In fact, I really, truly, deeply hate it. Don’t get me wrong – I do it. I exercise almost every day. But it’s a battle. No, more accurately it’s a war. I have to talk myself into it and I can’t wait until it’s over. When it’s done, I feel good, and I’m glad that I did it. You’d think that would make me look forward to the next time. It doesn’t.
I gained the Freshman 15 when I went to college. Okay, it was more like the Freshman 20. Spring of my sophomore year I decided to lose it and I joined an exercise class. $50 for a semester, four hours a week. That class was the closest I came to actually loving exercise and I took it for four semesters. We had three instructors. Mrs. Kengor was our Monday instructor who taught step (my favorite) and kickboxing, with the occasional hour of interval training. She was intense. She’d recently given birth when I joined the class and I heard from girls who’d taken it before that even when she was nine months pregnant she could kick our butts. Gina taught Tuesdays and Thursdays, mixing it up with zumba, dance and play, step, hi-lo, and kickboxing. She was hilarious and really knew how to make exercising fun. On Wednesdays, Mrs. Harp taught yoga or pilates.
Everyone warns you about the freshman 15. What no one bothers to mention to you is the Marriage 15. I was so excited about cooking and making delicious meals for my husband. I had good intentions about keeping us healthy. The weight sort of slowly crept up on me – on both of us, really. We couldn’t afford to join a gym and once I started working there wasn’t time for the gym anyway. When I was tired from work, the easiest thing to whip up usually wasn’t the healthiest.
A few months ago Dave and I got serious about losing weight and generally being a healthier couple. I’m proud to say I have lost 15 pounds! Dave has lost 20. I have a collection of exercise DVDs I rotate between: four different Biggest Loser workouts, four Leslie Sansone walks (2, 3, 4 and 5 miles), and Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. And now that we have cable, I can use Exercise TV On Demand! Today I did Jillian’s Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. It’s 50 minutes with 7 circuits. Brutal. I hated every minute. But I have 10 more pounds to lose, so I’m going to keep at it.
What about everyone else? Are there any other newlyweds who have faced the Marriage 15? Anyone else who fights a war with exercise? Or maybe you love to exercise. Want to share your secret?