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Taking a challenge

Posted Feb 26 2013 12:00am
I keep on talking about eating better and working out on a regular basis, but for many years that's all it's been - just talk.

A few weeks ago I saw an ad in my local newspaper for a weight loss and fitness competition hosted by a produce store. I filled out an entry form and crossed my fingers that I would be chosen as one of the 13 contestants. They had close to 300 entries, and I was fortunate enough to be chosen!

I almost dropped out before the challenge even started when I realized that I would have to have a before picture taken in just a sports bra and shorts! But I decided that it might just be the motivation that I need.

So, this past weekend, I met the 12 other challengers, had the dreaded before photo taken and learned all about the 13 week challenge.

Some of the things I like about this challenge are - it's sponsored by a produce store
- it's very health focused
- it's not just about pounds lost, it's also about muscle gained and bone density improvements

I've decided that I'm going to focus on what I'm adding to my diet, not on what I'm taking away. I'm adding fruits, I'm adding vegetables, I'm adding healthy foods. I'm adding so much that there isn't room for the junk.

I'm also attempting to work out 5 days a week, alternating weight training with cardio. Consistency with my workout will be difficult.

Today I attended a training event for work, and it was tough. I watched other people drinking my favourite soft-drink (Coke), eating brownies, and enjoying lots of other treats. The sound of the Coke can opening is probably the most appealing sound in the world. But I was able to ignore it thanks to the after photo looming over my head in 13 weeks. Hopefully in 13 weeks, I'll develop some good new eating habits.

If you want to follow my progress, I'll be blogging once a week on the challenge's web site - . I have some big goals, so wish me luck!
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