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Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Goal #2: Increase Fitness

My second goal for 2012 is the thing I have struggled with the  most, in the past.  Eating right and exercising regularly are not things that come easy to me at all.  Just as I typed that last sentence I felt a powerful disturbance in the force.  It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out with a collective WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! and then fell silent.  Yeah I get it, everyone has this problem.  There are things that I want to do that I am unable to do because of my level of fitness, so I have begun to make some changes.

Maybe that's the problem.
I have recently become a member of the wellness committee at work.  Personally I feel more like the prime example of someone that needs the help of a wellness program than someone on the committee, so I was surprised when they asked me to join.  People outside my immediate work area know me as the guy who runs and does all sorts of crazy races (clearly they haven't read the blog lately) so they thought I would be a good person to have on the committee.  Maybe if people still see me as that "fit" guy I don't have as far to get back as I think.  In conjunction with the Wellness committee there is going to be a weight loss contest starting at work and I volunteered to coordinate with the participants.  Usually when things like this happen at work it is anonymous, people sign up do their thing and never know if anyone else is participating unless it is being discussed around the water cooler.  We are a large hospital and have hundreds of employees so even if there is a leader board it is possible to not recognize a single name.  I saw this as a huge deficiency in the program and suggested that participants have an opportunity to get to know one another, giving them a sense of camaraderie working toward a common goal.  I was told that if I wanted to lead it then it would be a great idea.  Seems like an actual wellness professional would be a better candidate to lead a wellness group rather than an air conditioning mechanic but if they don't have the time to make the program a success then I will gladly do it.  After all it was my idea.
I have also started cooking more so I have left overs to bring for lunch (saves money too).  Often I go to the cafeteria and get whatever seems like it might be good, and by good I mean taste good, not necessarily healthy.  I am still struggling with my Dr. Pepper addiction, and maybe addiction is a strong word but it seems I have the least willpower to resist a couple Dr's appointments every day.

So I am making progress.

I don't want to dwell too long on this one since everyone has their own issues with food and exercise.  I just wanted to put it out there as a goal.  Maybe it will help this time.

I know many of you might have a similar goal for the year so I wish you the best of luck, and if you need a hand let me know, maybe we can help each other. 


  1. That is cool you are getting involved with the wellness of your co-workers. Hopefully you'll get to play an active role motivating others to get healthier. Have fun!

  2. Thanks Mike! It is cool to have the opportunity to help out.

  3. Every once in a while I'll be able to be in the mideframe of food as "fuel", as in what would be the best choice before/after/during my ride/run so I can do/feel my best. Normally, though, it's just what tastes good. The food choice/portion size thing is a huge struggle for me.

  4. I know what you mean Kate! I wish there were corrective lenses to make my eyes smaller than my stomach, if that makes sense.