Updated: October 04, 2012

It happened again last night: While talking to a friend of a friend

at dinner, I mentioned what I do for a living, and she said, 'Wow, you

must work out all the time.' The truth is, I used to exercise

regularly (and I had the toned arms and flat abs to prove it). But

lately with traveling to photo shoots, meeting (and missing a few)

deadlines, and planning my wedding I've gotten a wee bit softer and much

slower. And that's not okay for someone who writes about and loves

fitness! So a few weeks ago, I decided to take my own advice-everything

I write in the magazine every month. I told myself, 'When you don't

have time for a full workout, squeeze in 15 minutes'; 'If you don't feel

like going to the gym, lace up your sneakers anyway'; and 'Instead of

meeting your friends for dinner and drinks, make a workout date.'

I've really been following that first recommendation by walking home

from work. It's 1.8 miles door to door and while I don't speed walk, I

keep up a moderate pace the entire way. Sometimes I listen to my iPod,

often I call my dad, but one thing's always the same: By the time I get

home, my legs are tired and my head feels clear. Hey, what's your

favorite way to squeeze in exercise? (Please don't tell me you park in

the farthest spot at the mall...I live in New York City!)

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