I saw the signs plastered all over FFC East Lakeview: “Move2Win, Join Now!” Even trainers were wearing blue shirts with “Move2Win”.
I wasn’t sure what was going on at first, but eventually I learned it was a fitness challenge that had to do with walking, FitBits and other wearable fitness tracking devices. Okay, it's not so much a challenge as it is a full-blown competition. Teams, prizes and even competing against other clubs!
I quickly dismissed the whole idea and let the signs and shirts just turn into a blur. For me, to get to 10,000 steps every day is a challenge—and it's a challenge that I don't always (okay, rarely) meet. So the thought of being in a competition seemed laughable to me.
When I was approached about joining “Move2Win” by my personal trainer extraordinaire, Alena Scarver, I actually laughed out loud and asked if she was joking.
Alena looked at me in her deadpan (more like death ray) stare and replied, “What’s so funny? No, I'm not joking... You’re joining.”
I explained that aside from my advanced age, I sit on my backside at a desk job and have an hour and 15 minute commute each way, but I never got to finish because she interrupted me with that death stare of hers again.
"Enough with the excuses, you ARE joining the challenge," she said. "Are you ready now?” (For those of you who don’t know Alena, when she means business, she really means business.) I meekly replied no, yet promised I would go home and sign up, but I could see the doubt on her face.
I turned to slink away, hoping she would forget all about it, but she jumped in with some parting advice. “Don’t think of it as a contest, but more of a chance to be a part of something and meet new people. If you get some extra walking in, great!”
The one thing about working with Alena is that I always keep my promises to her—and she expects me to! So, I went home and promptly signed up for Move2Win.
My Progress During Move2Win
The day before the challenge started, Alena sent a group text a little before 10 in the morning. It was a picture of her tracking device, which read 10,718.
I'll be honest—I felt like the biggest loser as I looked at mine and read 2,656.
But then I noticed a second text come in. Someone had excitedly replied, “The power of running!” which I thought was sort of cool.
Then emails were exchanged about a team name. Alena was very democratic about it and put her executive stamp of approval on the Scarving Pumpkins. Our group is fun, and Alena has planned some great activities that everyone seems to enjoy. Not to mention there seems to be a real camaraderie going and a bunch of our team members are on the leaderboard. (Go Scarving Pumpkins!)
Throughout the challenge, we’ll get fun, motivational updates from Alena like this:
After checking the leader board, I am happy to report the following stats.
- Prince Lewis – 335,575 steps; 163.76 miles
- Cody Melcher – 246,201 steps; 129.15 miles
- Anna DeLuna – 211,374 steps; 93.66 miles
- Courtney Kearschner – 172,388 steps; 89.12
- Christine Spasoff – 163,656 steps; 81.50 miles
- Kimberly Roberts – 159,570 steps; 71.66 miles
Let's keep up the good work and represent FFC East Lakeview!
Wow, we have some awesome team members!
And even though my name is nowhere on that list, it’s okay. We all have to start somewhere! I’ve started with my membership at a terrific club, which has terrific trainers and staff.
So the next time you see FFC is hosting a “challenge” or event, definitely join! It can’t hurt, and who knows—maybe you’ll even find the “fun” in fitness, too.
As for me? I am chipping away adding miles to my team’s total. As I write this post, I'm happy to say that I've added 600 steps to my total since I started. (The pacing I do as I think really adds up!)
Finally I have to give a huge thank you to Alena, who helps keep my focus, tries to put fun into my fitness routine, has taken the word “can’t” out of my vocabulary, and has ultimately changed my perspective on the word “challenge” altogether.
Keep checking that leaderboard, you might just see my name up there!