This is it, the final day of the fitness challenge. Thirteen weeks that initially felt like it would never end and suddenly feels like it flew by in a blink!

In an hour Patrick and I will have our final workout. Bryan has promised it will be interesting - he mentioned a battle of the sexes rematch, my final half mile run, and other stuff. It's the run part that makes me cringe; even if I have signed up to attempt a fun 5K with my work buddies at the end of this month!

Let me just throw it out there that 13 weeks ago it would never, ever have occurred to me to even attempt such an undertaking! That, apparently, is the power of the Fitness Challenge (and Bryan Seibel, trainer extraordinaire) - showing you that you are capable of things you would never have dreamed!

Although I may not have lost as much weight as I hoped (and I only have myself to blame for that), I have gained so much more. I'm more active than I have ever been and I hope I am setting a better example for my kids when it comes to exercise. I still struggle with the nutrition aspect of this and suspect I always will, but I still eat healthier than I ever have.

Now that this is over what do I plan to do? What is going to change? Not a whole lot!

The husband will no longer have to hound me to get this blog in, I will work out earlier in the day rather than waiting until lunch hour to train with Bryan, and that's it. I will continue to work out 5-6 days a week, I will continue to log and track my food intake, and I do believe we plan to continue training with Bryan at least once a week. That's it.

It's not about 13 weeks of "dieting" then going right back to your old ways as soon as it's over, it's about committing to changing your lifestyle and sticking with it.

When you see this in Saturday's Daily Sun, along with number of pounds lost and before and after pictures, know that those numbers and pics only show the physical changes we have made during these weeks. I feel confident in saying that we've all made changes in our attitudes and way of thinking that will help us keep working toward more long term goals.