Baby Steps To Fitness

Baby Steps To Fitness

by Gina B.

Fitness is all the rage, and it’s a beautiful thing.  I see lots of my friends and colleagues challenging themselves and looking great in the process.  It’s time for me to jump on the bandwagon, with a little help from a friend.

This is driven by health, of course, with a large dose of vanity thrown in.  Good relationships begin with healthy minds, bodies and spirits.  Even if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you owe it to your partner to keep it tight!

That said, this body needs to be healthy . . . and hot!  I have some work to do.

I have to admit that I’m lucky – I’ve always been athletic with good muscle memory.  I can thank my parents for my tendency to be muscular.  I’ve had years where I was a complete gym rat, avid boxer and Crossfitter.  I haven’t seen those days in quite some time.  I’m not a terrible eater – I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 20, I’m not partial to pasta, don’t drink soda, and I’ve somehow managed to quell a sweet tooth that has been raging out of control my entire life.  I love vegetables and truly enjoy cooking healthy food.

That’s the good stuff.  Now for the bad stuff . . .

I actually hate to work out.  I love the effects and how I feel afterward, but I really have to motivate myself to get to the gym.  I envy those who seem to love the feel of weights in their hands, and can push themselves on the treadmill.  In fact, I despise the treadmill and all things related to running.   “Fortunately” for me I’ve had three knee surgeries and have been told by my surgeon that running should never be a part of my exercise routine.   What a great excuse!  I much prefer competitive sports.

The other issue is that I love a lot of foods that I shouldn’t, and have been hiding a secret addiction to pizza for several years (which is really no secret to anyone who knows me).  Since I’m being honest, I’ll admit that I have an issue with cheese in general.  And wine!  (I swear I should have been born in France, where cheese and wine are enjoyed daily. )  Also?  As much as I love drinking wine, I HATE drinking water.   Especially in mass quantities.  To add insult to injury, I’m not a fan of eating frequently throughout the day.

That said, even though I have some good habits, I have REALLY bad ones that counter them.

When I was looking around for a program, I wanted something that would sustainable over time.  There is no way that I could do any of those diets that eliminate complete food groups that happen to be yummy.  I can’t imagine a life without even the occasional piece of bread – or any other sort of harsh deprivation.

Alternatively, some of my friends have experienced excellent results with their 90-Day challenges that involve protein shakes and healthy eating.   I enjoy cheering them on, but those plans don’t work for me.  I have a health condition that has caused my doctor to strip soy from my diet, so I must stay away from anything that includes soy isolates.   No shakes for me!

I was explaining my dilemma over breakfast to my friend Andrea Nichols-Everett, owner of D3 (Dre’s Diesel Dome) here in Chicago.  Fitness and nutrition enthusiast that she is, she relished in the challenge of creating a plan that I can live with.

My guidelines were that it had to be something that would fit in with my lifestyle.  I realize that I have to make compromises to achieve my goals, therefore I will commit to making the time for fitness and trying to rectify some of my nutritional bad behavior.

After assessing my current state, we decided that I could lose 13 pounds and tone some key areas (butt and thighs).

For the next 8 weeks, I will be adhering to the following:

  • Alternating days, meaning that I’m on plan every other day
  • Eating small meals, 6 times a day
  • Eating clean, which means eating high quality foods and eliminating sugar
  • Hauling my ass into D3 at least three times a week for high-intensity classes
  • Supplementing classes with short in-home workouts on the days in between
  • Attempting to drink a gallon of water a day (we’ll see what happens)

I will be chronicling this challenge, which we’re calling Baby Steps To Fitness, here and on my personal blog (, where there will also be comments from Dre as she guides me through the transformation.   It should be very entertaining.


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  • In reply to thisisyourbestyear:

    Thank you and we will!

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    Sounds like a great plan!!

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