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Beginnings: Making the Choice for Change
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Beginnings: Making the Choice for Change

Beginnings: Making the Choice for Change

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This week, I'm turning over a new leaf — I'm taking responsibility for my own health. Sixty percent of Americans are overweight and, well, I'm one of them.

Farai Chideya at the pre-dawn starting line of the L.A. Acura Bike Tour.

Farai Chideya at the pre-dawn starting line of the L.A. Acura Bike Tour. Devin Robins, NPR hide caption

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So as I work to get in shape and stay there, I'm going to take you with me. First stop: the L.A. Acura Bike Tour, which follows the course of the Los Angeles Marathon before the runners get started.

Thousands of people lined up at 5 a.m. this past weekend with their bikes — some to test themselves, some to bond with loved ones. I was there to keep a promise to myself: In the next year, I will transform myself physically and mentally, and really take care of my body. And 22 miles later, at the end of the bike tour, I felt great to know I've taken that first step.

Over the course of the next few months, I am going to take you through my personal fitness journey as I try to change how I live. This is not about losing weight — I’ve gained it, and lost it, and gained again. I’m trying to find a fundamental way to live where fitness and eating well are part of my life. This is just the beginning.

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