Friday, November 5, 2010

Fifty, Fabulous and Other F Words

I’m fifty, fabulous and fit ... or at least fitter.

Maybe it’s the endorphins from the exercise surging through my veins or maybe I am just plain happy – whatever the reason - I feel fantastic and inspired. It’s been a few weeks now of sticking to my decision to exercise every second day and I am feeling the results. Okay, truth be told I haven’t lost a pound – in fact I may have even gained a few. But hey, my rock solid, iron butt and cut arms must weigh more than the jiggles and jelly that it replaced. Maybe I am exaggerating just a little, but I swear my tummies are flatter – I can see my knees unobstructed.

I am having a love affair with my running shoes and I don’t shriek so loudly now when I catch an unexpected glimpse of myself in the mirror getting out of the shower. I can run longer without becoming breathless, I can breathe easier in clothes other than my sweat pants and I can almost do up my jacket.

Happiness is ... buying large sized Spanx to wear under my dress two weeks ago - and finding out that I don’t need them now!

Let’s celebrate the small victories.

After years of chomping on my fingers, I have stopped this disgusting habit and now have healthy looking fingernails. I have reduced the copious amounts of coffee I was drinking to one delicious, savoured cup a day. I am eating mostly things that are really good for me .... What? There are no healing properties in Snickers??

I deny myself nothing but my desire for things that pull me off my path to health has diminished. I want to live fully, actively for many years to come - to 107 to be exact. I want to live to hold my future family in my arms and teach them lies about their parents; I want to live to see Africa claim its power and give back to its people; I want to see women in half of the ruling positions in the world; I want to see a world united in a goal to surthrive. And I want to see my tribe expanded to include colour and rainbows.

If I don’t choose health and fit now – then when?

I am fifty and fabulous and I am working on FIT. And those are F words I can live with.

6 comments:

  1. That's so great! I am jumping back on the workout wagon myself - starting tomorrow. I reserved a bike in a spinning class. I am actually a bit terrified because those classes look so scary, but how bad can it be? I'm not actually going anywhere?

    Here's to healthy and happy!

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  2. Yay! You go girl! I continue my fitness goals that I started in the spring and I have to say it is the best gift I have ever bestowed upon myself!

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  3. How 'bout this: "FAR OUT!!" I know it kind of dates me,but it seems nonetheless, a Fine, Flattering, F-ing comment. BTW, as always, thanks for yours about having once also been the parent of an adult with problematic behavior. There's a support-group acronym in there somewhere but I haven't quite figured it out. Wait - Parents Of Problematic & Pesky Adults (POPPA?) OK I quit.

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  4. YOu go girl!
    I'm fitter in my 50s then at any time in my life since being a child.
    Get your dance shoes on and boogie!

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  5. i need to get a new pair because i very much "want to" start running with my daughter...fun and fit.

    hope you are well. thinking of you.

    one love.

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  6. Glad you are loving it Lyn! We share the same F's ...
    Recently my run partner and I met at the usual time - in the POURING rain, we were soaked in minutes, and we continued ... through the thunder and lightning ... (a little faster at that point :0) Then we knew that we had gotten over the 'hump' that divides a chore and a pleasure ... sounds like you are almost there!
    cuz

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