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90 Day Challenge: Week 2 How-To Guide


One week down, eleven more to go!  Week 2 of the challenge has officially begun, and we hope you’ve gotten into a cadence of motivation and determination toward your 90-Day goal. Below is this week’s how-to guide.  Read on to learn about the highlighted Try-It Tuesday as well as a new tool and assignment to keep that motivation going!

Tuesdays Rule!

How did your 90-Day 5K go?  Did you beat your personal record or perhaps complete your first 5K?  Thousands of people walked, jogged or ran in last week’s Try-It Tuesday kickoff, and we couldn’t be more excited to have witnessed the motivation coming from this round’s participants.  Below is a photo from our Eagan club, which hosted over 120 people at its  90-Day 5K event!  

For more photos and information, visit Life Time Run’s Facebook page at  If you like the idea of running toward weight loss, remember that joining Life Time Run Club is free and that they host ongoing Tuesday-night runs!

This week’s event is Nutrition 101, and it will be hosted by your club’s nutrition and weight loss coach.  Nutrition is an important and integral piece to any weight loss program, yet it is probably one of the most controversial and misunderstood topics amongst our population.  Let our nutrition coaches set things straight by highlighting Life Time’s nutrition position as well as identifying some nutrition essentials and strategies to get you started on the right track.  There will be two more nutrition events within the challenge (Grocery Store Tour and Nutrition Theater), but if you need more support, be sure to ask the nutrition coach about ongoing coaching or other related services provided at your club.

Top Tool to Learn

Last week’s highlighted tool was myPlan.  Did you get to know myPlan or log your 5K time in the journal section?  Your myPlan is also the home for all of your 90 Day weigh-ins.  Under the Assessments section, you’ll see a graph that tracks all of your 90-Day weights along with the trainer who entered it. Below is a picture that highlights how this data will appear in your myPlan.  

This data also shows up on this week’s top tool to learn:  The Leaderboard.  The Leaderboard lives on throughout the entire 90 days of the competition.  It refreshes every Wednesday morning, showing the most up-to-date weigh-in stats, and where you rank nationally and in your club compared to other participants.  You’ll also notice you can search by your nickname to find yourself or other participants.  If you want to practice even more friendly competition, create your own personal Leaderboard with the “My Leaders” functionality.  All you have to do is highlight the star next to other participants (you might choose your friends at the club or some of the biggest losers each week) as well as your own to see where you rank compared to them each week.  If you can’t find yourself on the Leaderboard, confirm with your trainer at weigh-in that a nickname was chosen for you.  If not, you can have him or her enter one.

This Week’s Assignment

Last week, your assignment was to start seeing yourself as a winner and to read How to Win a Weight Loss Competition!  Did you take some “before” photos of yourself?  Many people might find that mortifying, but you will absolutely appreciate having those photos to look back on — especially when you reach your goal or other milestones along the way.  This week, we want you to get that camera out once again, but this time you’re going to take pictures of your kitchen and food.  Open the fridge, food pantry and cupboards and snap a picture of each one, capturing images of what you are or have been eating.  This is an assignment our nutrition coaches give their clients when the clients are starting a new eating routine and lifestyle. When they’ve completed their goal or challenge, they can highlight all of the changes they’ve made with food.  The photos will also be handy to look at and compare at the upcoming nutrition-related Try-It Tuesdays when you learn exactly what to eat and how to shop.  If you are really feeling motivated, we also encourage you to keep a photo journal of the food you’re eating now so you can keep yourself accountable with your eating, as well as have other data to look back on and compare to.  This week’s reading assignment is Refrigerator Makeover.  This will help outline some best practices on how and what foods to store! 

Did you already clean out your kitchen and throw away the problematic foods?  Share your experience and best practices below!

Written By Anika DeCoster - Asst. Program Manager, LifeTime WeightLoss

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Reader Comments (3)

Great article for week 2!

Ive presented the nutrition seminar for tonight countless times, and I STILL LEARN something new from each group! Thanks to the participants this early morning for being so engaging! I start off every workshop with "Guess whats in the protein smoothie" and still UNDEFEATED! Jeni Anderson came pretty close, but missed the coconut milk as the liquid base!

My advise; Come to ALL of the Try it Tuesday events! They keep you on track, accountable, motivate you to keep going, and allow you to share your experiences with others! They are great!

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Hogan

I couldnot get the link to "How to Win a Weight Loss Competition!" to work is it posted somewhere else on the site?

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGATara

I still live at home with my parents and little brother, who do not want to participate in my lifestyle change (not a diet!). The pantry and fridge are full of tennage boy food and carbs, so cheating is very tempting! I found that creating my own shelf in the pantry and fridge helped me the most to prevent cheating. Now, when I open the pantry I don't have to look around at the donoughts, cheetos, and cookies my family eats; but I just look at my shelf, and eat a handful of almonds or some jell-o. My temptations have been significantly reduced, and I feel like I can go back into the kitchen again haha!

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMia

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