announcing: dedicated december!

by Janetha on December 1, 2011

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hey guys!

i am at the hospital right now. i am in the middle of a gastric emptying study. fun, right?

oh, what? you have no idea what that is? yeah, i didn’t either.. until my GI doc ordered me to get one.  since my guts don’t do their job and refuse to move food along properly, my doctor wants to find just how severe my colon inertia is.  the gastric emptying study consists of me not eating or drinking anything all day up until the test (i haven’t had anything since last night.)

i came to the hospital at 12:30 and was admitted. then, just now, at 1 o’clock, they brought me a HUGE plate of food.


oh. no. not a huge plate of food. just a piece of burnt toast, a teeny cup of water, and a pile of liquid eggs that have some sort of chemical on them so they show up in my body for all the xrays.

i got my first xray and am now sitting here for the next four hours. they will xray me at two o’clock, three o’clock, and five o’clock. thank god i have the internet, right?

before i move on to my fun announcement, i have to tell you what happened this morning!

we woke up to no power and a whole hell of a lot of wind. apparently the winds clocked in as high as 100 MPH! yeesh. not only was out power out this morning.. but our fence was completely blown over. awesome! didn’t i just talk about when it rains, it pours? yeah, well add some wind to that rainstorm, because it’s causing some serious grief. it’s actually been declared a state of emergency by the centerville mayor!

trees have been uprooted. semis have blown over on the freeway. power lines have been knocked down. schools, stores, gyms, public transit, and offices along the wasatch front are closed. it’s all over the news—it’s pretty ridiculous.

(photos from

pretty gnarly, right? at least it makes for entertaining facebook updates:



my home is one of the 50,000 homes without power. BUMMER. the power is expected to be out for up to 48 hours. balls. luckily there is power here at the hospital.. and at my office (i worked earlier today.) marshall is working out of town, so i may be lugging penny & randy to my office to sleep under my desk so we don’t freeze tonight!

okay, now that the gut news and emergency situation is out of the way.. i want to tell you guys about a new challenge i have developed for december.

december is one of the (if not THE) busiest months of the year. we are all expected to attend holiday parties, shop for gifts, bake cookies (yes, that is an expectation in december, don’t fight me on it), and still manage to fit in the day-to-day things like work, taking care of our pets/kids, cooking and eating right, and exercising regularly.

it’s no surprise that something eventually falls by the wayside—and let’s be honest, it’s usually exercise. i can bet that if we took a survey and asked what month each person logged the least amount of workouts, it would be december.

that’s where my challenge comes in!  i want to stay dedicated to my livefit training program. looking at the schedule, i have 27 workouts planned in december. and yes, that means working out on christmas eve and new year’s eve.  i plan to stick to the schedule and am determined to get those workouts done.

i thought that i could use some moral support and accountability for staying dedicated this month, so i decided to design a fun exercise challenge for you all to participate in this month!


dedicated december!

let’s see how many workouts YOU can log this month! any workout counts.. at the gym, outside, at home, in the mountains, in the ocean (jealous if you are in the ocean in december!) it doesn’t matter what the workout is, where it’s completed, or how long it is.. all that matters is that YOU STAY ACTIVE this month.

here’s how it’ll work:

what is a challenge without prizes?! of course there are going to be prizes available to all who participate!

prize #1 will be a random drawing. every workout you log in december (meaning every comment you leave on the official page) will count as an entry! the more you work out, the better chances you have at winning!

prize #1: jamie eason’s livefit trainer supplement stack ($120 value!)
see my review here and exact details here. the powder will be chocolate. this prize will be provided by


prize #2 will be awarded to the person who logs the MOST workouts in december.

prize #2: keep hot auto seal thermos & contigo duo keep cold bottle with straw.
you guys know i love my contigo products! this prize will be purchased & shipped by me. (no sponsor.)

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and for a little random fun, prize #3 will go to the person who completes the most CREATIVE workout. this will be judged by YOU GUYS with a poll at the end of the month.

prize #3: $10 gift card to
this prize will be purchased by me (no sponsor.)


other details..

  • you DO NOT have to have a blog to participate. don’t be shy! just leave a comment on the dedicated december page every time you work out this month.
  • i will tally up all the workouts the first week of january.
  • winners will be announced the second week of january.
  • comments left on the official page that are NOT actual workout entries will be deleted (so the random drawing is easier.)

for you bloggers out there, i encourage you to invite your readers to join in the dedicated december fun! feel free to use the images for the challenge.

grab a button! just copy & paste the code from the box below into your post (html) or your sidebar(html widget.) clicking on it will lead to the official page.

use the official image! just copy & paste the code from the box below into your post. clicking on it will lead to the official page.


let me know if you need help with the techy part of it all.

hopefully this will serve as a great way for us to all stay dedicated to our fitness in december. additionally, it will give everyone great workout ideas! can’t wait to see how dedicated everyone is.

if you already worked out today.. what are you waiting for? go enter! now!

well.. i have two and a half more hours here at the hospital. wish me luck!


when your schedule gets crazy busy, what’s the first thing to fall by the wayside?

xo. janetha g.

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Katy A December 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Love this idea!! I was actually going to do a challenge for myself in dec, so this works out perfect!
12/1 – did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD.

Katy A December 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

12/2 – walked 4 miles.

Melissa W December 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I’ve never commented but think this is a great motivator, especially in December! Today I ran for 30 minutes followed by 10 intense minutes on the stairmill!

Kristin December 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I ran 6 miles on the treadmill

Kristin December 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I swam 1/2 mile

jds December 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

i woke up and did an upper body workout, despite having been out WAY too late last night!

Dawn December 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I’m finally (finally!) catching up on my blog reading and got to this post. Such a great motivator! Thanks for throwing the challenge down for us.

Melissa W December 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Today I did 25 minutes on the stairmill along with a chest and back strength workout.

Christie December 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

This is a great idea! I have been really slack with my (non-existent) workouts lately, so this is a great motivator to stay on track!

Today I ran a 10km race :)

Amanda T December 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

12/3/11 65 looong minutes on the stairclimber

Amanda T December 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

12/4/11 25 minutes stairclimber, 10 minutes treadmill

Jessica December 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

dec 4th ran 4 miles

Britne @ Shabbott's Habits December 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Dec. 3 – 3 mile run!

Britne @ Shabbott's Habits December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Dec. 4: 5.5 mile run and 3 sets of crunches :)

Melissa W December 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Today I did 45 minutes on the treadmill while studying for finals. I ran 10 minutes on a decline, speed ranged from 7.0-7.5. The other 35 minutes I walked at 4.0 mph (uphill ranging from 5-15% incline).

Amanda T December 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

12/5/11 400 calories worth of cardio on elliptical and bike, upper body strength work out

Christina December 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

I’m actually meeting my fiance for our first workout together tonight! We did a “race” together once but that didn’t go so well so I’m excited about tonight! Great giveaway’s also! I’ll be doing a version of “dedicated december” myself :)

colleenzo December 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

Dec 5: 30 minutes on treadmill, fit in before work. I hate AM workouts, but fear that’s the only way I’ll get any in during this super-busy week. Harrumph.

Kathy December 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Dec. 1 – livefit trainer: back & Biceps
Dec. 3 – snowboarding
Dec. 4 – Snowboarding
Dec. 5 – easy 20 min warm up on eliptical, livefit trainer, legs & calves

Thanks for keeping me accountable!

Rebecca December 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Dec 5
Am–spin class followed by 15 minutes of abs

Rebecca December 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Dec 5
pm — chest workout…4 sets of 12 of each exercise:
bench press, incline press, cable flys, pushups.

Rachel M. December 6, 2011 at 6:59 am

Well, apparently I’m better at working out than I am about tracking it. Here’s one of two.

Sunday Dec 4th–I did 45 minutes on a stationary bike.

Rachel M. December 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

Monday Dec 5th–I did a full upper body workout plus 20 minutes on the treadmill.

Amanda T December 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

12/6/11 45 minutes stairclimber on fat burn program

Katy A December 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

12/3 – 4 hrs shopping! (does that count)… what if I said I did bicep curls and dead lift rows with the shopping bags! LOL ;-)

Katy A December 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

12/5 – Jillian Michaels “30 Day Shred” DVD

Cristina December 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

6/12 i’ve done day 37 live fit trainer
Yesterday i’ve said i’ve done day 35 =))…. day 35 is rest day :)) …sorry for that it was day 36 instead ;)

Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs December 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

yesterday I did 5 miles (walking and running) and almost froze. today I did 2 weight DVDs :)

91% Chocolate Lover December 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Upper Body Lifting Workout and Core

Amanda T December 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

12/7/11 30 minutes stairclimber, a few minutes treadmill, lame-o upper body strength workout because I wasn’t feeling it and didn’t feel like fighting for a spot in the weight room

Katy A December 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

12/6 – walked 4 miles.

Colene December 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

45 minute spin class!

Denise December 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Today, Wednesday, December 7th I did crossfit. 2 rounds of torture – ended up being 200 lunges!!!

Rachel M. December 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

30 minutes on the stationary bike; 20 minutes on the treadmill; plus stretching.

Melissa W December 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Today I did a back/biceps/core workout that looked like this:
– Romanian deadlifts and bent over barbell row
– Wide grip lat pulldowns and cable pressdowns
– Reverse cable flies and stability ball pikes
– Seated barbell curls and twisting back extensions

Then I finished up with a 15 minute interval on the stairmill!

Amanda T December 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

12/8/11 40 minutes Stairclimber on calorie burn

Colene December 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

55 Minutes Body Pump!

Carissa Schatz December 8, 2011 at 8:50 am
lindsey December 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

tuesday i did 45 min elliptical!

lindsey December 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

wednesday i did 50 min elliptical and loooong stretches after

lindsey December 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

today i did weights and 30 min elliptical and have TWO HOURS (!!!) of yoga tonight. yay!

Amanda T December 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

12/9/11 I did an actual upper body strength workout (fought for that bench today), 30 minutes stairclimber on random (I was feeling dangerous), and 15 minutes bike (only so I can watch host chat on Live with Kelly)

Amanda T December 10, 2011 at 7:03 am

12/10/11 45 minutes stairclimber on random

Amanda T December 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

12/11/11 45 minutes stairclimber on random. early sunday morning at the gym = me and two geriatric men sweating it up

Amanda T December 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

12/12/11 today I upped the level and decreased the time on my stairclimber workout. 30minutes on random at level 15, plus 15 minutes bike.

Rachel M. December 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

50 minutes on the treadmill (~3.4 miles) + Lower body workout.

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