… turning 40!

calm 40Technically, I just turned 39 four days ago, so I really have 361 days before I turn the big 4-0.

A couple years ago, when one of my best friends was turning 40, I remember wondering why she was pretty much freaking out. I didn’t get it because she still looked young and beautiful. Age is just a number, right?

And now here I am… I wouldn’t say I’m freaking out… I’m just amazed at how fast time really goes and the thought of how much faster the years are going to fly, kind of scares me!  It’s not really 40 that worries me, it’s all the years after.

We have no control over time. And in many ways, that is a good thing.  But something we do have more control over, is how we are taking care of these bodies of ours!  I read this great article, that ironically was published 4 days before my birthday, and I have to say, I am really glad that I have an entire year before I turn 40, to make some big changes!

Like the writer of the article I linked to above, I am pretty healthy and energetic, but I have definitely let my diet and exercise fall by the wayside of a hectic life and crazy schedule.  Even though many of my friends and associates say I look fit, I know I really have some work to do to.

Measuring chartYesterday I measured myself using this chart as a guide.  I plan to get those numbers WAY down by the end of December.  I have been running for almost 7 years, and I have learned that you can’t just strap on a pair of shoes and hit the road.  You really need a strong core to help you run well and prevent injuries.  Starting on the first of this month,  I have committed to a 30 day core challenge. 

I have also committed to going to the gym five mornings a week at 5 am to get my strength training in. Even though I’m not really what you would call a “morning person”, 5 am is the best time for me to go consistently. It’s a good time too, because then it’s done for the day! I’ve been doing this now for many years, but not consistently. This time I am telling myself to pretend it’s my job and that I don’t have a choice but to be to “work” on time!

I plan on losing weight by adding more anaerobic training to my schedule. Instead of focusing on my running miles, I will push myself harder to get my heart rate up and increase my VO2 max (don’t feel bad, I’m still in the process of learning what that means too) and becoming less wimpy.

So that’s the goal! I’ll be updating this blog with my progress, along with lots of other random things in my life along the way.

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