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Subway Commit to Fit Giveaway: $50 Lulu Lemon gift card and a Gaiam gym bag and yoga mat

I was rather saddened by the comments on a recent giveaway post which revealed that many of you don’t have gym bags. Instead, you’re using plastic bags or stuffing items into your athletic shoes which you carry into the gym. So, when Subway approached me about their Commit to Fit giveaway, I took them up on it if only because I have the chance to give another one of you an actual gym bag, and lessen the chance that you’ll confuse your groceries with your gym clothes. (Please don’t eat your sweat socks!)

The Commit to Fit program is based in part on the goal of Jared Fogle aka Jared the Subway Guy to run the New York City Marathon this year. I met Jared in Indianapolis a few months ago, see!

Jennette and Jared

Not only is he tall, he’s maintained a massive weight loss for over 10 years, which is deserving of a round of applause. No, really, please clap for the man. If you’re reading at work, golf claps will do. I also applaud Jared for training for a marathon. I ran a half-marathon a few years ago, and Subway would have to give me much more than a free gym bag to convince me to run a full one. Actually, they’d have to give me lots of money and promise that I could land in a bed of cupcakes at the end.

The idea behind Commit to Fit is for you to set your own fitness goal. You don’t have to run a marathon (thank God). I have been in a bit of a fitness slump the past year, so when I was considering whether to participate in this program or not, I was swayed by the hope that it will be a good motivator to get my own butt in gear. (It has also forced me to learn how to spell “commit.” Two Ms, one T. Take note!) I still haven’t decided on my fitness goal, but it will probably be something like a 5K race or signing up for a class I’ve never taken before, like Zumba. (Suggestions are welcome.)

You have to dress for success, so even though I haven’t decided on my goal, I can start looking cute for it. As part of the “Getting Pumped Up in Style” giveaway, Subway has provided for me a Gaiam gym bag, yoga mat and $50 gift card to Lulu Lemon, a retailer of yoga-inspired athletic apparel. You can win this prize in this giveaway.

Commit to Fit Yoga

To enter, leave a comment on this post either 1) stating your own Commit to Fit challenge or 2) if you have a problem with commitment, you can suggest a challenge for me. Only residents of the US may enter. (Sorry, my foreign friends.) The contest ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, October 10th 2010.

Subway also has a Commit to Fit page on Facebook that explains it in more detail and gives you the opportunity to win more prizes. There will be a few more Commit to Fit posts in the coming weeks, and a few more giveaways, so even if you don’t win the gym bag you’ll have a chance to not win something else later.

Disclosure: The prizes listed in this post were provided for free.

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Meghan • October 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

Okay, it’s a baby step, but my Commit to Fit challenge is to move up (slooowly) to doing real push-ups. I periodically have a solid several weeks of doing push-ups, but they’re always from my knees. So my challenge is to switch to doing real big-girl push-ups. I might have to start by doing three at a time, but I’ll get there!


Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit • October 6, 2010 at 8:19 am

Oh this is awesome! I’d love to win this! My commit to fit challenge would be to try to do a half-marathon this fall after the marathon I’m running this weekend (Chicago)!


Denise Paul • October 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

I have made a commitment to go to the gym at work three times a week, doing cardio and resistance training, and then to add in two days of cardio done at home as well. And I’m one of those people who has no gym bag and only one pair of workout pants, so I’d love it if I won! :)


Nickole • October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

We are having a Commit to Fit (FAMILY) challenge. We are all committing to work out 5 days a week and keeping track of it on a calendar right next to our home gym. Whoever meets their goal each month gets $10 to spend how they would like. (Our family is 2 overweight parents and 3 tween girls – so $ talks!) Thanks for the motivation Jennette!


Tonia • October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

I would love to win the gym gear. My commitment would be to make the yoga class at least once a week and try all of the moves instead of giving up as soon as it feels difficult.


ayesha97 • October 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

I’m committing to lifting weights :) Already into my 3rd week and am thinking about picking up the “New Guide to Lifting Weights For Women.” Everything that I’ve read about it seems like a great book, PLUS 6 months of workouts laid out for you! Might be worth trying :)


Jen • October 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

Looks like a great prize! I was just thinking that it’s time to stop complaining about how hard it is to lose weight and just commit to following my program. I want to be fit enoughto do an Olympic-distance tri next year and I don’t want to do it carrying 20+ extra pounds.

As for a commitment you should make, is Jared still single? You look cute together and I hear he can get you free sandwiches… Okay, seriously, I’ll stick to setting my own goals and will let you do the same.


schmei • October 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

Perfect timing. When the weather gets cold I seem to start paying more attention to carbs than to cardio.

I’m committing to running a 4-mile race on Thanksgiving morning, and a 5-mile race in December… and I’m steadily dating the idea of running an 8K race in March, but I don’t want to rush things. :-)


Kari • October 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

I commit to going to the cardio circuit class at my gym twice a week.


Jennifer S • October 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

Great challenge! I commit to running a 10k on New Year’s Day 2011.


Cassie • October 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

I have commitment issues, but I definitely think you should try Zumba. I have been going for about 3 weeks now and it is so much fun and a great workout too!


sarah • October 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

My commit to fit is to run a 10K next spring.

Thank you for the spelling tip, I will use it daily.


Mary Jenkins • October 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

My husband and I have comitted to doing a ruck sack march for an hour everyday. We did 3 and a half miles in the rain, with our 3 year old daughter yesterday. We were all so proud of ourselves!


Brandi • October 6, 2010 at 9:37 am

My commit to fit is going to the gym 4 days a week and working out in the morning 4 days a week as well.


Lauren • October 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

I commit myself to trying at least once hot yoga class within the next couple of months. I’ve been wanted to try it forever but have not had enough courage to actually do it.


Amy • October 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

I have been volunteering for many races this year and my goal is to be in the races next year. I have signed up for a 5K in November and December of this year to see how I do. Then next year I can strive to reach the finish line quicker and easier!!


Crystal • October 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

I like this! My Commit to Fit will be doing a 5K by the end of the year. I say “doing” because I’m just now to the point where I can jog a couple of minutes at a time so it won’t be running, but not all walking, either!


Lynne • October 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

I would love to win this bag, because I am committed to joining a new gym, closer to my house that opens at 5:00 a.m. — yes, very DARK…

I think you should take a body pump class. It will make you strong, you don’t need the coordination to do a dance class – not my strong suit – and it makes you feel AWESOME when you’re done — like you could pick up your car if you wanted….


Terri • October 6, 2010 at 10:03 am

Recently I have been printing out calendars for each month and putting them on the fridge (so can see them often). Each day I exercise I get to put a sticker on that day and at the end of the month I get a reward. I have been using a very small canvas bag for my gym bag, this one you have posted looks a lot better.


Jes • October 6, 2010 at 10:04 am

I’m committing to participate in the 2011 Cycle for Survival. It’s a spinning relay to raise money for “orphan” or little-known cancers. Right now, I am too fat to even get on a bike, so this is a serious commitment from me!


Beverly • October 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

My Commit to Fit will be to get up every morning at 5:30 for the two mile walk with my hubby and dog. I’ve been slacking lately.

Great giveaway! Thanks!


Michelle • October 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’m committing to walking 10,000 steps per day with the ultimate goal of training to walk a Marathon next October.


jancd • October 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

I am committed to losing 50 pounds by April when my daughter and I go on a cruise. Walking, going to the gym is my plan, so this bag would really come in handy. Good luck with your own goals.


Karen James • October 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

My Commit to Fit is to workout at least 5 out of 7 days a week! 2-3 days on the elliptical, the others , “Couch to 5K”.
Preparing for my first 5K on Thanksgiving Day!


Amy • October 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

My commit to fit challange is to run in the ragnar relay in Arizona this winter (as long as I can find enough team members!)


Karen B • October 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

My commit to fit goal is to complete a 5K without walking. I have done several 5Ks but have always, always had to walk part of it. I think I will search out a 5K in my area right now. Thanks for the motivation!!


Noor • October 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

I’m training for a 10K!


Poppy K • October 6, 2010 at 10:26 am

My commit to fit goal is a half-marathon Thanksgiving weekend. Wish me luck – my first long-long run is this weekend!


Ana • October 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

My Commit to Fit goal is to run a 5 K before I turn 27. I’ve got about 10 months for that. I know that there’s people that run 5K’s in the morning before having their coffee, but I swear to you, this will be very challenging to me. Still, I think I can do it.


Brandy E. • October 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

My goal would be to run a half-marathon. I walked one last year, and had every intention of running it this year before a knee injury sidelined my training in the spring. Time to get back at it though.
I must run the half-marathon or I will NEVER do it again, as it is mind numbingly boring to spend that much time walking. At least if you run it is over faster. :)


Colleen • October 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

My commit to fit goal is to reintroduce Spinning into my life. Preferably once a week. Gotta get my legs back in shape!


Jen • October 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’ve made a commitment to my friends to join them in a 5K in November. Jogging is way out of my fitness comfort zone, but I’m determined to do it!


Lap Band Gal • October 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’m committing to 3 Zumba arobics classes a week! YAY!


zoetrope • October 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Last year, my goal was to run a 5k, which I did (yay!), and then basically stopped running entirely (boo!). So my commit to fit challenge is going to be to run one mile twice a week now, and work my way up to running 3 miles/3 times a week by Christmas. I’m also going to try this newfangled yoga thing that everybody is talking about. ;)


Annie • October 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

I am committing to running a marathon in April. I am beginning training now so if I fall of the wagon, I will still have time to get back on. Half a year of training is excessive, but I lost thirty pounds by training for a half marathon earlier this year.


Kate • October 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

I don’t really need another gym bag (serioulsy, stuffing things in your shoes?!) BUT I do have an awesome suggestion for you – Martial Arts!! I just started taking Kung Fu (mainly because I wanted to be able to say, “I know Kung Fu!” like in the Matrix). It’s an awesome, fun workout, and although I am more fat hippo than graceful ninja it’s definitely inspiring.


Cheryl in AL • October 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

My husband and I have decided to try to have a baby. I know I have to get in better shape (eg lose 30 + lbs) before I submit my body to the rigors of pregnancy. We purchased a treadmill yesterday and will be putting it together tonight. I plan to do 30 minutes a day and increase my speed as I go.


simone • October 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

My “commit to fit” challenge is working toward completing a marathon to celebrate my 40th birthday.


Ashley H • October 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

My commitment is to workout at least 4 days a week and to add strength training to my workouts.


Shannon B • October 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

I am committing to entering and completeing a 5k. On November 14th my city (New Orleans, Louisiana) will hold a “Save Our Cemeteries” race held inside and on the grounds of a cemetery. Proceeds go to preserving the above-ground cemeteries that New Orleans is known for. If you’ve never seen the above-ground cemeteries, google them, they are absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for the opportunity to win (or not win). Either way, it’s an awesome giveaway!


Lynne Stubblefield • October 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

I will try Yoga if you try Zumba :-)


Autumn • October 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

Mine is simple: commit to working out five days a week, every week. That includes my twice-a-week yoga class plus cardio/weight training at home. It doesn’t sound that hard, but it makes this couch potato whimper!


Erin • October 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

My Commit to Fit goal is to exercise twice a week. I have not been exercising pretty much at all lately and this needs to change! I at least need to go for exercise-type walks regularly!


Christy • October 6, 2010 at 11:52 am

My Commit to Fit goal is to do strength training at least twice a week! And I would love to win the bag, because my cat just peed on mine. Nice.


Kelly • October 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

Well, we’re going on vacation to Arizona this week and I intend to eat a lot of Mexican food. However, my goals when we get back:

1) Cardio – jogging/elliptical/swimming – 3 times a week
2) Monday and Friday morning strength training classes at the Y
3) Get back on track with the healthy whole foods eating

Also, I think I should win because the contest ends on my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Right? :)


Melinda • October 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

All summer in our town on Wednesdays we have “Night Moves” where you swim a 1K ocean race and /or a 5K run. Next year I’m going to swim the 1K. I’m training 3 days a week in the pool and am very committed. It definitely helps with my motivation to have a solid goal.


Suzanne H • October 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

My goals are to:

– Get back to 10 mins yoga in the am to get going.
– Solid aerobic & weight training workouts 3x week.
– Resume light running/jogging 2x week.

Thank you so much for this giveaway – I love that bag!


Sarah • October 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

My Commit to Fit challenge is to run a 5k. I hope I win!


lee • October 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

i lost 75 lbs. as of 4 months ago, hit a plateau and FINALLY busted through with a five lb. weight loss this week! only 80 more lbs. to go- YEAH- i’m at the halfway mark!

i commit to not quitting. i know that’s kind of vague but it will keep me motivated and as long as i try, i can’t fail!

that gaiam bag is the shiznit!

good giveaway, great hostess!


Star • October 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I commit to losing at least the 10 lbs I gained since last year by the end of this year.


Nancy • October 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I’m committing to 5 pounds at a time and regaining some semblance of fitness!


Lynette S • October 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I’m committing to a 10 mile run, I have been going round and round in my brain debating on doing a half marathon, but really, I would just be super happy to run 10 miles!


Miranda • October 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

My commit to fit challenge is to actually attend a yoga class at my gym. (And keep going a few times a week) I’ve been “meaning” to go since I joined a year ago and have not gone! I’m too chicken to go by myself…so I guess that means this Friday morning I’ll be there!


Holly • October 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

My Commit to Fit is to walk 100 miles by the end of the year (starting Sept. 23) I’ve already done 6!


Cellabella • October 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

My commitment is to incorporate more cross training and strength training into my activities. That way I won’t get stuck in a rut, and it’ll also be better overall for my body!


svb • October 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I have been flirting with a 5K commitment for years. OK, I commit to the New Year’s Eve 5K. I have never run more than one mile without a walk break so this will be an achievement.

For you, I suggest incorporating a bit of swimming. Its a great cross trainer for cardio and will get your shoulders to be quite hott, which running does not. If you are not a good swimmer, GREAT it won’t take much to wear you out. Very time efficient.


tsw • October 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I’m just coming off an ankle surgery, so my commitment is to recover the muscle that has atrophied away, and then continue on with improving my body composition. :-)


Darleen • October 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I am committing to weight-lifting 3x a week and running 3x a week (new puppy) – just have to get up earlier in the morning:/

I would recommend a challenge of NIA classes – a mixture of dance, yoga and martial arts.


Laura • October 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I am committing to running a 5K. I hate to run and when I do I tend to get lapped by people using walkers but one day I want to run a 5K, cross the finish line and eat a bagel. I also want to do some kind of strength training twice a week. All in all, I am hoping I can get in good enough shape to eventually do the P90X program.

For you- try Zumba. It is fun and you have to go at least three times just to get the moves down. It is really inspiring to me to see the different types of women in my class at the Y.


Beth • October 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I would like to commit to averaging under a 10 minute mile the next time I run a 5K. Last time I was around 10:30


Terri from Sunnvyale CA • October 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I just joined our local Y and I’m starting to strength train again after a few years of not really working out. A new gym bag would be great! I also want to try a yoga class at the Y.


Lisa • October 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’m committing to using this hiatus from running in a positive way. Instead of doing nothing–I’ve started a weight training program. I am committed to getting abs!!


Bat • October 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

My Commit to Fit challenge is to, even though it is getting colder out, continue to go to the gym at least 5 days a week. When it starts getting colder, I tend to want to sleep in and be under covers at all times. But, I am going to COMMIT to keep myself going to the gym!


Amanda • October 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

My commit to fit goal is the Hot Chocolate 5K in Chicago in about a month. The promise of a free chocolate buffet in return for running around for a bit is great motivation!


beep • October 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I quit exercising when I had my 9-month-old and have not started up again. In the spirit of baby steps, I commit to 10 minutes of yoga 6 days per week.


she overflows • October 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I think a 5k is a great idea for this challenge! Working up to one is already something I’ve been planning to do, so I guess that’ll be my suggestion AND goal.


Nancy • October 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I recently made a commitment to running. I don’t run now but picked up a book that eases into running by alternating walking and running. My friends want to do a summer biathalon!


Emily • October 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I commit to adding one spinnng class a week.


Stephanie • October 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Ugh. I decided to run a half marathon before my 30th. Good thing I have 11 months left!


jc • October 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm

commitment to fitness is awesome! yay enter me~

i have made one to doing yoga at least three times per week.


Nadia • October 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I’ve been in a gym funk lately, so my commit to fit goal is to hit the gym Monday-Friday after work for the entire month of October. Hopefully it’ll be so routine after that, I’ll just keep on going!


Tracy • October 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm

My Commit(ment) to Fit is a Thanksgiving 5k…

Oh man, now it’s out there and I said it. I guess I better do it!


Danielle • October 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I’m disappointed that Canadians can’t enter, especially since Lululemon (one word) is a Canadian company. :-(
Booo! Love your site though, keep up the good work.


Rose • October 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Improve my marathon time. Significantly.


Jenna Z • October 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I have committed to doing a 10K in November! This is the longest race I’ve ever run! And after that I will work all winter to maintain my pace because I have joined a marathon relay team! I’ll be doing a 1/4 of a marathon in April!!!


Kim • October 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

My commit to fit challenge is to complete the Couch to 5K training program.


Jenny S • October 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for making me accountable! I commit to training for a 5K in November and again in December. And I live in Minnesota! It’s crazy – but I can do this!! Now if only I had a nice, new gym bag and some gear….!


Chris • October 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

The challenge I’ve set for myself is to qualify for the 2011 Boston Marathon at the California International Marathon in 8 weeks. I need to take 18 minutes off my best time in order to do this. Here we go!


debby • October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I’ve been committed forever. But it sure would be nice to have some new equipment/clothing so I would look like I knew what I was doing.


Penny Broome • October 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Hi there! I’ve also lost a HUGE amount of weight, heh, actually, it’s been 10 years for me too. But just in this last year, I’ve been battling a deep depression myself. In the last few weeks, I’ve done some major re-working in my own head and in my house and I’ve decided that it’s high time to get back into my workout routine. I had actually been very good and a regular at my gym for several years but this year I’ve been a complete slacker. But NO MORE! My commitment is to run a 5k in December. It’s my Christmas present to myself.

Here’s a workout idea for you. I love CrossFit. I may have even mentioned it here before. The workouts are posted at http://www.crossfit.com and they are actually really easy to scale to your own level. I had almost been at “as prescribed” level when I hit my wall. I’m back at the very beginning now. But it’s fun stuff, and I can imagine I’m working out with some sexy Navy Seal or Marine next to me yelling encouragements. But Zumba is also a blast and I love every class I make it to.


Caroline Calcote • October 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Right now, my Commit to Fit goal is to actually RUN a 5K. I’ve walked one before, but I want to run one! I’m currently doing C25K, and am walking/running in a 5K event on Saturday. But my goal of actually running an entire 5K is still a ways off. But I’ll get there!


Kathy • October 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My Commit to Fit is 10,000 steps a day this month, and (she says hopefully) repeating and completing C25K before the end of the year.


Lacey Q • October 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I commit to drinking water. I’m REALLY bad about hydrating, so I’m cutting out the soda and sticking to water!


Becca • October 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I commit to getting my orange belt (karate) by the end of November.


Barbara • October 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I have to agree with Penny above. Crossfit is my Commit to Fit program. I LOOOOVE it!!! There are tons of Crossfit gyms around and everyone there is incredibly supportive. In fact, there are two right in your neck of the woods: http://www.crossfitlocal.com and http://www.crossfitcarrboro.com/. Check them out!! I’ve been going now since May and I’ve seen great changes in my body.


Jamie • October 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

My Commit to Fit goal is to train to run/walk my city’s half marathon in February which is on my 35th birthday. I want to set a positive tone for my entire 35th year!


RC • October 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I commit to actually getting off my lazy butt and doing some running round the block, working up to 3x 30min per week before end October.

Ever since I started the new job I am completely off the wagon where fitness is concerned >.<


Julie B • October 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I committed to running a 10K race – it’s on Monday! I’ve only had the nerve to run 5Ks and really wanted to challenge myself. After the 10K I’m going to commit to a half marathon!


Meredith R. • October 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Here is my Commit to Fit! I have so much obesity in my family… my mom, dad, sister, and brother are all overweight or obese…and although I’ve never been obese myself, I have recently made a commitment to be fit forever, and to fight back against my genes! (and skinny jeans!)
I have been working with a personal trainer, following a low calorie and low carb diet, and running. I’ve recently finished the couch to 5K program and hope to continue to conquer 10 K and then half marathon!
The best part about my commitment to being fit is sharing my knowledge with my family, and helping THEM to become healthier and living a healthier lifestyle. It’s all about taking care of yourself and sharing your knowledge and growth with the ones you love.
Thanks! and good luck to everyone :D


Kristy • October 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm

My commit to fit commitment is to do the “Boulevard Bolt” which is a 5 mile race on Thanksgiving! I think it’ll be a great fitness tradition to start!


Forrest • October 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

My commit to fit commitment is to workout 30 min. 3 days per week. (With hope of working up to 5 days per week)


Meg • October 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

My commit to fit is to run my town’s 5K Turkey Trot this year; it’s been almost 8 years since I ran a 5K and I’ve slowly been working my stamina up to racing levels again.


Meagan • October 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

My commit to fit: working out 3 times a week. It seems pretty easy, especially since I was working out more than that just this spring, but starting a new job has really taken it out of me…


Faith O'Hara • October 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I will commit to spin 3 times a week and then pilates/yoga 2 times a week! I need to get this extra weight off!


Ibu • October 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I commit to start walking again! I was walking a lot and it was working for me but stopped. I need to get out and walk, walk, walk.


Brie @ Brie Fit • October 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I commit to finishing my marathon on Sunday! It’s my first!


Shelley B • October 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

My commit to fit is to run my first half marathon on November 20th; and hopefully it won’t be my last, although I need to go reread your half marathon post…now that I’m running, it will have more significance to me, I’m sure.


Laura I. (GG) • October 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I’ve got two “Commit to Fit” challenges–I’m working on completing the 100 Pushups Challenge by my birthday in December, and I want to pass the “Pack” Test (or “Work Capacity Test”) next spring. (The Pack Test is walking three miles in less than 45 minutes while carrying a 40 or 45 lb. pack.)


Kate • October 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I am committed to riding my bike for 45 minutes every day–even if I hate it–and–I often hate it.


Susan • October 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I’ve been strength training regularly with a male friend of mine. He may be moving out of state soon, so I commit to continue on, with or without him. Also, to write things down, so I can remember what I am actually doing.


~liz • October 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Wow I love Gaiam and I love that color… I would love to win something. As far as commit to fit. I commit to continuing getting more activity in my life, move more, and working out daily on my new Total Gym which I love.


Jennifer • October 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I commit to walking in a 5k race each month this fall. I already did one in September, and I’m signed up for December. I just need to find two more to do!


Carla • October 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I recently signed up for the Austin Marathon in February. I am committed to being fit. I am going to be running a lot in the next few months. And since I live in the mid-west this is serious. :)


Lisa S. • October 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I commit to running my first 5k in the spring.


Merry • October 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Golf claps? What the heck are those, clapping two golf balls together?
Can I do Buddhist claps instead? One handed clapping won’t draw attention at work.

Um… Commit to Fit challenge? Right now it’s a headache, but I feel dumb mentioning that on your blog. My next challenge is my foot. Hard to exercise on just one leg, though it does provide great entertainment for the neighbors.


Rachel • October 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Oooh, thanks for doing this giveaway! I commit to exercising (read: doing something aerobic) 6 days a week.


lin • October 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

My challenge is to excercise daily to get back to being fit. I want to try new things like you. it would be great if you could blog about how Zumba is and how your training is going.


cindy • October 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I’ve just started a commit to be fit of my own design this week. It starts with establishing a morning walking routine. Once that’s in place, I will add some evening gym time—first on machines and then a class or two, as I adjust and feel ready for the physical and social challenge. I want to be back to my goal by April, so it is a BIG commitment!


Jamie • October 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

My commit to fit challenge is to do my prenatal yoga video at least 3 times per week. We’ll see how that goes! Thanks for hosting.


paula • October 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I commit to lose 10 pounds & get my butt to the gym 3 times a week. There. I wrote it. That makes it more commit-able. Right? Thanks for the chance to win the gym bag/yoga mat/gift certificate.


Cami • October 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I need to get my butt back in gear after recovering from an injury! Not sure how I’m going to hold up, but I’m aiming for a 2 mile run!


Call Me Ishmael • October 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I commit to running the NYC Half Marathon this Spring! I’m a beginning runner, so that will be quite an achievement for me. For you, I suggest that you take Capoeira classes. Good stuff.


tess • October 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I commit to using those dusty weights 3 x per week. thx


Jaimie • October 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm

My commit to fit challenge is to go to the gym 3 days a week and do a cardio activity 2 times a week. I also want at least 1 of the gym days to include attending a fitness class.


Anneke S • October 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I am committing to start running again. Took some time off after the last half marathon, and need to get back into it. So here goes: at least 3 runs per week, and at least 10 miles per week.



Cotton • October 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

My commit to fit challenge is to do one dang pull up! I can never do them and by my 35th birthday, 4 months away, I am going to do at least one!


Kira • October 7, 2010 at 2:05 am

Oh, I want to win.
I commit to running three miles. In a row.
And thank you, I just almost put two t’s in commit, but now I know better. You have changed my life. Or at least my spelling of commit.


Jules • October 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

My Commit to Fit is to complete the USAF Marathon next September. I started walking last week and am down 5 pounds and up to walking 1.5 miles in about 20 minutes, which is pretty good for a recovering couch potato… :)


Sarah • October 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

I commit to doing the weightlifting routine in Strong Women Stay Slim. I’ve read it, it makes sense, now I just need to DO it.


Jody • October 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

My challenge is to be able to do 10 chinups and 5 pullups by the end of the year. I was working toward the first part of that last year but then I just quit doing them, I need to get back to it.

A good challenge for you since you are in a new town is to join a running group. Great way to exercise and meet new people.


Nita • October 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

I need to commit to weight lifting again. I got such good results when I did it before. But I’ve slacked off, and it shows!


Lauren H. • October 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

My Commit to Fit goal is to start taking up yoga. Everytime I take a class I end up completely sweaty and shaking in my core. I always forget how much yoga works me out.

Thanks for this awesome giveaway!


Jeanne • October 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

My Commit to Fit challenge is to be active every day. Some days that means a kick-butt workout, and sometimes it means a walk around the block or 10 minutes of pilates.


Lou-Lou • October 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

Me: I am going to lift weights 2 times a week. I am in a all cardio slump and have stopped losing. I’m told this will help with weight loss and make my bones stronger.

Will try a free body pump class on Sunday. If I don’t like it I will use the weight lifting video I just got at the thrift store insteaad.

You: How do about weight lifting.


Lorraine • October 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

Zumba sounds like a boatload of fun – I’m going to try it myself. Go for it. I bet it’s something easy to stick with – reminds me of the old aerobics days with an extra amount of fun thrown in for good measure.


Asmita • October 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

I will train for a 10k in March.


Erin • October 7, 2010 at 11:14 am

I commit to running at least 5 miles at a time before the end of the year!I’m good at running 5Ks but I haven’t pushed myself further.


Thealogian • October 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thank you for this opportunity. Regardless of winning or not, I’ll be making a statement of commitment regarding my fitness goals which I’ve been needing to do on my own blog for a while.

For this year, I would like to commit to being able to run a mile without having to stop to walk, the whole way. One mile, whatever pace, running/jogging.


Neena • October 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

I commit to walking three nights a week with a good friend/fellow new mom. What a great giveaway!


Lisa • October 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

My Commit to Fit is more like a Commit to get back on the road that will get me back to fit. I’ve been going to PT for arthritis in my back. I have a series of stretches and strengthening exercises to do each day. I am committing (2 T’s here!) to doing my PT work every day. Good luck everyone!


Jordan P • October 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

My commit to fit goal is to attend a bootcamp at my gym!


Mica D • October 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I am committed to starting a weight lifting regime!!! :D I’ve lost 80 pounds, mostly doing cardio and its about time I start working my muscles. :D


Joanne • October 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I have been going to the gym for a little over a year now. My commit to fit is to move off the cardio machines that I am so comfortable on and introduce weights into my routine.


Carol • October 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I commit to begin caring about myself again. Exercise helps me to be who I really am, not the person I feel like now. Thanks, PQ.


Mary • October 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I will swim at the Y 4 times per month. I keep saying I will do it, but fear of bathing suit prevents me from following through. Better yet, I will commit to swimming this Saturday.


Dee • October 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

My challenge (and I’m really not copying off of you) is to take a ZUmba class. I’ve been wanting to take one for awhile and there is a studio near me offering classes, and I haven’t taken the plunge. So this fit challenge is the perfect motivator!


Running Phoodie • October 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Ooh, great giveaway! I ogle and drool over lululemon merch. but the price always stops me. I ran my first half-marathon last year, have another one in a month, and am DETERMINED to run a full one next year! That is my goal :)


Sarah P. • October 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

My commit to fit is to start the 30 Day Shred and actually follow through with it for once!


Rachel E. • October 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

My commit to fit is to finish the couch to 5k program!


Veda • October 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

My commit to fit challenge is to go the gym 3 days a week on top of the walks I already do with my friend. Thanks for the giveaway!


Amy Wilson • October 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

drooling over the Lulu gift card.

My Commit to Fit, um, commitment, is to attend at least three speed skating classes over the next four weeks! I play roller derby and while regular practices are required, speed skating classes are considered “extra” so I don’t attend many even though they totally help my endurance :/


Beth • October 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

My own Commit to Fit challenge is to PR in my upcoming marathon!


Terra • October 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

My Commit to Fit challenge is to work out 4 days a week and do 1/2 marathon in the next 6 months. What a blessing it would be to win!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!


Krista • October 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

My commitment is to find a 10K to run somewhere near me this Fall or early Spring (not much outside running here in Montana during the Winter). But I do *so* need another running top! I’d love this prize!


Jan • October 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Hmm. My commit to fit is to go to the gym twice a week OR if I don’t/can’t, walk extra for those two days!


Jolene • October 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I’ve recently after a 6 year gap have started a new commitment to work out. I’ve always been involved in group sports but now running is something I’m willing to work on. Getting out there and running 3miles is my new goal. Coming from a person that could hardly run 3 min none stop. Its a work in progress.


Reyna • October 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I am one of the few women in Southern Arizona to be invited to “attempt” to become a Sherrif. This “attempt” entails me being able to complete 24 sit-ups and 17 push-ups in 2 minutes and to run 1.5 miles in 17.11min. My fitness goal-to EXCEED these physical requirements. They may not seem hard to anyone else but I DO NOT RUN or Push up or sit up!! :) Wish me luck!


Mindy • October 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I want to walk a half marathon next Spring!


Lynne • October 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Perfect timing! I just made a commitment to myself to attend two BodyPump classes per week for the next 8 weeks. One done for this week, next one on the schedule for 6am tomorrow morning.


Suzanne • October 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

My Commitment is to train to be able to run a 5k “Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving morning! I am working with C25K on my Iphone for support!


Kayla • October 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

My commit to fit goal is to work out 4 days a week. I have set many a new years resolution to run a 5k, 1/2 marathon, etc without ever even entering a run! How pathetic!!

I challenge you to a 5k and 2 Zumba classes (sounds fun, but there is a very good possibility that 1 class would be all for this non-dancer!)

I do not own any lulu clothing – and would love too!!!


Sam • October 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

My Commit to Fit is to commit to at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. Many days I get much more, but sometimes I just need those ten minutes to get moving! (Love lululemon!)


Kinsey • October 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I recently started a new job that is very, very demanding, and I’ve been neglecting exercise of all sorts. So I commit to making sure that I give my health the same attention I am giving my career.


Andrea • October 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I am will commit to working out 4+ days a week consistently – I feel much better when I do!


Sarah • October 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Back in January I committed to start a healthier lifestyle and loosing weight. As the weight has come off I have now committed to training and running in a Half Marathon in January.


maggie • October 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I commit to hiking the 2.5 trail at the pocket. I eyeballed it last weekend and will do it soon!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy • October 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I’m trying to keep working out 5x a week along with being in graduate school and a time-intensive job – way easier said than done!


marie • October 8, 2010 at 5:33 am

meatless mondays & running 3 miles, 4x a week


Laurie Blatt • October 8, 2010 at 6:17 am

My commit to fit challenge is to do some sort of exercise every single day, slowly. It’s so hard when I start something every muscle in my body hurts for 4 days and then when it’s gone, I’ve lost my ommfffff


Deanna - The Unnatural Mother • October 8, 2010 at 6:56 am

Nice!!! My goal is another half marathon this year, or a pole dancing class!


Stacie • October 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

I recently made the commitment to do Couch 2 5k again… it’s my bazillionth time. But I want to make running a regular occurrence.

Also — zumba rocks!! Even if you have 2 left feet – it’s a nice way to spice up your gym routine!


Lisa • October 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

My commit to fit challenge is to lose 10 pounds by December 4th (the date of a wedding that I have to go to!) I’ve already started by exercising three nights this week so far!


Kari • October 8, 2010 at 9:05 am

I am already kind of embroiled in my own challenge…a friend of mine and I have been trying to go to the gym 5 days a week (it’s usually 3 or 4 but that’s better than none) to do at least 45 minutes of exercise. And we both LOVE Zumba so you should totally try it. We are all as uncoordinated as each other. None of us are dancers by any means. We really like the “Zumba Gold” class at the Y…the instructor gives more lower impact options and it’s intended for beginners (and seniors, but what the hey, it’s fun).


Charity • October 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

I commit to training for and runnning a 5 K sometime next year (2011). :-)


Kate • October 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

My Commit to Fit challenge is to train for and run a 15k on November 13th. This will be the farthest I have ever run and 9.3 miles further then I thought I would ever run a couple of years ago. I might need to win the gym bag just so that I can have something to carry myself home in!


Dawn • October 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

I think you should try rollerskating! I’m a roller derby girl in Tampa, Fl for the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins and it’s an awesome workout. However, I personally need to get in better shape because my cardio stinks, and let me tell you, skating for 2 minutes straight at full out speed can suck the wind right out of you. Here’s the link to the North Carolina Rollergirls. Try it out, it rocks!


Lisette • October 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

My Commit to Fit challenge is to get my diet back on track so that I can be a better example for other important people in my life. Both my mom and my boyfriend have gone on Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live because I lost over 100 lbs on it, but they are struggling, no doubt because I don’t eat as well as I could be. I need to get my act back on track!


Katy • October 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

My husband and I are committing to *another* five weeks of bootcamp (@ 5:30 am, MWF). Today we re-took our fit tests and saw how much we’ve improved. That’s what I call real motivation.


Melani • October 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

My Commit to Fit challenge is to start going to boot camp on Monday, and go at least twice a week for the rest of the year. Yikes!


Leah • October 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I commit to losing the last 25 pounds that have just hung on after a two year plateau. My doctor atually had the nads to tell me I was obese. HELLO…does he wonder why I haven’t been back in four years?

As for your challenge, how about committing to 30 minutes of anything physical each day?


Jane @ Diet Ratings • October 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm

@Cassie – Zumba is really fun. You dance, exercise and just having great time.


Sidney • October 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I commit to go to the gym at least twice a week. I would like to go more but I am pregnant and still feel sick most days.


Jewell • October 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I commit to riding my bike to work twice a week–until the rain starts.


Jessica • October 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I’m going to learn to do real pushups, at least 20 of them in a row.


Marta • October 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

My commit to fit is to have more discernible ab muscles than I have now by continuing to do my ab workouts at least twice a week.

LOVE YOUR BLOG! If I ever run a marathon, I want to land on a pile of cupcakes too. :)


JEM • October 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

At 295 pounds currently, I just made the commitment to run a half marathon in 9 months. I have been training everyday for the last two weeks. (without a gymn bag!) :-) It is a very tough goal but I know I am gonna make it and hopefully be a lot lighter by then too!


Rebecca • October 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

My commit to fit goal is to be able to do an actual, starting on-the-ground, straight legged, on my toes, push-up. I’m working on increasing my upper body strength by lifting weights. Right now I can only do push-ups using the kitchen counter.

Looking forward to hearing what your goal will be.


Leah • October 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I commit to doing a 30 Day Shred challenge with my friends at Sparkpeople. I will also continue my lunch time cardio sessions at least 3 times a week!

Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome prize pack! I like Lululemon but their items are out of my price range BUT with that gift card, I might be able to get something special to reward myself for all my hard work!

Try Zumba! It is a blast!


Karen D • October 9, 2010 at 12:33 am

My commit to fit goal is to work out three days per week (weights and cardio) for the next six months. I’m hoping six months is long enough for this to become a habit. So exercising is normal again, not something unusual.


Molly Fast • October 9, 2010 at 2:02 am

Go to a spin class!


Melissa @ Anxious for Nothing • October 9, 2010 at 2:02 am

I’m committing to walk 4 days/week, whether outside (weather permitting) or inside with my Leslie Sansone videos.


Tina • October 9, 2010 at 6:54 am

I give myself a fitness challenge annually because it lets me develop a training plan which is way more interesting than simply “exercising”–or at least my brain thinks so.

This year, I’m doing a Thanksgiving Day Road Race. I know this is a random drawing but I think I deserve it because when I signed up, I was under the impression that it was a 5k on a flat road (thanks to my sister). In reality, it’s 4.748 miles with a big hill at the beginning.

Let’s just say I WILL eat dessert on Thanksgiving day this year for sure!


Jennifer • October 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

Thank you for offering this inducement to Commit AND the prizes!
My goal is to get stronger. I’m overweight, verging on obese, and I’d love to be slim, but mostly, I just want to get STRONGER.
I’ve started by taking a Zumba class, which is a lot of fun!


Linda • October 9, 2010 at 8:43 am

My commit to fit is to return to the gym and my beloved elliptical machine. Just coming off a knee injury after a nasty fall…goal is to not have my torso feel like it is being sliced in half sitting at the desk at my son’s back-to-school nite next year!


Mandi • October 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

I’ve lost 75lbs and am STUCK STUCK STUCK at 180. Goal is 160! (sound familiar?) In an effort to stop driving myself crazy over the scale, and in the hope that my newly decreased weight will make running funk up my knee and ankle less, I’ve begun training for my very first 5k! I’m starting small (Couch to 5k), but I’m really hoping to baby step my way up to a full marathon. If nothing else, I will be running/riding in the Muddy Buddy at Disney World next summer \o/


Sam • October 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

I commit to run a 5k within the next 4 months. It’ll be hard because I have bad knees- but I really want to try!!! :)


suzanne • October 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

I commit to do an hour of cardio at least 4 times of week. I have let that slide over the last few months and can really tell the difference in how I feel.


Jennifer • October 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

My commitment is to make time between classes, my internship, and my job to go to the gym and work out at least 3 times a week not only for weight loss reasons, but to reduce stress and help keep me feeling at my best!


MargieK • October 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

I’ve been committed to exercise for a long time. It is essential to my mental well-being (in other words, without it I can be either depressed or a “beyotch”).

But there’s a difference between exercising for mental well being and physical well-being. And I need to do what is necessary to keep my blood pressure down — which means a little cardio every day, apparently. 20-30 minutes is enough, but every day is not as easy to fit in.


Sarah • October 9, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I commit to getting up each morning and walking the 2 mile river trail near my house. It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing in the past but, sadly, I haven’t done it in well over a month. I’m looking forward to starting up again.


Ellen • October 10, 2010 at 12:42 am

I commit to moving at least 30 minutes every day. I commit to figuring out why I stay in this battle my whole life, why I can’t figure out once and for all the reasons to make healthy choices. I commit to living long and strong for my children and grandchildren.


meeyeehere • October 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

I have been working on running even though I am battling with a heart burn condition and being an ex smoker.I am working through it and succeeding


Amy • October 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

I highly recommend you try Aqua Zumba! It’s so much fun. Since you are in the water no one can see how much rhythm you have or in my case lack of rhythm.


leslie • October 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’m committing to a strength training program (2xs a week). I’ve been reluctant (and nervous) to try free weights and use weight machines at the gym, but with some encouragement from a friend it’s been fun and I’m not (too) sore!

I’ve heard great things about zumba and would love to hear your take on it if you give it a shot!


Mandy • October 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm

My commit to fit is to plan on having car-free-Fridays. It will be tough, but I can do it!


megs • October 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I would love to win this! Can you believe I’ve used the same yoga mat for 10 years? Lately my fitness routine = yoga class x1, gym x1, and walking with my sister x1 weekly. I try to add more when I can, but I’m a very busy woman. Sometimes the minimum has to do. :)


Rachel Kramer Bussel • October 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I’m doing the 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer next weekend, so that is my immediate commitment, but mostly I’m trying to increase my elliptical machine workouts and make sure I go 3X/week, and not get too down on myself if I don’t quite make my goals while I’m there. I’m starting to find that after a few months, I actually miss exercise when I don’t do it. Weird but cool feeling!

And, um, I don’t have a gym bag…but I do have a bunch of other bags I cram stuff in. I’d love a proper gym bag.


Kelly • October 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

My fitness goal is to make sure I get in my cardio works at least 3Xs a week. I also plan to start the couch to 5K on November 1st.


Kathy W. • October 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

My goal is to add regular strength-training (at least twice a week).

I would love the cute gym bag, the yoga mat, and especially the gift certificate–my exercise clothes consist of a tattered tee and shrunken (yes, they really shrank!) drawstring pants. With tiny holes caused by piercing kitty claw.


Stacey • October 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

My commit to fit challenge is to get up every morning and take the elevator down to the bottom of my apartment building and then walk the 6 flights back up. I’ve been planning to for weeks now, Monday is the perfect day to start.


Karen • October 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm

My commit to fit is to do 30 minutes of cardio activity at least three days a week for the next 4 weeks. What I’ve done so far is Zumba at home in the evening and walking in the parking garage at work at lunch.


Stephanie • October 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

My ‘commit to fit’- add strength training twice a week. There’s a nice gym where I work- I just have to stay after work and use it.


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