Sunday, September 09, 2012
Day 9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?
I am 45. I have never been strong (still am not). I was a cheerleader in high school and did well with that, but have never been much of an athlete. I did decide when I was 42 that I wanted to run a 5K and I trained for and accomplished that. It felt GREAT. But I *gained* weight during the training. My clothes fit better so I know there was some change for the better. About halfway through training, life was majorly disrupted so I think the stress countered the benefits of the running. I never did like running, but I felt good about the accomplishment. I did it again at 44 last spring!
I was one of those fortunate people when I was younger. I am tall, so I can carry a lot of weight, but I never had to try to stay thin. Of course, like most women in our society, I didn't think I was thin, but I was. But I also have a classic "apple" body so even thin, I was not trim or toned or even curvy, really. I look at old pictures and regret that I didn't feel good about myself then, when I looked great.
I was 136 the day I got married, 142 when I got pregnant with my first and topped out at 182 the day my second was born. I got down to 150 when he was about 18 months old and then slowly crept up to 178 over the next 8 years, at which time I started really trying. Mainly due to the threat of cholesterol meds.
Now, I would like to be healthy...and I know that by being healthy, I would also look good.