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Final Commit to Fit Giveway: Up to $100 for fitness challenge of your choice

I really meant for there to be a few more entries posted between this one and the last giveaway so my blog wouldn’t start to resemble The Price is Right. But, uh, my head hurts and I had a lot of work to do, so I didn’t make it happen. If I start making y’all wear name tags and start saying “Come on down!” I give you permission to smack me.

This is the final Commit to Fit giveaway sponsored by Subway, and the one I kept putting off because it meant I’d have to make an actual commitment to fitness. Here’s the official blurb-age:

Have you decided what fitness commitment you’re going to make? Think about what your Commit to Fit Challenge is. It can be anything from running your first 5K to trying out a new class like tai chi or zumba. Let us know what it is and we’ll provide you with the funds (up to $100) to help you meet your challenge!

After reading all your suggestions on this post, I decided to just go with the obvious and try zumba. I enjoyed the TurboKick class I took a few years ago, so hopefully zumba will have the same fun atmosphere. I searched for a class on the official zumba page and found one locally. So, I’ll commit to doing that for 8 weeks and see how it goes. At the least, it’s an opportunity for me to get out of my apartment and be around other human beings, and not hibernate in front of my computer doing freelance work. Particularly now that it’s getting cooler, signing up for an indoor exercise class will hopefully keep me exercising through the winter.

If you’d like to enter for a chance to win up to $100 to put toward your own fitness goal, leave a comment on this entry with your favorite word that contains the letter “z.” (I already made you state your fitness challenges on this post, so I didn’t want to repeat.) You must be a US resident to enter. The contest ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 28, 2010. Winner will be drawn randomly.

BTW, the winner of the Laila Ali giveaway was Madeline from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Congrats, Madeline! Please don’t punch me with your prize.

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

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Poppy K • November 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Well, since I’m training for a half marathon my running shoes are getting a little worn. I’d take the $100 and buy a spiffy new pair.


Trini • November 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm



Star • November 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

zootalow the chef said it in the little mermaid not sure if its an actual word or not


Nicole @ Body By Beer • November 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I didn’t comment my commit to fit challenge in the other post, but my commitment is to do a full marathon. I’ll be looking at a training schedule and then commit to it by signing up for one. The $100 could help with the registration fee or some running shoes.


Elaine • November 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Zounds- I’d spend the moolah on a TRX gizmo for my zippy exersize ( do misspellings count? ) room at home.


Lisa • November 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Swizzle, which happens to be a move in ice skating, which is what I’d like to do (take ice skating lessons). :-) Thanks!


Andrea • November 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I’m going with sizzle – not sure why. I need some new workout clothes!


Lesley W • November 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Zippy! I’d like to take jujitsu lessons which sounds like it should have a Z in it :)


Melinda Callihan • November 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm



Jen • November 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Pizza …does this mean my name is entered twice? ;)


Jennifer • November 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Zealous! about losing 20 lbs! =)


ladyloo • November 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm



Ashley • November 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Jazz! :)


Kathy • November 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Zax … as in the Dr. Seuss story about a North-going Zax and a South-going Zax meeting in the Prairie of Prax.


Beth • November 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Hm…”zygote” is the first word with a z that came to mind so I’m going to go with it.


Suzanne H • November 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm


And I would use the $100 for Bikram yoga classes. I love it but am too cheap to go regularly.


Janice • November 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

zip-a-dee-doo-dah is my fave1 I’d use the prize to try a a TRX class!


Brandy E. • November 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I would love to have a “z” word that has something to do with exercise, but pizza is my favorite today as well. :)


Catherine • November 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm



she overflows • November 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Hm, after seeing the word pizza posted here…I think I’ll have to go with that, haha.


RG • November 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm

zippy, which is what I would be with new running gear.


Kate • November 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Ahh…that would be Maizey (my niece). I didn’t commit in the earlier thread either. I would use the 100.00 to purchase new walking shoes….so I can “step up” the walking!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Sara • November 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

My favorite “z” word is….zesty! Good luck with Zumba – looking forward to your thoughts on it. :)


Melissa @ Anxious for Nothing • November 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm



Carbzilla • November 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I love the word “Huzzah!” Plus it just sounds like something ridiculous I’d say.

My fitness goal is to do a bike race this year. I’m also going to try the new WW program as I still have about 15 lbs to lose (again). Plus it’s a BIG birthday year (well, it’s a 5 year, not a zero year) so I figured I’d better get serious.


Rhonda • November 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm


I hope it was okay to use a Spanish word with Z. If I remember my high school Spanish, zapata is shoe. For some reason, I always thought that was a cool way to say shoe.


Amy • November 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Zoinks! Yes, I am a Scooby Doo fan. My sister loves Zumba and has been going for quite a while. I think you’ll enjoy it. I would probably use the money to take more swing dancing lessons. I didn’t take any this semester and I’m missing them.


Mary • November 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Zero. Not thrilling, but very useful…


Kimberly • November 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm



Katie • November 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Zen :)


Lisette • November 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Zanzibar. It would take a lot more than $100 to get there, but maybe my fitness goal could be to run that many miles.


Amanda • November 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm


This is awesome, thanks for the chance!


angie • November 24, 2010 at 11:20 pm

My favorite Z word is BEDAZZLE! As in, let me bedazzle you with my awesome Zumba moves! Ok, maybe not.

I didn’t comment on the other post, but my Commit to Fit goal is to continue with my CrossFit classes. It’s hard work, but I am loving it!


Penelope • November 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Is SHAZBAT a real word? I just named my new cat that, so I’m going for it. But just in case, I like ZENITH, too. Not like the TV, but like the peak, the top!


Stephanie M. • November 25, 2010 at 12:23 am



Shelley B • November 25, 2010 at 12:38 am

Zoom – because I like to zoom around!


shauna/dg • November 25, 2010 at 4:50 am

Hope you enjoy your class PQ! Zumba is like many things in life, you may have to try a few before you find one that you like. Some classes can be really lame with rather uninspiring instructors, but when you find one that is energetic and a groovy dancer, it can be fun fun fun. Happy thanksgiving :)


cindy • November 25, 2010 at 6:11 am

I had others, but someone else chose them and I wanted to be different…


Lanie • November 25, 2010 at 6:28 am

I’m going to do a “dance party” class every week until the end of the year . . . even if I look like a total SPAZZ doing it!


marti • November 25, 2010 at 6:31 am

ZAP goes the lbs i will hopefully be dropping :) with the $100 to take a class that gets me off my behind!


Nita • November 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

Zebra – nothing better than a horse in pajamas!
Although my dogs would prefer Zukes – a wonderful little dog treat.


Neena • November 25, 2010 at 9:02 am



Mary C McCarhy • November 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Dateline – Thanksgiving Day – Read Pasta Queen for a wee bit of inspiration before the big meal. A postprandial walk is on the agenda. My favorite word today is Zeno – my grandfather’s name. Very thankful for all of the good thoughts shared on Pasta Queen.

If I win the $100 I will buy new walking shoes. I need them as I have done 1 half-marathon, 2 10Ks and 12 5ks this year – all good for my mind and body.

The Grateful Nondead Mary


Sinead • November 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Zoom. I signed up for couch to 5k as learnt about it from your blog and now signed up for first race in January gulp. I’d use the funds for a massage after the race. Think I’ll need it


Sharon • November 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Rockclimbing. And my favorite Z word is zoo, actually.


Rachel • November 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm

In 2005 I lost 65 lbs and was looking/feeling great. In 2008 I lost my job and life spiraled out of control. Needless to say the weight all came back PLUS :( I’m hoping that the economy picks back up and I can be gainfully employed soon again. Before I can interview I want to look/feel good and have the confidence that matches my fabulous skills. What I would do with the winnings is join WW … they helped me before and I know they can again.

I want to “SIZZLE” again!!


Beth • November 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Zanzibarbarian! (from Muppet Treasure Island)


Gillian • November 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm



Misty • November 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Zumba was a blast. I stop going because it got repetitive. I don’t think the instructor knew but a few moves and would change it up a little here and there, but it was too little for my taste. But, the workout was fun and the time flew. I didn’t realize I was exhausted until it was over. Best of luck to you!


jen thomas • November 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

You’ll never realize how much your writing encourages me. You are fun and witty!


Nichole • November 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I want to play with the Zimbelstern.


Karen • November 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Bedazzle, as in: if I take the Latin Ballroom Dancesport class I have my eye on, may I bedazzle my costume??


Chrisyt • November 25, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I personally enjoy and embody “zaftig,” I’m working on making a new word mine… like sizzle


Matt K. • November 26, 2010 at 12:03 am


Wore out my running shoes over the summer, so new ones will help keep me motivated for next year.


Eva • November 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

“Zenith” its my favorite word. I like the way it sounds and what it means. Zenith is my limit.


Jen • November 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

Zephyr- because it reminds me a of a GREAT red hot chili peppers song, and a REALLY embarrassing , but funny night. (If I win, I might be persuaded to share it with you) But I just googled what Zephyr is and found that it is fitting for my current fitness goal, or pursuit.

Zephyr was the gentle wind of the west in greek mythology, that it would be awesome if I was strong enough to gently blow something over. :) But since I started taking yoga classes I think that it is a fitting word for the form of exercise I’ve just started. Keep smiling!


suzanne • November 26, 2010 at 10:14 am

Good luck with Zumba- it looks like fun


Kate • November 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

Pizazz. And lots of it.


Dixie • November 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

Puzzles – I love doing many kinds of puzzles.


maxie • November 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Well, I’ll probably have my identity stolen now, but my favorite z word is no longer valid because of the Euro–it’s German for 10 pennies and my name: Zehnpfennig


Jessica • November 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Jazzy, because it is just fun to say!


Maureen • November 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I really like the word “zest”.


Penny Broome • November 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Snazzy. As in, if I won $100, I’d buy some snazzy new running shoes. I sort of gave up on my running goal for this year, but I’ve put a lot of walking miles on the snazzy running shoes I bought last year.

You’ll love Zumba, just don’t stop for chips and salsa and margaritas on the way home. ;)


Leigh Ann • November 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm



Jennifer • November 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Zeitgeist. I try to use it in conversation as often as I can.

I think I would use the $100 for workout videos; maybe Zumba maybe Walking Off the Pounds.


Caroline • November 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Realization! And I’d like to try ballet lessons! :)


Lisa S. • November 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm



Sidney • November 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Zoo. We like to go in the summer.


gazellegirl • November 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

My word has only become a favorite in the last year or so, but it has to be…


And I’d buy new tennies to kick start my walking program again.


Kate • November 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Zen… I’d like to find a yoga class in DC and be zen!


Valarie • November 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Piazza–preferably a piazza with a church whose bell tower I can climb. I was too overweight and out of shape to climb anything on previous trips to Europe, but am counting on climbing at least a couple towers when I’m there for Christmas this year. I’m so excited to be getting a chance to go back and to do all the things I couldn’t do before.


Cindy • November 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Zaire! Or maybe Zimbabwe. Thanks for the contest Jennette!


Julie B • November 27, 2010 at 2:27 am



Tena • November 27, 2010 at 2:40 am

Zanadu…now that song is going to be stuck in my head. I’d love some new shoes to get me out walking :)


Jennifer • November 27, 2010 at 8:01 am

Marzipan, something I should definitely steer clear of to meet my fitness goals!


Alison S • November 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Pizza!!!! This is also the reason I need workout clothes and a Subway card!!!


Julie • November 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm

The only Z word I can think of at the moment – Zit.


Beep • November 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Zephyr, of course.


wz • November 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

weezie….my name and my word since it has a z in it, friends know me simply as wz….i shall dance for fitness and grace….sweating my prayers in the style of gabrielle roth’s 5 rhythms….the cash would enable me to commit to attending the 8 week local intensive workshop


Nancy • November 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

We have a Wii, and not enough space for a bike or treadmill…so I’d love to get Wii Fit Plus and start trying that as a change of pace to videos, and as a solution when it’s freezing out and doing anything outside is really hard.


caseykay68 • November 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

ooze :)


Stephanie • November 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

Does I can haz chezburger count?!


Terri • November 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Zap! I would love to zap this weight gone. I know that won’t work so I would use the money to buy new walking shoes so I can walk it off.


Ninja Techniques • November 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm



Azar • November 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Zinc! It’s what i will put on by nose with my new beach body after having my fitness sponsored.


Jennifer S • November 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

My winter running outfit could use some zing… I would buy some cold gear with an extra $100.


Rose • November 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Fuzzle. (a pet name for my cat).


Jamie • November 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I’m going with ZAZZLE! I should totally win- that’s THREE zs! Thanks for hosting Jeanette!


M • November 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm


And I’d use the $100 to join a Zumba class.


JaneD • November 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

My work will have to be Zippy-do-da. I think I am going to try a pilates class.


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