Friday, April 27, 2007
Fit Buddies update
As Dr. Sanjay Gupta's 2007 Fit Nation Tour heads to New Orleans, Louisiana, for weekend events, the CNN Fit Buddies are working to improve their eating and workout habits. Here's an update from the second week of the weight-loss challenge. Read about their successes and pitfalls every Friday here on the Paging Dr. Gupta blog. (More Info)
Is this how far I've fallen? So out of shape that tossing a basketball is a chore. Well, not exactly, but close enough. (The next shot hit the rim.)
This moment inspired me to really focus on the weight training. I always thought lifting weights right now would do more harm than good. Not the case. You just have to do it the right way.
And I'm already seeing the positive effects. At the end of the week, I went back to the basketball court and made three three-pointers in a row. The touch is coming back!
Having to keep track of every item that goes in your mouth is a powerful tool. It certainly made me a lot more aware of my choices. One night I struggled with myself over eating a fudgesicle. I quickly e-mailed my buddies. The response was to "back away from the freezer!" Ed reminded me of the wasted calories and the fact that I would be giving them up for a temporary high. It worked! I was proud of myself and thankful for the support.
The food diary also got me into the habit of checking the calories, proteins, fats, sugars and carbs in each of my meals. I can't believe how many are hidden in seemingly innocent foods. Robert woke me up to the fact that each glass of wine has the same sugar count as a donut! So biggest lesson of the week: Wine=donut. Bad!
I'm not much for gooey, mushy foods, but my girlfriend convinced me to try her oatmeal concoction - oats, milk, fresh fruit and honey. It looked more like brick mortar with strawberries, but I gave it a shot...
Was it good? No, but I ate it because it's good for me. Do I like working out? No, but I do it because it's good for me.
I never quite understood that whole "no pain, no gain" saying. I always said "no pain, no pain - it's that simple."
My arms hurt, my legs hurt, I ate oatmeal and even salmon (the one fish I don't like) - but it's working. I don't know if I've lost weight yet, but I can feel my body changing for the better.
I'm learning that to really make a change in my health, my appearance and my lifestyle, there is going to be a little pain along the way, but it'll be worth it in the long run.
First, being part of a team. It was great to see firsthand how the CNN Fit Nation team puts on a production, as they did in Atlanta, Georgia, last weekend. From the visual aids - a plastic yellow lump of a pound of fake fat and a mirror that shows people what they would look like 10 pounds lighter - to one of the best visual and speaking aids - CNN's own Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the event was a great awareness-builder.
Second, getting information you can actually use. I was a fan of the CNN show "House Call," long before joining the Fit Nation team, because the show takes complicated topics and gives me the resources to do my favorite thing, TAKE ACTION! So if you are following along, logging your nutritional habits and making "modest" changes like portion control, or simply making better food choices, it is indeed easier if SOMEONE ELSE is looking at it1 You may want to pick someone you will actually listen to, and who has solid nutritional habits of his or her own.
Exercise is the other bookend to positive results, but as we have seen through the new food pyramid, walking a few times a week for even as little as 10 or 15 minutes can improve your health. (I suggest 30 minutes at a "brisk" walking pace.)
Lastly, go with your strength. Ed is an ACTION guy, I think his goal is to out-work everyone else. Stacia is the "alpha" and she has me doing my homework, because whether it is the latest nutritional software, or shaking up her workouts, her attitude is "bring it!" And Matt has the Apollo 13 attitude - failure is not an option. Although he may not excel in any one area of his workout or nutrition, his program is balanced, and one I feel he can continue in one form or another for the rest of his life.
I don't know your motivation (your health, the way you look or feel), and I don't know why you have not been able to reach your fitness goals (time or money restrictions, or lack of motivation). What I DO KNOW is if you will join the Fit Nation TEAM, and start taking ACTION... we WILL over the next several weeks, inspire you and give you information on nutrition and exercise you can use NOW, TODAY, and as the old saying goes... what do you have to lose, but the weight!
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