I’ve always been very active and physically fit. Growing up I was a competitive swimmer and spent long hours getting full body workouts in the pool. In college, I quit swimming and definitely gained the freshman 15…er 17.
Then, I graduated and moved to a new city. I didn’t know many people, I had some free time between grad school classes, and I lived across the street from a beautiful lake-front path. How could I not take advantage of it?I signed myself up for the 2010 Chicago marathon and, through training and some post-college lifestyle changes (ie not drinking beer and eating pizza 5 nights per week), I lost about 20 pounds. All of the sudden, I was thinner than I was in high school and my jeans from when I was 15 were too big for me!

My Brother and Me at the Chicago Marathon in 2010

My Brother and Me at the Chicago Marathon in 2010

Fast forward to a desk job, culinary school, city life with all my friends from high school as well as college, and a long-forgotten gym membership. That all translates to a weight gain of about 12 pounds.

To be honest, I don’t know exactly how much weight I’ve gained, because I don’t want to know. It’ll only discourage me. All I know is, my clothes are tight and, more importantly, I feel gross!

A combination of that gross feeling, reading blogs about other people’s regular fitness routines, and watching this year’s NYC marathon really inspired me to get back into action.

SO, I unfroze my gym membership this morning!

My goal is to head to the gym 3-4 times per week and move up from there. I’m committing myself to this—even if it means getting up at 6:15 some mornings.

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