Here we are entering the sixth week of this 8-week challenge, and I am proud of you for reading this. I am particularly proud if you are an original member of the Improve Yourself! group, and you have not given up on yourself or your goals.
Do you know what 26/64 represents? For one, it represents about 40%. It also represents that only 26 people checked in with their results in Week 5 even though 64 folks originally signed on and committed themselves for the 8-week challenge.
I am not at all surprised by this ratio, but I am disappointed. Those 38 “drop-outs” had awesome goals and a lot of energy. Unfortunately, for many of them, the end of 2010 will look a lot like the end of 2009 with unfilled promises to themselves and some repetitive New Year’s resolutions.
Take a few minutes and give some thought to the SMART Goals you declared in Week 1. Are those goals worthy? Do you still want to accomplish them? Are you still willing to put in the work and sacrifice needed to make it happen NOW?
Here’s a bit of a confession. I’m writing this post as much for my own benefit as you 25 other warriors who are sticking it out with me. I have struggled to make my fitness a priority the last two weeks. Predictably, my progress has been stymied by my lack of focus and commitment.
That sucks. But, more importantly, I have NOT quit on myself or my commitment to finish this challenge. I may end up short of my 16-pound weight loss goal between now and March 1st. But I remain committed to my goals and committed to you as part of this challenge. Are you with me?
Don’t forget that in addition to the great weekly prizes the grand prize winner will take home $100 at the end of the challenge. Frankly, I hope your odds don’t continue to improve with each passing week. 🙂
This week’s giveaway is a classic book that explores the differences between the way men and women communicate and provides advice on how to improve our interaction. I have not personally read Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex by John Gray. However, it is a New York Times Bestseller, and I can’t think of a more commonly referenced book on vital topic of communication between the sexes.
Just enter your weekly update in the comments below, and you’ll be eligible to win your own copy of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Click the link above to read more about this best-selling book and pick up a copy if you don’t win the weekly drawing.
Just a short perfunctory reminder: if you are a participant, you must leave a comment below giving an update on your personal progress. Please do so by Tuesday, February 9th at 11:59 p.m. central time to be eligible for this week’s giveaway. If you are not signed up, feel free to leave a comment anyhow and give your thoughts on this week’s post or your own progress…you just won’t be winning any prizes.
And please don’t forget that you must subscribe to Engaged Marriage via either RSS or Email to be eligible for prizes. There is a secret code at the bottom of the post (just above “Related Posts”) that is only visible if you read this post via an RSS reader or in your email. If you are selected but aren’t subscribed (you don’t know the code when I email you), the prize will instead to go the next person drawn.
Congratulations to our lucky winner of the Week 5 drawing:
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That’s it from me for Week 6 of the challenge! Look for the Week 7 post next Sunday. Get your progress stated below, visit our sponsors and Don’t QUIT on Me!
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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.