Oh, hello fourth decade… and this body of mine is starting to feel its age, even if mentally, I’m still in my late twenties. All the nightmarish “genetic tendency” conditions are starting to rear their ugly heads and bite me in the butt. High Blood Pressure, Reflux/Heartburn… fat fat fat…It’s time to make some changes.
A few years ago, I found myself in a similar place. I’d recently uprooted myself and moved to another state, started a new career, and was a thirty-something in a college town (ZERO dating prospects in my age bracket). I lazed around for a couple of years, and then it hit me. This was MY life, and I was NOT who I wanted to be. So I made a list of things I wanted to do. Then I looked at that list and realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do a lot of those things well or comfortably because I simply wouldn’t be able to keep up physically. How to solve that problem?
My friend Sharon had opened a personal training studio, and I started working out with her in small groups and boot camps – 2, 3, sometimes 4 days a week! She introduced me to Clean Eating, and within a month, I had started checking off things on my list – like dressage lessons (which if you’re “horsey,” you understand the physical strength it requires to attempt to balance and communicate with a massive upper-level schoolmaster)! Long story short, after a year and a half of training and eating clean, I was in the best shape of my life! I was also motivated to make some more life-changing moves, and moved from that adorable college town to the big city of Dallas, went back to an old career, and a ton of new friends. I stayed very active, swimming, boating, dancing, volleyball, bounce houses, and inflatable slides, and managed to keep my weight stable, although I did notice I was losing a little muscle tone. I was happy, though, and didn’t feel like I had time (or money) to invest in a trainer at that point. Fast forward about a year and a half, and there I am, having scaled back on the dancing and the constant activity with friends, and starting to gain a little. I met my husband at that point, and you know how it happens; fat and happy came along. 🙂 And suddenly, high blood pressure. And heartburn/reflux. And then trying to adapt to blood pressure medications. And eating bland, boring, and sometimes fattening food – and even that hurt. So, after months of not feeling well enough to be active, getting the kinks worked out with meds (which I despise being on), and psyching myself up to diving back in again, I was ready to start walking. That’s when my old friend Sharon invited me to do a 30-day Nutrition challenge. A week into it, and I was walking a mile a day and feeling better than I’d felt in ages! By the end of the challenge, reflux problems – minimal. Blood pressure – at ideal (still on meds, but hopefully not for long!)
Last week, the husband went on blood pressure meds. Along with high blood pressure, his doctor says he’s pre-diabetic and has super-high triglycerides. Key the diet overhaul! This week has been a process of creating new, flavorful meals, packing lunches, and adjusting to (ugh) new meds. We are determined to fix the source of the problem, though, by making healthy choices in our meals, increasing our activity levels, and making the effort to live the hell out of the next 40 years!
Keep an eye on our blog here for updates about this process of seeking health. It’s not easy to be consistent, sometimes, but feels so good to get back to healthy habits.