Living 40 plus and fabulous

Living 40 plus and fabulous

Friday, December 30, 2011

Here is a picture of me in the fall of 2011. My "before" picture.

Why do I want to be healthy?

In the book Small Changes, Big Results she ask that I write to myself the reasons why I want to make a positive change to my health. Here is why (in no particular order) -

  • I want to wake up in the morning not feeling like I am 80 years old.
  • I want to be able to walk or run around the block without having my lungs feel like they are about to explode.
  • I want to be able to buy clothes from any store and not specialty plus size stores.
  • I want to look into the mirror and not be disgusted by what I see.
  • I want to feel energized though out the day and accomplish tasks around my house and not just sit on my couch.
  • I want to walk into a room and not feel like the fattest person there.
  • I want to meet a guy and not think that he is silently judging me for my weight.
  • I don’t want to die of a heart attack.
  • I want to be able to sit in a small chair with arms and not have to squeeze in to fit.
  • I don’t want to turn 40 and feel like I did in my 30’s. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Where should I start?

For the past several years I have been focusing on getting things into my life that I thought were either missing or not quite right.Finances, health and relationships are the big 3.
I am finally at a place with my finances that I am not always transferring money from savings to checking and in less then one year (July 2012!) I will have one of my two credit cards paid off. Considering that the balance on it was around $16,000.00 this is a huge accomplishment. I have really made an effort to watch what I spend and it has really paid off. I will admit that I miss taking trips and shopping but for now the sacrifice is worth it and when that card is paid off I know that it was worth everything. I don't use credit cards anymore and the big thing that helped me the most was taking a class at a church a couple years ago. It was a  Dave Ramsey class  and worth every cent I paid for it. Financial Peace it was called and aptly named I am slowly realizing.
The real part of my life that I think is missing the most is my health and relationships. My health and relationships are a far cry from where I would like them to be or where i thought I would be.  I'm not talking about friends or family when I say relationships. I am talking about men and the intimate parts of having someone special in your life. My friends and family and the best in the world and I really count my blessing daily that I have such wonderful people in my life. Usually my New Year's resolutions are always about weight loss and I have it in my mind that once I am thin then I will have a boyfriend and life will be perfect. Deep in my mind I know this is not true. I have come to realize that how can someone love me if I don't love myself. Don't get me wrong, I love parts of me but not all of me and that is what I need to change. I need to focus on getting healthy, feeling good and loving what I see everyday that I look in the mirror. This New Year I am not going to make a resolution to lose XX number of pounds. I realize that I need to make small changes in my life and the weight will follow. I've heard it a thousand times and never really believed it until now. I also know that once I start feeling good and more energized then the way I see myself will change. My confidence will bloom and from there who knows what will happen in my life. I do know that it will be good.
I have several items that I want to complete this year. Some will help me be more healthy and energized. Others are for me to do around my house and yard to de-clutter  and organize which is also very important for my health. (Who really wants to be surrounded by clutter all the time!?!?!)
Here is the list -

1. Follow the book Small Changes, Big Results by Ellie Krieger. It is a 12 week action plan to better eating and fitness.
2. Follow the book Simple Steps. It is a 10 week guide to getting control of life. Each week focuses on health, weight, home and spirit.
(Both books are small changes that have a positive impact on daily life. Things that can incorporated into my daily routine but aren't a burden to do.)
3. Make my own natural cleaners. Not only will this be a step closer to green living but it will help my finances too. I have a book called The Naturally Clean Home. There are 150 easy herbal formulas to chose from and waaaay cheaper then store bought.
4. Make one new healthy recipe each week. Something that I have never tried before or made with my own two hands.
5. Run or jog in a 5k race.
6. and last but definitely not least is write a blog. So here it is. My blog about me doing the above 5 items and whatever else comes up this year. Of course the first two things will be done in 12 weeks but the changes will continue and so will the changes within me. This is my journey to a healthier, clutter free life.

So here is to 2012! The year that I make things happen! The year that I finally do what I have been wanting to do but never making the time or commitment to follow through.