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Get it Back - Give it Back

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They say you should make New Year’s resolutions the first days of the New Year. I have never been a big fan of that. We all have goals, desires and things we would like to change, but until you are really motivated to make those changes there is no point saying you are going to do something you may or may not do. I feel much better going into something new with an open slate. Be ready for what is going to come at you and take it on full speed ahead.

I have spent the last year and a half on the sidelines due to a cartilage tear in my knee. The waiting periods for MRI and surgery are issues for another column. I have been able to walk and ride my bike, however the knee would swell up quickly and I would spend the next couple days with my leg up and ice on it. Before I injured my knee I was getting into a routine of working out and watching what I eat. I was doing quite well. I had even started training for the 5km run in Peachland for July 1. I had built myself up to running for one minute and walking for three when I just couldn’t do it anymore and my doctor recommended I stop. As we all know, motivation is the key in changing your lifestyle. This was devastating to me. I have faced enough challenges in my life and when things were finally working I got hit with another one. So when the doctors called and said they had a spot on December 23rd, I snapped it up. I had already heard about the Global Fitness Get it Back-Give it Back challenge so my biggest concern was whether or not I would be able to participate January 17th should I be selected. This was my chance to get back into the swing of things.

I wasn’t completely surprised at the number of people in attendance for the orientation meeting at Global Fitness. You could tell it was going to be a full room. As I entered there were groups of four to five other people approaching the gym at the same time. As soon as you walked in the front doors it was packed with people taking their shoes off and being directed upstairs. You could sense the anticipation as everyone wanted to hear what the prizes would be and what would be involved in the process.

I know for me the biggest concern was how the food cupboard sweep was going to work. I live with three other adults in the house and we all share food, so I could just imagine the drama involved in throwing away something of theirs. It's a good thing we are using the honour system. I am just going to have to willpower my way through the junk brought into the house. Probably not much different from how it is going to work at other homes, or how it will be once we are finished the three month program. Let’s face it, this is a lifelong change not just three months, so I might as well live in the real world and get used to the challenges right away.

The funniest thing by far was the amount of fluctuation a man my size can have. This meeting was at 7 pm, I had just eaten supper and I hadn’t made a trip to the bathroom all day. I knew after Christmas there would be some gain, but I didn’t expect what came up on the scale. It read 376 lbs! I had 60 inches around my belly and 55 inches around my hips. I rushed home to see what I was at on my home scale to see what the variance would be. My scale said 373 lbs. The kicker though was the next morning after my usual personal routine - it read 366 lbs. The only difference was that I had slept and I relieved myself as usual. That was essentially 7 lbs of waste in my system. Needless to say it will be very important for me to weigh myself at the same time every day. No wonder it is tough to stay focused. In other programs I was always frustrated that I couldn’t seem to lose any weight. The difference could have just been on what time of day I hit the scale. At one point I was down to 360 lbs at the gym, but we measured near the end of the day so maybe that was more like 355 lbs. I would have felt that much more excited but instead I felt dejected and quit.

Tip No. 1: To get the best results, make sure to get a reliable scale and weigh yourself at the same time of day. I recommend first thing in the morning after your morning routine so you are empty. This should provide you the most consistent picture of your progress, therefore giving you the motivation you need to keep going.

I am very excited to be selected as a participant in this program. There were 120 applications and only 36 have been selected. I criticize hockey players about how they need to give 100%, 100% of the time. There are less than 1000 active players in the NHL and thousands more in junior and farm teams dying to have their chance at the big leagues. If an active player is not giving his all each time he hits the ice he is essentially taking someone else's spot that would love to be in their shoes. I am very aware of that fact and I am hoping that will give me the motivation I need to keep going at this every day.

As part of the relationship between Global Fitness and Castanet Media I have been authorized to offer my readers a free pass to join me at a challenge event. This week I am doing do classes from the power series. E-mail me if you are interested. [email protected]

Get it Back – Give it Back is a FREE three month fitness & weight loss challenge for anyone wanting to rediscover their health & wellness.  The selected applicants will receive a 3 month fitness membership & weekly training, nutritional advice, weekly challenges, weekly tips, all valued at over $1,800.  Plus a chance to win prizes monthly and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize valued over $2,500.

Dan Boundy, Marketing Consultant for Castanet Media has accepted this challenge. Dan is 37-years-old, 6 ft. 4 in. tall and his starting weight is 373 lbs.

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