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Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 12, 2013 08:51 AM

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When I started this blog, I wanted to do one thing: Get healthier and show people that it is not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to fitness and weight loss.

It's hard work. It's a slog some days.

I also wrote that I wanted to change my life. Well, after being at this whole lifestyle change thing for more than a year now, I can tell you I have needed a lot of help.

Much of that help came to a head yesterday, via the form of our very first BeWellBoston luncheon/weight loss/fitness talk.

If you've been reading my blog, you know I am a fan of #plankADay, and that I do, in fact, plank every day.

Well, what you may or may not know is that for months now I've been harassing Henry Santoro (who is kind enough to let me share air-time with him on Monday mornings during our weekly "Health with Henry" segments) to bust out just one measly plank.

Why harangue Hank to plank? Well, because it is simply one, small behavior he could change. It's one more way to get up and move during the day. And, as I have come to find out over my fitness journey, one small change leads to another, which leads to another ... suddenly, all of those little tweaks you've been doing along the way begin to equal one, giant lifestyle shift.

In her talk yesterday, Dr. Sherry Pagoto confirmed that this realization of mine is indeed true. "You have to take control of your environment," she said. Your friends, she said, and their good or bad habits make up a part of that environment.

#PlankADay co-founder Mike Bauman, who has lost 60 pounds through the help of social media, echoed that sentiment, saying Twitter opened up another level of support he never knew existed. "My wife was supportive, but she didn't need to lose weight. My friends were supportive, but they didn't really know what I was going through. But on Twitter, I could put out there that I could feel a bad decision coming on and tweet as I was headed to the McDonald's drive-thru and within seconds I would have people telling me not to get the big mac," Bauman said.

If you want to hear more about what Mike and Sherry talked about, you can listen here to their RadioBDC interview with my man Hank (who did in fact plank for the first time yesterday).

Here's a wider snapshot of yesterday's event:

What one small thing have you changed lately? How healthy is your environment?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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