This blog was written on Thursday, June 2, 2011


That is the sound of my abdominal muscles today as I sit at my desk and feel the burn from last night’s work out at World Health Club. It was my first time back at this whole fitness thing in a long while … last year was a great year for physical activity and Christina Rontynen. I was swimming, squashing, working out, attending fitness classes. I had made it a habit and a part of my routine.

Then life happened – as it does for all of us.

I was in the final stages of my thesis, on a job hunt and in the midst of starting my own company. Needless to say the end of the day was meant for sleeping and shutting my brain off. My habit of physical activity had been broken.

Over the last 5 months I have finally learned the concept of the “skinny jean”. I’ve never owned a pair of jeans that I wore on my “skinny” days – my jeans were my jeans. Now I have several pairs. Ha. And no … my “skinny” is not an unhealthy “skinny”. Like most over achieving young women I’ve been down that path and understand that healthy lifestyle and healthy weight are important.

All this being said yesterday marked the first day of starting new healthy habits. It was day 1 of … RONTYNEN GET BACK INTO SHAPE SO YOU CAN ENJOY LIFE. Yes, that’s me yelling at myself, drill sergeant style.

Habit is also the answer to the riddle that @ppilarski posted over the weekend.

Habits aren’t necessarily physical activity. They are anything from bad food habits (hopefully you’ve been following @Carter_BBold’s cleanse via twitter. Loving it. Especially last night’s mention of cheese platters everywhere) to bad work habits.

What habit are you going to strive to change? Let’s start an evolution & let’s have some fun this summer. Yes there is a lot going on … from festival season to political leadership races but don’t get too bogged down. Take my advice and take time to create healthy habits in your life and break the unhealthy ones … and remember to form some fun habits with your honeys’ too. @ppilarski is certainly joining me on the physical activity kick.

CR xo

One thought on “Habits

  1. I did not get your quiz. Good one, once you published the “habit” answer I was mad. I have become a big fan of Stephen Covey and the science of habits. Or the art. But as you posted it takes time.

    Great blog….. suspect you are going to organize a stampede event, being the big Calgary promoter you are. But I will note I lived in Calgary 10 years, Kelowna 10 years and now Edmonton 2 months. Edmonton is a friendlier city and has much more civic pride. Are you up for the challenge?


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