Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I spent 3 days this weekend at an equestrian competition with hundreds and hundreds of people, 75% of which were female...ranging in age from 13 to 75...and there were a very large number of these women in the 40-60 group and a good percentage in the 60-70 range as well.
I spent a lot of time people watching. I also met a number of new people that turned out to be a good several years younger or older than I thought they were based on observation alone.
And here's what I came to...the #1 thing that made a person look youthful to me....was muscle tone. I do NOT necessarily mean being ripped or having 6 pack abs or a butt you can bounce a quarter off of (although that's nice too!). But I do mean a certain amount of firmness or small definition to arms and legs, shoulders, ...and a backside that is not obviously used for primarily sitting. Even as we get a little older and skin is not as tight, if the muscles underneath are healthy and in use, it makes for a visible vibrance.
Attitude, healthy skin, fewer lines, atrractive and appropriate hair and clothes all played a big part too....but I really do believe a body that shows it is being used and strengthened and whose muscles are being maintained was the number one thing that made a woman appear more youthful and vital - at least to me anyway.
And I believe this applies to all body types and shapes...whether you are naturally leaner and more slight or larger boned or stockier, curvy or more angular.... muscle tone still is evident.
Use it or lose it!! maybe another motivator to get some strength training in!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
In the spirit of "if nothing changes, nothing changes" I am going to break from tradition and state my goals for January - hopefully clearly and simply.
By stating these goals somehwat publicly I hope that this will provide some accountability.
So far as the "how"...I am using a new calendar system I've made for myself, with daily - weekly -monthly goals - rather than what I have done in the past which is periodically write myself a novella of epic proportions outlining everything I might wish to obtain and change in my life - everything from buy newrunning gear to support myself by means of a small business not yet founded (and then beat myself up routinely for never getting anything "important?" done). I know this will help me tackle small manageable things and that I will feel awesome and be buoyed forward when I get to check something off the list!!
So here goes...
Shana's Health & Fitness To-Do's (6) for January 2013:
1 Run a minimum of 40 miles - I have joined Spark Road Runner team and am also tracking mileage in Spark Fitness Tracker, which will help motivate me and keep me accountable
2 Select and register for a 5K in March - co worker will also be registering with me. He and I ran races in June and Oct together, so this will hold me accountable here
3 Make strength training at home on Sundays a regular practice - I kickbox on Tue and Thur which has alot of strength training exercises involved but need a third day. I have put it on my calendar and set my weights in plain view
4 Drink water or tea or have a popsicle instead of stress-snacking or mindlessly grazing the cupboards after 8 30 pm
5 Refrain from nibbling from the office candy jar(s) and stick to the fruit and protein snacks I pack everyday, or chew gum if I need something in my mouth
6 Eat scheduled nutrionally balanced tasty lunches on the weekend just like I pack for work Monday-Friday
Additionally I have promised myself I will spend a minimum of 1 hour a week on a photo sorting/displaying project I have been struggling with for 5 years...and that I will finish a small business book lent to me by a friend that I know is full of excellent info but I keep picking up fiction when I sit down to read. I also have some specific training goals for working with my horse, but I mentally file that separately - at least for now. Small changes.
AND last but NOT least...be Kind to myself and to others, always.
Sounds like a lot at first read ...But I really believe that it is very very doable and that laying it out and seeing my accomplishments will lead me to the body I want, create energy and further success in all sorts of ways.
Woohoo! - Here I come!!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Lately I've been paying a lot of lip service to fresh starts and new bandwagons...blah blah blah. I am definately putting in more of an effort than Nov/Dec...but it is the bare mimimum workout and calorie reduction in order to actually say I am doing this. It is not enough to get results. I'm treading water and going through the motions.
Oddly enough, I'm in a really good place otherwise. Seems like I should be hugely motivated and going forward - not stuck. On the other hand, I'm very busy right now and running on a little bit of an erratic schedule and that is typically the kiss of death for my health and fitness goals.
I do feel like like I'm making tiny bits of progress on exploring my "self" and slowly remolding some bad habits (drive throughs, secret grocery store binges).
So what will it take to light my Spark?
Monday, February 02, 2009
On Sat I was irritable and combative.
My dog was refusing to eat and shaking and lethargic (after her miracle recovery)
I was lamenting the fact that the weather conditions did not really allow me to ride my horse comfortably or safely.
The roads were such that on the local road to the barn we were pulling over at a sharp narrow turn and passing single file due to deep snow and whiteouts.
I felt overwhelmed with chores and to-dos.
On Sun I was relaxed and openminded.
My dog started eating and went to the barn and ran in the snow and played with her bone.
Sunny & mild so I I threw the tack on my horse, waded throw the thigh deep snow and had a ride, bouncy and brisk, but still a ride! Joy!
I could see the black surface of the road and they were ploughed to full width.
I gave myself permission to leave some chores undone, and I baked cookies for my son and finished my book.
What a difference 24 hours and a new day makes! Worth keeping in mind sometimes.
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