When I turned 40 this past summer I was in pretty good shape. I was running, biking, playing tennis and eating well. When I stepped on the scale on my wedding anniversary at the end of August, I was quite proud to have gained only five pounds over the course of fifteen years of marriage, while producing a couple of children to boot. I’m sure I could have still zipped up that wedding dress had I tried.
Oh but how quickly things can change.
Fall weather arrived and I turned to comfort foods. In parallel, my 40-year-old metabolism ground to a halt. When I stepped on the scale on January 1 2012, I was a little shocked.
My first week back at work in the new year was healthful. I watched what I ate, and by the first Friday I was down two pounds. Then on the weekend I ran 12K and did a workout with weights at Marshall’s. Being the weekend, I relaxed my eating a little and by the end of the weekend I was back up 1.4 pounds for a net loss of only 0.6 pounds after a week of eating (mostly) well. Gone are the days when I was a student when I could go for a 3K run and be guaranteed to lose a pound.
Since I like to share way too much information via social media, I posted my woes on Facebook and Twitter, and before I knew it I was signed up for a nutritional workshop with the lovely JoeGirl, and writing about it here on my blog. And now that I have written all of this, I will be accountable to you Dear Bloggy Reader. I will not be reporting weekly or anything like that, but I did want to let you know what is going on so that I will be motivated to try harder. I may even have to resort to drastic measures and cut back on red wine too, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. At least there is always coffee.
My goal? To be down at least five pounds before I go to the U.S. later this month so that I can shop a little. Also? It would be nice if my pants fit me again because my wardrobe choices are a bit too limited at the moment, and although my workplace is pretty casual, I don’t think I could get away with my stretchy yoga pants.
P.S. The workshop with Joanne was great! Interesting and loads of fun too. If you get a chance I would highly recommend meeting with her. Check out her post about our evening here.
How do you manage keeping fit and healthy year round?