Last week, when we got up into the 70's, I pulled out a pair of shorts that I wore on the Grand Canyon hike six months ago. Was going to work out and thought I'd wear them.
HA! Very funny, they proclaimed as I tried to squeeze into them.
Are you kidding me? Must I go through this every single spring? I was overwhelmed with frustration. How could I go from being in the best shape of my life, to my shorts not fitting in six short months?
Well, it turns out I am not alone. Spring is our busiest time. Not January, not September. Spring. I have always believed it was because of spending months in winter clothes, then reaching back into the closet and trying to wear outfits from last summer.
The things is, I already know without having to get on the scale, that it's only a few extra pounds. They came from not exercising consistently over the winter, and eating junk. It wasn't menopause, or lack of sunshine, or my metabolism. It was Netflix and cookies!
The wonderful thing about that is if I got here by my own choices, I can change. I can get back to working out! I can add an extra day of lifting! I can create some goals and get to work on them. Not to lose weight, necessarily, but to feel better.
My extra belly roll doesn't make me worth less. I already know that lesson. I am just as good, worthy, beautiful, and fabulous as I was six months ago. But I don't feel as good physically. There's something nice about those shorts slipping on, without them pinching or squishing anything.
So, I made up my mind to get to work. More exercise. Less junk. Simple steps into the lifestyle that feels right for me. Simple steps towards strong, fit, lean, endurance, healthy, and you better believe those Athleta shorts fitting.
Would you like to join me? Do you have a goal? What is it? How can I help/support/encourage you towards your goal?
Every now and then I get an email that explains in detail how I am doing things all wrong. I got one of those lately. I wasn't challenging her to lose weight. I was putting all the responsibility on her. She was very upset with me. I understand, I really do. But I cannot own that for her, or you, or anyone else.
Many years ago, I did weight loss challenges, weigh ins, and all of that. What I learned was it didn't work! Even if someone loses weight temporarily because of the pressure of a weigh in, if they don't change, it comes right back. It began to feel broken. Inauthentic. Disempowered. It was then I decided that losing weight was not the end-all-be-all goal of fitness for women over 40! Taking steps towards strong, fit, lean, endurance and optimal health is much more important to many women. It's personal.
- I personally would like to burn these few extra pounds off so my shorts fit, get my ankle back to 100%, re-establish my balance and strength, and hike the Grand Canyon again.
- You might want to lose 50 pounds.
- You might want to walk a half marathon.
- You might want to do your first 5K.
- You might want to lose 5 pounds and get some toned triceps.
- You might want to correct a muscle imbalance in your shoulders so your neck doesn't hurt.
- You might want to hike across Spain, or the Grand Canyon, or Highbanks.
- You might want to learn to run one mile.
- You might want to feel better mentally through exercise and community.
- You might want to stretch so your muscles don't feel so tight.
- You might want to recover from a life event that knocked you down, and you learned that fitness helps you cope.
If you have a goal, we'd LOVE to help you dream it, plan it and reach it. Absolutely! But, we're not going to tell you what that goal is. That's for you to decide during your quiet moments, when that voice within speaks to you about wanting more. It's your path. Your fitness. Your body. Your life.
I know what my voice said to me: "You feel so much better when you move your body every day. Your soul lights up, your mind balances and calms, and your energy skyrockets. So do it, feel fabulous, hike some amazing places, and enjoy your favorite Athleta shorts."
Let's do this!