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The Year I was 40... (birthday post w/photos)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The year I was 40 was NOT the year I was "over the hill"...it was the year I started climbing a new hill. It was the year I became an athlete


(a year ago... when I was just turning 40)
The year I was 40...
I started to run
I ran for 30 seconds and was out of breath
I ran for 1 minute and could see a little improvement
I ran for 3 minutes and felt like I'd run a marathon
I ran for 20 minutes and had to celebrate
I ran for 30 minutes and finished C25K (Couch to 5K)
I ran for 3.1 miles and entered my first 5K as a runner
I ran a Half Marathon and put a "13.1" sticker on my car
I became a runner; an athlete
I started dreaming of a Marathon

The year I was 40...
I decided to lose weight
I started at 159
I lost a few pounds
I lost 10 pounds, and was in the 140's for the first time in many year
I lost 15 pounds and was at 144, my college weight
I lost 23 pounds and was at 136, my high school weight
I lost 25 pounds
I lost until my neighbor, friend and coach thought I'd lost 50-60 pounds

The year I was 40...
I started at a size 14
I lost until my 14s could no longer be belted on me and bought 12s
I lost until my 12s could barely be belted on me
I lost until my dresses looked like tents
I lost until I got in my first size 10 ever
I lost until I was in the single digits and bought my first size 8 ever...I thought it was a fluke
I bought more size 8s
I lost until I no longer wore L and XL tops, but M

I renewed my dream to compete in a sprint triathlon
I started swimming lessons
I bought a bike and had a wreck
I paid the entry fee to my first sprint triathlon

I started with a personal trainer again
I did strength training at home and at the gym
I did my first real pushups
I did 12 pushups in a row
I did my first pushups with a clap in between
I held a plank for 90 seconds

I tried boot camp
I tried yoga and pilates
I tried zumba
I tried rowing
I swam 'laps' in the murky lake
I played tennis again

I got up at 5:20 am to exercise
I kept every running date I ever made with myself
I worked out in the mornings while my house slept and then in the evenings, too
I used the Wii, the jumprope, the gym, the great outdoors
I bought new shoes, new clothes, new accessories, new 'fuels'

I switched to a healthier bread
I started eating veggies almost daily
I ate more chicken and less beef
I started eating Wheat Thins instead of chips
I started drinking 1% milk... and later skim milk
I started drinking Lean Body... and later chocolate milk

I read books about runners and fitness and triathlons
I bought subscriptions to running and fitness magazines

I tracked my food on Spark People
I made SP friends (and I'm so thankful!)
I joined SP groups
I cheered on other SPers as they cheered me on
I blogged about my journey


(recent photo)

I lost weight
I became stronger
I set goals and achieved them
I gained confidence
I became an athlete
...when I was 40
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REMEMBER2BME 2/25/2011 4:58PM

    What a wonderful blog. I know you will make it a great year!

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ON2VICTORY 2/24/2011 10:16AM

    that was AMAZING!! what an awesome way to put it. I have felt the same way, my 40's are actually my best years YET! thanks for making happen and showing it that its not over the hill... show em how its done!

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ROBYN168 2/22/2011 9:00PM

    Happy Birthday !!!! You are rocking 40!!!!!

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AMOHAME2 2/22/2011 3:21PM

    This is SUCH a great blog!!! Happy birthday, and have a WONDERFUL year you were 41!!! emoticon

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MINNA72 2/22/2011 2:51PM

    This was beyond awesome. So very touching. You look FANTASTIC! I am so inspired by your achievements!

As I am nearing 40 (a thought that until this very moment always made me want to cry) I will keep this blog in mind and strive to get there in the best shape of my life!

Thank you!

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TURNINGJ 2/22/2011 11:07AM

    What a great tribute to YOU!!!! I hope that I can have the same success as you.... so awesome!

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/22/2011 10:41AM

    Yay! What a great way to memorialize your hard work. I'm over here cheering you on. We have so much in common - trying new things and continuing with that drive to accomplish so much.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/22/2011 10:30AM

    WOW what a journey and adventure. You look so fantastic.

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XIMERAGREY 2/22/2011 10:15AM

    Oh my God. This made me cry -- really cry. I hope you print it out and frame it and hang it in your house.

You're amazing.

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 2/22/2011 8:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for such a great blog!! You look amazing and are such an inspiration!

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