Hail to the disciplined!
April 3 2003 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Hail to the disciplined! | Friday, April 4, 2003

Friday, April 4, 2003

Hail to the disciplined!

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Those of us who struggle to maintain a healthy weight know that unwanted pounds can pile up quickly and easily, but bidding those same pounds farewell can make for a long and arduous process.

Whether we gain or lose weight is really all about thermodynamics - whether we burn more calories than we ingest. The formula can be expressed as a matter of straightforward math: Gaining Weight = More Food + Less Exercise, while Losing Weight = Less Food + More Exercise.

Maintaining one's weight generally follows the same formula as losing weight, with just slightly less intensity.

It requires an effort, but the effort is worthwhile. Major illnesses like heart disease and diabetes are largely preventable if we can just manage to maintain a healthy weight and an active lifestyle.

Still, getting motivated and staying motivated is a constant challenge.

Last fall I stated my own intention to lose a few pounds by the end of the year, and challenged any readers who wanted a little extra motivation to submit their names for publication, figuring that would provide some helpful peer pressure.

Eleven readers joined me in the challenge. Exactly three of us succeeded in reaching our goals, and that was after extending the deadline.

I was not among the successful. A frigid winter, a busted treadmill, and a bum hip conspired against me - along with a case of poor discipline at the dinner table (and the breakfast nook, and the lunch counter, and the snack bar). I lost a few pounds and am still working on it, in hopes that a physical therapist, more stretching and warm weather will ease my joints and help me sweat off the rest.

I trust the others are still working at it, too.

Those who did reach their goals (and thus deserve our applause) are Robert Dixon of Greensboro, John Hatcher of Cary, and Michael Blackwell of Thomasville.

As they used to say on Hee-Haw, "Sa-lute!"

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