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Weight-Loss Series: Finding Fitness

Howard Eady decided to hit the gym again after retiring in June. He now works out at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center.

This is the first installment of a three-month series that will follow two McHenry County residents, Howard Eady and Carolyn Bathauer, as they continue their journey toward a healthy and fit life.

Carolyn Bathauer, 31, McHenry Carolyn Bathauer was always very active as a child … but she was always a little larger than her classmates. She was a three-sport athlete in high school and not the kind of person who exercised just to exercise.

“When I was an athlete competing, I was getting lots of exercise, but I didn’t realize it was exercise because participating in sports in high school was really fun,” Bathauer says.

In college, Bathauer admits she didn’t have the best eating habits. Her activity levels decreased, but her eating pretty much remained the same. However, she says she was still fairly healthy and fit throughout college.

It was a year or two after graduating from Illinois State University that she weighed the most in her young life: 260 pounds. Bathauer says was in a long-term relationship so she became comfortable, plus she started that pivotal first job out of college and sat at a desk all day.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of McHenry County Magazine.