Although I wasn’t one of the masses that resolved to lose weight in the new year I do have a few extra pounds I wouldn’t mind parting with so I decided to check out the wellness programs my employer offers. There were two options: “Biggest Loser” which calculates weight loss just like the TV show and “Fit Club” which is intended to provide motivation to maintain or lose weight. I knew I wouldn’t be shedding enough pounds to be competitive in the Biggest Loser group, so I chose Fit Club.
The rules are simple, you must have maintained or lost weight at 5 of the 6 monthly weigh-ins to be eligible to win the pot of everyone’s $10 join fees. There are also monthly drawings just for showing up to the weigh-ins if you weigh the same or less than your starting weight.
My first monthly weigh in was last week and I’m happy to report that I’m down 3 pounds from my starting weight. It may not be a lot, but I haven’t made any drastic changes to my diet or lifestyle, so it’s a good result for just making healthy choices.
One of those choices is taking the stairs now that my office is on the 5th floor. I do sometimes ‘cheat’ when I want to catch up with a co-worker who is getting on the elevator or if I’m carrying something that would make stairs hazardous, but for the most part I’m sticking with it – even when I’m coming back from the basement. I still get winded part way up, but it’s getting better the more I do it. Plus getting my blood pumping every so often is nice for those days when I’m stuck at my desk and not running around managing events.
Hopefully I continue on this trend, creating a healthier me one step at a time along the way and winning the jackpot just about the time I’ve got a vacation planned to the land of heat and humidity back east this summer where a few less pounds will be welcome!