Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 2686 - Back to looking after my health

It's time to get back to being fit, fabulous and only slightly fatigued.


According to my tagline I'm supposed to be this fit person who looks amazing and is only slightly worn out by life.

Back when I started this blog (7.5 years ago) I was that chick that went to boot camp and was on a constant hunt for a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.

Fast forward 7 years and that MO has gone right out the window.



For some reason I've managed to get myself into bad habits.

Boot camp came about when I was 39 and suddenly realised I was about to hit the decade of mid-life. I'd never regained my pre-baby body and figured 40 was a bloody good time to do it. The year leading up to my BIG BIRTHDAY had me racing to achieve the fit and fabulous tagline and for a couple of years afterwards I maintained that level of fitness.

The truth is that I ultimately ditched boot camp because that sort of strenuous exercise just doesn't bode well for a fibromyalgia body.  I didn't give up completely though. Running up hills dragging a tractor tyre behind me was replaced by a very healthy 20km of walking each week, gentle toning exercises and a sensible eating regime.

Its safe to say that throughout this decade of 40 I've been very conscious of how I treat my body.

Until last year.

Something happened within myself which shifted my priorities and my fit and fabulous focus flew off into the sunset.

As I face the downhill slide to 50, I realise I'm now kind of squidgy around the edges.

So the buck stops here. After a few false starts I've finally managed to get my focus back on this whole fit and fabulous caper.  Last week I managed 16 km of walking and I even started back to doing a few sit ups, leg raises and arm dips.

While I haven't ditched the heavy carbs yet (hello ham and brie panini) I am at least starting to think about getting back to my clean green approach to life.

Why?

Because I'm 47 and the longer I wait, the harder it will become.

So that was a long way of saying "I'm back!" and to announce it to the world, in writing, so you can all hold me accountable.

Anybody else feeling squidgy around the edges?

Do you have health and fitness goals?

Got any great juice recipes you'd like to share? 

21 comments :

  1. Oooooh good luck! I'm trying to be a bit more serious about the health stuff. 36 years, youngest is 4 and I'm not even close to my pre baby weight! Currently working on giving up sugary treats and eating more protein.

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    1. I'm finding that whole giving up sugar thing hard! I never had sugar cravings when I was younger. Middle age has brought that best to the party too.

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  2. Go you! I am already getting back into the whole fitness thing. In fact, I am going to hit the walking trail today, pram and all! Thanks for the inspo! X

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    1. How'd your walk go? I've managed 10k this week so far. Off to do another 5k this morning.

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  3. My fitness/health goals are to excerise every day. I feel much better, and hopefully it helps me look better. Good luck with it!

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    1. That's my goal too Jodi. Although I might take a break on the weekends.

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  4. I a, with you. I turn 45 in 2 days and am getting through this summer in a minimal wardrobe because almost none of my summer clothes fit. Changes are coming but I admit my bad habits are engrained. Need to dig deep. Hope you share any tips or ways you find work to get you fired up and motivated xx

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    1. I hear that wardrobe issue! I will share tips :)

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  5. Yes, I'm feeling squidgy and want to trim down a little before I turn 40 in a few months. You always look fabulous!

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  6. You always look so fabulous. I'm 47 this year as well. I'm sadly more than squishy around the edges. Heavy exercise is out for me and I'm already on a fairly restricted diet but I'm hoping to get back into walking. Nothing close to the 80km a week I was doing before the health issues kicked in but I need to at least try.

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    1. we are birthday buddies! 80km a week is pretty damn huge. I'm only aiming for 20k. That's enough for this aching body I think. Although ...

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  7. I'm currently working my way through a health issue but once that's dealt with and overcome I need to get back on the getting fitter again caper too! Like you said the longer I leave it the harder it will be!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  8. MMM. Brie. What was this post about again? MUST FIND BRIE.

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    1. Hahaha. That's what I'm like when these wonderful food bloggers post pictures of cakes. Doesn't help my new mindset at all.

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  9. Crikeys this couldn't have come at a better time! I managed tolose my baby weight and lead a healthy lifestyle for a few years but have allowed bad habits back in. I'm turning 40 in August (eek!) and am also having the pre-mid-life body crisis. I've been making all sorts of excuses, but I've only got six months to be fab and forty, not flabby and forty. Back to healthy eating and regular exercise for me!

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    1. Those damn bad habits. You can totally kick some 40 year old arse in 6 months. Do it with me!

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  10. LCHF is the bomb- all the cheese and ham just skip the bread! :D

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    1. Roger that. Skip the bread. Damn bread has taken over my life ...

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  11. Right there with you. I lost my baby weight 4 years ago but it's crept back on over the years. This is the year I want it gone. Good luck, I'll check in with you in a few months ;) #teamIBOT

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