Almost Two years ago, I started the Biggy Small Life as a project as a e-newsletter and competition to motivate myself and my family, and close friends back into shape. We had a “team” challenge where each member would check in with their weight loss each week (yeah, kind of like that one show…). Part of my initial drive might have been to get into a pair of skinny jeans, but I had a larger problem to tackle first: Like many African-Americans, I have a family history of diabetes in my extended family, however, around the time of the competition, an immediate family member was diagnosed with the disease. Our quest for fitness has become more than a “vanity quest” but a chance to start a new lifestyle, and, in essence, save our lives.
Like all New Year’s resolutions, the beginning of the project was great. I had lost almost 20 pounds in just a couple of months, my family was motivated to compete (so much so, they were participating in a push-up challenge). The newsletter motivated me to work out, and the competition was gaining steam. However, like most good intentions, life got in the way… I started taking night classes, people stopped checking in, etc. and everyone, including me, stopped working out and lost a lot of ground.
So with the New Year, we are starting again, but I’m taking it global!!! As before, the newsletter will feature:
With the blog, I also want to explore motivation tips and issues, as that is something I have personally struggled with, and I believe how you see your capabilities and motivate yourself plays into your achievements (in this case, achievement being ability to stick with your weight loss/exercise plan). I also hope to have readers submit questions for me to research. The Biggy Small Life community is a supportive one, geared toward people who are new-to or just getting back to fitness after a long hiatus.
The Biggy Smalls was our team name, created by a very close friend (The Indomitable Ms. D!) who participated in the original challenge. Thought behind it was “ we are biggy and working toward getting small”. I loved it so much I adopted the name Ms. Biggy Smalls (not to be confused with the rapper, of course).
My Rules for the (Weight Loss) Road:
Join us! And “Weigh In”!
Ms. Biggy Smalls