Fit Or Fat At Forty-Five? Part 1 in a Series
Exactly 6 months from today I will be 45 years old. Like the majority of Americans I am not in shape and need to lose a good amount of weight.
Like everyone else that is overweight I have tried many different ways of getting fit and losing the extra pounds. Fad diets, supplements, personal trainers (2 days, not 2 days a week just 2 days...), and whatever else that seems to be "effective" that's on the market.
I have however gradually changed my diet and activity levels. As of today I don't eat fast food or drink sodas. I am not one that craves sweets so I don't have to worry about a donut temptation. I have started using coconut milk and love it. Kale salads are amazing. I'm finding wonderful healthy foods. I have even reduced my alcohol consumption. Once a week Happy Hour with friends and none at home. I also do not eat after 8pm and make sure that I am drinking plenty of water.
Coffee has been replaced with green tea. Well, I cheat on the coffee from time to time. I love coffee.... LOVE IT!
Where was I? Oh yeah..
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I have started up yoga again. As of today I am practicing yoga at least once a day. to trigger the tracker. Just kidding but if you have one, try it. You could be walking 50k in steps a day from the comfort of your couch.
One very important component to reaching my fitness goals? Reducing my stress level. Believe it or not, stress plays a huge part in weight loss/gain. Not to mention your mental health. This hasn't been easy due to unforeseen occurrences and daily life struggles. Everyday I find ways to my Zen.
Since the 1st of the year I have lost about 4 lbs. Not as much as I would like but then again I didn't exactly gain the weight overnight. Shit takes time and most importantly dedication.
In the past 23 days I have fully committed to being healthy so in order to continue my journey (gods I hate that word...journey.. so cliché) anyways.. I'm going to document my weekly progress up through the week of my 45th birthday. Obviously I am not going to lose nearly the weight I want in six months because that would be unhealthy and unrealistic; but I will be closer to my ultimate wellness goal.
I'm excited for this new chapter in my life to unfold. It isn't going to be easy but I am determined to be fit at 45.