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TANYA: I was successful in competitive athletics starting in junior high and realized that to be my best I had to fuel for success. Studying nutrition in college and becoming a nutritionist came out of my interest in eating well for my sports.
JEN: I always had an interest in health and exercise, and wanted to get into something where I could help people.
NICOLE: I was a serious year-round athlete in high school and started lifting at about 14 years old, so I've always been active. I've been interested in health, nutrition and exercise, as long as I can remember. After 3 years of majoring in Architecture and feeling unhealthy and unhappy, I decided that health/fitness should be my career--not my hobby. I've never looked back!

What I want people to know about living a healthy lifestyle:
DEAN: A healthy lifestyle is a process that never stops changing and unfolding, not a predetermined goal you have to reach. Everything is part of that process—good days and bad days, successes and failures, gains and losses, pleasure and pain—and the only thing that can really get in your way is trying to ignore or deny what your own experience can teach you. Don’t waste time regretting or clinging to anything—learn and move on.
CHRIS: Once you transition to a healthy lifestyle, you realize that it's a lot more fun and even tastes better than an unhealthy lifestyle.
SARA: Life is so much richer when you are active and healthy—you feel energized and more confident.
BECKY: Healthy living does take some time and dedication, but it is better to spend the time on this rather than waiting for hours to see the doctor.
TANYA: It's hard and takes commitment but it's so worth it!
JEN: No one is expected to be perfect! I eat dessert and have trouble getting up to exercise in the morning just like anyone else. But it does become easier to eat healthy and exercise—it becomes a habit.
NICOLE: A lot of people say they don't have time to be healthy, but everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. The key is to make your health a major priority in your life. If you look at how you spend your time, you'll find plenty of opportunities to cut unimportant things (like TV) and replace them with healthier habits.

What I want to try in the future:
DEAN: Spinning class!
CHRIS: Cycling around the hilly roads of the San Francisco Bay area for fun and fitness.
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