How to put this delicately?
I'm gaining weight.
It started when we moved here in 2008 from Boston. In Boston, not only did I have a commute that involved extensive walking and subway riding (which I call commuter's interval training: walk briskly to station, sprint down stairs and through closing doors of train, stand on train and tighten ab muscles to stabilize your core, sprint to an open seat, clench legs to avoid touching your neighbor, dart out of train and up stairs so you can cross the street without getting get stuck at the red light; repeat several times a day) but most other activities in our lives were accomplished without a car.
Grocery shopping - which, granted, is a GIANT pain when you have a half walk mile back to the house with cartons of milk and OJ, and who knew canned beans could be so heavy and why did I buy these again...? - dinners out, visiting friends, going shopping. All of these were accomplished without the use of a car on a regular basis.
Then we moved to Southeast Michigan, the birthplace of the automobile, and while Ann Arbor is really transit-friendly as far as this part of the country goes, we still found ourselves using the car more and more, mostly because we had to.
Now I have a traditional full time job, I take a 50 minute bus commute - which involves very little walking - or drive or catch a ride with Matt - which involves no walking - and sit on my butt for 8 - 10 hours a day. The end result is that I'm heavier that I've ever been. Not fat, but big for me, a 5'2" small-framed person who's never had to worry too much about diet but now given the rapidly approaching 3-0 and my sedentary lifestyle will have to make some changes.
High cholesterol and diabetes run in my family and that's something I've always been aware of but never made permanent lifestyle changes to address. Now, however, I'm feeling the urge.
The reason? The wedding.
Basically, vanity is now forcing me to do what family health history could not. I need to start exercising and I need to stick with it because I want to look cute on my wedding day.
I don't want to spend money on a gym membership but I do own a bike and have large indoor spaces to jump rope, lift weights, etc. How do I start this exercise thing? Any tips?