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Getting old with age…

As we age we get wrinkles, joint pain, and our minds aren’t as sharp as they used to be. But is that something to celebrate or to be feared as we get older? Here’s two ways to look at it: You can either look on the cynical side and think about these things in a negative manner, or you can look on the bright and positive side.

With age comes wisdom and those wrinkles? You’ve earned them. Nobody knows your body, but you so you know what it has been through and what it’s going through right now. No one knows the future so there’s no point in worrying about it. We should treat our bodies better because it’s the only one we got. If we want to stay around long enough on this planet for the various reasons like family, friends, adventure, or the pursuit of happiness then we should take care of it. The first step in doing that is talking with your doctor.

The next step is getting on a healthy diet plan that works for you. You shouldn’t think of a diet as in “Die” but with a “T”, but as in the logical and anthropological sense of “diet” what do you eat? What does your diet consists of? This is a change of life and habits and I know it’s easier said than done, but small changes at first is the way to go. You are not going to feel the good changes that a healthier diet will do for you at least six weeks down the road so don’t give up! Your diet is the most important to your health more than exercise because you can’t out run a bad diet…and it’s just bad for your heart that way.

The third step is picking an exercise and fitness routine that works for you. Yes, you will talk to your doctor about this as well. Also, if you can work with a personal trainer to help you figure out a routine that’s best for you. Once you have that down and you start slow at first and then once you get used to it you can up your physical fitness routine.

The fourth step is keeping a journal to write down your thoughts and to, in a way, work things out and also keep a record of your health journey. That way when you do hit the six week mark you can look back on your progress.

Aging doesn’t have to be so bad. Things are going to happen to your body with age, but you can make it a bit easier by doing a little self care for yourself. No one else is going to do it for you. YOU have to make the effort for YOU. If you don’t then how do you expect anyone else to love or care for you if you can’t seem to love or care for yourself. Make your own light first and shine brightly.

C25K: Week 6 – Day 3 (REDEUX)

So it turns out that my running partner did not do day three of week six this past Saturday either due to the torrential desert rain that seemed to turn into monsoon season. We decided on our running day two days ago, on Tuesday, to make it up instead of starting week seven. This throws me off and it throws off my moderate OCD-ness and now we will not end on a Saturday, but a Tuesday with the App.

Today will start week seven and I thought I was going to die doing the last day of week six. My sides hurt, my calves hurt, my feet hurt, and my muscles are still sore from Tuesday. I need to take a warm shower and then a bath to ease my muscles. I know I took one the second week of training because I was not used to it at all. There are only two more weeks left in the training app. This is the final stretch and I have to see this thing through. It is not over until I either puke, faint, or die.

C25K: Week 6 – Day 2

Yesterday’s workout seemed to just take forever, which made my muscles more tired. It was a five minute warm up walk, then ten minutes for running, three minutes for walking, and then finally ten minutes for running again. Oh and then there is the five minute cool down where I just keep walking, but at a slower pace. My muscles, feet, and sides were paining me. I will reiterate and say that my Saturday runs I enjoy more and it is not as bad. My running partner said it would have gone by faster if I remembered my earbuds for my phone for music. She is right in a way and then I am not looking at my phone constantly to see the countdown of each section. But, the thing is I either forget my Fit Bit or I forget my earbuds and I have to have my steps count.

Tonight I go to my dance class and work on my belly dancing which shapes my stomach. It is raining outside pretty hard. It is a rare sight out in the desert especially in the middle of nowhere, so when it rains it floods, and when it floods no one can get anywhere. Also, there is this thing about people who live in the desert do not know how to drive in the rain let alone if it floods. Hopefully the weather is not too bad so I can get to my class.

C25K: Week 4 – Day 2…I died.

Yesterday, I made the mistake of running uphill in the parking lot. Because I did not realize it was slanted. I pushed my way through even though I verbally told my running partner I was going to die. She reassured me I was not dying and after the run I actually did not literally die, but I felt like I metaphorically died in every sense of the word. My next run is Saturday morning at eight in the morning. Tonight I do my two hours of dancing because I am a glutton for punishment.

In hindsight though, this will all be worth it down the road. If I keep at it and and I do not give up I will then reap the rewards of my efforts. I just have to stay focused and positive…right?

C25K: Week 4 – Day 1

Yesterday I did my run, but this time I am officially calling week four of the C25K app the week of hell. Now it starts getting harder and it pushed my limits and I thought I was going to die. Even if a lot of my muscles were screaming at me I did not falter and stayed in running mode and walking mode when it told me to. I think my running partner is doing better than me, but I am not in competition with her I am in competition with myself. I want to do better from the last year when I did this app and I did complete all eight weeks. So, towards the end of my run yesterday when I had to run for five minute intervals (and I have stated multiple times that when I say run that I jog…so just a reminder) I started to “baby jog” them because I refuse to walk because then what is the purpose of the training? One day I want to be able to actually run and I think I will as soon as the weight comes off. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 314 pounds. I weighed myself because today is February first. I want to make a goal or a promise that my next weigh in should be March first, and then after that it should just always be the first of every month so that I do not drive myself crazy.

Nothing is ever perfect and neither is diet and exercise. It is a process and when we fall we have to get up, dust ourselves off, and try again. We must learn to be stubborn with ourselves and stay the course. Even if our brains scream “ice cream”! We must not give in. I just want to remind myself of that. If you want something it takes hard work, discipline, and dedication. Rome was not built in a day and so the weight is not going to come off in a day. We must be patient with ourselves and pick ourselves up when we fall or have a bad day, but do not pick up that candy bar or drive through that fast food place. There has to be other ways of coping with stress or a bad day than food. This is geared towards emotional eaters or bored eaters. I mean if you really want something you’ll work for it and find time to do it and if you do not then you’ll find an excuse which means you must really not want it that bad.