A couple weeks ago I posted that I intended to get myself in to good enough shape to do a Death race next summer. I am still committed to this goal, although due to holidays and company over the month of August I am just getting started with getting back into shape now, in early September. I figure if I start now, and take it slowly and keep getting stronger until spring, and then start training harder, I will have a better chance of reaching my goals.
This weekend I am doing the Big Bang Mud Run in Whitecourt. This is an obstacle course up in the hills, to a meteor site. I am kind of nervous about it, but not really. It will be fun, and although I won’t come close to finishing first, I certainly won’t die. Plus, I have never been up to the meteor site, so I am looking forward to it.
I have been getting at least 10,000 steps in everyday. I am trying to aim for 15,000. The weather is getting cooler, and my treadmill is going to start getting used more, although it has been acting up. So a new one may become a top priority. I am also working on some strength training…. which is so important for middle age women. We lose muscle tone faster than ever before thanks to the dreaded perimenopause and menopause. I wrote about that here. So I am adding in weights and some weight bearing exercise everyday, along with the old faithfuls like push-ups, sit-ups, squats and lunges. My saggy bum was feeling it earlier this week! I wish it was as easy as seeing results immedietly. I did squats…I bet my jeans fit now! I have lost 5 pounds though, so I will go easy on myself but I won’t have any cheesecake to celebrate.
I am just not going to give up and let myself go, like so many women who head into their 50’s and 60’s. They sit around playing on their I-pads all day with no hobbies or anything that fires them up, except getting to the next level on Candy Crush. I think there is nothing sadder than an unhealthy lifestyle, whether it’s an unhealthy mind, body or spirit. I think they all go together and you can’t have one without the others. I want to be fierce, badass, and fuck what society says through subtle messages about aging that are prevelent in the media. I plan to keep dying my hair though. 🙂 I plan to keep looking good. I plan to be as healthy and strong as my body wants to be.
I am looking at just being a better person all around going into my 50’s.
*more positive friendships
* lots of activities that make me healthy and happy
* a healthy diet …which is a must to keep my auto immune condition under control
* positive books, movies and television shows
* less drama, less gossip, less stress.
These are things that I think are good for everyone at any age…it just takes some of us longer to figure them out.
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