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The Big 5-0!

Posted May 18 2009 12:00am

birthday50Today, I turn 50.  I can’t believe I’m here! One of the very first blog posts I wrote when I started here was that I wanted to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday. It was the first big goal on my fitness quest.

And I accomplished that and so much more. I’m down 53.6 pounds from when I said I wanted to lose the 50 pounds.

Bigger than the 50+ pound weight loss though are the changes I’ve made to get there. I exercise now. On Saturday, I ran three miles.  I never, ever in my life before I started this journey to health even ran 1 mile. I never even wanted to run a mile. Now I actually look forward to how I feel when I’m done running (I still can’t admit to loving the actual running).

I’m healthier and stronger now than I was in the last three decades. I’ve competed in and finished a duathlon and signed up for my next triathlon. In addition to running, I’m swimming, I’m biking, I’m strength training.

I eat healthier (not perfect, but better) and it’s a plan I can live with for the rest of my life. There’s no going back.

And most importantly, I’ve taken the unrealistic expectations away, making it easier to find my way back to being fit. In diets past, I always wanted to lose 20 pounds a month or some such crazy number. I wanted to be running the three miles in a month (it actually took 7 months to get to this point and there is still some walking). I promised myself that this time, as long as there was progress, that was good enough.

As a result, I’ve steadily lost a manageable 5-6 pounds a month. I don’t feel deprived. I still get to indulge in things like pizza and birthday cake. I’ve been able to make changes that are comfortable for me. And I can stick with this.

I still have weight loss/fitness goals to meet, but I’m still not in a rush. I want to continue to get healthier and stronger and compete in more challenging races. I’ve pushed myself more in these past 10 months than I have in the past 25 years and I plan to continue to challenge my body physically to see where it can take me.

Every week,  I’ve seen some progress in my fitness level, my energy level, my confidence in myself and my body’s ability to do these things that I hadn’t previously challenged it to do. And I keep having to buy smaller clothes. I can live with that.

In fact, I’m really proud of myself for that.

I’m turning 50 today. And I feel really good. The best I’ve felt in a very long time. And I’m thinking that I’m going to like 50.

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