Challenge Yourself Blog: Teri Davis

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"Diablo" high-fived me and told me I had done a great job. I crawled to my car, drank 2 liters of water and turned the air conditioner on full-blast, and within 5 minutes I FELT GREAT. I really felt like I had accomplished something. I did things in that workout that I knew I could NOT do, things if given the choice I would have said NO WAY. I actually mixed squats with jumping! When I got home Maggie (English Mastiff who would rather eat an apple turnover then take a walk) and I took a long walk and had a long talk about how she, too, was going to get into shape.

Who would have thought a hard workout could take the place of nicotine, alcohol, chocolate and ice cream?

March 29 -- A New Bike

My goal for the beginning of month 2 was a 12-pound weight loss. Since I met my goal, I treated myself to a brand-new pink bicycle (my kids are going to disown me). The bike is going to give me some more variety in my workout and it's FUN. All of my neighbors came outside tonight to take a look at my new pink bike, just like we were kids again. I rode for 20 minutes and it felt great.

Month 2

Weight at Start of Challenge: 195 pounds

End of Week 4: 181 pounds

Waist Size Then: 35 inches

Waist Size Now: 35 inches

Hip Size Then: 45 inches

Hip Size Now: 42 inches

Left Thigh Then: 26 inches

Left Thigh Now: 24 inches

Right Thigh Then: 26 inches

Right Thigh Now: 24 inches

Run a mile then: 15 minutes

Run a mile now: 13 minutes

The numbers don't lie! I've lost 14 pounds and over 7 inches. Since I didn't start seeing my trainer until last week, I think I'll see an even bigger loss of inches next month.

What's really important is how good I feel -- it must be a combination of eating right and the exercise. I have more energy and I'm sleeping better at night. The support I'm getting from friends, family and business associates is phenomenal, I really couldn't do it without them.

The exercise is getting easier and easier. Last Thursday, I was out on a case and there was no way I could fit a work-out in, and I really missed it. Last night on the treadmill I was thinking about all of the almost 50-year-olds that want to be fit at 50 but maybe need a little encouragement. If everyone who is doing the challenge shared their Self Magazine with someone they know who is frustrated with their weight or endurance and offered some encouragement, we could double the number of people working to get fit and healthy.

This week I commit to walking over to my mother-in-law's with this month's issue of Self Magazine and a set of three pound weights to help her get off the couch. I challenge everyone who is reading this blog to reach out to someone they know.

If you have been reading my blog you know how much I love lists. I have compiled a list of the items I would give away if I was rich and famous and had my own talk show with a studio audience. All of the items have made getting fit by 50 a little easier.

Teri's Top Ten Tools for Getting Fit at 50:

10. Treadmill: Rain or shine the treadmill is always upstairs just waiting to challenge me.

9. MP3 player: I personally love my iPod but any MP3 player will do.

8. MP3 Workout Downloads: Self has a new one for month 2, don't forget to download it. I also use one from NIKE that is specifically for treadmills; it varies your speed, tells you exactly what to do -- great for anyone who has a treadmill.

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