Challenge 1, Fit By 40…
So, Challenge 1 Fit by 40. This is without a doubt, my biggest challenge…
It is basically what it says on the tin..
I am 37 years old and in seriously bad shape. Round is a shape, but it’s not a good shape for your health.
I had my first baby at 18, another at 21 and then just kind of forgot about myself. I would randomly join the gym, make an effort to walk more or do fitness DVD’s in the front room, try to eat healthily but ultimately life was hard and it was impossible to find the time or the motivation, when there were so many other things that seemed much more important to commit my time and energies to. Not an uncommon situation for a Mum!
As a result I have been overweight all of my adult life and significantly so for the last 4 years. This down to a combination of factors; ill health, stress, hormones and eating the same as teenage boys! But if I’m truthful really it’s down to a lack of commitment and motivation.
My weight is now at the point that it is a serious cause for concern. The desire to lose weight is most definitely not a vanity thing. I am obese and if I want to live a long and fulfilling life something has to change. My weight is stopping me from living the life that I want to..
But ironically I’m scared. Scared to change, scared to fail, scared of being a different person,
And I don’t understand why. Because generally speaking I am pretty fearless..
But this is the one thing I really struggle with, and I wonder if it’s because it has been an intrinsic part of my identity for so long and also because I’ve never experienced any negativity towards my size..
Also if I’m honest I’m a bit lazy, and if I think something will be difficult or if I don’t think I can achieve it, generally speaking I avoid the situation.. I am such a procrastinator, my motto really is ‘why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow!!’
But this I really do need to sort out, and sooner rather than later.
So my aim is to hit all the ‘healthy’ weight and fitness targets by that big birthday in 3 years time.
Healthy BMI of 23 = 10st 3lbs (5 stone to lose)
Waist measures less than 31 inches
Body fat between 21-24% (Roughly 22% to lose)
But if I focus, it can be done, and I just need to view it as a journey, make changes, try new things and just go for it!