On Thursday, January 27, 2011 the contestants of the Arrow Meltdown met for the first time at 6:00 a.m. with the Baptist Healthplex staff, Jan Cossett and Patrick Conn ,along with local registered dietitian, Vicki Mascagni. It was intimidating to walk into that room especially since a local reporter and cameraman from WAPT 16 was there. Nevertheless, we all did it. It was the beginning of the journey for all 16 of us. I can only speak for myself, but it was somewhat liberating knowing I was taking the steps forward that are going to help me accomplish the goals I have set for myself. This meeting was only an orientation. We all had to schedule an appointment for a lipid profile and a fitness assessment before we come back together for the official beginning of the contest on Thursday, February 3 at 5:00 a.m.
The contest is 12 weeks and ends April 29, 2011. For 8 of the 12 weeks we will meet together weekly for 30 minutes of group exercise and 30 minutes with the dietitian. The rest of the week we are on our own to implement what we are learning. The last 4 weeks we are on our own.
I have made myself ready this week by completing my lipid profile and my fitness assessment. I took time to clean out my refrigerator and replaced everything in it with healthy food. I am also researching an app for my ipod to keep my food diary and help me count calories. The apps recommended to me so far are sparkpeople, Lose it and My Fitness Pal. I will go this afternoon for orientation on the Healthplex fitness equipment. With all the preparation in place, I am ready to begin officially. Not long now, 5:00 a.m. will be here soon enough.
I would like to thank the sponsors of the program for their support: The Baptist Healthplex, Baptist Health Systems, Mississippi College, and the Clinton Public School District. There are many others who are donating money to be used as prizes for those who lose the highest percentage of weight. As I learn who these special people/businesses are, I will be sure to thank them by name.