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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Golds Gym 2012 Challenge

Well, it's official. This morning I had my weigh-in for the "Gold's Gym Challenge 2012."  This involved wearing nothing but a sports bra and workout shorts and getting front and back pictures taken, getting weighed, and also getting measured.

As of this moment, I have 12 weeks to grunt, breathe, sweat, and work my way into as much fitness as I can jam-pack into a 12 week period safely, and with maximum effect.  It also means eating "clean."

I have decided that I want to win the local gym's 40-49 female category.  And so, well, I'm going to do it.  It's just the way it is.  I'm not sure if you've known me long enough to know the difference between "I really want to do something" and "I'm going to do it."  The former is like a far-off someday wish that has no real goals attached to it.  Like I really want to get my finances in order and a strong budget in place.  I really do want that.  But I make lame attempts at it.

This is different.  I have a plan.  I have a trainer.  I have knowledge.  I have friends.  And most of all, I have a belief that I am going to do it.  The worst case scenario, I suppose, will be working my butt off and not winning whatever is the local prize.  I'm still the big winner because I will have busted my butt for 12 weeks and be so much healthier than I am right now.  So why NOT go all out and go for it?  Still, I really do think I'm going to win.  :)

So that's that.  Right after I weighed in I hit the "Cardio Cinema" for a solid hour.  I love that room.  They play movies on a huge screen and it's dark in there so no one pays attention (or sees) each other.  I did the eliptical for 15 minutes and the treadmill for 45.  And I walked for 3 minutes, then jogged for 1 minute -- the entire time.

I realize motivation may become an issue over a 12 week period. Plateaus may happen, and knowing me, I'll figure out a way to discourage myself during the process.   That's where grit and determination will come in. I plan on maintaining a positive attitude and seeing this through to be best of my ability.  I want the joy that will come from knowing how hard I am working for it.  That's even better than winning.  I think.  I'll let you know.... ;-P


p.s. I stumbled on this and think it's a riot.  And it's funny because it's true.  Enjoy...

27 Tips For The Gym (funny)


  1. You can do it! I came across your blog on my search for info on the 2012 Challenge; I myself signed up yesterday (yikes!) for the 18-29 female category in San Antonio, TX. I looked the man right in the eye and said "See this face?? Remember this face. Get a good look. Cause I'm gonna win this!" LOL. I am sending a BOAT load of positive energy your way, and even though I don't know you, I BELIEVE IN YOU.

    1. Jaclyn Haskell, San Antonio, TX Facebook!

  2. Yay! We can do it! I'm down almost 10 pounds already. YEEHAW!

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