...Weighing nearly 300 lb by the time he was a junior at the University of Toronto, [John] Janetzko knew that his years of unhealthy eating and leading a sedentary lifestyle were finally catching up to him. He felt miserable. A friend who worked in the same chemistry research lab noticed, and he encouraged Janetzko to join him at the gym. In the beginning, Janetzko could barely jog for 10 minutes, but he kept going. Meanwhile, he was also making much healthier choices in what he ate.
Janetzko recently shared his weight-loss journey with CNN’s “Weekly Weigh-In.” Now a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Harvard University, Janetzko, 24, weighs a lean 170 lb, and the only weight he’s trying to gain is in muscle mass. He continues to work out regularly and has motivated others in his research group to do the same.
The lifestyle change has done wonders for both his self-esteem and his research productivity, he tells Newscripts. “It’s made a huge difference for me to feel more energetic, more enthusiastic, better about myself, and more confident.”...As someone who gained (and then lost!) and then gained some weight in graduate school, it's pretty neat to see a story of someone who managed to go the other way. I think the establishment (if you didn't already have one) of an exercise routine of some sort in grad school is a really great way of promoting/preserving mental health.
(That, and staying away from the Taco Bell drive-thru window...)