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Each week during the Fat 2 Fit Community Weight-Loss Challenge, I struggled to pick the person whose contribution to the community was most inspiring. The decision was never easy since, as those of you who are reading the discussions can confirm, the contributions are many and varied. Indeed, our discussions are filled with gems of information, inspiration and insight.
To refresh your memory, the weekly winners were:
- Ruth Hope —for reaching out from South Africa to share her commitment for realizing her own fitness goals and for giving ongoing support to members, providing valuable information and inspiration
- Chris Sutton —for her unfailing consistency in providing encouragement and support to others even as she battles to achieve her own fitness goals, dropping both pounds and sizes during the Challenge
- LollyMC —for courageous candor in publicly sharing her progress, setback and recommitment
- Mammachan —for demonstrating creativity in overcoming obstacles to fitness in Mongolia
- John F219 —for providing enthusiastic options to “Discouraged,” whose vision of exercise was limited to walking on a treadmill in a gym
- Precious2Him —for sharing her 70-year-old mother’s reluctant journey to fitness from size 22 to size 12, losing 65 pounds along the way
- DianeByers—for sharing her remarkable transformation in two months from couch potato to 5K race competitor as well as the joy in the accomplishment
The two grand prize winners are Ruth Hope and Chris Sutton. Both demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their own fitness goals (each lost a considerable amount of weight and reduced inches as well). Equally important, they demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping others achieve their goals. Each will receive a one-year membership in Gold’s Gym. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating them.
The truth is, however, that we are all winners. The real value in getting fit is not in any prize we receive but in how we feel about ourselves. As we move toward fitness, we have more energy, our outlook is brightened, our health problems may diminish and we move more easily throughout our daily tasks. When we take better care of our bodies, we respect ourselves more. These are the real rewards, and all of us can share in these prizes.
While we’re waiting to see if AARP staff creates another Challenge, I hope you’ll continue to participate in the Fat 2 Fit Online Community. Share your goals, your setbacks and your insights. If you are working on dropping a few pounds, be sure to report your weight loss in Accountability Group #1 or through a message to me as the Coach. I’ll keep a running total and continue to report back to the group.
Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. I hope you’ll stay in the Fat 2 Fit community race.