Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

One step at a time 

A New Year’s guide to fitness, food and feeling good

The Chinese proverb says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Your Wheaton magazine editor says, when it comes to food and fitness, sometimes the hardest part is putting down the fork and putting on the sports bra to get going in the right direction.

It’s that time of year again, when we recharge ourselves (and the Fitbit) in the face of a new year and make dramatic resolutions to get in shape, eat right and change something big in our lives. (This year, we really, really mean it. No, really!) To help us all, your editor has sought advice from a few of our alumnae/i, who each have something to offer in their field of expertise in nutrition, fitness and self-care.

Read an in-depth interview with each of them below. And email us your personal advice for setting and reaching goals at quarterly@wheatoncollege.edu. We can use all the inspiration we can get.

She has got it covered

Covers Charlotte Strick 95Charlotte Strick ’95 succeeds as award-winning book designe

Charlotte Strick ’95 is a tactile designer and creator, preferring her hands above all other tools when making art.

So when the award-winning book-jacket designer was tasked with developing the cover art of the Amelia Gray novel Threats, she took it as an opportunity to get her hands dirty—quite literally.

Threats tells the story of the mysterious death of the wife of the main character—a recluse suffering from amnesia and delusions. “Around his home and garden, small terrifying ‘threats’ appear to him on scraps of paper,” Strick said. “The description of his garden and the things once buried there presented an opportunity for a type-driven cover that could do the same.” [Read more...]

Work it out.

Albi SkenderiAlbi Skenderi ’09

  • ReFit director and trainer, New York City
  • Economics major
  • Former member of the men’s track and field team

Set a goal: “You have to have a purpose for working out. That has to be a key point for anyone. For me it has always been about signing up for an event and working toward it. That way you don’t have to think long term but rather week by week. You set a schedule for the week and try to maintain it. Next week do the same. For example, I recently learned how to swim. I signed up for a triathlon three months before I learned how to swim. Every day I had to train I knew I had to be there because, if I didn’t show up, I would be in a bad place come race day. So setting that one goal just a couple months before motivated me to train. When that was done, I moved on to something else that was two months in the future.” [Read more...]

Find your tribe.

Alex McKinney IMG_9025Alex McKinney ’94 

“Find a coach/community—whether it be a running club or a fitness coach—to help you stay motivated and accountable, giving you age-appropriate and research-based training methods to reach your optimal performance and prevent injuries.”

 “Fitness is defined by your strength (muscular power), endurance (cardiovascular health), and flexibility (range of motion at all of your joints and muscle elasticity/pliability). Therefore, you need to address all three areas to improve your fitness by targeting specific muscle groups, maintaining an elevated heart rate for a sustained period of time through cardio work, and engaging in stretching exercises like yoga.” [Read more...]