that I suggest you check out for the exercise part of our October Challenge:
- Couch to 5K – This is one of the most popular training plans online and the best thing is that it’s FREE. The goal of this training routine is to take you from walking to running a 5k.
- A realistic plan for those who are just starting out: The Mayo Clinic’s Walking schedule – I suggest this plan for those who are just starting with their weight loss efforts. It’s a great exercise plan to help you work upto intense exercise.
Tip: Don’t have money for a gym? Local community centers, YMCA’s or tracks at universities and community colleges can be a great free or low cost place to find a safe, well light track or treadmills.
Budget Meal Plan Resources to start you off right! (more to come):
- Eating Well – “How to lose weigh on a budget”
- Money Saving Moms: 6 Tips for Losing Weight on a Budget
- Consumer Reports – Dieting on a Budget
- WebMD – 15 Healthy Foods for About $2
PS: There will also we a giveaway in Oct. I’m finalizing the details!
*Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or a registered nutritionist (although I’ve had nutrition training/certification). If you seek expert advice, please seek out a doctor or registered nutritionist. Do not accept this challenge if it will cause any of your health issues to worsen. WE don’t advise that you do anything that would negatively affect your health or well being (that means eating, exercise, etc). If you have food allergies, are currently pregnant, are nursing, have past injuries, have a chronic disease, etc you need to speak with a medical professional before drastically changing your diet. If you are diabetic, you may not be able to participate in this challenge in terms of reducing sugar. You could also have unknown medical issues that could worsen with diet and exercise changes. Talk to your doctor, Ladies.