Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Envelope Please. . .

As you may know, I recently competed in a friendly competition with some other community leaders to help bring about increased fitness awareness in our community.

Friendly my ass.  I wanted to win.

It was tough.

For one thing, Victor and Gabe are sadistic basterds who think up exercises like around the world and make me do things like dips.  I love those sadistic basterds, but still.  Dips. 

For another, my competitors included people like Tony.  And Mary.  And Robert.  And Kirby. And Megan.

It was tough.

My partner was Julia.  Julia is a dark haired beauty who works with children.  She is gentle and kind.  She is friendly and smiling.  Fortunately, she is also focused and unstoppable. 

Julia jogged to the bootcamp, worked out as hard as she could, then jogged back home.  Julia worked out 6 or 7 days a week, and then in her spare time played kickball.  Julia was the best partner ever.

At the end of the challenge, I lost 14 lbs, a  percentage of body fat and several inches off my waist, hips, thighs, arms and most of all -- boobs.  At the end of the challenge, Julia had arms like Michelle Obama's. 

Between the two of us, we lost 30lbs, 17inches & 6.9% body fat.  Overall the V Fit Challenge Teams lost 84 lbs, 66 inches and an average of 6.7% Body Fat.

This is one contest where everyone who finishes is a winner. 

I'm not being trite -- I mean it.  I didn't take top prize last year, but participating in the 2010 challenge was one of the highlights of my year.  It started me on a path I never expected to follow.  It made me strong and healthy and gained me lots of friends.

So I am not lying when I say that Tony emerged a winner just for competing.  And Mary.  And Robert. And Kirby.  And Megan. And everyone else that participated.  All of them are winners.

As for me & Julia, we both felt it was an honor just to compete.

Vic announced the winners on October 8th. 

Drumroll please. . . . . .

Kirby, Julia, Caitlin & me.  It was a 70's workout.  Shaddap.


  1. Wow, good for you, that is amazing! And I got tired just thinking about it! Seriously though, holy shit, I wish I was that focused. I recently started an hour a day on the treadmill - half walking half running, alternating between the two. I'm constantly effing EXHAUSTED. But my legs are like ROCKS. :) Now, if a few inches were to disappear from MY boobs I'd be thrilled. Tiny hips, big boobs, ugh! I'm like one of those big headed puppies trying to go downstairs...

    Well done!

  2. AHHHHH! My little spazzy fitness instructor heart is SO happy! Love to hear about successes like this... seriously, SO PROUD!

    Aaaand funny enough, I made my 7am class do dips AND Around the World's this morning... the grunts say they hate it, but those sculpted abs and arms say they JUSSST love it.

    PS. You monochromatic outfit is OUTstanding.

  3. How awesome is that? Congrats!

  4. You are amazing. A freakin' ROCKSTAR, Mary!

  5. Woo hoo! I'm so proud of you and your entire team! You're an inspiration :)

  6. What is that gold vest and WHERE ON EARTH can I get one?


    CONGRATULATIONS MARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You kicked butt! See that sweat? That's just fat crying, my friend!

    I love you. And your leotard.


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