It Pays to Stay Fit!

So remember when I told you I joined “Fit Club” at work? Well, it certainly paid off! Not only did I win $25 in one of the monthly drawings, but today I found out that I won first place, which comes with a $250 prize! Since I only paid $10 to join I’m ahead $265. Now that’s what I call motivation. 🙂

I was below my starting weight at each monthly weigh in – granted some months it wasn’t by much, but the fact that overall I lost weight is pretty satisfying. Since its kept me accountable so far, I’ve decided to keep going and have already signed up for the next 6 month round. Hopefully it helps me continue making healthy choices when the holidays roll around.

Normally I’d use my prize money to treat myself to something special, but since I just got back from traveling on vacation, where I bought lots of treasures including some awesome finds at a huge “junk show” that I’ll be sharing those very soon, I’m pretty sure it will go to paying off all that fun. But that’s still a huge win in my book!

What do you do to stay motivated to make healthy choices? Do you find you do better with the support of a team or are you better off going solo? Share your successes in case they might work for others too!

Fit Club

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!