2020 was a wild journey. And for many people, wholesome consuming, train, and self-care habits went flying off the rails.

If you happen to’re feeling able to get again on observe, we’re with you. Three of our editorial workforce members are making massive modifications within the New 12 months, they usually’ve supplied to take us alongside for the journey. For the following few weeks, we’ll be following Laura as she ditches her sugar behavior and jump-starts her health routine, and we’ll be rooting for our dynamic weight-reduction plan duo, Invoice and Mark, as they work exhausting to drop kilos and enhance their well being. Right here’s to a more healthy 2021!

By Mark Spoor

Once I began at WebMD a bit greater than 5 years in the past, I used to be — let’s simply say — a bit off-brand.

I wasn’t very lively. I had spent the earlier 12 months as a contract author and editor at dwelling (the place all my meals is). Earlier than that, I used to be in sports activities media, the place they do not allow you to eat something that is not fried.

I used to be heavy and I knew it.

Since I wasn’t feeling nice, and I had simply began a brand new job at WebMD, I believed it’d make sense to get a bodily, one thing I hadn’t achieved in years.

That appointment will perpetually be often called “my butt kicking.”

I used to be the heaviest I had ever been (by a superb bit) and, as a bonus, I had prediabetes. That first half was dangerous sufficient, however the second half scared me straight. In spite of everything, I’ve a spouse and a now-teenage daughter. I wanted power. Greater than that, I would wanted to make it possible for I used to be going to be round for them. So I needed to get again on observe immediately.

I went headlong into health. I used to be within the gymnasium in our workplace constructing each weekday morning at 7. I by no means missed. I used to be a slave to routine. I would begin with 20-Half-hour of elliptical work, then comply with that up with some weights and a few core work. I may do all of that, get a superb sweat on, and nonetheless be at my desk by 8:30. I had no excuses. I cleaned up the weight loss program, too. Very strict on weekdays and a bit extra lax (however not loopy) on the weekends.

The work paid off. I used to be getting compliments on the workplace and at dwelling, my numbers had been happening, and I felt nice. What’s extra, I used to be happy with myself for overcoming my well being hurdles.

After which got here COVID-19.

Once we began working from dwelling in March of 2020, all of us thought it would be for per week — 2 weeks tops. So I actually wasn’t involved that I would get off observe. I moved my exercises to the storage and went old-school: push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, planks, and a few brisk walks round my neighborhood.

All of it sounded good, however some essential issues had been working in opposition to me. For one, I wasn’t actually getting the cardio exercise I wanted. The walks weren’t sufficient, and I dislike working. Like, actually dislike it.

Did I point out that I do not prefer to run?

What’s worse, all my meals was just some steps away. Once more, I believed it’d solely be per week or two, so I believed a number of snacks right here and there would not matter.

Earlier than lengthy, the snacks grew to become a behavior, and the exercises weren’t as sturdy as they wanted to be, so the numbers went again up. They don’t seem to be as excessive as they had been. My “skinny garments” nonetheless match (albeit a bit in another way), however I can inform a change, so frustration and disappointment have set in.

Therefore, I begin Spherical 2.

For Christmas, my spouse purchased me an train bike and a Peloton membership. I’ve labored on them for a couple of week. The sweat is again, however the meals remains to be there, as is the stress of needing to show issues round, to say nothing of the COVID stress.

I would like accountability. That is the place you guys — and this weekly weblog — are available in.

Every week, I am going to share what’s been occurring in my journey of redemption. My pals Invoice Kimm and Laura Downey will share their tales, too. Actually, because the weeks go on, you will most likely learn Invoice and I participating in some pleasant trash speaking. We have been pals for years and it is simply what guys do, significantly guys who labored in sports activities collectively.

One of many docs right here at WebMD, who’s truly a weight reduction specialist, is gonna give me some pointers alongside the way in which, too.

We’ll all preserve one another sincere, and hopefully inspire you to take the journey with us.

Let’s get after it!

Mark Spoor is a senior well being editor with WebMD. He spent greater than 2 many years in sports activities media, working with teams just like the NCAA, NASCAR, and the PGA TOUR. Most weekends, you will discover him and his spouse, Chris, cheering on their daughter’s softball workforce. 

Whereas Mark has spent a whole lot of time with athletes, he is not one, so health has all the time been a little bit of a problem. He hopes this endeavor will assist him get a bit of nearer to successful that battle.

You’ll be able to comply with Mark on Twitter @markspoor.

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