Being a former dancer, I was always used to being in great shape. Over the years I've ridden the roller coaster of in shape/not in as good of shape, but I've never really been completely out of shape...until I turned 50. Wow, that was one body change I was not fully prepared for! I'm four years in now, and the body just seemed to be happy on the fast road to old age. I felt old and frumpy, which if you know me in person, is quite a departure from who I consider myself to be!
About two years ago, a new gym opened in town. I'd be out on my walk and would pass the window and see all these women (and a few men!) getting their butts KICKED!! Of course, I was immediately intrigued. I relish a really difficult workout, but I thought I was too old to work out that hard anymore. The more I walked by, the more I wanted to join. I was struggling with a new business at the time so money was tight and I used that as an excuse to not face my fear of dying in the first class!
In January 2015 my husband bought me a 30 day pass there as a gift. Can you say life changing? Well, I had to wait a while before I could actually claim that because I threw my back out after my first class...definitely a reflection of how out of shape I was, not of the class I took.
Eight months later I returned to the gym and it was absolutely the best thing I've done for myself in years. The workouts are hard, she suggests a clean eating diet for everyone and I started seeing results within the first monh. The owner coaches a body fitness team there (think body building but not ginormous). They train hard, eat right, get the super dark tan, wear the blingy bikinis and heels and stand on stage and show off their super trim and fit bodies. There was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks I was signing up for that!! Until I did.
I'm still not sure how all this happened. One of my friends there who is a little younger than me mentioned that she was thinking about competing and the next thing I know, I'm talking her into doing it with me. So, mark your calenders for April 30th. I'll be tanned, blinged out and showing off my hopefully super trim and fit body.
I know this is going to be really, really challenging, both physically and mentally. To be honest, I'm really curious about what my body can do at my age. I'm quite sure that I have completely underestimated the journey I have signed up for, but I know there is a whole group of women that I admire and respect to nudge me along when I'm feeling down or like I can't go on. Speaking of not being able to go on, did I mention there's no alcohol for four months?!
Is fitness a part of your life? Are you hoping to add fitness to your life this year? I'd love to hear about your goals and challenges. Tell me more in the comments!