Friday, May 11, 2007
Fit Buddies update
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The CNN Fit Buddies have made it through Week 4 of our weight-loss and fitness challenge. Here's an update on their efforts to eat better and exercise more. Read about their successes and frustrations every Friday here on the Paging Dr. Gupta blog.
I keep the big-picture goal in the back of my mind but I've attached a prize to it. I've always dreamed of seeing U2 perform in Ireland. So when I reach my goal, I hope to celebrate with a special trip.
But what I think about most often are short-term goals. In a month, my sister is getting married and she's asked me to walk her down the aisle. So now when I don't want to lift weights or go on a bike ride or eat the right food, I remind myself that a tuxedo is waiting for me and I want to look the best I can for her special day. After the wedding, I'll be looking for my next short-term reward.
But now that I have become acutely aware of my food intake, I feel like I've had an epiphany. Stop the madness - reduce the portions. Now! In self-defense, I've begun ordering my food and a to-go box - simultaneously. I immediately pack up half of the meal. No more lingering dinners that end in a clean plate with very little memory of what all I ate. I am now going to make two or three meals out of one! I'll save money AND unnecessary calories.
Now comes another big test: my girlfriend's graduation. Family is coming into town, parties are planned, and then we're heading out on a family vacation, so these are certainly going to be challenges to my new-found glory. But after working as hard as I have this week at my own personal Fit Nation challenge, I see no reason to mess it up now.
One other thing has really helped me this week: The Nintendo Wii! What I love about this system is it's not your typical "sit on the couch and play" device. I was up, moving around, swinging the remote as if I were playing baseball - not as good for me as playing these sports in real life, but I definitely broke a sweat!
It did not take long for "life" to happen with missed workouts and food logs better suited for a Jay Leno monologue. Can you say "New Orleans?"
Now, we have hit our stride, and the workouts and the nutrition are in a "zone."
Matt is back in town and kicking some butt! Sure, he is using terms like "holy hell" to describe his workouts, but I can already see a change in his physique!
Ed continues to be the "absolute STUD" when it comes to consistency. He has been doing live shots in knee-deep water for CNN all week, but much to everyone's surprise, he found a way to get his workouts in, and to eat healthily on the road.
Last but certainly not least, Stacia AND her husband have become regulars at my training studio. Stacia has also done a computerized nutritional program to turn up the "heat" on Matt and Ed. If you want to give yourself winning odds in a fitness program, bring your family along!
But as all of us who are married know, even when things are going well in a relationship, it still requires work - so until next week, best of luck, and best of health.
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