Sunday, January 11, 2009

Well, When Plan "A" Doesn't Work Out...

It's time to move on to Plan "B." Recently, I entered a local contest to win a 12 week workout challenge, with a personalized plan for both cardio and strength training, workouts twice a week at a facility with a trainer, and nutrition guidelines...and found out today that I made it to the top ten, but wasn't chosen as the winner. I felt pretty good about my entry letter, and got a nice response from the trainer, but obviously they felt someone else was more deserving of the awesome free prize. Boo! However, the trainer did offer me a discount for the Feb - April session, and I've decided to take him up on it. I have never done anything like this...heck, I've never been on a treadmill or an elliptical, for that matter! I'm a little apprehensive, but I know I need to get to the next level with my fitness, and paying for this and having someone waiting for me to show up at a certain day and time will really hold me accountable, which I need at this point.

In a way, I'm glad I didn't win, because my name, weight and measurements, along with weekly updates, would have been posted on our local online community message board, and that would be scary! Shoot, I don't even do that here! I had resigned myself to that, were I to win, but it's a relief to not have to deal with it.

So. I will start February 9th, which means I have four weeks to get myself moving again with my bike and Wii Fit so that I will have a modicum of stamina when I begin the challenge. Nothing like a deadline to motivate me!

In other diet news, I have been waking up hungry the past few days, which means that I've been sticking to my plan. I did my NutriMed 420 shakes at work on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and I've been eating sensibly for my meals. I started tracking my food intake at myfitnesspal.com, which I heard about from Cookie. I have tried the daily plate, spark people and other online trackers in the past, with not much success - they have been hard for me to work. But this new tracker is very easy, and I even figured out how to customize it - for example, it automatically tracks calories, carbs, fat and proteins, but I also like to track my fiber intake, and I figured out how to change the settings and add that as well...may not sound like much to some people, but for me, it is a big deal. I am a very slow learner with this internet/html/computer stuff! So thanks, Cookie...and check it out!

7 comments:

  1. Glad you decided to join the trainer for your accountability. Accountability surely helps everyone to stick with this. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Good luck with the new plan! I hope it all works out for you. It definitely helps when you have someone directing you and waiting on you. And I'm glad that I was able to introduce you to myfitnesspal.com. I know how hard it is to find tools that really mesh well with your own preferences. Hope it continues to work out!

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  3. never even heard of myfitnesspal
    thanks for the tip/off to check it out.

    MizFit

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  4. Congrats on making it to the top 10...that's great and I'm so proud of you for taking the trainer up on his offer. You can do a lot before you start that challenge.

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