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Posted in Introduction on November 18, 2007 by Dr. CJ

I am a family physician who has a special, renewed interest in physical fitness and, of course, all kinds of health issues. I had always enjoyed fitness, but it was never a priority for me. I suffered the classic laziness when I got my driver’s license and no longer rode my bike all around town; I suffered a smaller version of the “Freshman 15” in college; worst of all, I put on a lot of weight in medical school – a function of stress-eating and a hectic schedule. I went on exercise binges during medical school and would drop several pounds, but then gain it back quite easily when the demands of school overwhelmed me again. I had tinkered with weight training, but like most beginners I feared the free weights and never really understood what I was doing. I certainly never worked on cleaning up my sloppy diet.

At the beginning of this year (NOT a New Year’s Resolution), I committed to shaping up my lifestyle. There were many factors that culminated in this decision, one of which was turning 30. I knew I could make the necessary changes – it was just a matter of sticking with them long enough to get the results I wanted. One small (but HUGE victory): I haven’t drunk a Mountain Dew since 1/17/2007 and haven’t looked back. After researching the fundamentals of all-around fitness, I invested in free weights and an elliptical and began my own transformation.

My goal of this blog is to demystify the world of fitness and weight-loss and to share my experiences, with suggestions on how to implement similar lifestyle changes for other people. As a physician, I hear all kinds of ballyhoo about the latest/ greatest/easiest weight-loss plans, and frankly, I’m quite disturbed at the notions that drive people to follow these marketing schemes. Work with me – I’ll try to sort it out for you.

Disclaimer:
It goes without saying that you are responsible for your own health. Before starting on any kind of diet or exercise plan, you should have a [face-to-face] discussion with your regular physician about whether it is appropriate for you. This weblog is simply a collection of my experiences and reflections on a very complicated field. I am not responsible for any adverse events attributed to ideas expressed herein. Any discussion regarding diagnosis and/or treatment of any conditions discussed within this forum does not substitute for a face-to-face interaction with a health professional and should not be considered a professional opinion.