Getting Fit at 50 for the First Time!

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A New Year

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM filed under Weight Loss postings
2010 starts the second year of an odessey that has taken me from a 49 year old 185 pound couch potato, to a 125 pound runner training for both a 10K and half marathon this year!

An incredible journey it has transformed not only my figure, but my life.  I can't begin to describe the benefits I have been blessed with over the past year.....more energy, better skin, less stress, confidence.....the list is never ending.

It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be either.....the key is to never give up and not to let disappointment rule your workouts.    There are bad days - days where you proably just shouldn't have gone to the gym......leave them when you leave the gym.   Each day is a fresh start with new opportunities and challenges to meet.   The glass is ALWAYS half full.....all you have to do is drink.

I have now become 'obsessed' as my family would say with fitness.  It has permeated every aspect of my, diet, social activities.   I do not do anything these days without weighing what impact it will have on my overall goals.  Crazy coming from someone who a little over a year ago hadn't been to a gym or run since my daughter was born - 17 years ago!

To those of you just starting - if I can do it at 49 anyone can start.   Advice would be:
1.     Only compete against yourself
2.     Do it for you - no one else.    You deserve the best you can be
3.     Set goals that are realistic....I will never win a marathon, but that doesn't mean I can't partiicipate!
4.     Make sure you balance your life as well as your workouts.   Decrease stress and make sure you nurture, mind, body and spirit in your training.   I find cardio, strength training and yoga to be a great blend for me.
5       Don't let the other couch potatoes talk you down!   Believe me they will try!   Stay strong and you will.....stay strong.  

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