Not In My Genes

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Back in the day, when I spent more time on the couch or a bar stool than in my running shoes, I thought that ‘weirdos’ who enjoyed exercise had a genetic advantage that people like me lacked (and people who willingly run marathons were simply nuts).  Now I know that’s not exactly true.


So much about my healthy living journey has simply been about getting committed.  Committing, falling off the wagon, recommitting, wavering, recommitting – again and again and again, for five long years.  Long ago, I stopped expecting it to be ‘easy.’  Maybe some people actually do have the gene that makes then WANT to sweat.  I have the gene that makes me really enjoy being horizontal (especially during these baby-growing days). 


Truthfully – although exercise is a habit now, it never has been easy.  I wake up every day and have to recommit.  I’ve got to choose to do the things that I know I ‘should.’  Over time, I’ve realized that making the choice to be active and eat well makes me feel so much better, physically and emotionally, so most of the time, the choice is easy.  But it’s always a choice.   And as the great Heather says, “Make one healthy choice.  Now make another.”


Anyway – I tell this story because my commitment was REALLY tested today!  I’ve recommitted to swimming more regularly because it’s such a good workout for pregnancy (low impact, low risk of injury, total body workout) but, as I’ve written before, I really struggle to get into the cold pool when it’s chilly outside.  But I pulled on my big girl panties (errr, one piece) and hit the pool this morning – only to discover it was CLOSED for a swim meet!  The receptionist told me that it would reopen after 1:00.  Now, normally, this would’ve been the perfect excuse to skip my swim… but I came back at 4:10.  Only to be told the pool was closing early – at 4:30!  Ah well.  At least I squeezed in a speedy 750 yards.




Trader Joe’s vegetarian chili with sour cream and corn chips, plus a salad.


And post-swim, a cranberry goat cheese (YES! I just said cranberry goat cheese – the most amazing this ever!) sandwich with grapes and raspberries.



Are you the type of person who naturally loves to exercise or do you have to recommit yourself often?



  • Corrie Anne November 19, 2011, 6:03 pm

    I do love to exercise, but probably only because it’s a habit. Once I miss a few days, it’s TOUGH to get back into. I love that… Make one healthy choice… now another. That’s so true.

    Way to get back in the pool!! 🙂

  • Sana November 19, 2011, 6:04 pm

    Before I was injured I loved to exercise. I come from an athletic family so someone is always out running or at the gym, But after getting injured, I take it easy and only go to the gym when I feel like it. And I do spend a lot of time horizontal 😉

  • Kris November 19, 2011, 6:06 pm

    It is such a struggle! I was thinking about the genetic component when I was on a very windy bike ride this morning, wishing it came just a little more easily. I seem to be able to stay on track for 1-2 years, then I get lazy, slack off and gain weight, then do it over again. Don’t know what the magic answer is …

  • Ali November 19, 2011, 6:07 pm

    I love exercise after I’m done! It’s a minute by minute choice for me. I have to recommit any time I’m making a choice of whether to skip a workout or go out and get it done and what to eat or not eat. There are days that I curse every single step during a workout but I always know that I won’t regret it when it’s over. I also know that I won’t regret eating healthfully all day. When all else fails, pictures of me much heavier is an excellent motivator when I just can’t seem to get up and go!

  • briana November 19, 2011, 6:08 pm

    honestly, i really don’t enjoy exercising at all. and i’m so busy that it stresses me out to try to schedule it in and have one more thing that i know i “should” be doing. so, instead, i walk to and from work everyday, so that way i know at the very least i’m getting 40 minutes of walking in a day. and at least right now, i’m happy with that.

    • CaitlinHTP November 19, 2011, 6:09 pm

      Walking to and from work everyday is TOTALLY exercise!

      • HTPDad November 19, 2011, 7:16 pm

        forty minutes of walking five times a week gives you about 80% of the aerobic benefit of serious workouts – not only are you good, but probably as good as a 3X a week gym rat aerobically.

        • briana November 19, 2011, 7:22 pm

          good to know! thanks, HTPDad!

          • CaitlinHTP November 19, 2011, 7:32 pm

            Plus it’s fun!!

        • Kim November 19, 2011, 9:51 pm

          Thank you SO MUCH for saying that. I only walk each day also (and I feel guilt for it because I feel like the “only one”). So its nice to hear I am “normal”.

          Now, if only I could stop my addiction to chocolate and bread and muffins and….

          • Sarah November 21, 2011, 3:57 am

            Thanks for this post. I totally do not have the exercise gene!

            I’m trying to get back into running (after 3+ months) but it’s so hard in the winter and routines don’t exist because I do shift work so no day is ever the same. I went for a run once, 2 weeks ago. When winter comes I just want to hibernate! Gosh, i sound like I’m just making excuses. I really should try the committing to exercise thing. xxx

  • HilaryJo November 19, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Hahaha it used to come so easily to me!! Now I have to basically trick myself into getting out the door–once I am I usually enjoy it though (Part of me is embarrassed to write this…but since I got married exercise is much harder for me!!).

    Now that it is getting dark earlier and is cold and windy though…I am opting more and more for “rest days” or just putting in a yoga video or something 🙂 (I seem to have the same pattern with my homework though, so it really may just be laziness.)

  • jo November 19, 2011, 6:16 pm

    I think it depends on the exercise! I loathe the gym and stuff like Pilates (feels like I’m doing it to be “skinny” – how I hate that word! – and soon I see myself googling thinspo, a slippery slope).

    So yeah, it depends on the exercise. For me, swimming is absolute perfection, I never needed any sort of motivation other than the mere thought of it, and I ache to do it again, but can’t right now. So I settle for running, which is really great after a stressful day. I often say it’s the only way to blow off steam and avoid being downright rude to some people.

  • JenRD November 19, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Someone once told me that the hardest part about exercise is lacing up your sneakers. So true! I may lack motivation many days, but once I am at the gym, I never regret it. Since I am a morning person, I have more motivation and energy in the mornings for workouts, so I try to get them done then–plus, then I don’t have to shower
    twice! Good for you for going back to the pool!
    And that goat cheese looks delish!

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:45 am

      I agree – the hardest part is getting out the door.

  • Army Amy* November 19, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I need to commit and recommit over and over. That’s why I’m constantly running races. If I didn’t have a goal or a deadline, I’d spend my life on the couch!*

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 19, 2011, 6:20 pm

    Hmmm a little bit of both I think! I really do love to exercise and I feel off if I don’t fit in some kind of movement every day – even if it’s just a walk with the dog or a gentle yoga class or swim. But it’s also often a bit of an internal fight to start a workout – especially in the morning – but I’m ALWAYS happy once I get going or once I’m done!

  • Cheryl November 19, 2011, 6:31 pm

    I definitely have to recommit but the more I start exercising the easier the commitment becomes. Before it was easy to decide to stay in for the night and now it’s easier to convince myself to head out.

  • Christina November 19, 2011, 6:34 pm

    I’ve found that since I’ve gotten used to exercising, my body really craves it. I just naturally fit it into my schedule every day- the question isn’t whether I’ll exercise but when and how. Then again, maybe I got that weird gene! 🙂

  • Rachel November 19, 2011, 6:47 pm

    I definitely have to make the decision to keep active. I just joined yoga studio and I am in love. I haven’t struggled with motivation at all…for the first time in years!! I can’t believe I waited this long.

  • Theodora November 19, 2011, 7:10 pm

    When I was younger and played team sports, it didn’t seem like exercise at all. When I went to college and “exercise” was going to the gym and getting on a machine that didn’t go anywhere, I hated it and didn’t do it. For me, the key was to find something again that didn’t feel like exercise–running.

    Most of the time, I don’t have trouble convincing myself to run (especially with a race on the horizon), but stuff other than running? Still a fight.

  • Kim November 19, 2011, 7:16 pm

    The only exercise I do each day is WALK. One , maybe two short walks.
    Nothing else.
    I feel guilty when I compare myself to others.
    So I try not to compare anymore.

  • Laine November 19, 2011, 7:20 pm

    I love the things I do that happen to be exercise: hiking, biking, hula-hooping, swimming, walking. But I can definitely spend too much horizontal time and need to recommit or call a friend.

    To get me through winter I’ve done a couple of things: bought a new road bike today!! (Old one was 20 years old…), committed to do a relay tri with a friend next summer (I will swim and bike, she will run) and looking for some metric-centuries and century rides this spring and summer.

    These goals will give me something to shoot for. And your pool swimming has motivated me to think about trying pool swimming to train for the tri (I usually just do ocean swims, but might not have enough time before the tri. I’m in Boston so our ocean swimming season is limited.)

  • Kristin @ STUFT Mama November 19, 2011, 7:21 pm

    I naturally love to exercise, but I definitely have my days when I have to talk myself into it. 🙂 I am a wuss when it comes to getting in cold water though. You’re a rock star for doing it! 🙂 Cranberry goat cheese? That is something I MUST try! 🙂

  • Misty @ Life Off the D List! November 19, 2011, 7:24 pm

    Good for you for being persistent in your efforts to get a workout in. Swimming is so great for you, I try to swim 3x a week.

    I look forward to reading your blog

  • Kristyn November 19, 2011, 7:25 pm

    All about the recommitting. That’s for sure. 🙂

  • erin November 19, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Oh I really needed to read this today. Yesterday was a horrible day, but I’ve woken up feeling better, and you’re so right – it is all about the little commitments, the baby steps that add up to a marathon (sometimes literally!).

    I have all these things I want to achieve but because I can’t do them right now, I think I will never be able to.

    Worse still – because I am not ‘aerodynamic’ and because I have a bit of a dry sense of humour, there is a part of me that worries that people will judge me if I start getting really fit & involved in things like running and triathlons. Stupid, right?

    So thanks. A reminder that people aren’t perfect, and that we all have to try, but it pays off.

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:49 am

      If you start doing races and triathlons, trust me, no matter what you do or do not look like, everyone will think you are BAD ASS because YOU ARE!

      • erin November 20, 2011, 6:41 pm

        Heh 😛 I used to run a bit in 2008 and did a bunch of races. I just need to go crawling back to it.

        I’m signing up for a triathlon training course in January (I’m in Aus so it’s hot then, no crazy winter triathlon training for me). I’m SO SCARED and my bike is a 25 year old single speed beast. Going to be very interseting.

        • CaitlinHTP November 21, 2011, 10:07 am

          Good luck! It’s not the bike, it’s the rider 🙂

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood November 19, 2011, 7:39 pm

    i love that cranberry goat cheese!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 19, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Even having grown up playing sports almost every day until I was 19, exercise was always something I had to recommit to frequently. In the past couple of years though there seems to have been some sort of “switch” that got flipped and now I feel like it’s worked it’s way in my genes or something. Sure there are days when I don’t feel like doing anything, but for the most part it now feels innate.

  • Hillary November 19, 2011, 7:55 pm

    I love to exercise now, but I think it’s because it’s such a huge part of my day to day life. When I don’t workout for a few days now, I feel sluggish, I don’t sleep as well, and I’m significantly crankier. Knowing that a workout (ANY workout) will make me feel better is what keeps me recommitting every single day.

  • Rachel November 19, 2011, 7:56 pm

    I wonder if this will change for you after your baby is born. As a mother your life is so committed to someone else that it feels like such a gift to be allowed to do something for yourself. Fitness is always a gift you give yourself but for me, after my kids, it became so much more precious.

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:50 am

      Maybe. I have a feeling I will become a big walker and DVD exerciser 🙂

  • Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops November 19, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Have you tried the blueberry goat cheese at TJ’s? Soooo good!

  • Kim November 19, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Boy, I totally had to MAKE myself go out for a bike ride today. The temperature was great, but the winds were over 20 mph sustained with gusts over 30. I did it though – I guess I pulled on my big girl spandex , ha.

  • Catherine November 19, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Hi Caitlin. I’m in Charlotte too and am wondering where you got your delicious-looking cranberry goat cheese. Or is it homemade? Thanks!

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:50 am

      Trader Joes!!!

  • Meghan November 19, 2011, 8:24 pm

    I naturally LOVE to do certain types of exercise. Mostly running, walking, spinning and sometimes I even crave an elliptical sesh! Therefore, if I am not feeling it one day then I rest…I take it as a sign that my body needs it. One type of exercise that I realllyyy struggle to motivate myself to do is strength. I try to plan that in create fun, short and challenging routines because I know how important strength training is!

  • Amanda November 19, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I go through phases with wanting to workout. I’ll have a couple of weeks where I get really committed and put in 5-6 workouts a week and it feels effortless (well, getting myself to the gym – not the workouts), and then I’ll follow that with one week where I feel lazy and the last thing I want to do is exercise. I find it much easier to stay committed when I make it a habit, but it’s a constant mental battle for me.

  • Shauna November 19, 2011, 8:34 pm

    Thank you for writing posts like this. I love exercising when I am in shape, the weather is nice, the stars align…you get the picture. It helps so much to see someone who has run marathons talk about their struggle. I going to the gym tomorrow because you swam today. Thank you.

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:51 am

      How was the gym!?

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon November 19, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I definitely struggle with recommitting myself to exercise. In high school, I was always so involved in sports so exercising was never a choice–I had to do it! Since coming to college I’ve had to learn to be more self-disciplined about it because I am the only one holding myself accountable! As a student, even just a few days of being busy with exams and not making it to the gym can get me out of my habit and I really have to push myself to get my body moving again.

  • Kelly November 19, 2011, 9:12 pm

    It’s totally not in my genes. Having people around to give me a little kick in the butt when needed (like my husband) really helps.

    Way to go on the swim! 😀

  • Jessica November 19, 2011, 9:16 pm

    I did a double-take when I read “I have the gene that makes me really enjoy being horizontal (especially during these baby-making days)” instead of baby-GROWING. HAHAHAHAH! You know where my mind goes…
    But great job staying committed. The hardest is getting out the door/into the pool, but once you start it’s easy and you feel so much better!

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:52 am

      hahah whoops. baby was already made. bow chicka bow bow.

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 19, 2011, 9:22 pm

    I have to recommit also. It is so easy to put exercise aside when life gets busy. That’s why I keep signing up for races. They may be months apart, but it’s enough for me to know I can’t slack off. I have a hat that I always wear running that has a quote by John Bingham “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 19, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Great job recommitting! That took a lot. I don’t waiver. It’s in me. It takes a lot for me to have my two rest days every week. I’m glad you got your workout in. I hope you’re having a great night!

  • Dani November 19, 2011, 9:31 pm

    Huge pet peeve when the gym isn’t open wen it should be and you are actually amped to work out–i feel like that happens to me at least once every time i’m at my parent’s house

  • Heather November 19, 2011, 9:46 pm

    “the great Heather”…. blushing!

    I was just writing in my journal the other day about making one healthy decision and the another, and specifically about your “healthy intentions” morning thoughts/list you shared recently. I’ve been making my own “healthy intentions” list each morning and it has proven v. helpful 🙂 You are brilliant, Mama! 😉

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:52 am

      Oh i love my daily healthy intentions, too. doesn’t it always make you feel like a rock star when you achieve them?

  • Rachel November 19, 2011, 10:03 pm

    I have to recommit often as well. I find setting goal helps keep me committed, but it still gets hard when things are busy. I just have to remind myself of all the reasons why I want to exercise and that usually helps keep me in line.

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets November 19, 2011, 10:43 pm

    I like to exercise, but its hard to commit to one type of exercise. I tried TurboFire and after one week, didn’t like it. Just like the 30 Day Shred, I’ve never been on Level 2 because I can’t commit to it. I only seem to commit to running and yoga because I don’t have to force myself to do it. Some days I stare at my shoes, just like “no, I don’t like you right now” but end up pushing my butt out the door.

  • Jessica November 19, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I really have to push myself to workout. It definitely doesn’t come naturally!

    I recently started swimming, because it’s the only exercise I’m able to do right now (foot injury). I really had to push myself and step out of my comfort zone to do it, but I’m so glad I did! 🙂

  • Cyndi November 20, 2011, 12:30 am

    I think my early days of 4 hour gymnastics sessions 4 times per week attributed to my love of exercise. I often choose a workout over just about anything, maybe because exercise is safe to me. it never hurts my feelings, lies to me, betrays me, leaves me hanging…. and there are so many choices and options I’m never bored.

  • Chelsea November 20, 2011, 12:59 am

    I’m like you on and off again. My blog is probably what really keeps me going strong though. Without a release and people expecting workouts I’d probably get lazy.

  • Khushboo November 20, 2011, 1:18 am

    Overall I do love to exercise but it doesn’t always come easy! Trading in sleep for a run or working out when Aunt Flo is in town isn’t always fun but I still suck it up and do it. I remind myself that exercise is a gift I give myself.

  • Kelly November 20, 2011, 1:56 am

    I am definitely not a natural exerciser. I really do think it’s not in my genes because of my moms equally lazy attitude toward exercise (and eating I may add). I think parents do influence children when they are young and some were more encouraging then others. I think it’s great to teach kids about exercise and how it can be fun. I wasn’t on any team sports in school either so that influences peoples habits a lot! But in the end, I can’t play the blame game and I have to do what’s right for me! Same goes with everyone else. I think everyone feels this way!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) November 20, 2011, 2:01 am

    It’s not that I don’t like exercising… I just like laying on my couch more 🙂

  • Michelle November 20, 2011, 3:29 am

    I love this post, I am really struggling with this lately, between knee injury and work and relationship stress, I am either “too busy” or exhausted, or broken. I have stopped thinking of working out as part of my day, and it is hard to start to incorporate it in again. I like the comments, keep it up all you!!

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:53 am

      I hope you heal up and get a break at work soon 🙂

  • Emily November 20, 2011, 5:47 am

    I’m not a natural lover of exercise at all. The exception is walking – I frequently choose to walk over other forms of transport without any kind of issue or persuasion needed.

    Everything else is harder, though when I’m in the habit its easier. It also gets easier to remember why its good for me, and my body misses it when I don’t.

    I frequently use your tip of promising 10 minutes of exercise and then I can go sit down again (and I do usually get into it and do more than those 10).

    I think a huge part of it is getting the balance right between pushing yourself to DO and not pushing yourself to do so much that it is unsustainable.

  • Abbie November 20, 2011, 6:17 am

    Do I have to recommit? Ermm yes!!! I am one of those people who has to recommit every day, some days I slip up on my main workout so when I feel guilty in the evening I slip in a few pushups or sit ups. That always makes me feel better.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 20, 2011, 7:23 am

    That’s such a bummer about the pool! But at least you were able to do 20 minutes. Every little bit counts. 😀

    It really depends on the day for me – sometimes I get up and I just have this urge to run. Other days, I dread it. I just have to force myself to go and I know it’ll be worth it!

  • Lori Lynn November 20, 2011, 9:35 am

    I seem to lose my motivation pretty quickly, so I tend to have to recommit about every single time! I was doing better when it was warmer outside, and I would workout in the morning. As it’s turned colder though, it’s been harder getting up in the morning, so I’ve gone in the evenings, and then it’s get’s all to tempting to skip it entirely!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas November 20, 2011, 10:01 am

    Somedays I feel as though I naturally love it, but then there are those days where I have to recommit! great post!

  • Lindsey November 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    I love it now. But I never used, I played no sports in school and hated them, I hated even doing one lap around the track. But in the past 3 years I have realized how much better I feel about myself when exercise is part of my life and now I enjoy it a lot.

  • Allison November 20, 2011, 10:34 am

    Did you get the cranberry goat cheese from TJ’s?! I’ve seen blueberry goat cheese- is cranberry for the holiday season? I want some 😛

    • CaitlinHTP November 20, 2011, 10:54 am

      Yes!!! It is AMAZBALLS.

  • K November 20, 2011, 10:51 am

    I feel you Caitlin! On Friday morning it was close to -22F here and I had to buddy up just to keep myself from staying home in bed!
    We actually try to get out for walks on these super cold days too, and always find that, if dressed for the weather, walking hills or just throwing snowballs at each other makes winter so much more fun!

  • Sarah November 20, 2011, 11:55 am

    I was really off and on with exercise too before I had my son. It’s much easier to stay committed to exercise when it becomes the 1 hour (or so) of your day that’s totally yours. I wake up super early to get to the gym first thing before anyone else wakes up. I wouldn’t miss this time to myself for the world…unless I stay up too late watching a Sunday night football game. Monday morning’s are optional. 😉

  • Amber K November 20, 2011, 1:19 pm

    I definitely have to recommit myself to exercise every single day. Which is a little insane because I know I feel so much better after a good workout. It lowers my anxiety, works my heart, and makes me feel strong. And even knowing all of that I’d still rather lay on the couch catching up with my favorite TV characters than do it. So I have to make the conscious choice to do it every day.

  • hemp jogger November 20, 2011, 2:08 pm

    great question…for me, its 50/50. there are absolutely days where i really need to recommit, and remind myself why i like to exercise…or maybe its the massive amount of sweets i like to eat. other days (ie, work days) its just about having time to unwind my mind from the stress, completely remove myself from real life, and i always feel so much better after sweating. i think i definitely like it more than i dont, but lying on the couch all day is pure bliss.

  • Trin November 20, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Wellllll, I think this question answers itself. I talked myself out of hiking this morning because I just didn’t feel like it. Then I sat down and read this post. Then I put on my compression base layers and boots. I’m back after 5 miles to say thank you for this timely reminder that it isn’t about genes, but about commitment!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 20, 2011, 4:46 pm

    I’m committed to exercising just about every day–I feel blah otherwise. I actually have to take a week off from exercise, though, because I hurt my foot, and that week is feeling like eternity! I’m itching to get moving and sweating again!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 20, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I really LOVE it. No commitment really for me 🙂 But it is a part time job as well <—I teach tons of fitness classes. but for me either, it makes ME feel amazing, so I don't like to miss out on that! hah.

    i LOVE goat cheese!!!!!

  • Mandi November 20, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Thank-you so much for writing this! I’ve always wondered what I was lacking that made it so hard for me to stick with healthy habits and why it was so hard to get back on track. I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

  • Liz November 20, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I literally schedule around my workout schedule.. I don’t move it… I can be very stubborn.. but I never miss!

  • Sara November 21, 2011, 12:22 am

    Tonight I ran my second ever 5k, and shaved a full minute off my first one that I ran less than a month ago. I had to go alone because my husband had to stay home with our son. I found myself making excuses (good excuses) to not go… “It’s bad weather, I may not make it back for you to get to work in time, There will be no one to hold my keys and phone…blah…blah…blah.” It came down to that there was no physical reason for me to NOT go.

    I did not inherit that dying to sweat gene, the pictures of me from three yrs ago when I was 300 lbs will attest to that. What I did discover 3 yrs ago was how I wanted my outsides to start matching my insides. It is still hard every day to workout and eat right, but I when I do the next right action, I know I am saying yes to myself. And when I don’t… I know that it’s okay because I am allowed… I’m only human after all.

  • Athena @ Fitness & Feta November 21, 2011, 9:26 am

    I naturally love it!!

  • Charlie (Therunnerbeans) November 21, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I used to love exercise when I was part of a team at school but used to find it really hard to motivate myself when I am on my own! I am now training for the marathon and really enjoying it! I am hitting the gym, running races, and best of all running outside, on my own 4 days a week and LOVING it! I think my body loves the endorphins. It is definitely hard to get out of bed sometimes but once I’m back from my run I feel so good! Its so worth it.

  • Lisa November 21, 2011, 2:13 pm

    When I was 250+ pounds I hated exercise. I wanted to stay on my couch. I was shocked when I decided to get healthy and I actually ENJOYED exercise! It made me feel so good. And not just because I was losing weight. My mood improved. I had more energy. After I lost 100 pounds I found that I had tons of energy and HAD to exercise. I just wasn’t a “sit on the couch” kinda person anymore.

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