Monday, January 05, 2009
December has come and gone and with it my 30's. Do I miss them? Not really. But this adventure of being a 40-something is taking me a bit to get used to. I didn't have the huge party. My office wasn't covered in over-the-hill-black. I slipped quietly from my 30's to my 40's with some close friends and family sending me cards, emails and text messages (and a killer version of the birthday song by a few that will remain nameless) and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
I've started the New Year by not only being 40, but by setting a goal to be in the best condition that I've been in my life. I want to be not only around when I'm 80, but able to enjoy life then too. In 10 months I'll be running in my first complete marathon and I must admit, I can't wait! I plan on spending my 2009 being fit and 40!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and my 40th birthday just beyond that and as I sit here and think of all the things I'm thankful for I decided to write this blog.
At 40 I may not be the sexiest 40 year old around, but I'm in the best shape I've been in years. I can run 7 miles in less than an hour (without stopping to pant!) and I don't have a single pair of pants that fit me in the waist. My abs, arms and legs have less fat and more muscle than ever before and I can run up flights of stairs without losing my breath.
In the coming year I plan on training to run the full Detroit Marathon and make my 40's be the start of something amazing.
I am thankful for my friends and family and the blessings I have in my life, but in addition to that I am thankful for a healthier and happier me!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Ok, I have to admit this started as a Daily Challenge, but, it's turned into so much more... and for that I am thankful.
What if I knew I couldn't fail? The phrase seems so basic and uncomplicated, but it goes way beyond that.
What if I started out in the morning thinking I would succeed at everything I did that day? Would I do things differently? Would I have different results? Would other people see me differently?
Thoughts guide us through our daily lives without us even knowing it. If we think we'll struggle keeping on our nutrition and fitness paths because it's a rough week, we will. If we think we will get passed up for that promotion because people underestimate us, we will.
Of course, there's a flip side to this as well. If we wake up knowing we will succeed just imagine the possibilities. Instead of my relay team in the Detroit Marathon, would I be running the whole thing? Would I try for an extra 10 push ups? Could I contemplate jumping to the next size of dumb-bells?
What it all boils down to is this... it's the same for me as it is for everyone. If we knew we couldn't fail then we would push ourselves because we wouldn't be afraid of not succeeding. We would be like the Wright brothers and the bumble bee and there would be no limits to what we could accomplish together!
Thanks to OUTOFCONTROL for this Challenge... may I take this from a daily challenge and turn it into a lifestyle.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Today marks Day 1 in my training for the Detroit Marathon. Granted, it's as part of a 5 person relay team, but, still, it's more organized running than I have done since high school.
I'm proud that I signed up to do the second longest leg of the race and I just hope I can train hard enough between now and then to do my team proud.
Anyone have any suggestions?
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