9 Weeks ago, ok actually it was a year ago when I first heard of Gavin McKay’s Fusion. I met him at the Where Magazine Holiday Party 2007. He had just recently opened his place, a foreign concept kinda gym, I didn’t quite understand it even after he explained how a coach works with a group of people on cardio, strength and stretching.

What I did know that my friend Steve McCann had amazing results from working the program in a short time. That intrigued me, especially since Fusion was about a mile from Steve’s house, in the opposite direction from his work and there were at least a half dozen gyms in between. I thought there must be something special happening at “Fusion”.

But that still wasn’t enough for me to check it out. Plus I didn’t like the hours, and my gym was $400 for the entire year and it was conveniently located in my apt building. But I found out that convenience doesn’t mean results.
Then 9 weeks ago when my friend Matt Ray Tweeted about the NBC10/FUSION CROSS TRAINING “BE A 10 IN 10 WEEKS CHALLENGE”, I was intrigued not that I was going to be on TV, but maybe because of the added pressure of being on TV, blogging about my journey. It was about me, and what I saw as my last chance, it was about clothing, and sweatpants. I don’t want my clothing to be sweatpants.

(NBC10’s Consumer Reporter: Tracy Davidson )
Last week on my 40th+ birthday, we had a few guest join us for boot camp in Rittenhouse Square. NBC10’s Anchor Vai Sikahema, Weatherman Dave Warren with videographer Brad Berner and Consumer Reported Tracy Davidson. (See this weeks video highlighted in red at the bottom of this entry.)
Last year a doctor asked me if I wanted to have the bariatric surgery, I declined, determined to find another way. I didn’t, so I just changed doctors. Then I found out you can refuse to be weighed at the doctors, and I did. Awkward, but effective.
I know this is my personal journey, but I can’t implore you enough that if you have a weight problem, and suffer silently, there are little things you can do to change the course you are on. In 9 weeks I lost 14lbs, it certainly doesn’t sound like a lot to me, but it’s a world of difference in my attitude. The last time I was 283lbs I was miserable, but this time I’m a miracle and I know I can do another 14lbs, and then another 14lbs all the way to my goal of 190lbs.
It’s more than 14lbs, it’s a change of attitude. It’s realizing that there is another choice, the choice to get healthy, the choice to not eat that cake, cookie or candy, every day or maybe not at all. The choice to go for a walk at lunch, or take the stairs, or buy a bike and go for a ride (I recently bought a bike to do just that; to make an investment in your future. It’s easy to say I’m happy being fat, or I’ll worry about that later. When later comes, sometimes it’s usually too late to do anything. Just today someone told me about their friend, 41 yrs old almost 400lbs. She died of complications of obesity. I said to him, how much living was she doing, she probably died of a broken heart besides the physical effects. I know at 300lbs I was not living as much as I can. Sure I’m Philly Chit Chat, but life was getting physically difficult. But that being said once in awhile I will have a Varga burger (Or next week a Butcher & Singer burger), but this time I only ate one slice of bread. (I did eat all those fries though, does that count? Don’t tell Gavin!)Congratulations to one of my fellow boot campers who doesn’t cheat and who lost 30lbs during the 9 weeks of boot camp, including 17lbs on his 2 week vacation to the beach. I really admire him, and he’s an example for you to follow. He worked out daily, he ate well, kept a journal, drank water and got proper sleep. He told me that he had been heavy all his life. His motivation was the early deaths of his parents who were overweight, and the longevity of his grandparents who were thin. He didn’t want to repeat of his parents lives, especially the health problems that come with being overweight. He really is an example to follow. (He’s shy, but he’s on the far right)
Vai Sikahema, Dave Warren, Brad and Justin Pizzi. Justin must have lost weight as everyone always tells me how great he looks. B4 I started at Fusion, I never woke up before 8AM so I had no idea who Justin was, sorry. (I still go to bed about 2am, but I wake up at 5:30AM)
Again I encourage you to find whatever works for you. I did Fusion Cross Training and loved it so much I am joining the gym. I love it not because it’s convenient for me, it’s not; not because it’s easy, it’s not; not because it’s a bargain, it’s not, but because I was able to do something there I wasn’t able to do anywhere else. I was able to lose 14lbs, it was hard, but it was never boring. There was encouragement, there was support, and there were introductions. Gavin and crew made sure you met at least one new person at each session. And I figured out why, those people became your motivators too. Your support system. I may not always look forward to going, but I do look forward to seeing my fellow Fusion folks…
I FEEL GREAT, I’m up four notches on my belt and have gone from a XXXL gym shorts to a XXL!! (This weeks video: NBC10/FUSION CROSS TRAINING “BE A 10 IN 10 WEEKS CHALLENGE” )