Path to Wellness

After a nice, long maternity leave I’m ready to get back into a routine. I’ve found myself searching for a new normal when it comes to wellness. Gone are the days of walking miles around New York City and taking and teaching fitness classes regularly. Little Baby A was born on April 27th so it’s high-time I get back into the swing of things. For me, I’d like that to include staying fit and eating healthy. Thankfully, I found Ellwood Thompson’s Get Well Challenge to help me get on the right track.

I was one of the lucky 30 chosen to participate in three months of free fitness classes, nutritional counseling and weekly weigh-ins. If this doesn’t motivate me to create a lifestyle filled with healthy habits, I’m not sure anything will. I like that the program is long enough that going to classes and watching what I eat becomes routine. I’ve read that it takes an average of 66 days for a new habit to become sustainable, so it’s comforting to know I’ll have the motivation of this program to get me through that period of time.

The program started last Monday with a big meeting to get to know the generous providers around Richmond who are offering free classes, advice and encouragement to us. We were given a food journal and signed up for our initial body fat assessment & weigh-in and our initial 15-minute consult with a dietician.

We were given a BIA, or Body Impedance Assessment this week, where electrodes were hooked up to my hands and feet. I learned my body fat percentage, BMI and how much water was in my cells. Let’s just say that all of those measurements need to improve. Interestingly, I measured an inch and a half under my tallest height measurement. I attribute this to my hiatus from Pilates. I think I’ll measure taller by the end of the program, once I’m back into a fitness routine.

We were also asked to attend a goal-setting seminar. I was really inspired by the other women in the class. It motivated me to talk to them. I’ll be sharing my goals here and updating my progress. My meeting with the nutritionist is next week. In the meantime, I’m food-journaling everything on It’s a pretty awesome site if you’re looking to count calories.

So, here’s what I’m looking to accomplish:


  • Set weekly goals every Sunday and revisit last week’s goals


  • Lose 4 lbs. by 10/30/12 (We have a photo session scheduled that day for Baby A’s six-month birthday).
  • Incorporate more vegetables into my diet. Have a vegetable side with dinner at least 4 nights during the week.


  • Lose 10 lbs. by the end of the GWC on 12/24/12.
  • Establish a routine where I am not going more than 2 days without exercising.
  • Reduce body fat by 10%.


  • Lose 16 lbs. by 4/22/13 – my birthday.
  • Continue a consistent exercise routine.