In my 40s now and I finally have to give a (bleep) about my body – How to jumpstart a (mini) fitness challenge!

You know, I have to admit, for a while there, I had it pretty good. I was the girl who could eat pizza and burgers with extra bacon and never gain weight.

Then, just as I was warned, I got into my 40’s and things started changing.  Whereas I still look at myself in the mirror and love what I see overall, when I look down and see what’s happening to my thighs, I’m like, ‘hmmm… no. Momma’s not happy.’

Don’t get me wrong, I still eat pizza and burgers whenever I want but now I have to keep in mind that my cholesterol level is borderline and my thighs aren’t just gonna miraculously stay toned like they did in my twenties.  So I might want to slow down on the meat. Damn my love for cured meats and cheeses!

So this morning I decided it’s time to get my butt in gear and do something about it.

Thus, Step 1: Make up your mind to do something healthy for your body.

I have this fitness app on my phone that gives me tailored work-outs. I like it because they are quick, I can do them at home, and they’re fun.

Pick something fun that you will enjoy doing. Otherwise, if it feels like a chore, you won’t stick with it.

Step 2: Choose a routine or regimen that is a good fit for your body. 

Don’t get overzealous and jump out there like, ‘I’m gonna take over the world!’ Just find exercises that work for you.

For example, here’s what I did today:

10x Forward Lunges

forward lunge

10x Push-ups

push up

10x Iron crosses

iron cross bent knees

10x Mountain climbers

Mountain_Climbers_F_WorkoutLabs

10x Russian twists

russian-twist-exercise-illustration

10x 4-count (Jump back, plank, jump feet apart, jump feet together, plank, jump up)

4 count ex

 

Step 3: Pick a time-frame goal that is do-able.

The program that I’m doing is a 2-week program with 4 levels of difficulty.  Two weeks is not a major commitment, so I am going in with the attitude that I can totally do this. I will re-evaluate and make a new plan at the end of the second week.

Find the right length of time where you can honestly say, “I can totally do this!”

Step 4: Be aware of what you are eating.

Try to cut back on the things you know are bad for you and replace them with healthier options. I don’t believe in deprivation, but rather, moderation.

As for me, I’m going to eat more vegetarian options this week.

But don’t get it twisted – when it comes to my cured meats and cheeses…

 

Step 5: Have fun!

Enjoy yourself! Staying healthy doesn’t have to feel like a drag. Get your partner or friends involved and just have fun with it!

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I’ll keep posting over the next two weeks.

If you feel up to the challenge, why not join me and comment. I would love to hear from you!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Don’t take my word as the bible. Before you start a fitness routine, talk to your healthcare provider.

© 2018 Tamara Jefferies.

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