Welcome to the Get Moving blog Ė the blog that will change your life.
Well, OK. Maybe not.
But Iím hoping to change mine, and Iíll need your help.
Letís get the introductions out of the way so we can start tackling some goals.
Who am I?
Hi. Iím Elizabeth. Iím the senior health & wellness producer for Boston.com. Iíve worked at Boston.com full time for four years now. Iím a new mom (so yes, those ARE dark circles under my eyes, thank you), and Iím married to my high school sweetheart.
While Iím not a fitness expert myself, I'm great at finding them and asking for advice -- and plan to share this information with you here.
Iím 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 youíll care about this blog?
Iím hoping youíll want new ideas for getting fit and healthy Ė and that we can help each other with our struggles. Iíve used every excuse out there to avoid exercise: Iím sick. I donít have time. Going to the gym isnít my thing. Itís too cold to exercise outside. The scale isnít budging anyway so whatís the point.
Been there, done that.
But not anymore.
Each week, Iím going to write about my failures and successes in reaching my fitness goals. To keep me honest, youíll see this nifty widget in each blog entry that shows how Iím doing. Using a device called a FitBit that tracks my steps, calories burned, sleep data, and more, you will be able to see if Iím actually doing what Iíve set out to do or if Iím 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, Iím aiming for 70,000 steps. It doesnít matter to me how I get to those 10,000 steps as long as Iím 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. Thatís where you come in. I want to hear how youíre doing on your resolutions to get healthy. Whatís 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, weíll offer expert tips on how to properly do exercises and other useful advice to help you succeed. Since weíre in this together, I want to hear your suggestions. What do you want help with? If you support me, Iíll do my best to give you support right back.
Drop me a note. Leave a comment. On days I donít hit my goal, tell me to do better. Really.
So thatís me. And thatís the blog.
Letís get moving (I promise, thatís the last time Iíll use the name of the blog to tell you I want you to shake a tailfeather.)