One of the challenges this brings is that Autumn and Winter do not lend themselves to preparing yourself to slip into glitzy outfits. For me at least, Autumn and Winter lend themselves to mugs of hot chocolate, lolling on the sofa and wearing down the snooze button on your alarm clock when you look out at yet another dark, rainy morning.
But take a second to think of how amazing it would feel to feel confident about putting on your gladrags and getting out there this Christmas. Imagine how proud of yourself you'd feel if you worked hard until then, and it paid off with some 'You look great' comments from friends, or just looking in the mirror and knowing that you've earned those roast potatoes on Christmas Day.
Here at Where Are My Knees we've come up with a fun idea to get you inspired and motivated over the next 10 weeks. From Monday we'll all be getting started on a 10 week pledge, and we want you to join in too. The good news is that not only is there feelings of personal pride and achievement in the pipeline for you, there's also two pairs of the new Zaggora Hotpants (2.0) up for grabs too.
Here are the pledges we've all signed up to that we'll be updating you on over the next 10 weeks.
Rosie - Lose 10lbs before Christmas Eve. (Currently 139lbs - would love to be 129 and fit into a size 10 dress on Christmas Eve! 129 lbs is also bang in the middle of healthy weight for my height.)
Gemma - Lose 10lbs before Christmas Eve. Currently 13 stone 11.5. If I can lose 12lbs and break under that 13 stone barrier that would be great but there are going to be lots of parties and trips away before Christmas so I'm going to be realistic.
Sarah - I would just like to get back on track and actually have time to follow a plan. I have so much coming up before Christmas that if I stop and think about it my head hurts but I don't want this to get in the way of achieving my weight loss goals. I would love to lose a stone before Christmas but being realistic I am going to set a target of 7lbs.
Lauren - Lose 15lbs before Christmas Eve. This is a big ask what with parties and all the yummy food that has already started appearing at home and in the office, but I'm hoping this pledge will keep me motivated at the gym and make me think about what - and how much - I'm putting in my mouth. As of this week's weigh-in I am 13st 13lbs - I was 12st 12lbs at my dad's 50th birthday party in April (which you can see here) and it'd be amazing to get back to that in time for Christmas. I definitely think 1.5lbs per week is do-able, even if it is a tall order!
Chris - I'd like to be able to run 5k in less than 25 minutes. This probably doesn't sound like much, but I'm not a very good runner - in fact, my first pledge should probably be to actually go and buy some running shoes! At the moment I'm hitting 4.5k in about 30 mins, so I've got some distance to go.
What would your 10 week pledge be? Remember it doesn't have to be a weight loss, it could be 20 trips to the gym, be able to run 5k by Christmas, giving up chocolate for 10 weeks, walking 10,000 steps a day or making sure you have healthy breakfasts. It has to be personal and achievable to you, or it won't work.
Leave us your 10 week pledges in the comments and we'll pick two at random on the 26th October to win the hotpants. But we really want you all to get stuck into this - you can tweet about it using #wamkpledge, comment and tell us the links if you've blogged about it, and we'll keep you updated on our own progress in the Sunday summaries and other posts. Remember, your journey to a confident Christmas starts on Monday! We've even made you a little badge you can use to show you're getting involved.
You are of course welcome to get involved in the ten week pledge without entering the giveaway, but if you'd like to enter you can do so below.
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