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Jun 23, 201504:13 PMOpen Mic

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Finding motivation to Get Fit isn't easy

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2015 Get Fit Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 21. This week, IB checks in with Steve Huck, general manager & certified building service executive with Coverall Health Based Cleaning System, who is competing in the individual challenge.

Not being happy with how I felt physically and emotionally, or how I looked, has been a longstanding struggle within.

Last summer I had a little scare. I found out I was close to becoming a type 2 diabetic. Having sleep apnea for the past three years, among other health issues, I knew the root cause of my health problems was that I was overweight. As the start of a new year came and went, my plan to buckle down and really get into shape went right along with it.

This was supposed to be the year of me, with both kids grown. I started to work out a little at home here and there, but there was no real commitment or effort to the cause. As I sat in my office one day, I heard the “bing” of a new email coming in. As the preview flashed across the lower corner of my computer screen, something about “Congratulations” caught my eye. I opened the email and at first glance I thought it was spam. But I read it again, remembering now how I filled out an application form for the Get Fit Challenge. Happy and excited about this new opportunity, a “bing” went off in my head. This is it, I thought, something to finally put my feet to the fire.

My main goal has always been to drop below 200 pounds. Even though this would still leave me in a moderately overweight zone, I can’t remember the last time I was 199 pounds or less, so this would be a major step in the right direction. I’ve been on every diet plan you can think of as well as joined three to five different gyms over the years. I’ve always gotten close to reaching my goal before returning to my old habits. In 2002, I joined an online fitness program that tracked what I ate and my overall progress. To this day I still have all my past weights in there, which is interesting to look at (okay, more like depressing).

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Jun 24, 2015 12:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Part of it is how you define fit. I am working on losing 20 pounds and improving my cardio- I work days at a non-profit do a part time job evenings. What I find works best is simple things you can integrate into your daily routine. Partially from my physical therapist and partially from the incredible restorative yoga classes at perennial yoga in Fitchburg I have a 15-45 minute (depending on time available) I do daily that address my back and neck and begins building strength. I try to use the stationary bike several times a week for the cardio (best is daily but that is not often feasible- worked until 11:30 last night) the motivation there is that is when I mainly watch TV- if I want to watch TV I have to peddle- otherwise I wouldn't do it- Doing the yoga routine is self motivating - I don't have any or far less neck and back pain when I do it. So far getting back to the stationary bike (and dropping a nightly beer) I am down 10 pounds with 10 to go since March. and it has been actually fun. I was in better shape though when I lived in inner city chcaigo and di not drive.

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