Friday, June 08, 2007
Fit Buddies update
The CNN Fit Buddies have made it through another week in their 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. And join the Fit Buddies by accepting the Fit Nation Challenge (details here).
Ed Lavandera, CNN Correspondent
I pull into the parking lot of the Denver hospital where TB patient Andrew Speaker is in isolation. We've come straight from the airport and we're racing to get our first live report on the air. I rip my suitcase out of the rental car and grab my blue sports coat. I haven't worn this jacket in several weeks. When I put it on it hangs like a clown suit. The only thing missing from this outfit are big red shoes. My producer just laughs and says, "Wow, you have lost a lot of weight!"
Stacia Deshishku, Director of Coverage CNNUS
This week has been another struggle -- getting back on track after a week off. My workout on Monday was a KILLER! My thighs, five days later, still are screaming at me. Just goes to show that a few days off often feels like starting all over again.
Robert Dothard, Fitness Trainer
What's your motivation for starting an exercise program? For the Fit Buddies, the incentives have changed a bit since the program began. I once heard a motivational speaker say, "People will do more to avoid pain than they will to seek pleasure.' In my line of work, I always have people responding to a negative, the client is out of shape,,or even worse, a medical condition has brought them to me.
Matt Sloane, Medical News ProducerIt's vacation time (finally!!) and I'm headed to the islands. Sounds great, but I'm a little concerned about how I'll behave while I'm there. I've already made one commitment to myself: exercise! My dad will be there, and he's been on a diet as well, so he suggested that we all take long walks into town and play tennis whenever the weather is not too hot . Thanks, Dad!
My other enemy here is food! Luckily, Bermuda doesn't really have any must-have native foods, though they do have some great drinks. The plan is to cook as much as we can, and eat out only a few times in the hopes that by having more control, we'll eat more healthy stuff.
I'll have a lot to report when I get back - I hope all good news! As Robert alluded to, there's another big thing in the works, but more on that later... after I get her answer! (Ed told me that if she says no, I have his permission to eat whatever I want!! Thanks, bud, but let's hope I'm still on a diet when I get back!)
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