Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Welcome to the Nutwiisystem Blog!

The Center for Disease Control reports the staggering figure that 66.3% of American adults are either overweight or obese. A recent study by Johns Hopkins projects that by 2030, 86% of Americans will be overweight or obese.

I'm one of those American adults. Chances are you are too.

There's an entire industry of people selling diet books, low-fat foods, exercise videos, exercise equipment, and gym memberships. And yet, we are fatter than ever.

How did it come to this? It comes down to one thing: bad habits.

I was shocked a few weeks ago when someone posted a picture of me when I was in high school on Facebook. I was thin as a stick. But since the end of high school and continuing now for 20 years let's just say my peanut butter has been on the chunky side. I can't say I've been morbidly obese, but I've been a good 30 pounds over what all medical experts say I'm supposed to be.

I've started and stopped exercise programs and diets about twice each year for the last 20 years. Gyms didn't work for me, because it was hard to get to one, I'd be too mentally tired at the end of the day to exercise, and they were just so danged expensive. Diets didn't work for me, because my career kept me so busy that I didn't have time to prepare the right meals--I'd just go out and grab whatever I could at the local fast food restaurant.

Two things happened last year. First of all, I bought my nieces and nephew a Wii. When I played it with them, I had a ton of fun with them. It was only afterwards that I noticed that my heart was pumping and I was sweating more than I would after a great workout.

Second, I kept hearing and hearing the commercials for Nutrisystem on ESPN radio, and I finally decided to look into it. As gimmicky as the commercials are, it all started to make sense. I tended to skip breakfast and sometimes I'd even skip lunch, thinking that this would help me lose weight. It never did, because my metabolism slowed to a crawl and I'm sure I would subconsciously gorge at dinner time. I don't have time to control my own portion sizes, so why not have someone do it for me?

And so, I decided to start the "Nutwiisystem" diet and exercise regimen. In this blog, I'll be tracing my own progress with a new regimen of diet and exercise with Nutrisystem and the Wii. In it, I'll tell you details about both what I'm eating and how much I'm exercising. I'll also chart my progress of weight loss, with a goal of getting to my target weight of 175.

Oh yes. There will be no pictures of my belly on this site. We all don't need to see that.

Sit back and enjoy!


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