My fitness journey actually began in January 2010. For lent, I chose two items - 1. Remove soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi, etc...) from my lifestyle, and 2. Live a healthier life through better eating and exercise.
After one month of successful soft drink removal and better eating, I joined the local 24 hour access gym. I started using the elliptical machine and treadmill, and set a personal goal of running a 5k (3.1 miles) race in the next two months.