20/20 ... It Has Begun

I don't think anyone else has done this yet, so I thought I would start a series of entries as I go through the 20/20 LifeStyles program.  Microsofties are familiar with this program (and usually know of someone who's been through it), so I thought I'd start a series on entries to go along with my journey through the program.

So what is 20/20?  It's a Wellness program, essentially (the official site is here).  But beyond anything else I've seen, 20/20 is about discovering yourself, and understanding your body's metabolic, mental, and physical health.  Let's face it: having been in computers most of my life, it's been too easy to ignore these things.  As we get all-consumed in staring at computer monitors and software, drinking and eating junk, and not watching our exercise or eating habits, those habits become routine and before long, become our lifestyle. 

The focus here is to reprogram ourselves back into balance. 

In the past, I've been successful at weight loss, my job, my family, exercise, and many other things.  But I've found that I've never been uber successful at all of these things simultaneously: and there's no reason why I can't be.

In the 20/20 program, you work very closely with a medical doctor, psychiatrist, dietician, and physical trainer throughout each week.  The goal is to understand your body's reaction to exercise, food, stress, and emotion.  Every known metric is measured along the way (the usual stuff like blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, lean body mass, etc.).  Your diet is measured and evalutated.  Because you're being studied from many angles, it has a much more life changing impact than just the typical "eat more greens" advice we get at the annual physical that most of us don't do.  In fact, the success rate is in the 90%+ range.

The length of the program varies -- but generally it's about 15 or so weeks long and a fairly significant time commitment at the Pro Club.  The goal is to make true lifestyle changes over this time span.

So, stay tuned as I post my results and experiences going through the program, and what's involved each step of the way.

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Dan Boerner
Dan Boerner
7/6/2006 11:59:46 PM #

Hey Brian,

Came across your post searching the web for 20/20.  I just finished week 8 last week -- congratulations on the decision, and good luck!  Feel free to check out my site as well, I've been blogging about it about every week or so. 

The commitment is a big one, but walking out of the gym after the workouts and ending the day knowing you're still on track and on target with meal tracking are among the little incentives that will keep you going through it. 

Please know there are a lot of folks behind you doing this - even people you've never met.  Go get 'em!

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