At some point I started running. I think it was during my second stint at the gym when a friend convinced me in January to run a 4 mile race in March. Since it was my first race ever, that definitely kept me in the gym longer preparing for that. From there I kept running, signing up for 5k's, mud run's and such to keep me going. I did this for three years. Never did I fall in love or even remotely become addicted to running. I just did it because I knew it was important to be active and I was able to convince some of my friends to do it too.
I continued to suffer through the running. I found some podcasts I liked, that helped.
Next I joined a gym that offered classes like boot camp, cardio kick-boxing, R.I.P.P.E.D and so on. The classes were/are super crowded and not at the best time for my schedule so I've only gone to a handful of those. Last summer a friend asked me if I wanted to go to an Insanity class with her so I did. Insanity is one of those workouts you see on t.v. infomercials with Shaun T, but this was a live class taught by a certified Insanity instructor (who happens to also teach that previously mentioned Zumba class). I really liked the class despite the fact that I thought I might die during the full grueling hour of high intensity intervals. I went back for more the next week. And another time after that. I guess that's when I got turned on to T25. This is another Shaun T program that you see on the infomercials. Its 11 DVDs (I think). The workouts are not boring at all, totally challenging (still cannot do a one armed burpee to save my life) and they're only 25 minutes. It comes with a 10 week schedule to tell you which workouts to do which days. You do 6 workouts over five days of the week (one day you do a double). I'm pretty sure most people can find 25 minutes a day to work hard and do something good for yourself. It was next to impossible to come up with an excuse not to do it (or a good one anyway). There were a couple of times that I switched my workout day with a rest day to accommodate whatever, but that's no biggie. I was still able to do all six each week for 10 weeks. Nelsy did it too (and he works a regular full time 9-5 job). I definitely feel stronger and see noticeable changes in my body composition. I'm still doing the workouts even though I "finished" the program. I am going to continue to run occasionally (that pain in the neck 4 mile race is coming up in March) but I'm feeling so good about finding my exercise niche.