I thought peer pressure swas dead by the time you reached 40. I have had pressure from both sides over the past week. I have been encouraged to eat and drink more and less this week. I have decided no hard alcohol for the summer. Vodka and Tequila are not my friends anymore. I don’t like the way I feel the next day. I don’t have time for a hangover and getting it is not as fun as it used to be. My passion is martial arts and cooking. Right now I prefer a good night sleep over staying up late drinking. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good glass of wine and good food. I do. Just in moderation. On the other hand I had a discussion in whole foods with a raw food person. I can do some raw food but don’t make me feel like I’m going to hell if I don’t go whole hog or should that be leaf.
My point of this post is DO YOU! What ever it is. My husband is watching over my shoulder . He is amazed at the blogging thing. He calls me a techogeek and he is a dinosaur. He just got a i phone and won’t put music on it yet. He burns cd’s? We are as different as we can be on lots of things but we appreciate the differences. He loves that I do me! So when your making changes don’t cave in to peer pressure. One of my new Twitter friends posted craigballantyne (@craigballantyne)
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The life we lead is because of the choices we make. If we want our lives to change, we have to take responsibility for the world we create.
I say DO YOU!
43.5 is not the number of pounds I’ve lost or need to lose. Its my age. As of today I’m 43.5 years old. Some times it’s hard to realize I’m that old. Then I think that isn’t old and 44 sounds old. I have decided age is just a number. I don’t act 43.5 or feel 43.5. People alway guess I’m in my 30’s. I will say losing weight this time around seems so much harder. This is why this is it! I’m going to lose it and keep it off. This time it’s not to look cute. I like to think I already am;) This time it’s for my health! Fat to fit in 40’s !!! Are there any other fabulous and fit women in their 40’s blogging? Anybody else in the 40’s who want to get fit and not just sit and complain about it? Let me know!
43.5 and trying to be fit!
my daughter and I testing sparring gear
I started Tae Kwon Do at 41. I can’t believe I’m about to test for my brown belt. I’m not the most athletic person but I love to fight. It’s a great stress reliever to go punch and kick after a hard day at work. My daughter and I do it together. We are in different classes because of age group but we test together. It’s getting harder as the belts increase. I now do jump kicks and have to remember 5 forms. Palgwe 5 is currently kicking my butt as is back leg side jump kick. I need to increase my cardio endurance .Yesterday I had to do one on one sparring. I usually spar for 2-3 minutes in a group but one on one with people judging the match was hard. Did I mention I was sparring teenage boys and adult men. I am often the only girl in class 😦 but I don’t let it stop me.This is my new motivation to lose weight. A simple event or dress just doesn’t work for me but a life long sport or activity does work. I also thinks its fun because a lot of my patients are in the same TKD school. It’s cool to see your doctor out there running and jumping. I love to cheer my patients on during testing. Some days I feel like the tin man when class
I"m getting close to black!
starts. My knees kill me but during sparring I’m like what knee. Being fit at 40 makes me feel young. What motivates you to exercise? Testing is Friday. I’ll keep you posted. Now to practice. Palgwe 5 has 35 movements!
I’m doing homework wow! Sparkpeople.com has a great series Mind Over Body. It’s a 10 part series that discusses weight loss. I recommend it for everyone. Wether you want to lose weight or help someone else lose. The link for this is http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=695. I’m writing my vision statement tonight. This is really powerful. Why do you really want to lose weight? Is losing weight really your goal? I never thought if it that way. I guess the number on the scale isn’t the important thing. I must admit my reason for wanting to lose weight is different from when I was younger. Before I wanted to look cute and fit in cute clothes. Now I still want to look nice but now I really want to avoid diabetes. I want to stay youthful and be active. I want to avoid aches and pains that are improving now that I’m exercising on a regular basis. I want to keep up with my child. I want to be a good role model for my patients.
The article recommends asking yourself how you want to look in 1 year,5 years etc. In 1 year I want to be able to test for my red belt in Tae Kwon Do. I want higher kicks. I want to break boards. I want to get rid of the chicken fat on my arms and my double chin. In 5 years I want to have had my black belt in tae Kwon do for a few years.
The article also recommends that your Vision Statement should tell you what else (besides your weight) needs to change within yourself and your life to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. That’s a hard one. I’m where I want to be in life. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor ,wife and mom or do I? I definitely want to be the mom and wife . The doctor thing I need to think about.
- Why Aren’t You Losing Weight? (beyondyourlimits.wordpress.com)
- Losing it. (creatinglittlemonsters.wordpress.com)
Don’t get stuck in a rut! Bring your workout outside. Make it portable. It will keep you motivated. Do it in your backyard, on the front porch , at the playground with your kids! Like Nike says. Just do it!