Skip to main content

Forty, Fit and Fabulous! (Operation: Fit for Felicity)


            This is a big year for us.  In a few short months we will be in China to bring home our little girl, big changes are coming in the way we homeschool (a post is coming) and in December, I turn 40.  The age 40 does not really bother me at all.  Turning 30 didn’t either.  To me it is just another year.  I have grown wiser, I hope.  But, even though the actual age does not bother me, its effects do bother me somewhat.  Truthfully, I am starting to feel old.  I cannot get 5 hours of sleep and expect to be able to function normally the next day with an extra cup of coffee.  Workouts and miles logged that did not bother me years ago, suddenly cause aches and pains never felt before.  At first, I thought that there must be something wrong with me . . . after all, I used to be able to do all these things and bounce back easily.  But, after talking to some 40-something friends, they reassured me that the aches and pains I was feeling we not a sign that I was horribly out of shape or that I had a serious medical condition.  I was, in fact, just getting old and these minor things were just a sign of that harsh reality.

                On top of that, the last several months have been tough.  Ever since we have been matched with Felicity Grace, I have been more stressed than normal.  Attempting to get the house ready, planning fundraisers, and you know, normal life activities have left me sleepless and worn out.  I have not been eating as well as I should.  I may or may not have added chocolate bars with almonds back into my diet.  My workouts have gone from sometimes two a day, to about 3 per week.  The scale has crept up a little, my pants have gotten a little tighter and I feel “fluffy.”  And when my morning workouts are off or non-existent, my prayer time suffers too. And, like a chain reaction, my days do not go as well either.

               I do not want to enter my 40’s feeling like this.  I do not want to bring home our little girl and chase a toddler around, feeling like this.  I do not want to meet with personal training clients, embarrassed at how I look or how out of shape I am.  So, I have been formulating a plan. .  . and I am calling it Forty, Fit and Fabulous!

          Since I need a reset, I am going to start next week off with Beachbody’s newest program called 3 Day Refresh.  This is a quick cleanse to help me get back on track with my eating.



My workouts will consist of PiYo every day.  I have been looking forward to this workout for a while.
  It is a Pilates and Yoga combination workout to get you lean and strong.  It is very low impact but effective.  The main reason I am looking forward to is because I miss running so much.  Two years ago I injured myself and I cannot seem to get my mileage past 5 miles without some sort of IT band issue or glute issue popping up due to my injury.  I need a workout that will tighten and tone my muscles and fortify my core without aggravating my hamstring/glute injury that does not want to go away.  My main goal with this is to get back into a good, lean running condition where I can run 10 miles easily.  My workouts will consist of PiYo every day, with running 3-4 times a week.


          I desperately need accountability on this one.  I will not bore you all with daily updates here, although I will post, from time to time about this journey and progress.  But, I will be posting regularly on my Instagram feed.  So, if you are interested, you can follow me there at: runningwithboys. Or, if anyone wants to join me on this quest to feel fit and fabulous, let’s do this together!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Gift (Our NFP story) Part 2

(You can read  Part 1 here

     So, by the time Andrew was 18 months old, we knew God was saying no to having more children at the time.  And, as mentioned before, He provided so much peace about it, that we knew we had discerned correctly.  Yet, even with that peace, I had to mourn the fact the we might not ever have any more children.  Yes, we were still open to life, of course, but from the time after Andrew’s birth, until today, we practiced NFP faithfully to avoid pregnancy.  And it took time to accept that we might not have any more children.  There were times when I would hold a friend’s new born baby and then go home and cry because I knew I might not ever know the joy of holding my own baby again.  We live in a community where life is celebrated and families are large.  Usually more than one friend is pregnant at a time.  In those early days, each pregnancy announcement was met with great joy for the friend, but often left me with an empty feeling.  I understood, in many way…

The Gift (Our NFP story) Part I

(I started writing this post months ago, but have not had time to refine it and finish it.  I have felt the need to hit "publish" lately though.  Maybe it is because Hope is too quickly approaching 12 months old and my desire to share it's sentiments would be lost soon. Or maybe it is because this week is the March for Life and the sacredness of life is before me in a precious little girl and I want to remember that, in words, here.  But whatever the reason, here is our story of seeking God's will and and being open to life.)

Shortlyafter we announced that we wereexpectingbaby Hope, I felt that I needed to share ourNFPstory.  Partially, it was because we had so many people say thingslike, "What a miracle!" or share stories of how people they knew were infertile, adopted and then had a baby of their own, thatI feltthat many people probably got the wrong idea about why we had three boys, waited a while and adopted and then found out we were expecting a baby wh…

Yonanas and a yummy protein chocolate peanut butter ice cream

I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth.  A big sweet tooth.  I blame it on genetics.  My dad loves sweets and I think my grandmother, his mother, subsisted only on foods that contained sugar.  But, when you are working on eating healthy and bringing the whole family along with you, things like ice cream, cookies and cakes have to replaced by something better.

So, when Lena from JOYfilled family posted about the Yonanas she got, I wanted to try it!  Yonanas makes "ice cream" from frozen bananas.  I have heard of making "ice cream" this way before and I have tried it in our blended, but it usually came out quite liquidy.  So, when we got a gift card for Amazon, I knew exactly what I wanted to buy.

I have used the Yonanas several times and I love it!!  The consistency of the "ice cream" is very smooth, light and creamy.  My 4 year old, who is a very picky eater, loves his new "ice cream."  Now, my older boys could not be fooled . . . they immediatel…