Commit To Fit – Will You Join Me?

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 20, 2010

This afternoon I’m heading off to New York City with Tyler.

Why you might ask?!

I’ve been invited by Subway to help kick off their Commit to Fit program.  You all know Jared, right?  The Subway guy. The Biggest Loser guy. The guy that could fit 3 of his new selves into his old self jeans.

Well, he’s about to become my new BFF.  He, and I. And Tyler. And Leah. And Rachel. And Lisa. And Meb. We are about to have a bonding experience.

(About Meb…he’s the winner of last year’s New York City Marathon. Hello…PROFESSIONAL runner.)

So our bonding experience…we’ll all be running through Central Park together on Tuesday morning…surrounded by papparazzi…and being lapped six times…by Meb, the professional marathoner. After our run, we’ll be enjoying breakfast at Subway, followed by meetings, lunch and I don’t know what. (Because they won’t tell us!)

I’m just hoping its cool enough and I don’t break a sweat in front of all the cameras!!! ;)

Back to what this is really about…fitness!

Getting in shape (and losing weight) is HARD WORK. That’s it. Period. It’s hard.  No pain, no gain. It’s true.

It takes sweat, blood, tears, pain, and agony.  It takes all these things on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

So why do it?! For your health, for your family, for your family’s health, to accomplish something, to become a champion.

I have always been an active and “fit” person. I ran a full marathon in October 2000. I ran a half marathon in May 2008. Another in November of 2008. I have never struggled with being obese or overweight even.  The only weight loss I have had to go through in my life is post-partum weight loss, which although it’s not much…it’s still a battle.

Really, it is about more than the post-partum weight loss.  Sure, the running and training helped drop the pounds off. But it’s really about feeling good. About being in shape. About being comfortable in your own skin. About knowing that you can keep up with your kiddos. And about knowing that you are doing something great for yourself! That is why we fight the battle.

But how do I fight the battle?!

Half marathons. They are what work for me.  I can’t train for a full marathon with 3 small children underfoot. A 10K is too short, not enough of a challenge. But a half marathon. 13.1 miles…that’s a challenge for me!

So that’s my goal. My current fitness goal: Run the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half Marathon in less than 2 hours.

My hope is that I will inspire moms everywhere that you can achieve any fitness goal that you have…when you put your mind to it…when you have some accountability…and when you have some encouragement from the sidelines.  I’ll be dropping hints of my progress here and there about how the training is coming along, how sore I am, how I want to quit, but how I will persevere…mostly on Facebook and Twitter, and occasionally on the site.

But this isn’t about me…it’s about you!

Here’s what I’m asking you to do. Simple. Yet so difficult.

  1. Set a goal. Whatever works for you. Running a 5K, walking a 10K, doing a triathalon.
  2. Tell someone your goal and ask them to keep you accountable to achieving that goal.
  3. Find a cheerleader who will cheer you along (which is different from holding you accountable), as you reach your goal.
  4. Become a Champion.

Want to know my definition of a champion?!  Someone who achieves their goal. Big or small…I don’t care.  If you set a goal and you achieve it, then you’re a champion in my book!

Care to join me in becoming a champion?! Will you Commit To Fit?!

Please share what fitness goals you have, or ones you’d like to have. If you need some accountability and am not sure where to turn, drop me an email…we’ll get you connected with the right person.

(And if you’d like to follow along during tomorrow morning’s Central Park run, I’ll be tweeting away at #commit2fit. Send me any questions you have for Jared or Meb…and I’ll see what I can do.  I fully expect that they’ll answer anything…because we’re all BFFs now, ya know!)

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather September 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

Good luck! I definitely am making a commitment. Last week I got married to a gorgeous hunk of muscle who spends 6 days/week in the gym and am feeling like I need to step up my game and get more fit. I just had a Subway muffin melt this morning (160 calories! yahoo!) and it was pretty good – just as good as McDonalds and I’m not feeling guilty about it either!

My commitment is to be healthier on our one year anniversary than I am today. I’ve got a knee problem and might need surgery – so I’m hoping that doesn’t hinder me too much. Hopefully I’ll weigh less and be able to run at least a mile a year from now!

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Christa Barlow September 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

Erin, I just ran a half marathon this past weekend (Air Force). I love to run, but I have definitely slacked off some lately and I didn’t do as well as I had hoped in the run. I am a fairly new follower of yours, but now I am more glad that I found out about your book and your page than ever! Good luck and I am soo excited to see how everything goes!

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jill b. September 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I hadn’t run since college but decided in May I wanted to do something for me – some non-Mommy time! I ran my first 5K this past weekend (the Airforce 5K in Dayton)! I will definitely keep doing it… trying to decide which race I’ll do next :)

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Jan September 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I cannot run because I have really bad foot pain and running makes it so much worse. But instead of using that as an excuse I am starting my own challenge this week (befire I even read your blog!) to get some kind of exercise every day for the next 30 days. I try to walk 1 mile a day (that is a lot for me with bad feet) and I am starting the Biggest Loser 30-day Jumpstart today.
http://90daysofchangeblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/day-20-biggest-loser-30-day-jumpstart.html

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MH in OH September 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I’m jealous – your run in Central Park sounds awesome!
I started running more this summer and had a lot of fun with 2 local 5K’s. Looking forward to a Thanksgiving Day race when we are visiting the in-laws.
Early morning runs help my whole day go better. :)
Good luck with your half-marathon training!

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Karen Han September 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I need to get back into shape. I ‘ve got yucky stretch marks all over. and i’m only *ahem* 34. seems to like hanging in the tummy, big no no. should start running. I got aceepted for a school conference presentation so I think that will mean I have to wear nice clothes, which I don’t have money for, so its better to start losing the weight now. :)

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EricaR September 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I started a week and a half ago with the Couch 2 5k program. I am doing the workouts three times a week and completed my fifth jog/walk yesterday. I hope to continue the program even after the nine weeks so that I can run/jog in a couple 5k’s in the springtime. This winter will be difficult but hopefully I will stick to it and press through! Have fun on your run! :-)

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Heather September 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I did a boot camp type workout program and ended up with horrible foot pain. I went to a sports physical therapist for about 6 weeks and was able to alleviate all of the pain. Just a thought – its a lot of stretching and it hurts sometimes – but to get rid of the foot pain – it was worth it!

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Janet September 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Have fun in NYC!
A friend of mine recently became a certified personal trainer. I’m part of her “guinea pig” group that she is currently cyber training. She gives us a workout to do each day, 5 days a week. We check in with her after we’ve completed it to be accountable. I took her 30/5/4 challenge which is at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week for 4 weeks. I’m loving it. She’s challenging me to work harder than I have in a while. I’m really hoping she’ll continue to do this after the 4 weeks are up as I’m really enjoying being pushed to work harder.

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KatieW. September 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

I want to lose the weight gain I have from my latest pregnancy and just to be healthier. I am going to get up early and run every morning. Plus, I want to run a half marathon with my husband. :)

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Heather@Family Friendly Frugality September 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

San Antonio! You must live close to me. My SIL does that one every year and LOVES it.

one day…one day… Now that it is getting somewhat cooler (um…theoretically….it is Houston)I need to get back into jogging. Although for me, jogging is more like shuffle shuffle shuffle, LOL

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