Sunday, March 18, 2012

I turn 40 this week!

So I have been meaning to get back into a fitness routine. My vertigo has been in check, I am steadily losing about a pound a week because of my dietary changes, so it is time to add the exercise component back in. I know that if I am losing with diet only, exercising is going to add to that AND get me into a healthier body!

Two recent things have made me realize that I want to be fitter. 1 - walking for several hours around Charleston, and 2 - physical labor - installing shelving in my office/moving boxes etc. yesterday. I want to be healthier so I can do these things with out being EXHAUSTED! (ok, 3 - I am turning 40 on Saturday.)

 My fitness goals for this week are the following:
- go to yoga Monday at 6:30pm
- start my BodyDrive Daily 10 again
- keep on eating healthy foods (my birthday week has always been a pass in the past & has always spelled the end of any New Year's inspired health initiative) 

Turning 40 is a "big" birthday, but I am not sure how I am supposed to feel about it.  I mean 40 really isn't old anymore and is the "new 20" (or 30 or whatever the media has chosen it to be this week).  I don't know what I thought 40 would be so my expectations are neither being met nor being dashed.  

A part of me is disappointed that I am not "fit" by this birthday.  I started this blog 18 months ago with the intention of being healthy and "fit" by 40. Well, life happens, and everyone on a quest for a fitter life will agree with me that it is not easy.  I know this is a life long journey and that saying "I'll lose X amount by X date" is setting myself up for failure.  I also know that it isn't going to get any easier as I age, so now is a pretty good time to start. So with that in mind, here are some more long term goals:

- getting into a regular exercise routine (even if it is just 10 mins a day at first)
- drinking more water more consistently (Sarah Fitness - I see you beaming!) 
- continuing to eat good, healthy meals
- not letting one rich, calorie-laden meal derail me and send me back to an eating free-fall back to bad habits.

So those are my goals going forward into my 40s and beyond!  I notice a theme of consistency.  So help me by encouraging me to be consistant.  What ALWAYS happens, and I am well aware of this, is that I get into a routine for about 3 weeks and something happens, I travel, get sick, have a birthday week, or whatever and then I just STOP.  I stop doing whatever I was doing towards better health.  I am aware of this and am working on maintaining my awareness.  I am particularly proud of myself for sticking to healthier heating and water drinking all during the vertigo.  It is probably why I am feeling good about getting back into a regular exercise routine.

Ok, more tomorrow after my first day back to HWY!



  1. Keep up the good work. You can do it. I was in my best health at 45 and it was better than being 20. Don't be hard on yourself. You are right, consistency is the key but if you "cheat" or rather "indulge" on a meal or snack, don't punish yourself...just dust yourself off and move forward. I envy your committment. You Go!!!! (from Marcia)

  2. are doing so awesome! Just keep the faith, keep relying on your support system and never give up if you really want it! Each day you make one small change is a step in the right direction. Seriously...I will be your cheerleader!!!

    FYI: 40's are AWESOME!!