I am not old, but sometimes I feel like I picked a hell of a time to bring fitness and healthy eating into my life; I feel this might have been much easier when I was 20 or even 30. When I was an adolescent I was of average build, I was pretty active but not athletic, and I had a lot of bad for me eating habits like lots of teen girls, the same could be said of my young adulthood. After I had children I put on a good bit of weight and spent a lot of years trying to lose it in a lot of unhealthy ways, everything from fad diets to diet pills. I also smoked from the age of 17 until the age of 48, this certainly did not help.
Over the years I just felt gradually worse blaming it on aging, on illness, on everything except my unhealthy choices. That changed for me about a year ago. In that year I have done good things, but have also failed at being consistent; falling back on old habits and old states of mind. It really wasn’t until about a month ago that I decide to take this thing as a serious long-term commitment.
With all of that serious stuff said and out-of-the-way, let me share with you a little Plus/Delta study of making the decision to Get Fit at 50. **I will not be 50 until March, I figure my journey will still be going at that time and I like round numbers.
|I have been around a while so I know a lot of stuff
||I have been around a while so a lot of stuff hurts
|I have more discipline than I did in my younger years
||It takes more discipline to get anything accomplished
|My children are grown, I have more freedom
||My children are grown, I cannot call it baby weight
|My finances are in better shape than 30 years ago
||Good thing because fitness is expensive
|I am more enthusiastic about fitness
||I am less enthusiastic about recovery time
|There are more gadgets available to help than when I was younger
||I do not understand how to work half of these gadgets
|I FEEL BETTER!
Getting fit and healthy wins!
Until Next Time…
Despite the title and the graphic above this is not a post about 2001: A Space Odyssey; both are quotes from the movie and after feeling a bit controlled and dependent on the machines tonight, the theme just seemed appropriate. Hope the reference is not too nerdy.
When I started working out to improve my health and lose weight I spent a good deal of time working on the strength equipment at the gym. I could plug-in my number in the computer, it would help me setup my workout and tell me when I reached my goal and tell me the next machine to use. Very convenient and very helpful for someone new to all of the gym stuff.
At that time I was still a smoker and dreaded the cardio! Although I knew I needed to get on the stationary bike or the treadmill I really did not want to at the time. As my desire to walk and run continued to grow, I quit smoking and started a cardio routine of elliptical, bike, treadmill, etc. and moved my strength training to free weights, the exercise ball and even some yoga.
I have focused more and more on my walking and running and started spending less time with weights and core workouts, making them just a cursory part of my routine at the end or in the middle of some cardio. Over the past couple of weeks I could definitely see and feel the difference in my arms, core and legs and not in a good way and I knew I needed to take more time on weights and core.
Tonight I walked into the Y and as I walked towards the treadmill I heard the FitLinxx machine say – “Just what do you think you’re doing Beth?” I tried to fight it, tried to resist but resistance was futile and I plugged in my number and had a great weight and core workout. So now knowing that I need a little disciplined assistance to keep to this part of my fitness regiment I will bend to the will of the machines and spend at least one day a week with them.
171 days smoke free, 42 pounds down and 178 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon. “Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.” ~Cher