Get fit



You may remember that as part of my 30 Before 30 list, I mentioned "be happy with the way I look" and implied that it would mean some changes to my lifestyle. I've never been athletic - my idea of a fun recess was to start a cat club or environmental club, rather than play kickball. But I did take ballet lessons up until high school and managed to stay fairly slim until I hit 20. Suddenly I was living in my own house (with limited cooking skills), drove around my college campus instead of walking because my schedule was so packed, and fell in love (hello, happy pounds). I gained quite a bit of weight in a short period of time. And I've never managed to shed it.

But not only am I tired of feeling unhappy with my appearance, I also want to sleep better, have more energy during the day, and reduce stress. So this past weekend I joined a gym. As an infrequent gym goer (though I'd rather hop on a machine than the track), I'm feeling like this lifestyle change needs some guidance. I've already done day one of my work-out and so far so good. We're already pretty good about planning meals in advance, so I made sure to choose some relatively healthy meals with plenty of veggies. I have a high quality dark chocolate bar ready and waiting for an inevitable craving (whereas I would normally cave for a whole cupcake). I'm trying to get a regular routine in place but am easing into one thing at a time.

So I guess I'm asking - do you have any tips for getting in shape and losing a substantial amount of weight over time? I'm not into crash dieting (or really any kind of dieting, though some tweaks will be necessary). Share your wisdom with me! I'll check in semi-regularly on this to let you know how it's going.

P.S. If you have a great work-out song, I'm also updating my playlist!