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AARP Fat 2 Fit Weight-Loss Challenge Begins May 16
The third annual Fat 2 Fit Weight-Loss Challenge begins May 16 and runs through July 9. During the event, members will record their weight and exercise activity and strive to lose pounds. Every time a user updates his or her weight, the Fat 2 Fit site will show how much weight he or she has lost since joining and how many pounds the Fat 2 Fit community has lost collectively. Because participation in the Fat 2 Fit online community is key to the contest, you’ll be encouraged to post frequent updates and to exchange ideas, encouragement, recipes and moral support.
You’ll have a chance to win a wonderful weekly prize and fabulous grand prizes as you realize your fitness goals. Throughout the challenge, I will select weekly prize winners, and when the challenge ends, I will select the overall winners. Winners will be selected on the basis of three criteria: serving as a role model for the entire community, facing and overcoming challenges, and demonstrating the principles of the Fat 2 Fit program.
Week 4 of Dr. Kelly Traver’s Life-Changing Program: With the Weight-Loss Challenge beginning shortly, you have even more reasons to join Fat 2 Fit members who are participating in Dr. Kelly Traver’s 12-week life-changing program. Homework and exercises are based on the principles and ideas in Dr. Traver’s book, The Program. If you would like to participate (even if you missed the beginning), look in the Fat 2 Fit forum each Monday for the topic on this subject and join the group. Last week we focused on stress; this week we will learn how to maximize our energy.
Good 2 Know Fitness Tip: You’re Never Too Old to Discover the Athlete Within
During an interview with Dr. Henry Lodge, author of Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women, I asked whether it was ever too late for a person to get fit. Dr. Lodge leaned back in his chair and smiled. “Yes,” he answered. “The day after your funeral.”
Gladys Burrill, aka the “Gladyator,” underscores Dr. Lodge’s assertion. Gladys began running marathons at the age of 86. Six years later, at 92, Gladys completed the 26-mile Honolulu Marathon with a time of 9 hours and 53 minutes. We could take our hats off to Gladys, but a more fitting tribute might be to put on tennis shoes and start walking. The Gladyator powerfully demonstrates that we can discover the athlete within whatever our age.
Featured Member: Joycrita
Joycrita, who joined Fat 2 Fit members working to implement Dr. Traver’s life-changing principles, posted her long-term and short-term goals. After struggling to get started with a regular exercise program, Joycrita wrote:
“I really thought I would start the exercise the first week but I didn't. It is a new goal this week. I did increase my veggies and fruits, and I am reading Week 2 in the book. I am so impressed with Mahoudini. How do you convince yourself to exercise?”
Implied in Joycrita’s question to Mahoudini about how to motivate yourself to exercise is the notion that exercise is an unpleasant task that requires extraordinary amounts of self-discipline. I suspect that other Fat 2 Fit members share Joycrita’s view of exercise; hence, my decision to write about it here.
As Joycrita discovered, few of us have sufficient willpower to force ourselves to do something we don’t want to do, especially on a daily basis. Relying on willpower to get yourself to exercise is doomed to fail. Instead, you have to find exercise that feels like play, that makes you feel like a kid again.
Remember in grade school how much joy you felt when the bell rang, signaling time for recess? Remember how you raced outside to play with your friends and how sorry you were when the recess ended? That’s the feeling you want to have about your exercise activities.
Look back to your childhood for the kinds of exercise you most enjoyed. Then look around your area to see what opportunities exist. Analyze your interests and preferences. Are you competitive? Do you like sports, or do you like to reflect and meditate while you walk alone? Do you like to dance, or are you uncomfortable joining a Zumba class? Do you want to be in a class with others? Or would you prefer to work out in the privacy of your home with an upbeat video?
You don’t have to limit yourself to one kind of exercise. Instead, put together a combination package for yourself, one that is uniquely appropriate for your preferences, conditioning and weight-loss goals.
When deciding how to exercise, we are confronted with an abundance of options. To limit yourself to one or two choices that you dislike makes no sense. Find ways to move that bring joy to your heart and put a spring in your step. When you do, you won’t have to make yourself exercise—instead, you’ll look forward to the time you get to spend exercising.
To thank Joycrita for raising this issue, I am sending her an autographed copy of my book From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction. I hope Joycrita will continue to explore different types of exercises until she finds ones that bring her joy and make her feel like a kid again.
A Few Reminders:
Are Meows or Woofs More Fit? The two teams are Fit Felines and Clever Canines. Look for Monday’s call for your weight loss. Add yours to the team total!
Helping New Members Get Started: We’ve added helpful information for newcomers in a topic discussion titled “Where and How to Begin: Guidance for New Members.” If you’re confused about where to begin, you can read the topic here (http://tinyurl.com/2dhjy9y) 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?