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Good2Know Fitness Tip: Don't Let the Past Dictate Your Future
By the time you read this, Christmas is probably over. In a few days, we'll turn another page on the calendar and begin year 2012. Starting anew is a precious opportunity—one that is not to be wasted.
In designing our future, we can't let a history of failed efforts to lose weight and get fit hold us back. Despite past disappointments, Pegasi9, who recently joined Dr. Kelly Traver's life-changing program, writes:
"I'm late getting started, but I'll still do it. I belong to Overeaters Anonymous, but it's up to each member to select a food program. I've had so many failures, like with Weight Watchers, that it's hard to commit to another program."
Nonetheless, Pegasi9 has publicly stated her intention to participate. In doing so, she demonstrates that she is not her history—that she has the freedom to begin anew. Her decision takes courage, for which she is to be commended. Will you match the spirit of her commitment? What will you make happen in your life in 2012?
Featured Member: Caliviargi
Last week I posted an article featuring tips to get through the holidays while maintaining our commitment to fitness. Of the six tips, Caliviargi found managing hunger the most critical one for her. She writes:
“When I plan what and when I am going to eat, I stay on track much better and give into temptation less. A friend that I had not seen for quite a while said that I looked good and had lost weight. She was the first person to notice, and it gave me motivation to keep working on good eating habits.
“I try to avoid the big chain grocery stores because there are so many tempting goodies on display at this time of the year and ALL year. When I do go to the big stores, I look at all the wonderful-looking things on display as I push my shopping cart around as if I am driving around in my car looking at Christmas light displays. Fun to look at but nothing to eat there.
“For a diabetic friend, I put fresh fruit in colorful cellophane Christmas bags in the same way you would wrap up cookies for a gift. She said she enjoyed the fruit, and I got a lift out of giving her a healthy treat.”
Although members of the Fat2Fit group share a common goal to become more fit and trim, how we reach our goal is as unique to us as our fingerprints. We do, however, have one impulse in common. As our bodies shrink, our personal goal to achieve fitness expands to include helping others adopt more healthful habits. In preparing a gift for a diabetic friend, Caliviargi demonstrates this principle.
To thank Caliviargi for sharing insight about how she manages her eating habits, I’m sending her an autographed copy of my book From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction. We also hope that the diabetic friend who received the gift basket appreciates Caliviargi's thoughtfulness.
(In addition, I'm sending a copy of my book to Pegasi9 to commend her bravery in signing up for Dr. Traver's life-changing program.)
A Few Reminders:
Receive a Free $99 Fitbit Pedometer: Are you age 65 or over? Would you like to participate in a 26-week research study that encourages seniors to become more physically active? Then join us in the Way to Walk study being conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. You'll receive a free Fitbit pedometer and other incidental compensation for completing questionnaires during the progress of the study. A website will track your progress as you add more activity to your daily life. To learn more and register, go to www.mywaytohealth.org/walkmore.
Join Dr. Kelly Traver’s Life-Changing Program: Six weeks ago, we began Dr. Traver’s 12-week transformation program based on her book, The Program: The Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You. In week seven, we will learn the importance of a good night’s rest.
If you missed earlier weeks, you can still participate simply by joining the discussion and following through with homework. So that you can participate without purchasing a copy of the book, each week I highlight the content of one chapter, but you may get more from the program if you read the entire chapter. If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can find inexpensive copies on Amazon.com.
Helping New Members Get Started: We’ve added helpful information for newcomers in a topic discussion titled “New Member Orientation—Where and How to Begin." If you’re confused about where and how to start, you can read the topic and then post any remaining questions. Members will jump in to help you. You can also learn more about how to navigate in a tutorial here: http://tinyurl.com/2d4ke34.
Next Week's Fat 2 Fit Featured Member: Next week, I’ll pick a member to lift up to our community. Who will the person be? Maybe you?