Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Fit buddies/We want to hear from you!
The premise of the Fit Buddies experiment was that if you do something for 12 weeks, it becomes a habit, but unfortunately habits are too easily broken!
I wish I could say that I'm working out as hard and watching my diet as closely as I did when I was on the Fit Buddy program - but that wouldn't be true. I'm a journalist, and the facts do matter.
So here goes the confessional.
I'm still going to the gym, though not as regularly. I took off a few weeks - unintentionally – because of vacation and an illness. Going "off course" allowed me to slip back into my bad habits. Getting back in the gym has been harder and harder each time I'm away. It always feels as if I'm starting over from scratch. Depressing.
But don't fear. I'm NOT giving up. This is a commitment by me -- to me - not to or for anyone else. I'm only cheating myself by staying out of the gym and eating all that Halloween candy! I'm committed to changing my lifestyle for the better.
Though I haven't been in the gym as consistently as before, I have spent more time walking/hiking - and reconnecting with friends. What a great way to get my heartbeat going. I'm also realizing that exercise isn't one size fits all. Some is better than none, and I get bored easily. So my new mantra is: Mix it up. Spend time outdoors. Combine catch-up time with friends - which is good for my mental health, with time exercising, which is good for my physical health.
In the four months since we ended the formal Fit Buddies program, I've kept off all the weight I lost between April and July. That's a great feeling and a big accomplishment.
But I want to keep going and I definitely miss not having someone like Robert working on my exercise routine.
I have found that when I work out regularly I want to eat better.
My travel schedule has been incredibly intense the last few months so my routine is out of whack. I'll work out well for a week and then miss the gym for a week. That's frustrating. I'm not giving up and I look forward to losing more weight.
And finally, Matt
I'm doing pretty well too! I've managed to keep all of the weight off, but I've gotten busy again at work and have let that derail my exercise plan. (I know, more excuses). My fiancee and I have started running, but admittedly, we don't do it often enough. The thing that's really stuck with me are my eating habits. We're cooking dinner more, eating out much less. Eating is now more a chore than a treat! (I never thought I'd say that!)
Speaking of work getting busier, we're gearing up for the First Annual Fit Nation Solution Summit next Wednesday in New York City. CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will be joined by former President Bill Clinton, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden and many of our other Fit Nation friends to discuss solutions. We'd love to hear from you!
If you have a question for President Clinton, Dr. Gupta or any of our obesity experts, submit them on tape by clicking here for our I-Report page, or even leave your question on the blog. I'll make sure to take them to New York with me next week.
Thanks for all of your support throughout Fit Buddies! Make sure to stop by CNN.com/Fitnation in the coming weeks to check out our plans for 2008 and to take the Fit Nation Challenge!
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