Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Question/Survey

If you were on a weight loss/fitness mission and had someone providing you with weekly information and a challenge on a subject, what would you want to hear about?

For example:

  • The benefits of drinking water and how to drink more throughout the day
  • Doing the math - BMI, target weight range, how long will it take to get to your goal...
  • Excuses, Excuses - What are yours and how to get past them

I'm taking over a 12 week weight loss program at a corporation and I have to come up with a challenge (like drinking the recommended amount of water every day for a week) and accompanying materials and inspiration. I have a bunch of ideas but I'd love to hear yours. What do you think would be helpful to learn more about? What article subjects catch your eye if you're looking at magazine covers?

Or, alternatively, what is the best piece of advice you've ever gotten regarding fitness and weight loss?

P.S. You know how there is always one scale you use that never budges. You're always 5 pounds heavier on it than you think you are? The scale in my gym locker room is that sort of evil machine. Except, yesterday, it actually registered my recent weight loss! I'm not going to lie, I did a happy dance in my towel. I think planning my meals at home with FG, instead of going out to eat 4-6 times per week, has really helped. That, and upping the weights I'm lifting in my workouts. Who knew that the things they tell you to do actually work? And who knew that I'd be the "they" being referenced in that last sentence? I'm still surprised by this whole turn of events. Weird.

2 comments:

josh said...

sassy --

i think good challenges are drinking enough water, and walking extra steps (whether it's taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking three rows behind where you usually would).

one thing a trainer was careful to point out to me when i first started hitting the gym was that BMI is not always the right indicator, because it doesn't take into account body type -- he told me to have my fat percentage checked (which they do for free at the gym). i fall just shy of the "obese" range in BMI (i'm 5'3" and weigh 165), but my body fat percentage is below 15%, which puts me on low side of normal (since i started working out regularly almost two years ago, i've gained 3 pounds, but lost 4 percentage points on my body fat. i've also knocked three inches off my waist.)

hey...by the way, good luck with the employment transition. if we're in the same place for thanksgiving, you'll kindly let me take you out for a celebratory something-or-other.

MiChal said...

How to get beyond the excuses, definitely. I used to run marathons and now I can barely get myself out my front door and into the Texas heat and humidity for a walk around the block.