Day 1 of 30 Day Blog Entry
So I've chosen to share my journey back to vitality in the hopes that it might inspire some, motivate others, and to encourage my own accountability by publically sharing my vulnerabilities with respect to health and fitness.
Generally speaking I am well. I am also not as healthy or fit as I would like to be. Also, as we age, we lose muscle mass, elasticity of the skin, certain types of vitamins and minerals become more scarce in the body. I am a woman in my 40's (yes I said it) and in this stage of life entering Perimenopause and that has created many changes in my body, its shape, its resilience, its needs and wants.
I can tell you there have been times when I've really looked at my body as we all do from time to time and been really saddened by the changes I see and felt helpless - feeling like there is nothing I can do to stop the 'ravages of old age". And then I thought, "what am I thinking?" I'm in my 40s, not 90s. And even if I were, I can choose to age gracefully with vitality, or throw in the towel and allow my body to fall into a state of dis - ease through neglect over time.
So I've chosen to take this journey and share it with you. It actually started a few weeks ago. I've systematically scheduled and been attending all of my annual preventive health care visits. Yesterday, I had my annual physical, blood work, and mammogram. I await the results and will share once I receive them. I've already had my annual gynecological exam as well and awaiting my results from that visit as well.
Today, I will begin an exercise regimen that includes exercising 30 minutes a day 6 days a week. Honestly, I'd like to do 7, or at least do yoga, tai chi, or Qui Gong on the 7th day as a way of repairing the body after the week of exercise. I am also going to be meditating as a way of balancing and centering the mind. And lastly, you've got to put some fun stuff in there two. For me I'd like to go salsa dancing or to see live music. It's summer time so I should be able to get in one or two fun events a month.
So it's Saturday morning, and I am off to do Zumba and meditate.
Please check my FB and Twitter pages for exercise updates and brief shares with respect to how I am doing. I will be blogging about this daily, and as I move through this journey, I would love feed back, prayers, well-wishes, recipes, training tips, locations of cool fitness classes, the names of great trainers, or any other support you feel would be helpful.
While it seems like, yes I've done this before, it's actually not true. I haven't done it at this age, as a single mom, with my daughter this age, this active, having the career, business, the life I have now. And my body is different. It's facing different challenges. My life is different. I'm different. It feels harder and I feel lonely doing it, which is why I am choosing to share it here.
I am looking forward to coming out on the other side stronger, more fit, feeling more connected to my femininity, my body, my heart, and soul.
For those of you that would like to take the journey with me, please let me know. I will be creating a support group for those who would like to join me in the reclaiming of your vitality. This is an especially great jouney to take if you are just coming out of a break up, starting over, starting a new career. Part of this journey involves leaving the past behind. The past images of my body, the past beliefs that have kept me trapped in an umhealthy body. Not exercising, not taking care of myself are all indicators of the value I have for myself. The reclaiming of one's vitality is about the reclaiming of one's joie de vie for life, the reclaiming of your spirit, your light.
This past year has been really challenging for me in so many areas of life. I've allow my body, my spirit to absorb lots of beatings to keep things moving forward in a positive direction. It's time now to nurture those parts of myself; to revive and restore them to their former state of divine health.
They say the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Today, I am taking that step.
Wish me luck!
This article was originally published at http://www.lifecoachivy.com/blog/2013/06/01/Reclaiming-Your-Vitality-One-Womans-Journey.aspx. Reprinted with permission from the author.