My first college boyfriend was a hot Israeli naval officer who loved working out, and it showed. We spent a fun year together while I studied at University of Tel Aviv. But things cooled off after I left Israel, and him, to complete college in the US. I had moved to Israel at 18, planning to study at university, but it wasn’t much fun. Students were older, after the army, and much more serious than your average American college crasher. After a year, I decided my best chance of getting an undergrad degree was to try my luck at U of Md, local for me.

Back to the boyfriend, great guy, fun times, good looking. Unlike me in that he was/is very into physical fitness. We lost track of each other over the years. Cliche, but he found me via Facebook a few weeks ago and asked if I’d like to meet for coffee.

I was butterfly-nervous about meeting him, but once we sat down for coffee and he launched into what he’s been doing with his life for the last 25 years, it was almost like old times. He looked and spoke so much like I remembered, that when he began to use the terminology of academia, it was a bit strange. This former boarding school ward who had few expectations of even moderate success, had gone on to get a PhD in physical fitness education, and today teaches, does research and presents papers at conferences. He’s also written a book many consider the go-to reference on working out in the gym. Plug: The Complete Holistic Guide to Working Out in the Gym by Dr. Yigal Pinchas. For the prurient curious, it’s his back on the bottom cover of the book.

Like me, he is happily married. He has a wonderful wife and four children.

Teaser – more on our meeting for coffee next time.