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

A riddle for our readers – “Who am I?”

We came across this riddle today and wanted to share it with our readers.

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.

I will push you on to success or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half the things I do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures, as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.  Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine; though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human.  You may run me for profit or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will placed the world at your feet.  Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?  Let us know what you think and stay tuned for the answer in a couple of days!

PP and CR