- Posted October 18, 2013 by
Buffalo, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge
Dear CNN Fit Nation,
This is my first post and my application to become part of the 2014 CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. I have to admit that I've tried to pick up the multisport of Triathlon a few times before in my life... but have so far come away with little success.
I'm 28 years old and currently a medical student studying in Buffalo, NY. I'm at the point in my clinical training where free time seems scarce, but the need to stay fit and focused are more important than ever. I am not overweight, but certainly think I could eat better, exercise more and become healthier than my current 115 pound self.
They teach us in medical school about how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle, especially in terms of staving off conditions like diabetes and heart disease. It is even stressed that during our interactions with patients, we should try to champion a message of regular exercise, smoking cessation and minimization of risky behavior. But when my patients hear these words, their receptiveness always seems to come down to an issue of cost and effect. "I understand, but I'm too busy", " I've tried and don't see a difference" or " I'm too young to worry about that."
In many ways I can empathize with these viewpoints... busy people are often too busy to think about exercising regularly. It is easy to see the rewards of work as a service is immediately provided, or a paycheck is deposited in the bank; it is far more difficult to see a more physically healthy self six months down the road.
I want to join the CNN fit nation team because I want a real, tangible and personal story to share with my patients when they express these viewpoints. I want to tell them that I trained for a triathlon 6 days a week even as I went through medical school. By September I hope that, after a frozen winter of indoor training in Buffalo, I would have put on some weight and brought awareness to the fact that being underweight is just as dangerous as being overweight.
As for a bit about myself, I'm originally form Maryland. I went to college in Upstate New York. I recently got my PhD, working on finding new ways to treat a rare variant of colon cancer. People say I'm a good storyteller, but I'm often not sure if they are really listening.
Life is a juggling act... and it always will be. It's no longer enough to tell people that exercise is good for them, you have to show them how regular exercise can be integrated into their otherwise already busy lives. I hope I can effectively blog these practicalities as i try to fit it all in from day to day.
So please pick me. Pick Buffalo. Pick a skinny guy who will be a doctor some day soon.
I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers.