During the broadcast Sam asked me how I thought I was doing, my response was I thing I'm doing great because I am still doing. One of the problems I've had in the past was giving up after a few weeks or a month. The longest I have ever stuck to a plan in the past was about four weeks.
I am starting my 9th week on the Self Challenge and am still enthusiastic, not even a little bored, the magazine keeps the diet and workouts fresh. I look forward to the new plans every month. Another contributing factor to my current success is the ease of the diet and exercise program. IT IS DOABLE! The food is plentiful, not unusual and not expensive. You can do all of the exercise at home by yourself or with a friend. You just have to get off the couch.
Many of my friends complain that their best years are gone, their lives are half over, they're stuck doing the same old thing every day. I say "B.S.", this is a new adventure in my life, I have a little more time then I did when my kids were at home, a little more money, and a lot more common sense. When I decided to do the challenge on January 1 what I didn't have was much energy or confidence in changing how I looked. I thought of 50 as something happening to me, a milestone marking the downward trend of my life. I thought that weighing 200 pounds was an impossible hole to dig myself out of.
Committing to make 50 a true beginning and not the beginning of the end required me to get off the couch, I had to tear up the list of "must watch" evening television programs that I had been collecting over the last year, I had to exert myself. The challenge gave me some guidelines. I made it my own. Once I got off the couch I started to feel better immediately.
The results speak for themselves; I'm happier, my family can see a difference, I laugh more and am quicker to initiate activities. At work I work smarter not longer -- I want to get out of the office and be active. I used to work frequent 16 hour days, not necessarily because I had to but because I really didn't have that much to look forward to once I got home. I sleep better but fewer hours now, and I pop out of bed ready to make a difference, not complaining about how tired I am.
I look forward to exercising. After the taping on Monday I went home cleaned the house a bit and basked in my 60 seconds of fame, and kind of took the rest of the day off. By 9 p.m. that night I was really wishing I had worked out and was anxious to get up at 5 a.m. to start strengthening at 6 a.m. When I look in the mirror, I'm happy. I think about what I'm going to wear the night before and actually get excited. Tomorrow I am wearing a skirt to work for the first time in over a year, and I know I will look good.
My hope is that like Lucy I can WALK THE WALK and help other women approaching their 50th birthday realize that this is just the beginning -- we can BE FABULOUS AFTER 50!
FYI -- My run on Saturday was another personal best, I came in under 40 minutes! My next organized run is on May 6 in Cincinnati, "The Flying Pig." I am doing the 1/2 marathon. I just want to beat my time from last year!
FYI -- I swear a surgeon was hitting on me yesterday. I haven't felt that way in 10 years!
Week 7: Inspiration and Opportunity
April is Donate Life Month. One of Lifeline of Ohio's busiest and most stressful months and I've been whining. On top of all of my usual responsibilities, the office is very busy with events and I always feel increased pressure in April.