My Birthday Promise To Get Fit And Fabulous

I turned 49 on Sunday (yes for the first time!) And to celebrate my birthday, I took a couple of days off from work to do some soul searching and unwind. The weather Saturday morning was spectacular, so I went for a walk. And then I went again on Sunday, and Monday and today. And I had energy and got more done and I was just so proud of myself. Right now, I’m the fat girl. My family hates when I say that but with at least 50 pounds to lose, it’s justified. And I’m ok with that. I don’t hate my body and I certainly don’t feel 49 most of the time. But I sit at a desk all day, and then I’m a crafter by night, either sitting at the computer more or sitting at my craft table. And my butt? Well that is just starting to take the shape of the chair!

I’ve loved my forties and I’m looking forward to 50. I’ve never been one to cry about my age. My thing with turning 49, however, is that over the last couple of years, I’ve had a couple of surprises related to my age and my level of fitness. I had a torn rotator cuff tendon which turned into a frozen shoulder. I can move it again, but after almost a year, it still hurts. What hurt more was the doctor telling me I had a “48 year old shoulder” and these things can be expected.

I also take blood pressure medication for hereditary heart palpitations that I can thank perimenopause for. And last but not least, occasionally my calf swells and the doctor can’t find anything wrong. I’ve always been strong, but lately I stopped feeling that way.

So for my 49th birthday, my gift to myself is to go from the “fat” girl to a “fit” girl. I’ll never be Hollywood skinny; I wouldn’t want that. And I like–scratch that–LOVE sugar.

So I am NOT going on a diet. I’m going to start with walking. Not only am I doing something good for my body, I’m letting my creativity flow and I have more energy throughout the day. It’s amazing how quickly you can feel the effects of such a simple thing.

And then I’m going to add better foods to my daily intake. If I want a piece of gooey chocolate birthday cake like I had this weekend, I’m going to have it. But I’m going to be more diligent about the fruits and veggies too.

And I’m going to explore and share my experiences on this blog as I go. I think it will help. Maybe it’s even the key. I chose this title Fat Girl to Fit Girl because the word FIT has an I in it. I’ve never been good about putting myself first. I think to take care of my body, I have to add the letter “I” into my vocabulary, as in “I am going for my walk and the rest of you can wait….”

It’s time to take care of me. And if you are struggling with the same feelings, join me. Let’s put ourselves first together and be accountable to the world. 🙂


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by coach2258 on May 21, 2008 at 4:34 am

    I applaud your decision to get fit. I think I can help. Check out my blog, I have been training people for years. I have decided to share my information with anyone that needs help. Feel free to ask any questions. Keep on walking.


  2. Congrats! I am doing the same – just signed up at work for 10K steps a day program… getting my pedometer at 10:30 and then let the walking begin!!!


  3. Posted by dfalv38 on May 25, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Coach, Thank you for your support. I’d love to check out your blog but there is no link. If you come back, please give us a link! Thanks.


  4. Congrats on your life-changing decision. You will feel so good as you get closer to your goal and you’ll add ‘good’ years to your life.

    I started a site about perimenopause because that’s my current struggle and I hope you will visit it. It’s my way to communicate with the rest of the women out there going through it. Please check it out and feel free to respond. http://www.ourperimenopause

    Oh, and I hope we can here of your progress. I dieted for years and the only thing that works to eat less and move more. I learned to say no to rice, potatoes, bread, greasy stuff but NOT chocolate. Can’t. I also am not addicted to the exercise burn. When I feel the burn, I feel like it’s burning the fat.

    Good luck.


  5. Posted by dfalv38 on May 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for your encouragement. I look forward to checking out your site. I’ve been dealing with perimenopause as well. It definitely adds to the challenge of losing weight.
    And I agree that weight loss is about moving more and eating less. The trick is to eat the healthy foods and less of the poor choice foods without feeling like you’re missing something. And I don’t think I could ever give up chocolate.


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