Navy Cut-Out Leggings (On sale here in gray. Kelly’s wearing an XS. Also loves these, these and these.) / Navy Sneakers (These are great, too.) / Nantucket Sweatshirts from someplace on Nantucket. 😂 Sunken Ship has some, though!

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Mitch here!

While Kelly in the City is filled with preppy outfits, cute babies and adorable dachshunds, I don’t want you to get the impression that we have our stuff together over here. Our typical day is more cheese puffs and wine than health and wellness.

As a teacher who was not allowed to sit down between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., it was all too easy to hit that 10,000 step goal. My feet throbbed at the end of the day but my pants fit and I looked absolutely fantastic. These days, though, I’m lucky if I hit 100 measly steps. Pedometers are much less fun when you sit around all day, and now my relatives make fun of how tight my pants are. (I also blame the switch I made to skinny jeans this year, but that’s a story for another time.)

But not in 2018! Big changes are afoot! I’m now old enough to recognize that anything out of place in my life is entirely my fault and my responsibility. I just need to prioritize my gripes and work to fix them. Sleeping like a meth addict? Eating like a college student? Getting caught making chocolate pudding at 4 in the morning? All problems with easy solutions!

Below I’ll spell out our fitness plan for the new year. Hold me to it because I don’t want to die!

Larkin Fitness Plan

Walking: The Larkins used to be big time walkers back in New York. Living there was just so entertaining. Kelly and I wouldn’t even watch TV. Each night we’d look at each other and say, “You want to go see some crazy New York City stuff?” and then we’d walk around for hours and hours. We did this for eight years.

But then we moved to Chicago. We tried to make the whole walking thing happen here, we did. We used to walk home from the Loop. And then the hellscape Chicago winter descended. And then we had a kid.

But in 2018, we will walk once again! And I’m not just talking about around the block. I’m talking strolls, jaunts, hikes… I might even get a walking stick.

Running: I’m the worst kind of runner. I’m that guy who used to run and still talks about it like I ran yesterday.

Oh yeah! The rush (the nausea); I never missed a day (missed a whole year); I wasn’t even training–I was just doing it for the love of it (hated every moment); I’m getting back into it tomorrow!

But I’m

Tennis: I don’t love much in this world, but swatting little yellow balls around a tennis court is high on my list. I’m the total package. I’m a threat on the net. I can go short cross court. I’ll make you mine on the baseline. Don’t make me continue!

Kidding. It’s been a long time since I played. But Kelly and I have a weekly tennis date in 2018! She is going to embarrass me all over the court on a weekly basis and I’m going to love every second of it. At least that’s the plan. (Btw: Did you catch last week’s tennis post?)

Swimming: It was only recently that I realized that pools at the gym are more for swimming and less for splashing. I mean, I’ve known how to swim for a long time, but I tried swimming for exercise and made it about 15 feet and nearly threw up. If I knew as a kid that I would have unlimited access to a pool 365 days of the year, I would have freaked out! And, honestly, I feel like a goon neglecting this fact.

So Emma and I went swimming last week. I loved it and she hated it. I splashed; she cried. Carrying her into that pool made me feel like a real-deal dad and her screaming made my family man persona complete. And I’m going to keep doing it until she loves it.

Mitch. Out.

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