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Health and fitness has become my passion over the years. About 5 years ago, both of my parents had a heart attack within 4 months of one another. That was a wake up call for me. I was 50 then and knew that I went from 0 to 50 years in about 7 seconds, and therefore I would be in my mid-70’s quicker than you could say, “Do you want fries with that?” Their nearly simultaneous heart attacks really underscored the fact that as far as our health and fitness is concerned, what we do today, sows the seeds of tomorrow. I love life and there is a million things I’ve yet to do, so it is essential for me to do everything I can to make sure my mind and body is in top shape for the years to come!
In my mid 40’s, I stumbled into peri-menopause and my body was quickly betraying me. Everything I knew that worked that kept me in shape did not work anymore. I exercised harder, ate less and still became bigger than I had ever been. I had gained 6 sizes! As a former flight attendant, I knew the ‘code’ to keeping my weight in line to make those required weight checks. This made it very frustrating that all of a sudden that diet and exercise didn’t seem to be working anymore. It was a struggle. I dieted sensibly and exercised, but the weight kept coming anyway. I had to buy bigger and stretchier clothes. I felt hopeless and degraded. For the longest time, none of the old tricks worked, but I was determined to break the ‘code’. No matter how long it took, I was going to win, I wasn’t giving up!
I remember looking at the ladies’ fitness magazines that showed some bone-thin 23 year old blonde on the cover who eats celery sticks for lunch and runs on the beach for exercise and thinking, “How difficult is it for a 23 year old to look good and be fit?” Gimme a break! Show me a 50 or 60 year old that looks good who has a family and has to work for a living, then I am impressed! To make matters worse, the success stories of some of the readers described many of these people as doing complex and lengthy workouts every night. Their exercise schedule looked like as inviting as military boot camp. No thanks, I was not into torment, that is what a day job is for, right? I needed respite at the end of my work day. Dragging one’s self into an aerobic abyss for a couple of hours a night after an arduous day in cube land did not motivate me one bit. I couldn’t be like the pretty blonde on the cover of the fitness magazine who ate celery and jogged everyday with the smell of the sea in the air and the waves at her feet, since it was 6 hours to the nearest beach. So what does a real person, a middle-aged person, with a job, do to get fit?
Finally after 10 years of trial and error, I have learned which adjustments to make to get the fitness level that I desired. I am in my mid-50’s and I now weigh 20-25 pounds less than I did in high school. My last body fat check in early January of 2010 had me in the upper 80th percentile for my age. Since then I have lost 10 more pounds and am fit and toned and clothes have never looked better on me. How much do I weigh you ask? I weigh less than what my driver’s license says I do, a very good feeling!
I love to talk about fitness and healthy eating. I love to eat both healthy food as well as treats. I am determined to have my treats and to maintain fitness and healthy weight as well. It is about balance. People that I haven’t seen for awhile will often ask what I did to lose weight and “look so good”. It is my desire to give encouragement to those who have the same goals as me, but may be distracted by life too much to know what to do to achieve them. This blog is for the person who wants to work on their health and fitness, for those who want their clothes to fit better, and to get better reports on their checkups while living their busy lives. If this sounds like your situation, then this blog is for you!
As a disclaimer of sorts: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am not a trainer, dietician, scientist or expert in the field. Please check with your doctor first before beginning an exercise program and consult with him or her for your needs. I am a person who has gotten the results I want, and after 10 years of working of beating my head against the wall, I am ecstatic to finally have achieved my goal. My comments are based on my experiences. My main goal is to encourage you to be all you can be and motivate so your fitness goals can become a reality. I feel so blessed to have my health and want to encourage others to incorporate Fit and Healthy Living into their lives as opposed to another item else on that ever expanding “to do” list.
The Fit and Healthy Living Blog is a place where we can all come together to discover a more fit life for ourselves as we age. My posts will be based on my experiences and things I have learned. There is more than one way to the top of the mountain, so I invite you to share, comment and participate as we encourage each other to be all that we can be!
Thank you for reading and look forward to your valuable contributions to this online community!