Some days are full of errands and thoughts and errands and thoughts. So, I was taken aback recently when the aroma of freshly cut grass wafted through my auto air vents and demanded attention. Breathing in deeply, I immediately appreciated spring. Cut grass, blossoming flowers, new beginnings….fresh starts.
Basically, my quest for a healthier lifestyle after 50 has been one of many seasons. Since I really did not begin to take healthy eating and exercise seriously until I was right at 60 years of age (I do not recommend waiting that long for anyone), I have been forced to learn how my age and lifestyle affects results.
I witnessed my mother and mother-in-law sit for hours a day and stare at the television. They were cranky, depressed, unmotivated and eventually both were victims of dementia. So, I have been determined not to be like them. BUT, how is my sitting for hours a day at a computer any better. Sure, my thought processes may be better, but between teaching and blogging, there is a whole lot of sitting going on!!
From late November until late March, my exercise routine has been sporadic. There seemed to be a challenge to the schedule, I had down in the fall, every week….from family events, to minor surgeries, and recently return of vertigo. It is shocking to me how quickly my body will go back to its old ways when I do not exercise. Alas, the metabolism of an over fifty woman.
I appreciate more than ever that it takes a village to keep me on a healthy tract. My team is composed of JENNY CRAIG and the CONSULTANTS they provide; my personal strength trainer, BZ; an understanding family who knows I cannot cook like I used to and do this (meaning get my weight to a healthy place); and friends here with me and online to provide accountability and support.
I am ever closer to losing thirty pounds and, hopefully, back in the saddle again with 4-5 days of regular workouts. New beginnings…yet again…we can’t get discouraged, because spring always comes...if we breath it in!
I hope all who celebrate are enjoying a meaningful and wonderful Passover/Easter weekend!
*I was provided a free trial program, and free Jenny’s Cuisine® items. Currently, I purchase their food at a special rate. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own.
Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week