Did you make any new year’s resolutions this year? If so, how are they coming along? As for me, each year – with mixed results – I make new year’s goals to eat better, exercise more and lose weight. To make sure I meet my goals this year, I decided to join forces with three of my colleagues to form an Inova “Team Up” weight management team. I’m looking for ways I can move toward “the me I want to be,” and health and fitness are two of the first things I want tackle.
At Inova, we continually look for ways to better care for our patients and our co-workers. When we find an opportunity for growth, we know we need to tackle behavioral changes that prevent us from offering world-class health care. Change, either personal or professional, often makes people nervous and insecure, and that often leads to cynicism and resentment.
The “Team Up” model of attacking change can help. Inova’s Team Up” model gradually modifies habits by: working closely with others, being connected, communicating more, encouraging each other’s successes, and supporting each other through our mistakes. However, as we all know, there are some things that can really hurt the ability of teams to work together. I often hear that cynical inner voice that says, “You have had that last 10 pounds forever; you’re never going to lose that weight, just give up.” Or, the seductive voice of pessimism that creeps in when, after a week of diligent exercise and healthy eating, the scale remains the same, “You see? Not even one pound! Why should I even try?” These little voices and disappointments can lead to retreat back to old habits and back into our “comfort” zone.
My hope is that this blog will be a way for the Inova family to “Team Up,” encourage one another and demonstrate just how connected we can be. This blog is also a place for us to identify and challenge ourselves to overcome those negative behaviors that prevent us from being the best we can be.
Well, I will continue to work to return to my old svelte self (Right!). By the way, I have a ways to go. Just for fun, take a guess at what my last “team-up” weigh-in number was. Check out this holiday video that features me over the holiday season to help you guess: http://bcove.me/ytagbnt1
The first person that can guess my last “Team Up” weigh-in weight will win a free Inova membership to a fitness center near you. Have fun, eat right and guess my (over) weight!
P.S. We’ll be tallying together your blog name suggestions next week, and will be ready to announce the top candidates – thanks for all the great ideas!