Dr. Way’s Personal Fitness Journey

One of the challenges of being a physician is that time is always at a premium. It is difficult to carve time out of the day to exercise and it’s very easy to pick up quick meals which are usually not very healthy for you. Over the last 2 years I have put on about 25 pounds more than I should be and I feel that I’m not setting a good example for my children.
Over the last 2 months I have made the commitment to practice what I preach. I have started exercising at least three times weekly doing both cardiovascular and strength training. I’ve also been limiting the amount of food that I consume. I have this conversation with my patients regularly. However, living the lifestyle can be challenging.
As studies have shown, I too have noticed that by eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly are effective weight loss tools. I have however, had a few things to help along the way:
1. I started tracking my daily intake using an app on my phone called Samsung Health.
2. I use a fitness tracker which links to apps on my phone. This is a good motivator. It also tracks number of calories I have burned through the day along with tracking my heart rate and steps.  It is a very flexible tracker which tracks other activities besides walking and running.
3. Others at work wanted to lose weight and become more active, we started a competition. This will go on for about 6 months and helps to keep everyone focused and motivated.
4. I’ve scheduled myself to do The Blessing of the Fleet,  a long-distance race at the end of the summer.  Now with only one and a half months to go, I will be increasing the amount of distance that I run each day.  The race is 10 miles long.
5. Having the whole family living a similar lifestyle is important. We try to serve healthy meals to our children and keep them as active as possible by getting them involved in sports.
I am down about 15 pounds, not quite a goal yet, but on my way. More importantly, I have felt more energetic and feel that I am getting stronger then I was a few months ago. Staying on this path will be the next challenge, but I feel that those around me will help encourage me to continue.