You know...sometimes you just wonder how you look from behind. :) (10-19-13)
June 2013--DD 8th grade graduation
I have 42 pics in my gallery
40 Feels FABULOUS!!!
I am a 40 year-old married mom of three. My oldest daughter is 14--YIKES!--I am officially the mother of a teenager! And, I have 6 year-old twins--a boy & a girl. I also work full-time as a teacher. I've had a regular fitness routine since my late teens/early twenties. The challenge these days is to continue to find ways to "tweak" it so I still see good results. Is does get harder with age! And, of course with three kids, it's harder to find the time. But, you will find NO excuses ...
I am a 40 year-old married mom of three. My oldest daughter is 14--YIKES!--I am officially the mother of a teenager! And, I have 6 year-old twins--a boy & a girl. I also work full-time as a teacher. I've had a regular fitness routine since my late teens/early twenties. The challenge these days is to continue to find ways to "tweak" it so I still see good results. Is does get harder with age! And, of course with three kids, it's harder to find the time. But, you will find NO excuses here!
I have spent the last 3.5 years here on "Spark" maintaining/improving and logging my fitness routine; tracking my eating habits; and finding ways to minimize stress and get more sleep. The connection between sleep-stress-weight (gain) is real, but I didn't believe it until I saw it on myself these last few years.
My number one goal has always been to be HEALTHY. Not skinny, not thin, not a certain number on the scale, or a particular dress size. Just healthy!!! That is definitely the message I most try to convey to my kids, especially my girls. My scale is under my bed, with a dead battery and a nice thick layer of dust on it. That's where it has been since February, 2011, and I plan on keeping it that way! A number will not define me. It will not become my compulsion, an unhealthy obsession, nor determine my daily mood. For the first time in my life I FEEL healthy, beautiful, and strong WITHOUT knowing the number on the scale, and I am probably in the best shape of my life to boot.
For the last year or so, my interest has shifted when it comes to working-out. I used to run....and run, and run, and.... I was a typical "cardio-queen". 5-6 days a week I would leave a puddle of sweat on the floor beneath me after a good LONG run or marathon kickboxing workout. But over the years something happened along the way and I stopped seeing results from that. After much inquiry from various sources & following several women I truly respect in the weightlifting-world, I started to dabble in weight-lifting...and now I am TOTALLY in love with it!!! Yes, I lift big, heavy "manly" weights...and, NO, it has not made me look big or manly! It has done A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things for my body (more than any 16-mile run ever did)! My kids think I am "cool", and I'm glad my girls are seeing that it's ok for girls to be strong. Besides that, it is a mind-blowing confidence-booster. To rip a bar off the floor in a deadlift that weighs more than my own bodyweight feels pretty bada$$!!!
My journey now continues with staying on this plan, holding myself accountable to my goals, becoming stronger (physically AND mentally), more fit, and striving to continue to live a healthy life and be an awesome example for my kids.
| December Minutes: 970
Member Since: 6/21/2010
Fitness Minutes: 71,839
--MAINTAIN weight/size, but continue working on getting stronger and increasing lean-muscle
Strength-training Progress (past 6 months:
AO June 22, 2013
AO July 9, 2013
AO Sept 1, 2013
AO Oct 19, 2013
EXERCISE: (As of 01/2012)
5 dys/wk total:
-3 non-consecutive days/wk ST that focus on total-body compound lifts
-5-6 dys/wk brisk walking (about 2 miles in 30 min)--This is the only "cardio" I do
--PALEO: I eat 'real' food. No more processed, packaged crap. If it didn't have a mother or grow out of the ground, forget it!
--GLUTEN-FREE as of 04/2012. This has just about eliminated my chronic joint pain; improved all my cholesterol #'s; and cleared up some long-term skin issues.
--eat "REAL" food 95% of the time...NO processed junk, NO HFCS, NO GMO-containing products. Yes, I do painstakingly read ingredient labels!
--5-8+ servings fruits/veggies per day
--minimum 6-8 cups of water per day
--MINIMUM 6.5-7 hours sleep/night (8 is perfectly ideal, but not always possible)
--Log-on to SP & track exercise, water, fruits/veges;
check-in with team boards as time allows
It's NOT about the weight on the scale. It IS about how much weight I can put on the bar!
It IS about being strong & healthy!!!
I am a size 8 and my clothes are fitting just-right these days. When my favorite jeans (you know that one pair we all have that fits perfect) start to get a little snug, that's my cue to kick-it-up a notch!
Southern California Girl!
Elementary School Teacher for past 15 years--currently teaching technology to grades 1-8.