Friday, April 20, 2007
Introducing the Fit Buddies!
As Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes his 2007 Fit Nation Tour on the road, you can follow the progress of three CNN employees who are taking on the challenge of losing weight. Do you struggle with your weight? Does your hectic lifestyle contribute to your difficulties? Then you share something with our Fit Buddies. (More info)
A busy reporter, a medical producer traveling with the Fit Nation Tour, and the director of coverage in CNN's global newsroom in Atlanta work long hours, travel a great deal and rarely have time to get to the gym. Fitness trainer Robert Dothard has agreed to take a challenge of his own - get the Fit Buddies fit! Read about their successes and pitfalls weekly here on the "Paging Dr. Gupta" blog. (Watch Video)
The plan was simple. We would do my first fitness assessment, have dinner and then work out.
Four hours later, violent storms and tornadoes started rolling through Dallas.
Robert was ready for dinner, and of course, I was 30 minutes late.
This is my life. Breaking news usually dismantles the best laid plans. But I love what I do, and I want to be successful and healthy chasing news and telling stories. I'm traveling this week too, but I've managed to work out every day!
Notable this week:
Best Meal: Grilled tilapia on a bed of rice with green beans and broccoli. Oh, and a great dinner roll.
Worst Meal: Holding two crying babies, eating a slice of cheese pizza, some sesame sticks and a protein bar.
Biggest struggle: Finding a consistent time of day to work out.
Best workout: First workout lifting weights with Robert. I haven't done that in years and it felt great to get those muscles burning again.
It's been a great week. I got my husband on the fitness train too. He agreed to exercise with me. I really need the support.
Though my mind has been cheering me on this week, my body has been screaming back at me - a guttural scream. I've been using many long-dormant muscles. I can really feel the burn. I have found myself walking to the farthest restroom at work to get those extra steps in. I have taken the stairs A LOT more than normal. It has really become a mind game. May the best woman win!
Notable this week:
Best Meal: Sashimi - minus the rice
Worst Meal: Enchiladas and margaritas on Saturday night
Biggest Struggle: Staying away from "office" food!
Best workout: Tuesday - because I felt so guilty about missing Monday night's session due to breaking news at Virginia Tech
I will say, had I taken this breaking news trip a few weeks ago, I would have eaten more than my fair share of the pizza we ordered, and I would have ordered a big steak at the saloon. What really bothered me was that I had to miss all my workouts!
By far, the thing that’s helped me the most is being accountable for what I eat. I was ashamed to write in my food diary that I had eaten pizza Tuesday night, but the fact is, I ate it... so I wrote it down.
The good news is, I'm back on track. If you fall off the wagon, that's no an excuse to throw in the towel! Get back on the wagon!
Notable this week:
Best Meal: Grilled salmon, brown rice and broccoli
Worst Meal: Pizza during breaking news
Biggest Struggle: Getting to my workouts!
Best Workout: Running ¾ mile! I haven't run since high school!
Matt already had a challenge this week: being sent to the tragic Virginia Tech shootings. He has continued to report his food log to me, and he has managed some exercise on the road, but now that he is back in Atlanta, he can expect a "butt kicking" workout.
Stacia is simply amazing to me. She keeps more plates spinning than anyone I have worked with in a long time. I don't care if I have to sleep on the floor of their home, or follow Stacia around the CNN Center, we are going to reach her goals!
Not even the fact that we are training long distance is going to stop Ed from reaching what I feel will be the most drastic and noticeable changes of all three participants. And guess what: It is something we all can do. TAKE ACTION!
For years I have told people starting a fitness program to follow AAA: assess, accept, and act!
I will say, Ed has taken more action than Matt and Stacia, so that's my way to let everyone know it's GAME ON!
I know there are many people who have the same challenges we will face and overcome, and if we can help you, then I know we're truly on our way to building a Fit Nation!
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