A Top Priority, Any Time or Place

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Jay making time to do strength exercises in his hotel room

My name is Jay Smith, and I have been a patient at the Joslin Clinic since 2005. I just completed the first phase of  Why WAIT, a weight loss and intensive treatment program offered at the Joslin Clinic.

During the last session of the 12-week program we were reviewing our successes during the first phase, and keys to continued success in managing our weight and blood glucose levels. A slide asked the question. What are the three keys to continued success?

  1. Exercise (No real surprise here, since exercise was a major component of the program).
  2. Exercise (My guess was going to be proper diet, but I get the point)
  3. Exercise (Hmm, I think they are trying to tell me something)

Although diet is an important component, it sunk in what they were trying to tell me. The benefits to exercise in maintaining a healthy weight and blood glucose levels are my top priority. Armed with this new philosophy and motivation I was exercising 5 to 6 days a week, and feeling great.  One of my first barriers was a work conference that would be breaking my routine.

I planned my meals, packed healthy snacks and my gym bag. I woke up earlier the first morning, and was ready to hit the hotel gym before registration.  I found the hotel heath club, and went to open the door, but it was locked. I pulled my room key from my gym shorts pocket, and searched for a place to insert the key.

Then I saw a sign showing the gym hours. It was Sunday morning and the gym did not open until 8:00 AM. I was disappointed, knowing that I wouldn’t have time once the conference started, and I didn’t want to start my week without exercise. I thought maybe I could jog outside, but it was very cold.

As I started to ascend a few steps from the hotel lobby to the elevator it hit me. This is a hotel, why not just climb stairs for 20 minutes and then uses the resistance bands back at the room? I had a great work out, and felt energized when it was time to register for the conference.

By Jay Smith, Joslin Patient

Due to the Why Wait program I realized that many of the barriers that stop me from exercising are very easy to overcome, and exercise is a priority. I am still early into phase 2, but have been able to exercise at least 5 days a week. Although exercise is a priority, it doesn’t need to be controlled by time or place.

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