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I'm a 40-something who's been on the chaotically blissful mommy-and-career track for the last 20 years or so, and now that my children (18 and 16 years) are old enough to drive (OMG!), I find that I actually have a little extra time (never thought I'd say that!) to do something about my expanding mid-life thighs and midsection! No excuses. I've been fortunate to be relatively active and reasonably fit all my life and to have had mostly reasonable eating habits, except for that nagging sweet tooth and, shall we say, portion-control issues that my mid-life metabolism no longer tolerates. Let's just say I've noticed some mid-life creep here and there, and it's been tough to learn that my body requires a lot less food than my mind and tastebuds seem to want, and it requires a lot more activity to be happy, healthy and fit. I am learning, for the first time, that there really are limits, and I'm learning to live within them in order to maintain health and fitness and well-being. I've dabbled inconsistently in 5Ks, 10Ks, and a few Half Marathons over the years, and recently, after learning how to swim properly in 2007, struggled through three sprint triathlons in 2008 and 2010. I did all of them just to finish--to challenge myself, not to compete. But I'm ready to push it to a new level--to be consistent about good nutrition and quality training, to build and maintain real, life-lasting fitness and well-being, and to see if I can actually compete in my age-group in some triathlons, starting with some sprint-distance and gradually moving up to some Olympic distance, and who knows, maybe even a Half-Ironman in the distant future--before I turn 50? Woohoo! Let's go!
My chief goal is to maintain CONSISTENCY in following my fitness and nutrition plan.
drink at least 8 cups of water daily;
plan and track nutrition in keeping with my daily needs;
and have fun with cardio training at least 5 days a week, and weight training 3 days each week.
An additional goal is to get to the lower end of my weight range, if possible, while building a greater muscle-to-weight ratio--to see how it affects my confidence in triathlon and so that maybe clothes will fit like they used to fit, and I'll feel like shopping for them again!
For my fitness routine, I am following a triathlon training plan from BeginnerTriathlete.com. It currently consists of 5 days of varying levels of cardio (swim, bike, run), and 3 days of weight training.
I'm planning and tracking my food intake, and flexibly using the SparkPeople menus--and loving them!
"Wherever you go, there you are." -JKZ & Buckaroo Banzai (& a zillion other people before them)
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
"Where there's enough motivation to exercise, there's always enough time to exercise." -Dean Karnazes
•He who eats when he is full, digs his grave with his teeth.
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