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Subway Commit to Fit Giveway: Laila Ali package and $5 Subway card

Boxing Gloves

Jared, the Subway guy, finished the New York Marathon last weekend in five hours, 13 minutes, 28 seconds. I’m trying to remember the last time I spent over five hours doing anything constantly, and the only things I can come up with is sleeping. And most nights little kitty paws or meows wake me up pleading for food before I can get that much continuous sleep. So, big props to Jared!

It’s also time for the second-to-last Commit to Fit giveaway Subway has been running in association with Jared’s goal to run the marathon. This one is about famous athlete inspirations, and I was given the choice of a prize pack associated with one of these athletes:

  • Michael Phelps
  • Tab Ramos
  • Ryan Howard
  • Nastia Liukin
  • Laila Ali

I’ve got to be honest and admit that I only recognized Michael Phelps and Laila Ali. I was 50% sure Nastia Liukin was a gymnast, so that puts my recognition rate at exactly 50%, which is an F. I’m sure they’re all fine athletes, especially since they’re part of a Subway giveaway and my ass is not. I also have to admit, picking an athlete was sort of exhilarating since I didn’t know what prize would come with each one. (Well, I could make a decent guess, but I don’t think I’d look that great in Michael Phelps’ Speedo.) I felt like I was on Let’s Make a Deal and I was trying to chose between door number one or door number two. I decided on Laila Ali because 1) She was on Dancing with the Stars and 2) She hosted American Gladiators. Yes, I consider both of those things to be pluses.

The prize that came with choosing Laila as my athlete inspiration was a pair of pink Everlast boxing gloves, a $5 Subway card, a Laila Ali sticker/trading card, and a paper lunch bag with her picture on it (which I just now realized I forgot to photograph, but I’m too lazy to re-photograph the whole set, which is probably another reason why I’m not an athlete inspiration). The closest I’ve ever gotten to boxing is when I took a TurboKick aerobics class. Before I got this prize, Ild never put on a pair of boxing gloves. Unexpectedly, it was sort of fun to lace up velcro up and start punching doors and walls. (Don’t tell the landlord.) However, I think any joy I experienced punching inanimate objects would have quickly dissipated if someone actually hit me. (Not the face! Not the face!) I was going to take a photo of me wearing the gloves with my hands up in a guard position, but I do not have the dexterity to program the camera to take my picture while I’m wearing boxing gloves, so you’ll just have to leave that one to your imagination.

If you’d like to enter for a chance to with this prize package, leave a comment on this entry telling me who your athlete inspiration is. It doesn’t have to be anybody on that list. You must be a US resident to enter. The contest ends at 11:59pm on Monday, November 15, 2010. Winner will be drawn randomly. For more information about the Commit to Fit program and for a chance to win up to $26,200, visit the Subway Facebook page. You’d better hurry on that one, though, because their contest ends on the 14th!

In other news, Diane from New Hampshire was the winner of the last giveaway for a $25 Subway gift card. Congrats, Diane!

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

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NoCeleryPlease • November 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

Oh! Boxing! If I had some gloves I might be willing to give that a go ;)

My Athlete Hero is Bonnie Thunders… Jammer Extraordinaire with Gotham Girls Roller Derby.


So, fine, they didn’t win the championships… and some other girls out there are faster. But man, she is a joy to behold!!!


Jessica S. • November 12, 2010 at 9:09 am

My athlete inspiration is my mother, but not for the reasons you’d think. 6 years ago I weighed 265 lbs and my mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Before she had to fight the biggest battle of her life, I had been moping around complaining about how I had no motivation and that nothing ever came easily and wah wah wah i’m just going to go eat another box of Thin Mints to stop my complaining.
But as she started her fight – going to chemo, visiting doctor after doctor, I realized – what the hell am I complaining about?? I have my health – everything else I don’t like is something I can change. She doesn’t have a choice.
So I made the choice to stop complaining and DO SOMETHING. I worked on myself every day: working out at the gym, at home, at the park, wherever I could move. Not eating junk food in excess. And watching my mother grow stronger as she beat cancer.
Today, my mother is officially 5 years cancer free and I’m down to 155 lbs. Every day is still a struggle though. I unfortunately learned that – surprise! – nothing comes easily, even when you work hard. I still have to restrain myself when I’m in the same room as a birthday cake. I’ve had days where I have a box of munchkins from Dunkin Donuts for lunch. I’ve had weeks where I eat cinnamon toast crunch every meal of every day. But watching my mother put up a fight against (and kick the ass of) cancer, I learned that if I work hard, things will even out and be OK.
But you’d better believe I ate every last bite of her “cancer-free-party” cake.


Maureen • November 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

Terry Fox is my inspiration, all the way. He ran a marathon a day on one leg (the other was lost to bone cancer) before he died. His goal was to raise $1 from every Canadian for cancer research, and he has done that many many times over. I get emotional just thinking about him.


Lynette • November 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

My athlete hero is Catra Corbett (aka: Dirt Diva). She kicks some serious butt. Crossfitter and ultrarunner. Amazing. Her blog always makes me happy.



Annie • November 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

My athlete inspiration is Gabrielle Reece. She has had two kids and she managed to get back and shape and back on the volleyball court. She writes a column for SELF magazine and each month I flip through to find what she has to share for the month.


Lacey Q • November 12, 2010 at 11:22 am

My athelete inspiration is my best friend. Cheesy I know, but totally 100% true.


Nicole @ Body By Beer • November 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

I’m so glad you didn’t specify that we had to choose a celebrity athlete. :)

My aunt Cathy is my inspiration. She was a track star throughout high school and college and competed nation-wide and was almost picked for the olympics.
But what really inspired me about her, was not her physical endurance, it was her mental/emotional endurance.
She was often mocked for the way she ran. She galloped like a horse, they called her scissor legs. But she would say “I do what feels right by me, and I feel proud of it”


Brandy E. • November 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

Funny as it sounds my athlete hero is Charlotte from The Great Fitness Experiment. Her misadventures keep me laughing but I think she is also inspiring because 1) she is willing to try anything once and 2) she doesn’t take it all so seriously.


Elisha • November 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

Oh. Emm. Gee. Laila Ali is my athlete inspiration, for serious! I mean, have you seen her? She is amazing! And have you ever tried boxing when you’re frustrated (or angry or just a little upset or bored or, well, anything, really)? Talk about a workout! No wonder she has that fantastic figure! I might actually kill to have arms like that.

I think I’ll just go punch something instead. Oh, wait, I don’t have any gloves. Woe is me.


Cotton • November 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

My athletic hero is Pele. I’ve loved him since I started playing soccer when I was 8.


Amy • November 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

One of my athlete inspirations is Dara Torres. It is so awesome that she made the Olympic swimming team at the age of 41. I hope that I am in have as good of shape as her when I’m 40. (I wouldn’t mind looking like her, either….damn!)


Lisa • November 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Michael Phelps all the way. I’ve had a crush on him for awhile! But honestly I love him because I’m also a swimmer and I’m so impressed by his amazing abilities!


Star • November 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

everyone at the gym they all make me want to do better and actually be there


Suzanne H • November 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

No one in particular… I just started following Ben Does Life (http://bendoeslife.tumblr.com).

I also really enjoy workouts with Tracie Long, especially from the old Firm days. She inspires me to get moving.

And I think you, Jennette, because you work at your fitness every day – even when it’s not easy.


Mel • November 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Oh that’s easy. My athletic inspiration is my dad!! Many years ago, he discovered he had a heart condition that would require him to take daily medication for the rest of his life. Instead, he started running, and lost about 50 lbs. He’s now super healthy, and runs 20+ miles per week (which includes a 10 mile run each and every Sunday!!) No matter where he is — on vacation, traveling for work, or on the holidays — gets up before the sun does to run each and every mile he planned to.

Yeah, there are some incredible professional athletes out there. But who needs that when I have such inspiration in my very own family? One day, I really hope to be able to join him on one of his runs!


Kathy • November 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm

My athlete inspiration is my 17-year old son. He was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis a year ago. He has never stopped playing baseball, although he doesn’t run nearly as well as he once did. He faces every game with the same enthusiasm he did as a youngster, and will not allow the symptoms of JRA to get in his way. He also continues to work with young players, umpire baseball and referee youth football.

I re-started my fitness journey last year so that I could help him, but in all honesty I think he has helped me even more.


Julie B • November 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm

John Maclean! The first person to ever complete the Hawaiian ironman triathlon…in a wheel chair. Doesn’t get much more inspiring than that!


Terra • November 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

My athletic inspiration is my friend and trainer Lisa Crouch!!! She is such a strong, beautiful, amazing, and wonderful woman. She never has an unkind word. She just encourages. She keeps me going and inspires me to keep reaching for my goals. She’s the BEST!!


Sarah • November 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

My inspiration are all the women olympic atheletes who are also moms. I think it shows great dedication to be able to do both things, and can serve as inspiration to anybody because if they can do it, you can do it!


Donna • November 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Team Hoyt. One of the ultimate expressions of a father’s love for his son.


Jean • November 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I’m with Amy – Dara Torres is amazing! You have to be disciplined & dedicated to compete in the Olympics in your 40s.


Amy • November 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

My inspirational athelets are the Special Olympians. They have a big lesson we can all learn.


Rose • November 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Gabrielle Reece. I aspire to be like her because she’s tall like me.


Lori Moore • November 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Lance Armstrong…and my friend Brian who lost 100lbs and did an Ironman.


Caroline Calcote • November 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hmm, I’ve never thought about who my athlete inspiration is. Honestly, it would have to be all the bloggers I read who have gone from obese to runner. Like you! And so many others. That is who has inspired me to do C25K, and I ran 3 miles today! Without walking at all! Still don’t quite believe I can do that.

I want those pink boxing gloves! If I win, I am going to try kick-boxing.


Jennifer • November 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Jillian from the biggest loser….because she was heavy once too and completely changed her life.


Cheryl • November 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm

My athlete inspiration is my 12 year old niece. SHe is the most amazing and dedicated cross country runner I have ever met. She keeps me pushing myself and cheering both of us forward!


cindy • November 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

Emma and her mom


marti • November 13, 2010 at 5:18 am

I agree with Donna, my first thought was Team Hoyt. A dad who started running so his son could forget about his disability for a little bit. Judy and Dick Hoyt are heros.


lee • November 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

don’t laugh, but my inspiration is joe piscopo. he was a pussy until he got cancer, then he revamped his lifestyle, fought cancer and became a muscleman. talk about a transformation.


Lin • November 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm

An athlet who inspires me is Satchel Paige. I like the way he persisted and never let his age, which he was cagy about, affect his efforts.


Amy Wilson • November 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

my athletic inspiration is Racer McChaseHer, one of my roller derby leaguemates. One of the best things about playing derby is that bodies of all sizes can be really effective skaters and blockers. Racer is a former national speed skating champion, the captain of our All-Star team and last year’s league MVP, and she does all that without falling anywhere near the category of “skinny.”



Jess • November 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Laila is most certainly my inspiration. I’ve recently taken up boxing but have no gloves and man some pink ones would take the cake.


she overflows • November 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

The players on the Biggest Loser are probably my biggest athletic inspiration!


Tara • November 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.


Christine • November 13, 2010 at 7:40 pm

My biggest “athletic inspirations” are Lance Armstrong and my brother. Lance Armstrong because I do truly admire the holistic mind/body approach of the LiveStrong movement. I wear my yellow bracelet proudly as a testament to the healthy changes I am working hard to make. My brother because after losing and regaining 100 pounds in a one and half year period (after an injury), I am now seeing him lose again, never seeming defeated, just focused.


Kyle • November 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Really? No love for Tab?

Also, no love for Nasty Nastia? Her parents are Olympic gold medalist gymnasts from the Soviet Union and she just seems SO RUSSIAN. There were also rumors that she poisoned her teammates food during the Olympics. Like I said, so Russian. I love her.

My favorite athlete is Clint Dempsey. Afraid of nobody. Workhorse. Baller.


Liz • November 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

My sister is my fitness inspiration.. she is the only girl I know that can do pull ups like nobodys business and isnt just fit but strong. She has had to accomplish amazing physical feats of training and fitness in the army.


Brittney Christy • November 14, 2010 at 3:59 am

My athlectic inspiration is my best friend. She decided to be healthier and she made positive life changes to accomplish her goal. She’s now a marathon runner and is happier and more satisfied with her life. She’s open and honest about her struggles, and she keeps moving forward each day. More power to the average athlete!


Cellabella • November 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

One of my favorite athlete inspirations is Mia Hamm, she’s strong, she’s sexy, and she make soccer fun!!


Neena • November 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

My athletic inspiration are the Williams sisters, tennis’ reigning queens. They are talented and inspirational athletes, who are also gorgeous and kind. Love them!


Julia Winik • November 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Zola Budd (yes I’m old) she ran all those marathons in bare feet :)

I have been wanting to start boxing and been eying those pink gloves for a long time :)


Sarah • November 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

After thinking about it I really never had an athletic inspiration. I guess I am encouraged by every other person that steps foot into the gym and pushes themselves to go further to reach their goals. For me loosing weight has not been easy. So I am encouraged by anyone else on the same journey.


Mich • November 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Manny Pacquiao. (Ok, I’m still thinking about last night’s fight.)

Actually, many different ones, but in particular, MMA fighters Sarah Kaufman and Cristiane (Cyborg) Santos, boxer Lucia Rijker, six time Olympian trap shooter Dr. Susan Nattrass and weightlifter Tara Nott.


Joy Buhler • November 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

As someone who has been following sports their whole life, there’s just so many to choose from.
Here’s a few that come to mind:

Lou Gherig for his dogged determination in the face of a disease that ended up killing him

Any professional athelete with asthma-Especially swimmers and runners.

Shawn White-The kid has it all, the brains, the talent, the work ethic…


Dawn • November 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

Please pick me, I really need the motivation and I have a punching bag.



soraya • November 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

I think my inspiration to get fit and stay that way comes from my daughters. I pray they don’t end up with low self esteem and food issues.


Bat • November 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

Lance Armstrong


Lindsey • November 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

My fitness inspiration would have to be anyone who runs marathons. Those people are crazy (in a totally good way)!


Darby • November 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Albert Pujols. The man can hit, but is the slowest runner in the league. :D


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