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    Are You Growing or Decaying? Podcast #2

    Fri, Mar 21, 2008

    Freaked Out & 40, Podcast

     Weight Loss, Health and Fitness for Mom’s Podcast

    Monday was my 44th birthday.

    Since beginning the Fit Yummy Mummy transformation Challenge, I have really been interested in how to stay healthy and age "gently" – basically how to stay fit and functional into my golden years.

    The past few years, I was viewing getting older as anything but golden.

    Some of the reason for my attitude was the realization that I am running out of time on some things I had rolling around in my head to do "someday", and that on a few things, I have already missed the mark.

    Some of the reason was the passing of my grandparents – my grandmother in particular – we were very close and her passing was difficult. I saw up close how completely unglamorous and ugly death and and aging can be.

    But probably the biggest thing was the evidence that I was looking at every day.

    I used to glow. I didn't have "jowels", grey hair or that middle age spread. I didn't know what alligator skin was – now I do! 

    Had I never participated in a spring fitness challenge – either the one at our local gym a few years ago, or Holly's Fit Yummy Mummy Transformation Challenge this year, I truly would have believed that I was getting old… that's it for me… accept it.

    But by doing the challenges and seeing the changes – and especially feeling the changes – it was glaringly obvious that the state of my self was solely due to the fact that I had become complacent and even lazy in my habits.

    I was obsessed with work, and added to that my family obligations, I had let myself go.

    When I was in school, I was an athlete. I won the ribbons and continued up into high school.

    After that I gained some weight but soon became obsessed with my body image and ultimately got back into very good physical condition.

    But after kids, I let it all slide and never did really pick back up again until I participated in my first bikini ready spring challenge when I was 41. (OK, I probably will never feel comfortable wearing a bikini at the beach, but it was nice to know that I could :0) 

    THE OBVIOUS BECAME OBVIOUS 

    And then the obvious became – obvious!

    I wasn't feeling and looking frumpy because I had magically hit "that age" – it was because I wasn't doing what I needed to do to be healthy.

    That applies at any age.

    Craig Harper, author of my new favourite motivational blog wrote and article called Teaching the Old Dog New Tricks, that is a must read for anyone who thinks that they are on a permanent down slide because of age. 

    Had I the same lifestyle when I was younger, I would have had the same results, albeit with a few less wrinkles and grey hairs. 

    That revelation – because I am over 40 I don't have to decay – I can still grow - improve – be in peak condition "for my age", had made a miraculous change in me – both physically… and mentally.

    So this weeks podcast is about that, I will have more articles an information coming up on being the best you can be – at any age.

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    Are You Aging or Decaying?  

    Get with the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle and find out firsthand what I'm talking about!

    Fit Yummy Mummy Fitness and Weight Loss for Moms

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    It is definitely the time of year to be getting back on board with a Fit Yummy Mummy 12 Week Challenge – I am counting down the days to being 10lbs lighter and 12 weeks stronger!

    Holly gives us assignments throughout the challenge, today it is to examine perfection and the effect that it has on our results – and how it can more likely than not cause more trouble than it saves. I am looking at that today.

    How about you. Has perfection ever brought you down in your efforts to lose weight or get healthier?