So! I have gained a bit of weight since entering college. It isn't that surprising when I think about all of the spontaneous ice cream parties that I had with friends in the school cafeteria, or the fact that in my more sedentary periods I get serious exercise maybe a few times a month. I'm still quite comfortably in the healthy weight range for someone of my age and height, but I want to be healthier
My official goal for right now is just to exercise for a reasonable amount of time every day, maybe excepting Sundays. For the past two days, I've been getting up at around my usual time in the morning (anytime from 7:30 to 8:30) and going jogging before it gets too hot outside. I've been enjoying it so far, and think that it would be great if I could work up to longer distances! I've done jogging before, but I've never gone much more than 5k-distance (3.1 miles) in any given run. I never actually train, though, so I bet that if I stayed disciplined and ran every day I could at least double that. Even if the running thing doesn't work out, though, (I'm pretty undisciplined!) I'm sure that I can find other ways of being less sedentary, like using the stairstepper, playing DDR, or learning the "Gee" dance
I do have a few things going for me, like good genetics! I'm lucky to have a decent metabolism and a higher-than-average baseline level of fitness; even when I'm woefully out of shape, like I am now, I can jog a 5k (slowly!) and generally sustain enough energy to do semi-athletic activities. I also tend to eat pretty healthily. Although I snack a bit too much and probably consume more sweets than I should, my actual meals are fairly balanced and I enjoy fruits and vegetables.
Officially, my goal is just to get back in shape and be healthier. Unoficially, I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds - five, maybe, or ten maximum (since I'm pretty short and not actually overweight to begin with). Whether or not I lose much weight, though, it wouldn't hurt to burn off a bit of the extra body fat that I've accumulated since leaving high school. I don't necessarily need to look like my high school self, since I'm a really late developer (runs in my mom's side of the family) and didn't even get hips and a chest until sometime in my junior or senior year. I would, however, like to be less flabby and more toned, which I can accomplish with exercise! And maybe by trying to limit my compulsive snacking habits just a tad.
I'm posting this here, publicly, so that I will be more likely to hold myself accountable.