Summer is nearly here and that means now is the time to plan ahead and get ready for it! Not only am I getting my home and calendar ready for Summer, I’m getting myself ready too.
For those who know me and might be surprised at this, and for those who don’t, here’s the “skinny” on why I’m even doing this at all. Next month I turn 50! Woo Hoo for that too! Anyways… studies have shown that many women have a big metabolism and hormonal change that usually starts after 40. I was lucky in that for me it just started after turning 48, but still took me by surprise none the less. I was always that “way too skinny girl” and actually spent most of my life trying to gain weight. I was that girl who was known in my neighborhood while growing up as “bones” because I looked more like a skeleton than a beauty queen. I was that girl who spent most of high school looking more like a 10 year old boy than a thin super model. Yes I was that girl who graduated from high school and went away to college and still only weighed 81 pounds. Things worked out okay for me when I got into my 20’s and 30’s and had no weight problems at all, but not such a positive thing growing up during those formative years. Hate me if you want, I’m not bragging, I just want to let you know where I’m coming from. For the most part society does not have the same level of understanding and compassion towards a underweight skinny girl as they do for an overweight one, even though they both have the same level of difficulties and health problems. I’ve seen this discrimination happen with my own daughters from time to time. Well I survived and feel that in the end it made me a much stronger person because of it all.
So nearly 2 years ago it hit and in just 6 months I had a total transformation and none of my clothes would fit. I blew up! Many days I felt like Violet from Willy Wonka. I actually have physical symptoms that cause me pain most days from the weight gain. I even had to stop doing my yoga because I cannot bend over any more. The one thing I have also gained is a new compassion for overweight people who have had to struggle with these issues all of their life. I’ve tried everything to get this weight to go away. Yes I know all about nutrition and fitness and did the right things both before and after my changes. I studied nutrition in college and have always eaten a healthy diet. My husband is in the fitness industry and I have always followed a healthy fitness routine as well. I don’t have a problem with understanding or wanting large portions and I don’t even have a problem with craving food or eating too much. I have recently spent over a year of testing and many different doctors appointments just to make sure that I did not have any underlying health conditions. I actually thought that they would find something severely wrong with me because of how much my body had changed. I am under a doctors care and would recommend that anyone trying a new product or routine or lifestyle change do the same thing.
So here I am. Trying something that I never would have ever thought of doing. I have never been on a DIET before and choose not to use that word. Since I haven’t used that word during my first 50 years, why start now. What I have done is live a healthy lifestyle so that is why I am calling this Challenge my Summer Fitness Challenge and a jump start back to the healthy lifestyle that I have always lived. We shall see what happens during this month and if it is positive I will continue for the full 10 week challenge that the studies reported. It’s been a week and I have had no adverse symptoms or reactions at all. I’m hoping to share comments on how things are going with both my friends and myself during this time. Updates will be inside some of my Fitness Friday posts so stay tuned to see what else I am doing with this challenge.
With my 50th birthday happening at the end of this challenge, I’m excited to see what this next chapter in my life brings. I look forward to the future and want to stay positive so I ask you, “What is your favorite part of healthy living or your favorite healthy living tip?” I hope that we can all stay positive while we share and learn good habits from each other. Will it be possible for me to be Fun and Fit at Fifty? Will you join me? Only time will tell!