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, 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!


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

  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 I know how hard it is to find tools that really mesh well with your own preferences. Hope it continues to work out!

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


  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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