Losing It With April Davis- Week 3

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

At the start of the month I took you to the gym with me for my first workout on my 30-day fitness journey. Last week I took you along as a dietitian helped me grocery shop, and this week we're getting inside your head with a licensed counselor for Losing It!- because even if you know the toughest workouts and most strict diet, none of it matters if you're not motivated.

If you want to lose weight or get in shape, you can find all kinds of pills, diets, and fad workouts, but there are also fast food, video games, TV, and all sorts of excuses that have made obesity an epidemic in America.

The Centers for Disease Control says one in three people in the U.S. are obese. That means that those people are not exercising or eating right. So I hit the streets of Greenville to see if people here say they think they're living a healthy lifestyle.

Deandre Spell of Greenville says his 3-year-old daughter Tashayla loves junk food, but he thinks he's living healthy.

"I wake up every morning, run about a mile. As far as eating- yeah I eat pretty good. Lift a little weights every now and then."

Exercises is great, but listen to his answer to my next question.

"How many times do you eat fast food a week?"
"Probably about four or five," Spell said.

I found some women taking their lunch break from their jobs at the hospital. A couple of them have lost weight recently and Kim Smith an exercise physiologist says she and her family have always kept a healthy routine.

"I do yoga every morning, walk and run and try and eat as good as I can," said Smith

Kim says she tries to set a good example for clients as well.

"They put it off and think at the last minute they're going to make the right choice- and it takes planning and thought and effort," said Smith

She says many people put everything and everyone first and then they find themselves in poor health.

Danny Turner of Nashville says he understands that. His 5 kids are doing great.

"We try to make sure they have the right things to eat, and that they are involved with sports and get plenty of exercise, plenty of sleep," said Turner, but he's not taking care of himself.

"Do you feel like you're living a healthy lifestyle?"

"No I don't," said Turner. 'I'm a heavy smoker. I try to walk a little bit everyday, but no. I'm a little overweight and like i said with the smoking it's pretty bad."

Danny says he's stressed and doesn't have a lot of time with a 2 hour round-trip commute to and from work.

"I've heard it all and I've made some of them myself. I don't have enough time. That's always a big one. I can't get up early in the morning. I'm too tired when I get home at night, "said licensed counselor Alyssa Sugar of The Carolina Center in Greenville.

Sugar says there's always an excuse, but it comes down to thinking you're worthy of being healthy.

"A lot of people who eat to much don't feel so good about themselves and they don't want to take care of themselves enough to treat their body right," said Sugar

What if you're obese or depressed? How do you even get started?

"A lot of times if they're depressed, especially if they're not to the stage where they need medication, the exercise alone can help a lot because it starts working on those good chemicals in your brain that make you feel better," said Sugar.

She says take baby steps

"When it comes down to it you're the only one that's going to be able to take that first step. So you set the alarm an hour earlier if you have to or on lunch hour keep a pair of sneakers in the car," said Sugar.

She says balance is key.

"You treat yourself and it's OK to have something fun or comforting, but you just have to keep it in balance with eating healthy most of the time," said Sugar,

All experts say having a fitness buddy is good- someone to hold you accountable. You can even find one on line. Alyssa uses myfitnesspal.com to track calories and share fitness plans with people with similar goals instead, of relying on the latest fad workout or diet.

Many people have asked me about working out at home. Alyssa says a lot of folks say they don't have money for a trainer or gym, but says exercise is free and there are all kinds of things you can do that don't cost money. Check out my Facebook page for some exercises you can try at home even if you have no equipment. Next week I'll take you with me for my final weigh in and measurements. I'm seeing differences for sure, so I hope you are encouraged to start your journey to fitness if you haven't already.


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