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Running to 40

gettinghealthy2Back in October, I wrote about counting down to my 40th birthday.  I recently read a post by a lady who is counting down to her 40th and getting fit too. (If I can find it again I’ll link it!) Well now I’m looking at five months until my 40th, and thinking seriously about what I want for myself as I move into my next decade.

  • I don’t want to be too tired or lazy to enjoy life; I want to feel healthy and active.
  • I don’t want to be a whiny woman with dozens of aches, pains, and illnesses; I want to be fit and ready for anything.
  • I don’t want Type II Diabetes; I want to change my lifestyle to avoid that.
  • I don’t want to be fat; I want to be HOTT. You got it— a HOT 40-year old. Hott with TWO T’s! Open-mouthed smile
  • I don’t want to grow to be a sickly, frail, complaining old woman; My lifestyle changes should help prevent that from happening!

What I am doing about it:

I am learning where are food comes from, how it is processed, and how to find and buy healthier foods locally.

downsized_0501111249I started a beginning runner’s training program called Couch-to-5k, using this app for my iTouch

It sounded scary the first time I heard about it.  5k?  That’s… what?  Three miles.  And since I began running last fall I have discovered that three miles really isn’t that far to run.  Heck, I ran Bloomsday for crying out loud, and that was 7.5!

I started going to Zumba fitness classes 2-3 nights a week with my 16 year old daughter. It was hard and sweaty at first. I sort of enjoyed it but not a whole lot. It has just been lately that I have realized I’m getting hooked on Zumba! I love it. I wish I could do it almost every day. It’s an incredible workout AND it’s a lot of fun.   It’s a total blast and I sweat my butt off.  Pretty soon I’m going to get myself one of those fun jingly hip scarves! If nothing else it will sufficiently embarrass my daughter. What more could I ask? Mwahahahaha!

My weight loss has been going very slowly. I average about 4-5 pounds per month. THat’s not the 2# or so that I would like to see, but what I have noticed is that my shape is changing. My endurance has DEFINITELY changed.  I have also lost inches!

From my:

  • Hips -2”
  • Waist -2”
  • Bust/chest -3”
  • Thighs -1”
  • Arms -1/2”
  • WEIGHT –16#

I have a waist again. It’s not real dramatic yet, but it’s there. A few months ago I was almost straight on the sides. I’ve had to wear my bras on the smallest hooks. I took my belt in TWO holes. I lost the size 14 jeans, and I’m in a loose 12 to a snug 10. I fit a women’s medium t-shirt for the first time in five years.

I’m not done yet, not by a long shot.  I have a couple pants/dress sizes to drop, a shirt size to drop, and 30# more to lose.  I’m on the road. I will get there. 

My friend Katey wants me to run the Lewiston Half Marathon with her in October, and I am honestly considering it.  I have five months to train for it, and I’ve heard that is plenty of time to do that.  If I do it, the race is the weekend after my 40th.

So I’m running to 40.

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6 Responses to Running to 40

  1. Mandy May 30, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I just had my 40th on Friday! I'm with you on all your goals! This is definitely the time to get our butts in shape. It will be only that much harder when we reach 50! Happy running!

    • Momma Knows May 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      Happy birthday Mandy! You know, I never really pay attention to my birthdays. They are milestones, yes, but they just never hit me. I haven't much cared one way or the other. What is really occurring to me now is that if I don't get in shape and then keep working on staying that way, my quality of life is going to be impacted. I work in a nursing home, and I see the results of lives lived poorly. I don't want that. I want to be like one of my favorite ladies, who passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 102. She lived at home until she was 97, kept a garden, walked 2 miles a day, and entered her canned peaches in the fair every year. I want my mind and my body to hold up until the Lord calls me home. If I am overweight, never active, and eat bad things, it will never happen. I want to get in shape and be in shape still at 50–and 60! :)

  2. Stef - Educating Lay May 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    wow – so inspirational! Although I am only 34 – I still have not lost the 25lbs from my son's pregnancy … almost FOUR years ago. And its been nothing short of laziness on my part. It is scary though because my mom, my sister, and my grandmother are heavily overweight and I know genetically speaking … it'll be work for me to get it off and keep it off. My to keep up with my overly active husband and 2 little ones – its worth it !!
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    • Momma Knows May 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Stef: Yes, exactly why I'm doing it. My mom had a lifetime weight problem that only "went away" when she lost weight due to cancer. Pretty much all the adults on my mom's side of the family are very heavy, and I look around and notice what a problem it is for so many people. I "only" have 30# to go– but it was 55 at one point, and it could just as easily be 100. We need to be healthy for our families!! Oh BTW, a group of us are going for a run while we're at Relevant… are you up for it?

  3. Katey May 31, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    Let's DO IT!!!!!! Isn't it great to see changes…maybe not the number on the scale, but clothes sizes and inches! WAY TO GO!!
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    • Momma Knows May 31, 2011 at 3:27 am #

      YES!! I am a bit bummed that the weight isn't coming off like I thought it would… but those measurements are definitely changing and I LIKE IT! :) Still not sure about the half yet but I will let you know! :)

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