Support Groups - 30-Day Challenge for May (5/5-6/4)

04-23-2005, 01:01 AM
Hi Everyone!

I thought it would be a great idea to start a 30-Day Challenge for the month of May, to motivate ourselves towards a healthier lifestyle, and to prepare our bodies for the summer.

If you'd like to join this challenge, this is what we need you to do:

1. Enter yourself in this challenge by posting your name, and your weight loss and/or inches-lost goal, fat-loss goal, or any other realistic exercise/fitness goals.

2. Take your "before" measurements, and weight the morning of May 5th and if possible "before" picture, and tuck them away in a safe place.

3. Begin your food/workout program on May 5th, and stick with it for 30 days.

4. At the end of the 30 days (on June 4th), take your "after" measurements and weight, compare them with your "before" stats, and report those results here no later than June 5th. Let's challenge ourselves accomplish our goals for the next 30 days!

Let's GO! Good luck to all of the participants!


04-23-2005, 11:18 PM
I am all for this!! Hopefully having others trying to achieve a goal won't make me feel so alone and I can stay on the wagon!

My CW is 155 (hopefully when I update on May 5th it will be slightly lower)
My GW for the end will be 135 since I will be attempting Atkins again.

Can't wait to meet some new people and do this together :)

04-24-2005, 12:38 PM
Kellianne--Thanks for coming on board with this! And I am glad we can support eachother to achieve our goals. This is why I started this, b/c I didn't want to do it alone. I am going out of town 4/27-5/2, and will measure & weigh myself on 5/4. Good Luck!

I am all for this!! Hopefully having others trying to achieve a goal won't make me feel so alone and I can stay on the wagon!

My CW is 155 (hopefully when I update on May 5th it will be slightly lower)
My GW for the end will be 135 since I will be attempting Atkins again.

Can't wait to meet some new people and do this together :)

04-24-2005, 02:47 PM
I just noticed on your signature that we have about the same amount of pounds to lose! We can do it together : ) I will post y weight and measurements on the 5th...have a nice trip!

04-26-2005, 03:08 PM
Hello, I am new to this. I have sent 3 messeges, but I haven't heard any reply back. I am doing something wrong. help me!

04-29-2005, 09:12 AM

I love this challenge, and would like to join you and Kellianne. I have been meaning to take some measurements, as a means of monitoring my progress, but have been "afraid" of what the initial measurements are going to be. I have been going to the gym for about 3 weeks now, and will probably see more dramatic results from the tape measure than from the scale...I need some sort of validation that all this hard work is paying off, and I think this could be it!! Thanks for posting this challenge :)


04-29-2005, 04:57 PM
Hello, everyone!

My name is Kelly and I would love to participate in your May challenge! My goals for May include:

10# over 5 wks
64 oz. of water daily minimum
go to gym for 60 minute workout at least 3x/wk
plan meals ahead of time/cook more
stock house with lots of healthy snacks esp. fruits, veggies
reduce impulse snacking on desserts, carbs
build a network of friends for accountability

About me: I am a 37 y/o SAHM from MO with 2 grade school daughters and a supportive hubby without a weight problem...

I look forward to getting to know each of you and supporting you in your efforts! :cheer:


05-01-2005, 12:17 PM
Good to see more people joining in. Can't wait to do this with you ladies...I think with support and encouragement and just somebody(s) to talk to we can all do it!!

05-02-2005, 02:57 AM
Count me in. I havn't measured myself since..... umm..... 10 years about. :o
I guess now is as good a time to start as any. :D

05-03-2005, 09:05 AM
I forgot to post my goals for this fitness challenge.

1) Gym 5x/week
2) 10 lb loss during this challenge
3) Sit-ups and push-ups 4x/week
4) 4 inch (total) loss during this challenge

I have never before measured myself for a fitness challenge. I am not sure how to make a reasonable estimate for inches lost for this... Is goal #4 attainable? Can anyone help me on this?


p.s. i have taken my measurements (neck, bust, waist, bicep, hips, thigh-1"above knee, and calf ) and I only have one word for it, EEEEK!! :fr: Also, are these the typical areas to take measurements from, or am I missing something?

05-03-2005, 06:09 PM
I'm thinking about taking this challenge.. I think I'm doing like 2 others.. lol.. but i'm always willing to try something else..

edith - take your wrists measurements too! otherwise you have a pretty good list of places to measure! :)


05-04-2005, 09:20 AM
Really? I never would have thought....well, o.k. I'll measure my wrists, too. Thanks Aimee!! ;)


05-04-2005, 02:07 PM
I'm really excited to get started, although not excited to do Atkins. I've been looking for good recipes though so I'm not eating bacon and eggs 3 meals a day! I am NOT going to weigh or measure myself for the whole 30 days either. If I do things right my ability to fit into any jeans I own will do the talking on its own. This is finals week for me at school which will also (hopefully) allow me to stick with my diet. Usually I work all day race home to let dog out and race to class every night which leaves me little time to make a good meal, and is why I usually fall off the wagon : ) My birthday is next Saturday and my brother's was MOnday so my mom wanted to have dinner and cake this weekend, I told her I am doing no carb and she said she would make something special but I can't even do that during induction...she is an awesome cook though (which I am not) so I think I will ask for a great grilled steak and veggies to fill me up and then I won't even have room for cake. I'm going to be 26 next weekend and I am feeling old (I know it isn't that old) but still if I'm getting older I need to look better and feel better about myself. I remember this time 5 years ago when I wore size 3 jeans and felt great that summer was starting, and now I don't even know what size jeans I wear because my 13's don't even fit and am dreading summer because nothing I have fits and I refuse to buy myself any new clothes until I lose some weight. Oh well at least at work I wear scrubs which hide my giant butt! We can do this ladies, all of us! Look forward to getting to know you all : )

05-04-2005, 02:46 PM

Good luck with those finals ;) , and happy early birthday :hat:

You sound very determined, and excited to start this too! I don't plan on measuring myself at all during the month, but will continue to do my weekly weigh-ins. You are right about your clothes, they will speak volumes to your success!!


05-05-2005, 03:09 AM
Hey Gals!! So I took all my measurements, and am preparing to start Phase 1 of South Beach tomorrow.. I'm a tiny bit scared.. it's a pretty hard two weeks. I have to be very very determined not to cheat, I gotta lose some weight before my summer vacation! My plan is to drink at LEAST 3L's (abour 96oz) of water a day, along with the eating plan. I have to buy new clothes for this new job I got, kinda sucks, only because I've spent so much money on my current clothes, and I love them!

kellianne - happy bday :) Finals? Yikes.. it's been a while since I've been in school, or it feels like that anyways.. it's only been 3 ish years since I finished college.


05-05-2005, 09:35 AM
Hi there! I'm looking forward to this challenge!

I've taken my measurements, perhaps less of them than some of you!, but enough & I've weighed myself (this is day four for me & I've lost 5 lbs!!).

My goal is to lose 12 lb starting today, and I don't really know how to guess a good inches loss, but I'll be happy just to track it. Also, I want to make sure I get in at least 30 miles per week on my bike, and really trucking it too! Little scoots under a mile don't count. Plus at least 3 pilates or other home video workouts per week.

Also, at least 1/2 gallon of water every day.

05-05-2005, 04:39 PM
Hi, everyone!

I'm bravely posting my measurements on the internet. Call me determined or just plain stupid! Here goes:

neck 16 1/8
bust 44 1/2
waist 46 1/2
hip 53
thighs 49 1/2
calf 18
ankle 10
wrist 6 7/8

I hope to lose an inch in the "big" zones during this challenge. Still trying to post a photo without success. Any suggestions?


05-20-2005, 12:11 AM
it's friday, may 20 & we're half way through! :cp:

06-04-2005, 02:15 PM
Hi Everybody!

Kelly (my fitness twin-how r u?), GGbun (congrats on your 10 lb loss!), Kellianne (girl I hope u killed them on finals!), Austin615, Mom2twinz, MinuetInc and Swimgirl--How did u guys do???

Well I may be the first person in history who GAINED 3 lbs during a challenge but I am fessing up. I had gone from 167-162, then went on vacation over Memorial Day weekend and now I am 170!

But I am resilient and won't give up. I tried to do it w/o an organized diet but I think I need the discipline of an organized diet so I have decided to do South Beach on -- the plan that allows u to create your own meals since I DO NOT have time to cook. Plus my husband has decided to do South Beach with me.

Lets keep pushing on towards our goals!

06-05-2005, 02:19 PM
Hi everyone,

I kind of fell off my plan and only lost 3 #. I plan to continue trying in a slow, gradual fashion. I've been exercising regularly so I definitely feel better, but I haven't taken my measurements to see if there is any change there.

WTG ggbun - looks like you had a great month!

I encourage all of you in your efforts on this difficult quest. It certainly is easier to put it on than take it off. An uphill battle all the way, but we must continue!