It’s March and for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, that means SPRING! We’ve been hibernating all winter and now it’s time to break free from our caves & get active. To celebrate, this April & May I am running the first ever EVOLUTION YOU: SPRING FITNESS CHALLENGE.

What does that mean? It means that I’ve been hibernating like a grumpy old grizzly bear all winter and I’m ready to get my booty in shape. And, I hope that you’ll join me!

Here’s how it works:

  • Once a week, I will do a FITNESS CHALLENGE update post. It will cover the details of my progress and some exciting updates from the other challenge participants.
  • The challenge participants will be involved in daily discussions over at the brand new discussion forum. We’ll be chatting about everything from our goals & challenges to our favourite healthy recipes & kick-ass fitness advice!
  • You can be involved as much or as little as you like—NO PRESSURE!
  • All of the challenge posts will be tagged with fitness challenge which will make them easy to find.
  • And finally, the most terrifying—and exciting!—part of the challenge (for me) is that I’ll be sharing my personal results every other week throughout the challenge. That means I’ll be sharing my weight loss/weight gain and photographs of me in my workout attire! YIKES! Talk about accountability, huh? 😉

I am so excited to kick this thing off! The SPRING FITNESS CHALLENGE begins this Friday, April 1st and will end on June 1st. If you want to participate—COME ON, OF COURSE YOU DO!—just leave a comment below and head over to the forum: & sign up. (You can sign up now although it’s pretty empty at the moment. Don’t worry, it will be bustling in time for the challenge start on Friday!)

This challenge is meant to serve as a catalyst and to inspire positive change in your life. It is not a contest. At the end, every one who participates will be a winner. Your involvement can be as little or as much as you like. This is not a fad diet or an exercise in self restraint. It’s about being healthy & getting happy! It’s about loving ourselves & our bodies no matter what shape they take! Here is the thing about weight loss: If you want to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. It’s that simple and we are going to take this journey together.

I get a lot of questions about My Story and the one I hear the most is: “How did you lose seventy pounds?” The answer is not simple, of course, but this challenge will give you an inside peek at how I did it and how you can do it, too!

Look forward to hearing from you in the comments & the forum!

In love & light,


    1. @ Michelle – YAY! I am so happy to hear that you are joining me in the challenge. I thought I might be alone. This is going to be fun & I’ll be beside you every step of the way. ♥

  1. I am so excited for a new better me! My nest is empty and I am trying to teach myself to find the ME I was 24 years ago before everyone else came before me! HERE WE GO!

    1. @ Deb – And we have lift off! It’s time to spread those wings & fly out of that empty next. I am so excited that you are joining the challenge. It’s going to be an awesome couple of months. I’ll be right beside you every step of the way. ♥ Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!

  2. I am joining this journey. I need to find the motivation and accountability so I can become a healthier me. I am 56 years old, 39% body fat and on cholesterol medicine; I don’t want to go down the heart disease path that my mother traveled.

    1. @ Stormy – I am so glad that you are joining us in this challenge. No matter where you are now, you are completely capable of implementing positive change in your life. This is going to be the start of something great for you! I will be right beside you every step of the way. 🙂

  3. Very neat idea, I am looking forward to seeing how it goes, maybe it will inspire me to be a bit more tenacious about my own workout regimen. I normally get up at 3:40 am and to the gym (24 hour East Shore) for my daily workout. I generally do 5 days a week, but, occasionally get lazy and skip a day, also always looking for different things to do to keep it interesting. Right now I’m in a rut and doing the same things every day so I’m hoping to pick up a few new ideas from your posts. Good luck!

    1. @ Lou – You get up at 3:40 a.m.!?!?! Holy mackerel! Colour me impressed. 😉 I would love to know how you manage that. Are you one of those who requires limited sleep or do you go to bed really early? I would love to know. Sleep is something I’ve always struggled with (because I require a lot!). But I’d love to become more of an early riser like yourself! Any tips?

  4. Oh Dena, you knew I would be here! 😀

    This sounds great! I’m really looking forward to it!

    Oh, and…3:40 A.M.!?!?!? Sometimes that’s when I get to bed and then I have to wake up at 8 when the boys wake up. 😀

    1. @ Brad – I just read your response to my comment over at and it made me cry. I don’t know why — but I do know that they were tears of joy. I am just so incredibly proud & inspired by your journey. It broke my heart to hear that the accountability pictures initially launched you into a depression; but it gives me the greatest happiness to know that you’ve overcome it and are back on the road to success!!!

      I am so glad that you are going to be participating in this challenge with me, Brad. I’ll be beside you every step of the way. Here we go!

  5. Yeah, that’s the sad reality of how my weight affects me personally. It’s been a huge problem for me, and hindered me in my endeavors as well. The time I was referring to on Enemy of Fat was back in 2008, but since then I have prepared myself to be more accountable, which is why I relaunched the blog and am now even self-hosted. (this time I am more serious about it than I ever have been! I HAVE to succeed, and I will in 2011! 😀

    I’m down 15 pounds in 6 weeks and am almost half way through with P90X — something I never thought I could complete!

    Let’s do this! 😀

  6. Dena – this challenge sounds great! I just signed up in the forums as AthleteAtHeart and tried to post a reply with my introduction but it didn’t show up. Not sure what’s going on but I’ll check back and try again later if I don’t see it. Can’t wait to get to know you and all the other challengers!

    1. @ Stephanie – So glad that you’ve signed up for the challenge. It is going to be a lot of fun! Thanks so much for letting me know about the forum issue. It seems like the settings were off but should be fixed now. Your post is up. I’m going to go read it now & reply! Can’t wait to get to know and t start seeing great things happen.


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