Soda Challenge | Day 23 | October 16 | Saturday

My steps: 13,942. Flew a red eye from Las Vegas (all I did there was give a talk – honest) to Boston in order to participate in a conference to develop certification for health and wellness coaching.

My steps: 13,942. Flew a red eye from Las Vegas (all I did there was give a talk – honest) to Boston in order to participate in a conference to develop certification for health and wellness coaching.  

Snack on plane: coffee and a banana


Took cab to Babson Campus in Wellseley.  Walked last 0.4 miles with bags as cab driver couldn't figure out how to get into the center.  Still made start at 9 a.m.


Snack: bananas and coffee. Noted diet soft drinks (and sugared ones) everywhere.

Lunch:  salad without dressing or cheese

More sitting at creating coaching certification board – 75 people of varying professions: physical trainers, executive coaches, dieticians, nurses, docs, religious leaders – and more diet soda ... the colas are everywhere.

Snack: coffee and bananas

Conference ended at 5:20 p.m. today. 

Exercise: Cardio on cross trainer for 48 minutes to get steps for the day. The colas are even in the exercise rooms!

Dinner: had some bread and a lot of string beans ... main course: salad with salmon and 2 glasses of great wine. Kitchen closed at 9 p.m. ... read medicine, called wife, wrote a column and a blog. Bed at 11 p.m.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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