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Sep 15, 201512:38 PMOpen Mic

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Defining my new normal

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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 Bonnie Bailey, business development, SVA, who is competing in the individual challenge.

What a crazy and rewarding 25 weeks it has been. My challenge officially started with my check-in on March 8 and ended the last week of August. Because I was super motivated, I started on my own on March 1. There are so many things I’ve learned and highlights I have to share, so let’s commence with my top 11 countdown.

11. Get started: Thank you In Business for selecting me to participate in this challenge. I’ve tried many times to get motivated, but this was just what I needed. A highly visible challenge with the support of Harbor Athletic Club, and Jamie, my trainer.

10. Support: My friends, family, and work comrades were super supportive and always happy to give me a pat on the back or a word of encouragement. That big network of support was key in my success. My husband easily adjusted to new eating habits and significantly reduced his sweet tooth cravings to support me. Our weekends and vacations are now focused on active endeavors rather than passive couch sitting.

9. Soda and meals: Eating healthy isn’t all that hard if you really try. Each meal I consider if I really need the loaded burger and fries, or if a grilled chicken breast and some veggies would be more satisfying. And typically I find the healthy option makes me feel better inside and out. Kicking my four to five cans of Diet Pepsi habit was my biggest success.

8. Small steps: Exercise doesn’t have to be dreaded. I know I am not a health club nut who can run on a treadmill for miles and miles. I chose options that work for me, like small group classes and working out in the pool on my own.

7. Move: Walking is a good fit for me. I walk at night and on the weekends.  It clears my head, makes my dog Maxwell Lambeau very happy, and keeps my weight in check. Doing what I enjoy doesn’t make it seem like a chore.


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