The ‘Winter Meltdown’ has begun. Two weeks ago I signed up for a program at the YMCA. There are 50 people who will be competing to lose the highest percentage of weight. For the next seven weeks I will be working hard to melt some of me away. Last night was the first meeting and my fitness test. I was pinpricked for a couple of blood tests, weighed, and a before picture was taken. The evening went quickly. It was tough, but I learned quite a bit.
The requirements are to attend a minimum of one cardio and one toning class at the Y. There will be a meeting every Monday night. We will also weigh-in on Mondays. If you miss a class you must pay a dollar, and for every pound you gain you will pay a dollar. At the end the person with the highest percentage of weight lost will receive the money.
The fitness test wasn’t too awful. I did complete it, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish. For the first tests I had to do push-ups and crunches. I had to do as many as I could in one minute. Then I had to walk/run 1.5 miles. This girl doesn’t run. I never have, I don’t enjoy it ~ No, I HATE it. I envy people who can run, I wish I could run, but it just isn’t my thing. I was very thankful when they said we could walk or run. Over the next seven weeks I need to improve in all three tests.
The most interesting comment made last night was how they deliberately chose this time of year to start this program. Gina, one of the trainers, stated that the average person will sit down and eat 3,000 calories in a single holiday meal. That sure makes me stop and think!
I got up this morning and went for a walk and free weights. I have healthy meals planned, so I am set. This week is going to be the most challenging for me, I think. Once I get into the routine of it all it will be easy, until then Big Bear may be living with a grouchy polar bear.