Department: Cardiology Job Title: Clinical Research Coordinator Years at MGH: 1½ Team Name: "Cupcakes Anonymous"
Reason Joined Be Fit: I grew up playing team sports (soccer and rowing) and went to the gym consistently in college. After starting work full-time post-undergrad, I found it very difficult to keep up with an active lifestyle and healthy eating. I saw the effects of a more sedentary life on my body the past 2 years and was searching for motivation in the form of a team and a common goal to give me a much needed jump start!
How Be Fit Helped: I was nervous about walking into a gym after such a long time but working with a personal trainer (Danny Murphy) made me feel comfortable and confident in the space. Danny spent time understanding my goals and showing me manageable ways of working towards them. The consistency of working out helped motivate me to start attending group classes (cycling, pilates) around Boston, which have added variety to my workouts.
Logging what I consume has made eating and drinking less passive and more intentional activities during my day. The nutrition classes and one-on-one meetings have taught me a lot about how small changes (swapping out one brand for another or adding veggies to your leftovers) can go a long way.
Favorite Thing About Be Fit: Weekly Be Fit “green” meals at Eat Street Cafe! There definitely are days I don’t have time to pack a lunch that is both quick and healthy, so this was a great help over the 10 weeks. The salad bar was my favorite place!