Many of us probably celebrated Easter with seconds and thirds at the dinner table.
That's what we do in Mississippi and across the nation.
But for us to change our status as most obese state in the nation, we have to cut back; burn off those calories and Commit To Be Fit.
Any good weight loss program comes with an equally good exercise plan.
So, the folks at St. Dominic's Healthy Weight Advantage had me weigh in, measure up and login to their health club program with fitness specialist Ross Gordon.
"The program that we normally do would be 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps," Gordon said. "Of course, everything is...weights would be light to moderate weight and that just kinda gets those muscles acclimated to working out again."
And that's the key.
You don't want to do too much, too quickly.
Just do something.
"Whatever time you have, depending on your activity level, you always start off with the very basic program first," Gordon said. "Like I said, maybe 10 to 15 minutes and of course you could always increase that to; you know, if you can get 30 minutes in, 20-30 minutes in per day, maybe at least 3 days a week, that's great enough to start off with."
This kind of fitness training costs money, but there are things you can do without breaking the bank.
For example: If you work in a building that has an elevator, there are stairs.
Using the stairs burns off a lot of calories.
And, of course, it doesn't cost a dime to just take a brisk walk, like the man we spotted near the state capitol.
Gordon Griffin told me his employer recently started a fitness program offering prizes for incentive.
Asked if he had noticed a difference, Griffin said, "I definitely have. My wife keeps telling me I look a little bit thinner."
In fact, if you weigh, for example, 250 pounds, walk about 4-miles-per-hour for 15-minutes, you burn about 135 calories.
Do that every day and watch what you eat and you will notice a difference; the weight will come off.
"And the good thing about exercise that is so great, it's the one drug you can take that has wonderful side effect, you know, you have more energy, your heart, your body; everything gets better,"Editorial Cartoonist Marshal Ramsey said.
He was the first to join the commit to be fit team.
He says it's already paying off.
"Thank you for letting me tag along with this," Ramsey said. "You've really inspired me to do this and I appreciate it. I was talking to my wife; I needed that kick to get me back in to the habit again. It's real easy once you get into the habit again. It's real easy once you get in the habit to fall out of it and you've really inspired me and I hope you inspire a lot of other people, too."
Brian Lott sent me an email saying he and his wife, Rachel saw my reports and decided to join the team.
"So we are setting a goal for ourselves to get in shape, lose weight and find a better day to day diet," Lott wrote. "Thanks, Howard, for introducing that to us and giving us that extra push."
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