Thursday, May 17, 2012
I'm not going to lie. I'm not thrilled with the idea of turning another year older tomorrow. It's not so much the number itself (the big 4-0) as it is the idea of more time passing. I've never been good with birthdays. In fact, I clearly remember crying on my 16th birthday because I was upset with the fact that I was just getting older. Most teens are excited by this prospect, I was not one of them. Even then, I was aware of how quickly time passes and knew, one day, I wouldn't be just a bit older, but *alot* older.
On top of that, I realize that, averaging my ancestors average lifespan, I'm already well past 'middle age'.
Now that I've vented my negative feelings about the whole 'older' thing, I'm going to focus on the positive.
I'm inspired right now, and turning 40 has been a wake up call in many ways. There is something about that particular number that makes me feel like it's time to 'suck it up' and get things done. I'm not getting any younger and there are things I want to accomplish before my time comes, so what exactly have I been waiting for? 45? 50? It's silly and absolutely lazy of me and I need to change.
With this in mind, I'm not so much celebrating my 40th birthday tomorrow as I am my 8 week anniversary of my journey to get healthy. As of Wednesday I have been going to the gym 4 times per week, taking 5 classes (minimum) for 8 weeks straight and I'm LOVING IT!
Loving it! I never would have believed that, but it's absolutely true. I feel stronger and healthier than I have since I can remember. My cardio is improving, my joints feel looser and on top of all that I'm building muscles. I have lost a few pounds, but that's not my current focus with the gym. I'm taking a weight training class, a yoga pilates class and Zumba for cardio 3 times per week.
I'm also focusing on simply 'eating less' with a focus on healthy fruits, vegg and lean protein.
I'm not as thin as I'd like to be, not by a long shot, but for the first time in years I feel like I'm on a true path to long term health. :)
So, in the end, I'm feeling pretty da&n good.