This past Monday I began a challenge called The Weight-Away Challenge. It’s a fitness challenge that the fitness center at my job is hosting.
First off, having a gym at work totally rocks. It’s convenient so there’s no excuse not to get on my grind and get fit. The fact that they do periodic challenges helps keep me motivated.
For the Weight-Away Challenge there’s 3 items that will be measured:
- Waist circumference
- Body composition
- Minutes of physical activity
The program will run for 5 weeks and they will also be providing us with nutritional seminars. This is great because you can work out all day but if you eat crap afterward, it won’t make a bit of difference. OK maybe that’s harsh. Let’s just say you won’t see much of a difference.
Exercise is 10% of the plan for weight loss. The other 90 is diet.
Sooooo, I’ve been teamed up with 2 other women for the challenge kicked off and our baseline measurements were taken. Now, I’m closing in for the kill! (LOL so dramatic, I know). I’m working on making my waist line smaller. We only have 6 weeks so I know I can do but so much but I am going to do the most that I can do.
While we are working on teams of 3, in the end it’s a competition. The team with the biggest improvement in fitness and the amount of exercise logged will win.
It’s the honor system when it comes to submitting your activity. We have to keep track of our own work out minutes. I’d like to think that we’re all adults and there will be no shady business among the other participants
Now when it comes to working out, I already have a plan in place. I shared it on my Facebook page (and it’s changed a little but now I’ll share it here:
Mondays – 45 minutes Step Class or 60 minutes on the cardio machines
Tuesdays – 45 minutes Spin Class + 15 mins of Weight Training
Wednesdays – 45 Minutes Spin Class + 15 mins of Weight Training (plus more cardio when I can)
Thursdays – 25 minutes run/walk on Treadmill; 15 minutes on Stair Climber and 10 minutes on Rowing Machine
Friday – 45 Minutes Spin Class + 15 minutes of Weight Training
What I’m Going To Do Differently
Since I’ll be going all gangbusters trying to win this challenge in addition to working toward my fitness goal, I’m adding some additional activity to what you already see. In addition to this schedule, I plan to work out on my elliptical machine or with a DVD on the weekends as well as whenever I watch TV (Scandal is one that can keep me going! LOL)
Yes. It’s all for good measure.
This will bring my total work out time to roughly 400 minutes of intense activity (6 hours 40 minutes) per week. Crazy? Probably, but I’m serious here. I promised myself I would get in the best shape of my life by my 45th birthday and that’s only 3 months away. I have to do this.
I will share my journey on this fitness challenge mainly over on the Radiant Brown Beauty Facebook page so if you want to go along for the ride, please like the page and follow me there.