The Fit and Fabulous 50s

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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.

PLUS

DELTA

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!

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Until Next Time…

It can only be attributable to human error

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