I guess this all started when I returned home from my last week of class as a college student just last May. Graduating college and starting medical school 3 months later was a scary but exciting thought. Even more scary, going to get a physical and realizing that I had gone on one too many late night food runs and had one too many mocha frappes with whipped cream in my last semester. When I stepped onto the scale for my physical it read 159 pounds. I’m 5’6″ so 159 isn’t exactly overweight according to your typical BMI scale but, it’s right on the border. I immediately thought to myself, “If I gain one more pound I’ll weigh 160 pounds… If I gain 10 more after that, I’ll weigh 170 pounds!” This was a scary thought for me. Now, I’ve never been one to worry about my weight or what I look like or what other people think of me, and I still don’t care about those things. What I do care about is being healthy. Stepping on that scale and seeing a flash of myself steadily increasing in size meant that I would also be steadily decreasing my chances for a long, happy, and healthy life. So, I decided I better get it together. Getting it together was a scary thought also. It meant I would have to start exercising (for real, not just a walk or 30 minutes on the elliptical every now and then) and that I would have to change my diet. For me, exercising seemed easy to make a habit, I found that I could do lots of different things and have fun. I just had to make myself get off the couch to do it. Diet was another thing. I LOVE food, and naturally I love the foods that aren’t exactly the best for you. Ice cream, bread, pasta, chocolate, butter, cheese… the list goes on. But, if I wanted to get healthy and stay that way, I had to make some changes, so I did. I used resources from my Dad’s office to help guide me on serving sizes and healthy calorie amounts; then, I searched online and found my new best friend– Cooking Light Magazine. Combining these two things, I cut my portion sizes to the appropriate amounts and counted calories and nutritional information to keep track of what I was eating. I started working out using our Wii at home to do Zumba every day for at least 30 min and one day I was inspired to start running. For those of you who know me, running was something I absolutely hated. I just couldn’t do it, but I started out slow, alternating between running and walking (which I still do) and I love it. Over the summer I was able to lose 15 pounds. I was amazed at how quickly it happened and how much better I felt just from eating healthier and being more active. It really didn’t take much. By August, I quit counting calories because I knew what and how much to eat. I haven’t had time to work out everyday like I did this summer, but I try to exercise at least three days a week. I’m now 20 pounds lighter and feel great about myself and the choices I make. So, that’s my story for how I got it together. As for this new blog, I want to be able to share what I’m doing to stay healthy and fit. I’ll be posting the recipes that I’m trying and what I liked or didn’t like about them, what I’m doing for exercise, and any other tips that may come to mind to help others wish for their own wellness.