Monday, January 07, 2013

#iheartomron Fitness Challenge

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a lovely holiday season filled with many miracles (I know my family and I have). Now that it's 2013, have you begun to work on your resolutions? Goals? Lifestyle changes?

Back when I (re)joined the gym a few years ago, I had a 'consultation' with a 'personal trainer.' In that discussion, I was asked about the details of my fitness goals; even I was surprised when I heard myself saying, out loud, "I really want to improve my cardiovascular health." It was true then, and it's true now. I learned more about how tracking my heart rate is a good indicator of the benefits I'm getting from the exercise I'm doing, but I haven't worn any devices to monitor such things. And while I've had successes in fitness, I have wondered how wearing a pedometer, etc., would affect how I work out.

Why am I telling you this?

I'm so excited to be able to tell you about something that's helping me with my fitness goals for the year: I've been chosen as an ambassador for the #iheartomron Fitness Challenge with Mamavation! I applied in December and had to try reeeeeally hard to not get my hopes up as I waited for the announcement last week. As it turns out, almost 600 people applied, and yours truly has been chosen as one of the lucky 25. How lucky? Well, I'm going to be sharing how much weight I've lost each week (gulp!), but you guys are nice and will be encouraging about all of this, right? Of course right.

I'll be using a pedometer, scale, and strapless heart monitor from omronfitness.com, and reporting my results and experiences here (and on facebook, and twitter, and instagram, and pinterest . . . you know, like we do). This will be a great experience, and I'm looking forward to reporting back to YOU -- if you're reading this, you're helping to hold me accountable.

Do you have fitness and/or health goals for this year?

This post is sponsored by Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Networkand Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families.  I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions. 

14 comments:

Melody said...

You go, Jenny! (like you always do) What a great opportunity. And it's always so great to be among "the chosen" for anything. Here's my virtual high-five!

My fitness goals: Strengthen my core; Use my Sundance Ski pass enough to get my money's worth.

God bless us. Every one.

La Yen said...

I keep reading the hashtag as "I Heart Morons."

My fitness goals are: Do not get pregnant. If you go to jail for killing the children, pump lots of weights for better shanking-strength. If you don't go to jail, meaningful cardio and weights 5x/week.

Naomi said...

Well done you! My goal has been the same for the last 7 years: maybe this will be the year that my body responds to my healthy eating and exercise and loses weight!

Momma Hunt said...

Congrats on being chosen. I look forward to reading about your journey and I wish you the best. I am new to the community and looking forward to being around such positive forces!

Kim @ Whats That Smell? said...

Good luck with the challenge! I am looking forward to getting to know all the participants

~j. said...

Melody - *high five* I love your goal to use your Sundance pass. I don't know that I'll get up there this season, so I EXTRA appreciate you posting pictures from your experiences up there!

~j. said...

Jen - You know you heart morons. We ALL heart them.

~j. said...

Naomi - I love seeing pictures of your adventures, too -- you're very active outdoors, and that's super healthy.

~j. said...

Momma Hunt - welcome! And thanks for your encouragement. I'm new(er) to the community, too, so this will be a great journey to take together!

~j. said...

Kim - welcome! And thank you! I look forward to the same. It will be great to sweat together (sounds gross, but I mean well).

Robin said...

Congrats and good luck! I'm sure you'll do great. :)

Pam Baumeister said...

I'm so excited for you! This is great. I noticed that my fitness significantly improved as I started using a heart rate monitor. I've lost almost 20 pounds in the last six months and I'm working on getting in the top 3 of my age group for a triathlon this summer -- maybe I'll see you there! I'm sure you'll rock it. Accountability is key when you're trying to lose weight and you'll be great at that.

Naomi said...

Thanks Jenny! Do you know that some days my only saving grace when I get despondent is that I can honestly say to myself 'You may be big but you are at least fit. Your body can walk for miles without feeling any aches or pains and you have climbed mountains!' I don't know why my body won't gain or lose weight right now, but at least it works and serves me well.

mom27g said...

congrats on being chosen!! You are going to do awesome!!