50 Pounds To Go!
Hey everyone! My name is David Mizejewski and I’m excited to be sharing my new fitness journey at VIDA with you. I’ll be blogging here over the next several months as I work to meet my goal of losing fifty pounds, increasing lean muscle mass and reducing percentage body fat. I’m sure I’m going to stumble along the way, but I hope that in sharing both my successes and struggles, I’ll inspire you to follow me on the path to being fit and healthy, because I know I have the same challenges that you face. Making this journey public is going to help keep me accountable, and I know that I’m going to need your feedback and support as I work towards my ambitious goals.
A little about me: I’m forty-two years old and I’ve lived in the DC area for twenty years. I work as a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation and as a television host with NatGeo WILD. A naturalist is someone who studies the natural world and then inspires others to get involved protecting it. (I’m used to getting the question, so let’s get it out of the way: a naturalist is not a nudist; that’s a naturist.) I specifically focus on using TV, radio and other entertainment media as a vehicle to get the National Wildlife Federation’s wildlife conservation messages out. You may even have caught me on the various NatGeo WILD shows I’ve been on, or one of my appearances over the years on Conan, The Martha Stewart Show, Today Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, various NPR radio shows, Inside Edition, Good Morning America or the Wendy Williams Show.
I decided to bite the bullet and work with VIDA on this aggressive fitness goal in part for professional reasons. Working on-camera, I can confirm that it does indeed add ten pounds—and when you’re carrying actual excess weight, let’s just say seeing yourself on TV doesn’t give you the confidence and ease that’s critical in delivering your message effectively. And to be brutally honest, for good or for ill, television favors fit people. In my case, my physical appearance is literally part of my job and I recognized that it needs some improving in order to continue to be at the top of my game professionally.
Even more so, I’m doing this because I want to be healthy. As I’ve entered into my forties, I can confirm that things really do start to slow down. I’ve got a naturally stocky frame—people tell me I’m built like a football player—and I have a base of lean muscle mass that I’ve mostly been able to maintain without too much effort over the years. But I’ve definitely noticed some of that natural muscle mass isn’t what it used to be when I was younger, and that it’s become a lot easier to pack on extra body fat. I also have family histories of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, digestive issues and musculoskeletal issues, the risk for which can all be reduced or eliminated by being fit.
I chose VIDA because of the wide suite of fitness services they offer, from traditional free weights and machinery, TRX, and an awesome variety of classes to amazing personal trainers and professional nutritionists to help with the diet side things. And let’s not forget the amenities in the spa-like locker rooms which are an awesome indulgence (and are certainly a far cry from my last gym’s locker room, which was like a flashback to high school in smell and cleanliness).
So I’ll repeat that I’m incredibly excited—and a little scared—to be taking this leap into real fitness with VIDA. I look forward to hearing from you with your tips and advice, or even just words of encouragement.
Here we go!