Results: 2 mile tempo run (8:56 miles, should have been 9:15 miles, but I overslept but needed to get it in)
Diet: lite yogurt, Atkins bar, PB and celery, two grilled chicken breasts, apple.
Ok, so I touched yesterday on the fact that I have been thinking about something lately. This topic has been on my mind for months, but about three weeks ago I began putting pen to paper and trying to begin writing my thoughts down. I have also been putting phone calls out to my fraternity brothers in the business world for advice (with no luck). Not sure how to organize my thoughts, so here goes.......
First and most importantly...
According to a study from the US CDC over 25% of Americans are obese. In addition, obesity complicates other health problems such as:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Why is this important to me? First, because as an EMT it should be. Second, because that means 25% of Americans are at a severe risk of ending their lives entirely too short. Third, because I am obese (per BMI) and I can understand, to a point, how this effects one's life, self-esteem, and how it is easy to go down that path.
Two of the things that many people need to break the cycle of an unhealthy life are motivation (first internal and then external) and HELP.
Where is this going......
Who likes pro sports? Who grew up hoping to be a pro athlete one day? Who dreamed of the fame, the attention, the endorsements that go with it? Maybe you dreamed of being a movie or rock star? Same principle.
I have a desire to create a place where those who have internal motivation for change can come and be paired with the external motivators and support to help achieve a healthier lifestyle. The support I have received here has been a large part of my success. I think about how motivating being treated like a rock star while you are trying to become healthier would be. I also think that endurance sports are a very healthy way to lose weight and that endurance athletes can be a very uplifting community as a whole.
Through this summer I have seen half a dozen all female triathlon teams as well as other specialty teams, wheel chairs, etc, but never one for the obese/overweight. Why not?
I do not know what the meduim would be for this local club, national club, website like BT, blog group?
Another major goal would be to gather a group of sponsors from bikes, to clothing, to coaching, to diet (weight watchers, nutrisystem, etc), gyms, or anything else needed to help offset some of the burden of getting started (through substantial discounts or donations for use of giveaways). Why should the pros be the only people with sponsors?
An even more important step would be the tracking of the participants and pairing them with mentors that are established members of the endurance sport they choose (5k's to Ironman).
I think this would build a very positive environment with the equipment and the attention, helping to foster an excitement about the work it takes to make changes. Anyone involved should feel like a Rock Star!
Diet, exercise, motivation, mentorship, and personal attention seem like a recipe for success to me.
To be the ideal way to membership would be a goal and a pledge toward that goal. For instance maybe a goal in pounds or maybe an event as a goal. It would be great to be able to give rewards at each step, such as entries to give aways. Another though of mine was to set up clydesdale only races.
Tell me what you think about the concept. Do you have any suggestions about the execution?
As you can tell it is conceptional at this point and I am not sure which direction to head first. The next step in my opinion would be to start targeting the medium for doing this.