Monday, September 19, 2011

Christmas Dress Challenge - Goals & Dresses

Ok, I realize I am just getting my post in for the Christmas Dress Challenge by the skin of my teeth, but I'm here and I have my info and pics, as promised.

I have given some serious thought to goals and what I'd like to accomplish in the next three months and how I am going to achieve these changes. Because this challenge runs simultaneously with the 30 Day Shred Challenge (until mid Oct) I am combining some of my goals I set for that along with this challenge.

I like the fact that this particular challenge is 3 months long, taking us through what I consider to be the hardest time of the year for weight loss. It's what I call the Triple Threat and it starts with Halloween, which will be here before we all know it. Boo, indeed!

Ok, so here are the dresses:
Looks so much better on the hangar than hanging on my body.

 This dress I bought last year in Oct as a possible rehearsal dinner dress but didn't end up wearing it. I thought I could wear it for our honeymoon in Dec, but by then I didn't feel comfortable in it. Rest assured, it's not a maternity dress, but it sure as hell looks like one on me (see pic below). The goal here is to wear this dress without someone asking me when I'm due.
It is size 16W. I'm currently riding the 1X, 18W or 18/20W train depending on the style/cut.
As a matter of fact, no, I'm not expecting. But thanks for asking.

The next dress I selected I have had in my closet for a few years. It's an XL (probably not accurate sizing but that's the manufacturer's fault, not mine) and I have always envisioned myself wearing this with some sexy knee-high patent leather boots. I bought it when I was probably close to 205 - 210 pounds but it never really fit that well. I thought with the magic of Spanx it would look OK, but my confidence must have taken a nose dive because I never wore it. I don't think that by Dec 18 this dress is going to look perfect on me by a long shot, but the goal for this dress isn't to have it fit perfect, but more so to have some of my body lumps and bumps smoothed out so the design doesn't look so ripply. I'm sure I'll continue to work on the "wearability" of this dress long after the challenge is over.

Goal: Make those lines on the waist STRAIGHT!
As for the meaty goals for this challenge, here they are:

1) I have made a BIG decision to do WW online and try tracking points (again). This is not something I had originally planned but after some heavy consideration, I am going to give it 3 solid months of effort and see if it gives me some decent results. I need accountability. Desperately.

2) I also will make sure to get in 30 minutes of exercise in 5 days a week. In one little secret corner of my brain, I am hoping for 7 days a week but this may be difficult and I want to make sure I am setting realistic goals. Let's face it, sometimes life gets in the way.

3) I will drink 64 oz of water a day. I have been BAD with getting in my H2O, so this is something I really want to do! 

4) Weight loss goal - 20 lbs. Enough said.

My measurements can be found on my 30 Day Shred page. They were just taken a few days ago, so I consider them valid for this challenge as well. More than likely, I'll post weekly weigh ins and monthly measurement updates.

That's about it for now....
Hope we all end up on Santa's Nice list by sticking to our goals this year!
Merry Challenge Everyone!


  1. Great dresses, I especially like the second one. Look forward to doing this challenge with you.

  2. You are so cute! Those dresses are gorgeous too, YOU CAN DO THIS! If you are about to cave and need a swift kick up the hiney or an ear to "listen" I am always around. Best of luck to you, I look forward to following you through.

  3. Both dresses are GREAT !!! I am so happy that you decided to join WW, now we can really root each other on. You will succeed !

  4. I like both dresses but I think the second one is REALLY cute. I'm hoping we can all help each other DO THIS.

  5. Very nice dresses. I'm so glad to be doing this with you and all of the all great "Christmas Dress" gals. I'll be checking in and following your progress!

  6. I love the sparkly bit on the first one especially! Good luck, we can do it!

  7. Drink a glass of water before you eat a meal. It helps me a lot. Thus week I'm going to try and drink a glass of water before I drink my coffee. Gag me! Ugh!

  8. Love the dresses!! I know you can reach your goal!

  9. Those are great dresses. Wow, you are so cuuuute!
    I really love the black and white dress. But, then again, I could live in a world of black and white. :)

  10. I love your dresses! I can't remember the last time I wore a dress or a skirt because I always had so much friction going on I would end up with raw thighs. I didn't officially join the Christmas Dress Challenge but I think I'm going to try to find a dress to wear for the holidays.

    Keep rockin!

  11. I like a brave blogger who posts pics. I will be joining you in this challenge. Let's ditch our blubber together! LOL

  12. We are starting this challenge at the same size - 1X or 18/20W - so I can totally relate to your goals. Good luck. It will be fun to see pictures of you wearing that dress this Christmas! Jackie

  13. Honey, if you give it 3 months and work the plan you for sure will get results. I am pluuing for you . If we want it bad enough we can do this dress challenge. Pockets