Fat or Fit

There is a big push in the BSA, and our Country right now to get fit.  Why?  Because it makes sense.  Fitness leads to longer, happier lives.  This has been at the fore front of our Troop now for a few months as we are preparing for our first trip to Philmont.
In 2010, I was active with the National Jamboree contingent for our council.  There was a big push for fitness in getting all of our youth and adults in shape.  It was important to us as Oregonians heading from a very temperate climate to the hostile humidity and heat of Virginia.  We started a walking challenge.  Every adult leader was required to wear a pedometer and record mileage walked.  The goal was to walk (in miles) to Virginia and back.  The 4 adults leaders of my Troop walked the equivalent of 3 trips to and from Oregon and Virginia.  We were all concerned about the health and well-being of our Scouts and what a better way to help them than to set a good example.
Well, now Philmont is right around the corner and as we prepare, I can’t help but notice that I have let myself go a little.  Today I took the Physical Wellness online training at the e Learning  site on Scouting.org.  I had to renew my Youth Protection anyway, so while I was there, I thought I would see what the BSA had to say about Physical Wellness.  I have to tell you that the training information was good.  I enjoyed the training until I got to the part where they ask you to check your BMI.  Yep.. reality check.
So I took a look at myself on paper.. then went to the mirror and decided that enough was enough.  Heading back to the Scouting.org website I revisited the BSA Fit site.   There I checked out the blogs of many of the leaders of the BSA and how they are doing in the Walk the Walk challenge.  This lead me to the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.  I found that in the ScoutStrong program, most if not all councils are encouraging members to join the challenge. 
I created an account with the Presidents challenge and set up my challenge to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.. along with my friends from the council.  The ScoutStrong PALA+ is a neat way to track your progress and get fit.
I need to lose 10 pounds before I get to Philmont.  Today I am within the guidelines and my BMI is just over where it needs to be, so its time to lose the fat and get fit.
Now I am not going to update every piece of bread I eat and each ounce of sweat I drop.  It drives me nuts to read about everyone loosing or gaining an ounce here and gram there.  But I do want to share my journey to getting fit and more importantly a life of being well.  I consider myself in ok shape and certainly not fat.  But I can stand to get in better shape and get to a weight that my body will like better.  We are not getting younger and I see myself very active in the years to come.
I would encourage you all to take a look in the mirror and see whether or not you are fat or fit.  It was a wake up for me to see that if I did not start now.. I would be heading in the wrong direction.
You can download the ScoutStrong PALA log from the website.  Join up and track your progress.  Personal Awareness and accountability are keys in successfully accomplishing your goals.
Join me and let’s get fit!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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3 thoughts on “Fat or Fit

  1. Nice post, Jerry, thanks. Just last night I got in a Facebook discussion with someone who questioned if “Bob Mazucca would be denied entry to the 2013 Jamboree” if he didn’t get his BMI below 40. I had responded that regardless of if he would or wouldn’t, he, Tico Perez, and other national leaders aren’t just talking the talk, they’re right there with us walking the walk.

    That wasn’t enough for him, so again I had to remind him that these requirements are NOT about excluding anyone, but instead about getting us and our Scouts physically strong (as our Oath asks of us) and making the Jamboree and high adventure activities safe and fun for everyone.

    I’d also like to add that I LOVE that Fitness is now a category in the Journey to Excellence.

    Oh, and thanks for the reminder that I need to get back on the wagon again. Off I go, but here’s some parting words from Tico Perez on The Summit and the new fitness requirements.

  2. Pocono Charlie

    With the very real debate over how relevant BMI is in health discussions, using it as a baseline is not wise

    • Wise or not that is the measure by which the BSA and other organizations determine a cerrtain level of fitness. Agree or disagree, I don’t wish to debate. I know that in order to go to Philmont, Jambo, or other activities the BSA has dreamed “high adventure” we need to meet the standard. The standard that the organization (wise or not) has adopted.
      Thanks for the comment

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