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I walked with the president

It only took me six months to go from being overweight and out of shape to being in great condition because of exercise, so when I heard that City College President Kathryn Jeffery started a campaign called “Come Walk with Me,” I immediately jumped on the opportunity to walk and share the experience with her.

I was the poster boy for how to be overweight and out of shape. I overate and spent almost all of my time indoors.

As well as I got along with people in high school, it was still embarrassing to be around people who were physically fit while I was a bucket of grease. Toward the end of my freshman year, my entire class of over 100 people tested to see how long each person could run five laps. I finished dead last.

Two years ago in my senior year, I found myself in need of P.E. credits, so I was told to go out and get eight hours of exercise per week. From then on, I started walking one to two hours every day. I lost 60 pounds and got into tremendous physical shape in just five months.

So Jeffery’s walking program resonates deeply with me.

“Well, you’re going to be my encouragement with that story,” said Jeffery after I told her about my exercise routine.

I had joined one of her walks earlier this semester. That day’s crowd at Hughes Stadium was smaller than expected. Other than Jeffery, the only other people walking were classified faculty Christine DeCamp, Express photographer Gabrielle Smith and me, making for an overall attendance of four. Initially, about 20 people participated in the walks, but the decrease in attendance has not discouraged Jeffery.

“I would like to see more people, but that doesn’t change my experience in any way,” said Jeffery. “We’re a small group, but as a group, knowing others are going to be there, you feel accountable.”
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DeCamp explained why she has taken part in the president’s walk.

“I need to start a regular exercise program. It’s a wonderful opportunity you provide for the staff,” DeCamp said to Jeffery.

Before the walks start, the walkers go through a series of stretches, and I found that I could actually touch my toes, something I could not come close to doing two-and-a-half years ago.

The day was a great day for a slow-paced walk; the sky was clear, and there was a gentle breeze. Jeffery said she had wanted to start this campaign early in the year while the weather was still cold. I had started walking in similar conditions at the same time of the year. I built strength in the winter, so I could go out and get in my hour of walking, even on 100-degree days.

It made me feel better, and walking has improved the president’s health, too.

“I had some back issues, and since I’ve started walking, my back has felt better,” said Jeffery. “I feel energized for hours.”

Jeffery is also walking for other therapeutic reasons, just as I do. Walking has been a great way to clear my mind whenever I’m stressed out. Generally, when I start walking I find a million thoughts in my mind, and they are gone by the end.

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