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Found this article posted on Tallahassee.com
Obesity rates climb, but some people have decided enough is enough.
The reports are all over the TV, Internet and newspapers. The obesity rates are climbing again. It is reported that 31 states have experienced an increase in their obesity rates.
Florida ranks 34th with 22.9 percent of its residents considered obese. An even more alarming statistic is that Florida ranks 21st in the United States with overweight children ages 10 to 17 years old. That means that 14.4 percent of our children are overweight.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the real reason people fail or succeed at weight loss or getting healthy. It's not some big corporation force-feeding fat-laden hamburgers and french fries down our throats. It's not some secret government agency poisoning our water with ungodly amounts of sugar and other stupor-inducing chemicals.
Guess what, people? It's us. We are responsible for the shape we are in. We are responsible for the shape our children are in. You can place blame all you want, but ultimately you are the one who buys the food, who make the choices and who decides whether or not to move your body or watch TV.
I appreciate the fact that everyone is busy and fast food has become part of our existence, but every fast food restaurant in town has healthy choices.
For most people exercise is just a nightmare. If you want to change your health and change your body, you have got to exercise, no matter how much you hate it. The important thing is to find something you like to do. Try everything until you find something you like and that you will stick with. This isn't about quick fixes; it's about life changes. No one is going to do it for you.
I've talked to several people who decided, enough is enough. Some are new at making changes and some have been at it awhile. One thing they all have in common is that they made a decision to change.
Trisha is 55-year-old woman who has lost 30 pounds and more than 10-percent body fat in just 11 months with Weight Watchers and exercise.Trisha says that she just got tired of the way she looked. She had heard of Weight Watchers and liked the fact that she could eat normal foods and that it was flexible enough she could still eat out and enjoy some of her favorite foods in moderation. She also made a commitment to exercise, so that she can maintain health and fitness into her golden years. She says that although her parents weren't overweight, they just weren't in good health and that she doesn't want to end up with a walker.
Barbie has tried both diet and exercise in the past, but has never tried both together. She was motivated to change after spending time with her parents over the summer. "Both my parents are extremely obese and unhealthy. After spending a week with them this summer, I realized I was following in their footsteps. I, too, am obese and less than healthy, but I realized I don't have to be that way. While genetics might have something to do with my body shape, I have the power to be a healthy influence on myself."
Barbie has lost five pounds and has taken up her belt several notches in four weeks. She has made huge changes in her life-style and made some hard choices in order to start her journey. If anyone would like to join us in changing their lives or changing the lives of their families, then make that commitment. All it takes right now is a decision to change.
Laurel Blackburn is an advanced certified personal trainer and certified youth fitness instructor. She is the owner and head trainer at Boot Camps to Go. To find out more, go to www.bootcampstogo.