Monday, September 13, 2010

Drop Dead Gorgeous by December challenge

So, I decided to sign up for Half of Jess's Drop Dead Gorgeous by December challenge.  You can join too if you're interested - it's not just about weight loss!

Here's how Jess describes it:

splendid, magnificent, grand, wonderful, brilliant
1. Beautiful, very attractive
2. Very pleasant.
Drop Dead Gorgeous by December is not about the scale. It’s about making me proud of who I am, what I have done, and what I will do. It’s about making me stronger, more independent, and generally happier. It’s about overall health, both mentally and physically.

It has become a self-empowering movement.
It has become a supportive group.
It has become a motivational network.

It has made me understand that I can accomplish so much more when I realize I’m not alone.

Every single person participating in Drop Dead Gorgeous by December makes a conscious effort to better his or her life each and every day.

Some days are harder than others, but in the long-run, every single person emerges victorious, feeling accomplished and proud. It is not pride that comes from how much weight they’ve lost, how far they’ve ran, how many miles they’ve biked. It is pride that comes from knowing just how much hard work and effort went into achieving those goals. 

How does Drop Dead Gorgeous by December work?

You can join at any time. If you missed this week, not to worry! Send Jess (halfofjessATgmailDOTcom) your weekly report by next Sunday. However, once you commit to Drop Dead Gorgeous, you are in for life (at least until December).

You are required each week to send:
1. A picture of you holding up a positive sign for yourself.
The picture must be different every week. The sign can be the same.
The sign can vary from I can do this to I am beautiful to I am strong and powerful. Whatever inspires you, write it down, look at it, read it, and hold it up proud.
2. Your current week’s weight as well as your challenge start weight. *optional
I am looking to lose, but some people are actually looking to gain. I might overeat, but others undereat. If a scale goal is not part of your journey right now, you don’t have to include it! Just put N/A (not applicable) for this portion. Not everybody is defining their health by the number on the scale, and they shouldn’t have to. Fitness and healthy living should not be determined by only a number.
3. Your goal(s) from now, or whenever you decide to join, until December.
These goals may NOT be weight-related. You are not allowed to have a goal tied to a number on the scale. Goals can include everything from trying a new recipe to running your first 5K. It can be something like making your bed every morning or saving a dollar a week. Whatever your goal(s) are, they cannot be tied to your scale weight (lose 20 pounds, lose a pound a week, etc.). Try to limit your goals to a maximum of five, but if you’re ambitious, that’s great too.
4. ONE thing that you are proud of for the week.
This is where you brag about something you did well, a milestone that you reached, an impossibility that you turned into a possibility. BRAG!
5. ONE thing that you can improve upon for the following week.
Because this healthy journey is about overall betterment, we can all find something to improve upon. Maybe it’s to squat 10 pounds more. Maybe it’s to be more punctual. Maybe it’s to drink one more glass of water.
We are all in this self-empowerment movement together.

Prepare to be inspired.

So, here's my entry for week 3.  You can visit week 1 and week 2 to see other people's entries.

Starting Weight (9/12/10): 316.2

Goals till December:
  • Run 5-8 minutes straight without walking
  • Eradicate “should” from my vocabulary regarding myself
  • Get a chapter completed for my dissertation
One brag for the week: I passed my 10 lbs lost goal this week (10.8), 2 weeks earlier than I had planned!

One thing to improve upon for next week: Be more focused on what I can do rather than my shortcomings.


  1. good for you!!

    I am also trying to build up the exercising says, a new habbit takes 21 days to form and it's the 2nd day.

  2. Hooray! Welcome to DDGbD! I'm doing it too, and I totally love it - I like the idea of the non-weight related challenge. I keep all my old signs hanging up where I can see them while I work out to keep myself on task! ♥ Looking forward to seeing your updates!!! :)