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


10x Russian twists


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!


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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