As part of my accountability, I am going to keep a journal here, as well as at home. That way, maybe some of you can slap me if I give up.
I was born in April of 1958. I have two children, one who just turned 9 and one 19, and a husband who is 11 years older than I am.
I am 5'3" and weigh 100 pounds.
I am beginning to feel weakness set in. Carrying groceries is harder; painting rooms is harder, moving furniture is more difficult. I get tired more easily, and need to take more rests than I used to. Recovery time for strenuous chores takes longer.
Goal Number 1: Strength and Stamina
I have been slim all my life. While I didn't used to think so, it is a blessing in middle age. However, I am starting to see a softer belly, a lower rear, and should not be wearing a bikini anymore. I want to wear a belly shirt again, I can't get used to the fact that I can't. I am going to Hawaii for my 50th birthday, and I want to tan in a skimpy bikini and not gross people out.
Goal Number 2: Build and Firm Muscle
I have never been a person with energy. I've always been one of those who need to sleep 10 plus hours a day, and who can't get out of bed until at least 11 in the morning. I love to play on the computer, read, and watch TV. I have a sedentary job. When I hear about friends who do all kinds of activities, I wonder where they get the energy for it.
Goal Number 3: Increase Energy Level
And, the most important - as I look to my future, I see I am at a crossroads. I can take the road of fitness and age with energy and grace, or I can take the road of sloth and slowly deteroriate. I was blessed with good genetics and now is the time to take advantage of that gift - I can't get by looking fit and healthy anymore without working for it. I also had my youngest child late in life, and I have to be fit for him, so I can be there for his school activities and eventually his children. My husband is 11 years older than me. Like me, he has always been thin and strong, yet lazy. He now has arthritis and other health problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle, and even has trouble getting off the couch without pushing himself up. The liklihood is I will need to be strong for the family. Maybe I can inspire him to work out eventually. Also, as a thin woman, I am at risk for osteoporosis - in fact, my bones have already shown signs of pre-osteoporosis - and now is the time to do prevention.
Goal Number 4: Healthy, Fit Aging
How to reach those goals:
I puchased work-out clothes. I have taken a "before" picture. I have written down my personal goals publicly (here). I have written them in a more detailed way in a journal. I have purchased a 60 day food and exercise diary. And, today, I joined a gym, despite ancient fears of exercising in public. I have an appointment with a personal trainer on Thursday.
I will get a customized workout on Thursday, and will update this thread at that time. In the meantime, I'll look for a yoga or spin class to start, just to get into the gym, as those things seem non-threatening.
My Exercise Plan
My Eating Plan
Thanks for welcoming me to the forum, everybody.