Current Weight: 159 pounds
Goal Weight: 145 to 148 pounds
Occupation: Director of events and marketing at Brasserie Beck and Marcel’s.
Current exercise regimen: “At the gym, I’ll run a few miles and usually row for 10 to 15 minutes. I used to work out all the time, but I stopped for a few months this past September and have been slow and not all that motivated. Rough year for me, but now I’m ready to get back on track.”
The issue: “Working for a chef involves long hours and a lot of outside events. There’s always lots of foods from DC’s best chefs, and plenty of wine—not to mention that being a ‘professional food taster’ all the time can be hard to resist when working with so much talent.”
Her trainer: Elizabeth Brooks of Effervescence Training Studio
Look for Julie’s weekly posts every Monday in January.
Frankie A. Martinez-Blanco
Current weight: 168 pounds
Goal Weight: 155 to 158 pounds
Occupation: Director of advance at the US Department of Education. “My job consists of coordinating all of the logistics for any international or domestic trip that Secretary Arne Duncan undertakes. Then I travel three to five days before the secretary arrives. Once he arrives, I travel with him, briefing him and making sure he stays on schedule.”
Current exercise regimen: “I bike every day to and from work—three miles each way. I also try to go to the gym at least once a week, but haven’t succeeded in the past two months.
The issue: At 25 and with a demanding job, Frankie has found it difficult to dedicate time to making exercise a priority in his life. “I’ve been in the city for five years and still haven’t mastered the technique of active winter living à la Colorado. This blog opportunity hopefully will make me both shed the extra pounds and inspire others like me to live a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing their socially active routines in the great city of Washington.”
His trainer: Will Noel of Mint DC
Look for Frankie’s weekly posts every Thursday in January.