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Welcome to the Get Moving blog

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  January 17, 2012 10:54 AM

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Welcome to the Get Moving blog – the blog that will change your life.

Well, OK. Maybe not.

But I’m hoping to change mine, and I’ll need your help.

Let’s get the introductions out of the way so we can start tackling some goals.


Who am I?
Hi. I’m Elizabeth. I’m the senior health & wellness producer for Boston.com. I’ve worked at Boston.com full time for four years now. I’m a new mom (so yes, those ARE dark circles under my eyes, thank you), and I’m married to my high school sweetheart.

While I’m not a fitness expert myself, I'm great at finding them and asking for advice -- and plan to share this information with you here.

I’m a news junkie, foodie, have an unnatural obsession with my crockpot (without it I would not be able to find time to cook a meal), and I love taking on new challenges.

Hence the blog.

Why do I think you’ll care about this blog?
I’m hoping you’ll want new ideas for getting fit and healthy – and that we can help each other with our struggles. I’ve used every excuse out there to avoid exercise: I’m sick. I don’t have time. Going to the gym isn’t my thing. It’s too cold to exercise outside. The scale isn’t budging anyway so what’s the point.

Been there, done that.

But not anymore.


Each week, I’m going to write about my failures and successes in reaching my fitness goals. To keep me honest, you’ll see this nifty widget in each blog entry that shows how I’m doing. Using a device called a FitBit that tracks my steps, calories burned, sleep data, and more, you will be able to see if I’m actually doing what I’ve set out to do or if I’m full of baloney.

What are my goals?
My goal each day is to hit 10,000 steps. Depending on how active you already are, that may or may not sound like a lot. So, in a week, I’m aiming for 70,000 steps. It doesn’t matter to me how I get to those 10,000 steps as long as I’m hitting my goal.

While my main goal is just hitting that 10,000 steps a day, I'd also like to get back to my pre-baby weight (that was nearly 50 pounds ago!). Clearly, I've got a long way to go.

But to truly succeed, it's important to embrace help. That’s where you come in. I want to hear how you’re doing on your resolutions to get healthy. What’s working for you? What's not? How the heck do you find the motivation to exercise each day when that bed is just so cozy and warm and inviting (remind me again why I got out of it in the first place this morning?)?

At least once a week, I'd like to publish your stories. Your struggles. Your questions. This is as much your blog as it is mine. The best way to get in touch with me and offer suggestions, comments, and tell your story is through the submit form in the right rail of this blog. The form is the best way to send me a personal note, share your own fitness story with me, or submit a fitness question that you'd like help in finding the answer to. We plan to publish select letters right here on this blog, and will reply with advice from fitness experts and also ask readers to weigh in with their own personal stories and lessons learned.

Along the way here, we’ll offer expert tips on how to properly do exercises and other useful advice to help you succeed. Since we’re in this together, I want to hear your suggestions. What do you want help with? If you support me, I’ll do my best to give you support right back.

Drop me a note. Leave a comment. On days I don’t hit my goal, tell me to do better. Really.

So that’s me. And that’s the blog.

Let’s get moving (I promise, that’s the last time I’ll use the name of the blog to tell you I want you to shake a tailfeather.)

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

CONTRIBUTORS

Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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