Now, to be fair, it's possible that some of this was from the summer before I left Job City. But most of it was surely due to Fellowship City's long winter, and my proximity to a place that made possibly the best scones I've ever had.
Two years ago, one of my colleagues came back from her fellowship year visibly fitter. Apparently, she exercised three to four times a week in addition to nearly finishing her book manuscript. Jeez.
Fortunately, I have a new secret weapon: A month ago, I went ahead and put much more on the credit card than I should have, and bought a new bike. It is light, shifts like a dream, fits me perfectly, and is an absolute joy to ride. In three days, I've put over 30 miles in it. It's likely that some of the novelty will wear off. But I'm about 20 minutes from getting on it again and riding the 4 miles to campus.
Fifteen pounds. Yeesh.