Have you been working on getting healthy but find it to be a struggle? Don’t stop because your breakthrough is right around the corner – it truly is but you need to look at it with a new perspective or fresh eyes. Not sure what I mean? The best way to explain it is to stop and look at how far you’ve come since you first started your journey. For me my “aha” moment really came after my hysterectomy when two weeks after surgery and off the pain medication, I felt good. REALLY GOOD. Three years ago, I would not have been able to write that for you to read but I did notice little breakthroughs throughout my journey.
Having always been active, exercise was not my issue because no matter how “fluffy” I may have been, I always exercised even if it was just to take a walk. The reason exercise has never been my issue is because it keeps my stress in check and it is a part of my day just like everything else on my list. On the other hand, I was not as successful with my eating. Eating correctly and in the right amounts are my issues. As I started training for my first triathlon, I also started completing 5K’s, 10K’s and a half marathon. None of these events had been on my radar before I began my triathlon training but I quickly found that I enjoyed them. What really opened my eyes to what was happening with my body is on the days that I ate well and really paid attention to what I was putting on my plate and ultimately in my body, I performed better whether it was running, biking or even the hour Zumba class. Have you heard that saying “You’re only as good as your last meal?” Nothing could be more true. The better my food choices were, the better my physical level would be. When I ate crap, my physical and energy levels would be poor.
In case you think I made the connection quickly, you would be wrong – I wish I made the connection much more quickly than I did! I continued with my exercise schedule but really didn’t pay attention to what I would eat. In my mind, I was exercising more so eating cookies or ice cream wouldn’t be an issue. Guess what? It was a big issue and it affected not only how I felt physically but also emotionally in that I would feel sluggish and tired when I overindulged – EVEN after biking 20 miles.
The simple act of becoming aware of what I was eating for fuel has been HUGE for me and the choices that I make directly affects how I feel every day – whether I’m training for an event or not. Ultimately making that connection of how important my food choices were coupled with my fitness level, led to the day 2 weeks after surgery when I thought to myself, “I feel really good.” That is a statement I would not have been able to make 3 years ago. Keep pushing through because your “aha” moment is also right around the corner.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org