Spring 5% Challenge - Day 3
Monday, May 09, 2011
For some reason, this is the fourth time I am sitting down trying to write this blog. I actually started yesterday and was a few paragrapshs in, and my screen went blue and it was lost. Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE the Vista operating system? Well, if I haven't, I do!! Anyway, there was only so much time for being online yesterday, and I never got back to it.
This morning, I started again, got interrupted, and then started again, and again, got interrupted.
But I have this feeling that it is important to write about what I was going to write about yesterday. I still can't believe that more than a year and a half ago, I was invited to join AARP because I was on the verge of turning 50. I did not then and have not since through about turning 50 as a major milestone.. When you are 50 (now 51) and have a (now) 9 year old child, you do not have the luxury about thinking about the measing of those two numbers together..
So early yesterday morning, I was reading an AARP magazine, really a very good and interesting magazine, and there was an article talking about someone who is a personal trainer that specializes in working with OLDER CLIENTS, THOSE 50 AND OVER, dealing with the issues and conditions that those OLDER CLIENTS, THOSE 50 AND OVER, have to deal with. Since when did being 50 require someone to have specialized training to help them?
Yikes!! I mean, it's not to say that I don't have some issues..but yikes!! I was in complete denial until I went outside a little later with my son to play some catch. It occurred to me that my 9 year old was throwing the baseball much harder, and worse, much farther, than I. I still had him on the accuracy part, but I had to be a LOT closer to him to make it reach him!
Oh my, I am getting old!! Right before my very eyes!
But..there is a silver lining to all this..
I am more inspired, more motivated, more determined, to not let it happen. To be dragged kicking and screaming to the "older American" table.. and the road to that goal is the very same road that I have pledged to travel here in this 5% challenge.. To exercise regularly, to eat well and within a particular calorie range, to take the world in my hands and make it MINE!
So here I am, screaming it from the rooftop: I will NOT allow my chronological age define me. I will continue to work towards my ultimate goal!!! And I will do it by taking those baby steps to health!!