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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Well, I am officially in the last year of my 40's. It has not be a kind or easy decade for me.
I keep waiting for things to get better, but so far each year has gotten progressively worse.

I want my 49th year to be the year that I shed a good portion of my excess weight, if not all of it. I have been quite good about using my FitBit that my sister bought me for Christmas in 2019. Sometimes it makes me a bit anxious because there are days that are extremely hard to reach the step count that I have set for myself, but I have lowered that number because I am finding that even though I lost 13 lbs, I am now at a stand-still and I think it is because I am solely concentrating on steps and no strength. I have incorporated strength within the past few weeks, but not enough. That is my #1 goal this year....more strength, less cardio. I hope this makes a difference with losing more weight and maintaining.

Water consumption needs to go back up (I did so well during the summer, but I am finding it more difficult now) and I definitely need more HEALTHY breakfast, lunch and snack ideas.

I have not been as active at SparkPeople as I have in the past and I know it has always helped me with the wealth of knowledge and support I can gain here. I'm not a fan of food journaling, but I do like to keep track of my water intake and want to get better at taking my vitamins daily. (I have always sucked at remembering to take pills!)

Four days ago I went on a hike with my family and hurt my right heel. Not sure exactly what I did, but it hurts when I step on it. I couldn't even make it to the edge of my neighbor's property the other day when I went to take a walk with my daughter. I've been icing & elevating it periodically throughout the day. Somehow I have been able to keep up my step count, but as I said, I am lowering my expectations because I need to focus on strength. It definitely isn't as bad as the day I did it, but it still hurts.

Big additions to my workout this year have been walks around my neighborhood, treadmill and elliptical . I have not been doing any floor work (crunches, leg lifts) so that needs to start happening at least a few times a week.

As with most things I do in my life I make a plan and I work hard to try to make things happen. But even planning and trying your hardest sometimes isn't enough, as I am continuously experiencing in my work life. (Five years consistently working diligently and I am still making less money than when I was 21 years old. It is defeating and humiliating.) My metabolism stinks, menopause sucks and lack of sleep is evil. I'm battling a lot of things in my life, but I know there are others out there struggling more due to loss of jobs and COVID. We are not in normal times.

So for now, I am taking things day by day and planning what I'd like to happen during my 49th year. I'm hoping to start blogging here more and checking out other Sparkers blogs.

Thanks For Reading & I Hope To See You Again Soon!
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