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29 Today and Holding...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

So, today is my 29th birthday. My husband has been waiting anxiously for this day to arrive, as I really picked on him when he turned 29. I told him, "Hey, enjoy, for this is the last time you will turn 20-something!" Needless to say, he received great joy in saying this same thing to me this morning. emoticon

I joke about my age all the time. For the longest, I have told people I am 21 each year. Now they laugh at me, so that lets me know that I should accept 29 for a while and use it! emoticon In all reality, I'm very proud of my age and what I have to show for it. I am not wealthy, nor have I accomplished all I thought I would by this age. But, I rejoice in what I have done, and I can honestly say, I have never had a time in my life of sheer joy such as I possess at this moment.

About a year ago, I set up some massive goals for my 30th birthday. In that equation, I never left room for the changes that have occurred. For some reason, I lived under this delusion that life would always go just as I had planned and written down. Not really sure where this thought process came from; nonetheless, it was how I perceived life for the longest. Most of my goals were fitness related, and although mostly unrealistic, I still think I can apply some of them to my life over the next year and make some things happen. One of my biggest plans was to get my stomach in shape so much, that I would be able to see my abs by my 30th for the first time in my life. Didn't leave myself any room for the fact that I would have a baby and that would likely delay my progress. This is just one example! So, I have refined my goals for the next year and I think they are much more attainable than the goals of my past.

emoticon--> emoticon After I have this baby, I plan to start back to walking as soon as I heal. I want to expose my child to the wonderful outdoors as soon as it is safe and comfortable for both of us.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I want to immediately get started back to a healthier lifestyle of eating. I have just grabbed food on the go a lot of times lately because I was tired, and I have also had many events that involved lots of sweet treats. I plan on breastfeeding, so I want to give my baby the best start possible with good fruits, veggies, proteins, etc.

emoticon emoticon I have wanted to run for such a long time. Since my feet seem to be doing so much better with the vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium, and the fact that I have survived pregnancy with little to no real foot pain (besides the usual tired, swollen, achiness that all pregnant women suffer with), I feel that I can do this. I have no more desire to run a full marathon than I have a desire to skydive over Antarctica. But, I do feel that I can achieve a 5K. I keep thinking, "I walked a 5k when I was 4 months along, and I did a 2.5 mile hike up 800 feet when I was 7 months. I GOT THIS!!"

emoticon emoticon I'm going to start tracking again. This was so helpful to keep me on track. It's kinda like a bank account. Yeah, the money may be there, but if you don't check your balance once in a while, you may get caught overspending. Same thing with calories.

emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm still going to strength train, even if I don't see my abs the way I originally wanted them by my 30th birthday. I love to feel sore muscles after a good strength training workout.

So, there they are. They are a small start, but I think very attainable. I am also not going to beat myself up if they don't all happen. I am finally learning that life just happens sometimes. I cannot hold myself to some standard that is unrealistic. I desire to live a healthy lifestyle, but I think a more relaxed, and self-loving approach is far better. emoticon emoticon to me! emoticon
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    Great job, Caiti! You've sure got a great plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1128 days ago
    We almost shared due dates, right? How are you feeling? Any signs of impending labor? :)
    1135 days ago
    I hope you had a fabulous birthday!!!! Those are great goals. You're going to be a fantastic mom, and enjoy those 30s! :)
    1137 days ago
    I hope you had a Wonderful "20 something" B'day, Caiti!!! But you're not "over the hill" like I am. My hubby has teased me all year of me being the speed limit, 55, lol, so I know all about that!!! Don't you worry, next year he turns the BIG 60, when I'm ONLY 56, so his day is coming too, lol. (I'll turn 56 in November and he'll turn 60 in January)

    Love your goals, just go slow. This is your first one, so give yourself time to heal. Just don't do what I did, but you do those exercises they tell you to do and then you won't have to worry about a"baby belly" like I have because I DIDN'T exercise! Lol, have a great day!

    1139 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a great day!
    1140 days ago
    Happy belated b-day!

    Those all sound like very reasonable goals. You can do this!
    1140 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    Happy Birthday Caitie!! Yay u will reach ur milestones!!
    1141 days ago
    I think those are wonderful goals. Happy birthday!
    1141 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    You will still always be a young whippersnapper to me regardless of what age milestone you cross :P
    Hope you have a special one!
    Great set of S.MA.R.T. goals!! Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely
    1141 days ago
  • TAARON69
    Happy birthday!!!
    1141 days ago
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