Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer Sizzle Slim Down Challenge

I found a summer challenge! Thanks to my friend, Julie, at Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise, NOT...but learning.

Rochelle (thankyouthankyouthankyou) at Does My Butt Make This Blog Look Fat? is hosting the Summer Sizzle Slim Down and it starts TODAY!

I think this challenge will be a good one for me. I don't take it very well when people try to browbeat me into losing the weight- or anything else for that matter. It just ticks me off and I turn away from the challenge. Rochelle's challenge isn't like that at all!

Here are the guidelines:
  1. Take a couple of pictures. A full body shot and a close up of your face. You don't have to post it on your blog but take them anyway so you can see the difference in September! (I'll do it but I won't post until AFTER the challenge)
  2. Take measurements. Measure the basics- upper arms, calf, thighs, waist, hips, bust, can (but don't have to) post these updates once a month on: June 3, July 1, August, 5 and Sept. 2. (I will do this and keep track on
  3. Weigh in weekly. You pick your own weigh in day but post all updates on Sundays. (I will go ahead and weigh in on Sundays and post it on I will post a challenge update of the week on the blog)
Rochelle also has weekly challenges set up to help everyone develop some good habits that will surely lead to health and fitness! You can just try them for a week or keep them as part of your health and fitness routine. As Rochelle says: "And if you can do them for one week- why not two weeks? Why not three?"


Week 1 - (begin June 3) - "WRITE IT ALL DOWN" (and post pics/measurements if doing so)
I will be tracking EVERY MORSEL on I used last challenge but has a few things that I like better. I'll post about this later. I took a break from challenges for a while because I got sick and tired of tracking the food. I'm back on it now. It DOES make a difference. As Rochelle says: "but I also know that when people DO track, they are more inclined to not eat crap because who wants to write 5 Snickers on their log?"

Week 2 - (begin June 10) - "SIX HOURS OF EXERCISE"
It doesn't matter what you're doing just MOVE IT for 6 hours throughout the week. Get those 6 hours in any way you can- break it into small segments or go for an hour every day. Whatever you do, just MOVE!

I already have something planned for this week. We'll see how it goes!The purpose here is to get us to try something new. Step out of that comfort zone. It'll also keep us from getting bored!

Week 4 - (begin June 24) - 100 oz OF WATER AND SHARE A FAVORITE HEALTHY RECIPE
 I should be 3 weeks into a RAW diet for the summer and have some awesome recipes to share!

Week 5 - (begin July 1) - LOSE 2 lbs THIS WEEK (and post pics/measurements if doing so)
 Well, this one will be interesting. That's for sure. Rochelle hopes that this will help everyone realize that a holiday is not a license to take a break from our health and fitness goals.

Week 6 - (begin July 8) - VEGETARIAN WEEK
This will, hopefully, be an easy one. IF I stuck with the RAW diet all summer.  

Week 7 - (begin July 15) - COMMIT TO AND SIGN UP FOR A 5K
Ok this one will be easy on the commitment part and difficult on the sign up. I plan to run (maybe walk) a 5k on Thanksgiving Day in Charleston. We can't sign up until the fall. 

Week 8 - (begin July 22) - EMBRACE A FITNESS FEAR
Not sure what my fitness fear is. But if I have one, I'll find it and face it!  

Week 9 - (begin July 29) - NO SUGAR (unless it's all natural) AND NO SNACKING AFTER DINNER
This one should  be a cinch since we already eat only organic, natural, minimally processed sugar or honey and I don't snack after dinner. WooHoo! Already on top of this one! LOL

Week 10 - (begin August 5) - SET A FITNESS/WEIGHT LOSS GOAL FOR YOURSELF (and post pics/measurements if doing so)
This one will be a definite challenge. Maybe this is my fear? :)

This will be a general update on things we've learned from the beginning of challenge to this point. Have we pushed our bodies? Have we learned anything about our eating habits? And take a picture of how much weight we've lost in food pounds. So a 10 pound loss could be a picture of a 10 lb bag of potatoes.

This is where we post our week 10 goals and  beat them. Remind me to keep my week 10 goals low. LOL

Week 13 - (begin August 26) - LOW CARB WEEK & NO EATING OUT
We don't eat out and, IF I'm still following the RAW diet, this should not be a problem.

Sept 2 - Final Weigh-in, Measurements, Pictures and Thoughts....

Well alrighty then. It's ON! Wish me luck!

Week 1: Get back into tracking all food and exercise. I will also be keeping a journal to record my thoughts/difficulties/tips/etc. for each day.


  1. This challenge comes at exactly the right time for me. Thanks for posting in such a concise way.

  2. This is great! I might try this challenge. There's a lot of variety - it's really 13 challenges in one. I like that part.

  3. It certainly sounds good, and I'm glad you have found something that you feel you can get your teeth into, Pam! I shall look forward to seeing the pictures in September, and I wish you good luck. You already know how much I admire your commitment to your eating and fitness regime :)

  4. Good for you!
    This does sound like a brilliant challenge, lots of variety yet the goal is there and you've the back-up of posting to keep you on track.
    I also like how it's not just focussed on weight loss, but the broader (and more important in my book) goal of health.
    Look forward to reading all your posts!

  5. Looking forward to doing this together!! Accountabilty!!! Its a great kick in the pants er!!

  6. Cathy- Awesome! So glad you're joining in! Here we go!

    Stephanie- Do it! Rochelle is great! And it's nice to have the accountability!

    Diane- You know that I will be depending on your continued support and encouragement! I so very much appreciate AND need it! :)

    Betty- You know, you just do what you can on this challenge---in case you change your mind. I saw your friend request over there and messaged you! We can help each other that way too!

    Mimi- That's what I like about it too. If we get fit, the weight should go down. In theory anyway. LOL Thanks!

    Debs- YES! So glad you're in! Are you using myfitnesspal? If so, friend me- I'm Momaloft--or Pam Lofton--something. LOL

  7. I wish you all the luck in the world, and loads of will power. Keep us posted on your progress.

  8. Pam - thanks for detailing the challenge so succinctly on your blog. That is awesome. It looks like you already have a group of cheerleaders and now you are about to get even more! I am so excited that the challenge is reaching so many people and they are excited to get started! I look forward to hearing about your progress - it looks like you have already thought this through and have an excellent plan of action to go through the summer. Best of luck to you!!!

  9. Anni- Thank you because, trust me, I'm going to need it!

    Rochelle- I'm so grateful to you for hosting this challenge. I've been a bad eater lately and MUST get back on track. It may look as if I have it all planned out but you know what they say---the best laid plans and all. Fingers crossed and appreciative of the support already, I'm raring to go!

  10. Not sure if you need much LUCK Pam - your commitment, will power and perseverance is killer. I have no doubt whatsoever that you will complete this challenge and do amazing with it. Awesome challenge- maybe I will join you and you could wish ME luck. :)

  11. WOW! This is a challenge! Me? No...I don't need to loose weight but I will cheer you on!...:)JP

  12. I'm definitely starting the 'write it all down, tomorrow morning.' It seems to be the only way I can shed a few pounds. Somehow, starting fresh with a new notebook seems to help. Otherwise it just doesn't seem 'official.'

    Anyway, good luck on your challenge. Go Pam! :-)

  13. Jessica- I don't know. I seem to lose a chunk and then think that I'm done. But I'm far from it. Let me know if you join-I think it's going to be fun!

    JP-Thanks! One of these days I hope to be able to say that I don't need to lose weight!

    Judy-I know exactly what you mean. I keep a new one handy just in case. :) Thanks!

  14. Hi :) I'm a bit behind and am just catching up with the bloggers in the challenge. Good luck reaching your goals! :)


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! It makes me feel connected to everyone even though we may live far apart! Have a wonderful day!

Design by Imagination Designs
Illustration by MerryLittleDoodle
Background by CinnamonDove