Keeping True To My Resolution - (Eric Lupher)

By: Eric Lupher
By: Eric Lupher

Today, I bid adieu to the junk, the starch, the fat and all that sugar. I say farewell to everything bad for me. Today is the beginning of a life change.

Today, I bid adieu to the junk, the starch, the fat and all that sugar. I say farewell to everything bad for me. Today is the beginning of a life change. This time I'll have, what I would call, a watchful eye. It will cling to my left arm for the next 6 months. It's the Bodybugg so many people are talking about. It's that "thing that counts calories". Over the next 6 months I’m going to see just how well this Bodybugg really works.

For me, it's not about being overweight. At first glance, I look like a fairly healthy 25-year-old reporter. It’s not about that. Instead, it's about making better decisions. You could say, I'm planning for the future. In 10 or 15 years eating a large pizza on my own, or super sizing my fast food meal would take its toll on my body. It's those habits I look to break.

Before now, my diet plan consisted of one thing: not eating as much. I wouldn't exercise, except for a round of golf here and there, but that was only during warmer months. I would simply rely on practically starving myself in order to lose weight. It worked a couple of times. I lost 25 pounds once. Obviously, I gained it all back. It turns out, my genius plan (I'm the only one who thought it was genius) had everything to do with the right now, not the later. I didn't change any habits. Once I lost the weight, I simply started eating again.

Habit is the key word here. That's what I will focus on over the next six months getting tips from expert trainers from gyms across the Pikes Peak region. Let’s not forget about my other helper, the Bodybugg. Jerod Langness, a certified personal trainer with 24 Hour Fitness says, "Not only does it monitor how many calories you burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it also helps you reach your goal the right way."

I hope to lose 14 pounds in the next seven weeks. During the course of my experiment, I will see if the Bodybugg really does make it easier to lose, the right way. If that happens, I’ll have lost 7% of my body fat and be considered in excellent condition for my age and height. Trainers say the key is to lose the weight correctly. I have to shed the "right" pounds and keep the good stuff intact. When I lost those 25 pounds before, not only did I lose fat, but muscle as well. This time, the goal is not only to keep the muscle, but build muscle.

My colleague, 11 News Morning Anchor Stacia Naquin, is taking on this endeavor as well as part of a story we’re working on together. We’ll be holding each other accountable, learning great new health and fitness tips and monitoring the effects the Bodybugg really has on our lifestyle change.

So, I hope you join us for the first half of 2010 as we change our lives for the better. Stacia and I will take you along for the ride. We’ll be passing on the tips we learn from our local experts. And we encourage you to pass along your favorite tips as well! The Bodybugg will be tagging along. Now, off to the grocery store for wheat pasta and veggies, lean meats and everything low calorie. Wish us luck! We need it!



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