Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fitness and Weight Loss Challenges

The scale is toying with my emotions. My scale at home says great things. The scale at work says so so things. I don't know which to believe! I'm very close to the 50 pound mark and therefore I'm anxious to know exactly how much I've lost. My reward to myself for losing 50 pounds will be a nice pair of pretty earrings. I haven't chosen which ones yet, but am looking at a few on Etsy.

As you may know, I follow a bunch of other bloggers who have had weight loss surgery.  Well, today I joined a little challenge put on by one of the other bloggers. It is is called the Hot Summer Meltdown Challenge and it runs from June 6th to August 1st. Those who want to take part donate $5 and the person who loses the largest percentage of their body weight by the end of the challenge wins the donated money in the form of a gift card to their favorite store. So far 33 people have accepted the challenge. That means one lucky person wins a $165 gift card! A very cool blogger made this cool little picture thingy.

I'm hoping I do really well. I have exercised two days in a row already. (Hey, that' s nearly a record for me!) I'm hoping I will do it so many days in a row that it will become a habit.

This challenge couldn't have come at a better time because I am also involved with the Wellness Committee at work and am a team leader in a fitness challenge.

As some of you may know, I am a Legal Assistant for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. We license and regulate pharmacies, pharmacists, technicians, and technician trainees in the State of Texas. Anywho, we get a lot of complaints - complaints regarding arrests and criminal histories, dispensing errors, impaired pharmacists, etc. Our complaint resolution time is 211 days. That may seem like a long time, but we get thousands of complaints a year. Some take a long time to resolve, some don't. 

So, the Wellness Committe at work created the Complaint Resolution Challenge to motivate employees to stay active. To begin, we were divided into various teams. (Here are the names of the teams - Aiding and Abetting (a pharmacist allowing a technician to work without being registered), Technician Employee Pilferage, Dispensing Error, No Counseling, Pharmacy Application (Owner DWI), Technician Application - Falsification of an Assault, Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Pharmacist Application with an out of state order.) My team is the Technician Application - Falsification of an Assault. I was hoping for the Felony Possesion group since I seem to work a lot with those. But I do have a number of falsification of assaults as well. The rules are to keep track of your physical activity starting Tuesday, June 1st. Each day during the week that you do at least 30 minutes of physical activity counts as a day. You will report your total "days" for the week to your team captain. The first team to 211 days will be the winner. Our executive director is very generous and is giving everyone who competes in the challenge two hours off and if your team wins, you get two more hours.

I'm hoping that my participation in the Complaint Resolution Challenge will also pay off in the Hot Summer Meltdown challenge too! Wish me luck!


Stephanie said...

What a great workplace motivator!!! Good luck in the Hot Summer Meltdown! :)

Lisa said...

You always melt in the summer so I have faith in further meltage.

Misty said...

I'm here for ya! Let's start walking our neighborhood also! I will help you win some money! Whooo hooooo!

Anonymous said...

jump in you pool and walk around that is good exercise, or jump in the pool after walks too!
How about liquid diet one or two days out of the wk? just some ideas love you
erika g.

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