Workplace Biggest Loser competitions have been all the rage with co-workers competing against each other for a pool of money or bragging rights. The problem I have with this is the “self-motivation” required. I’ve never been much of a self-motivator.
As our teenagers “made weight” for wrestling this year, the subject of weight loss was often discussed amongst us parents. For heart health reasons, I switched to the Mediterranean Diet years ago, I quit smoking, but I had stopped exercising.
A friend had mentioned his weight loss while training for the Bonefrog Challenge. I looked it up and realized it is a “mud run” unlike any other. The thirteen mile 36+ obstacle course is owned and operated by the Navy Seals. My oldest son recently enlisted so this called out to me.
I told my fellow wrestling parents and in a few short weeks I had ten people on my team preparing for the race.
Couch to 5K app
The team decided we needed two things: strength and endurance. To enhance our endurance we downloaded the free Couch to 5K app. It gently started us on jog/walks, with the jogging portions becoming longer each day. Running with friends helped us to improve quickly. No one wants to be “that” person who needs to stop.
Someone suggested hiking, and I complained our shoes would get wet from the snow. After the team was done laughing at me, someone explained we would be racing in mud. We leashed our dogs and started hiking. It was a different kind of exertion and an endless source of entertainment as we took turns falling on our behinds.
After Couch to 5K, our first 4-mile run was on some old railroad tracks. The trellises, rotting bridge, and sheets of ice made for fabulous first obstacles.
One team member has the Focus T25 DVD’s. We squeezed into her basement and had a great time laughing at each other as we tried to stay on our feet keeping up with Shaun T.
We meet at the gym and workout together. Most routines come from MuscleandStrength.com or FitnessBlender.com. To keep things fresh, we also gym hop. We have worked out at: 9 Rounds (a boxing based fitness center), LenCo Fitness (a crossfit gym), and the Edge Fitness Center.
We spent the day climbing a hill while sledding with our kids. We had a great leg workout at Flight (a trampoline park). We also want to rock climb, swim, and play tennis and basketball before the challenge.
It is easier to lose weight and gain muscle as a group. Instead of working alone, or competing against each other, we work together, motivating each other. I can’t quit because I have a team depending on me. I don’t want to be the one holding them back on race day. It seems my easiest weight loss achievement has come when it is not mine alone. This success belongs to my team. We have seven weeks left to train and, despite our best intentions, I am not sure if our team of forty-something’s are actually going to cross the finish line. It doesn’t matter though. The Navy Seal Bonefrog Challenge website uses words like family, determination, teamwork, and camaraderie. My team has already achieved that. We have strengthened the bonds of friendship while having fun. We are all leaner, stronger, and healthier than we were eleven weeks ago. That in itself makes us a team full of winners.
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