Okay, fellow Divas… it’s been a while. I know, I’ve been in remiss, but what can I say? Life, love, birthdays, end-of-the-school year… all that happens. But, now I’m back…and apparently there is even more of me than before!
Since I last wrote, I have turned 40.
(Yeah, I might need a round of applause for that, as I have had trouble saying it, much etching it in stone for all to see!)
And, my mother had always warned me that when you turn 40, things don’t work quite like they used to. This sags a bit more over here, droops a bit more over there. No, it didn’t magically happen all in one day, but it is like some giant glacier slowly melting and moving downhill over the years, when suddenly it has invaded my back yard! Who knew I would ever compare my body and skin to a glacier!? Well, apparently it is appropriate, as my clothes don’t want to fit on me like they used to, and my bikini has actually packed her bags and gone south… so, what’s a Diva to do? Well, this Diva isn’t going to take it lying down (well, maybe if I’m getting a massage) but otherwise, I’m going to do something about it!
I was very active growing up. Always playing outdoors, climbing trees, keeping up with my older brothers. I was also an elite gymnast, spending 7 hours a day at the gym for most of my elementary and junior high years. I later discovered cheerleading was a lot easier and more fun, so I cheered all through college at the University of Florida. Needless to say, I never had to worry about what I ate!
Fast forward 20 Years:
Okay, I admit it…I haven’t done anything since those college days. I’ve been living on the memory of those active days, and it has finally caught up to me. I’m still fairly thin, but there’s no muscle tone… at all! So, I’m embarking on a journey to regain my former glory! Plastic surgery isn’t an option. (I can’t afford it and even if I could, it doesn’t build muscle, does it?) So, that leaves me with good, old-fashioned, bust-your-butt working out. (Ugh! How UnDiva-like!)
So, join me as I journey this uphill trek. I am sure some of my readers can relate to life getting the best of us…it happens! So, perhaps my battle will help you decide to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle, too. I’ll keep track of my ups and downs on here and would love your feedback, advice, and encouragement.
My path is easy, just two elements: exercise and eat nutritiously. So, to get my journey started, here’s what I’ve done so far today, the first day of my trip.
1) Joined a gym.
2) Cardio for 21 minutes (Alternated between walking 3 minutes and running 3 minutes on treadmill)
3) Weight machines
- Leg extension
- Leg curl
- Bench press
- Shoulder press
4) Free Weights
- Shoulders again
*Note: I am having trouble moving my arms today!
Fruits/veggies from Maitland Farmer’s Market
- Boiled peanuts (yummy protein)
- Sweet peas
- Blueberries and strawberries (frozen and easily accessible stored)
- Soy Milk
- Ice cubes
This Vitamix blender is totally da bomb! Easy to use and clean!
So far so good… I will keep you updated. But for now, find something active for you to do today, even if it is just walk around the block once the sun starts to set and it is a bit cooler!