Not sure I am doing this right… I don't see many current discussions. So, like on Babycenter and such… I am starting one. LOL
I am excited to find this website, and source of inspiration. I am a 40 year old mom of a 3 and 5 year old. I have been struggling since the birth of my last child to lose weight. I was 138 and a size 6 before I got pregnant. After my first child I started to drop the weight with a somewhat decent diet and working out on the elliptical. After my second, it just didn't go that way. And over the last three years I have tried super restrictive diets, Crossfit and other intensive work outs… and yet… I went up in weight.
So, I pushed forward in seeking a possible medical explanation. After having several doctors tell me it was because I am old and there is nothing to do about it, I finally found a doctor who would help me. After both blood and saliva tests I found I had a vitamin D deficiency, I don't process B-12 as well as others and need more of it than the average Joe, and my hormones were whacked with a capital W. Plus, my thyroid was sluggish. Could be because I have a family history of thyroid disease or could be the Whacked hormones. Otherwise, blood tests revealed I was in perfect health. No cholesterol issues, no high blood pressure, no nothing…
Since then I have gotten on a serious vitamin regimen, I've worked to regulate my thyroid better AND I've gotten off hormonal birth control, instead opting for Paragard. As a result, I have FINALLY started to see a cause and effect relationship with eating and exercise that is more like what I remember. I am excited. Too old my ass.
I have lost 11 pounds so far. I have stalled out through the holidays, because winter holiday season and the first of summer are notorious weak spots for me. I don't fight it, but try to manage it. Now it's the first of the year, and I am looking forward to getting back to a great routine.
I work 40 or more hours a week, and am studying for an MBA on top of having two babies in the house. People tell me I am taking on too much by also worrying about my fitness. I say hog wash. I ordered T-25 to do in the mornings during the week, and I am retaining my persona trainer (who I hired to help me get over a knee injury) for Saturday mornings, and plan to do the same workout one night during the week. All of this, I hope, will give me a nice strong, lean body come summer.
I am wondering how many people on here are 40 or above and have had people tell them they are "getting up there in age" and are "too old" to be trying to get as fit as a "20 year old"? I find that SO f%*%ing annoying it makes me want to scream. I'm not trying to be a 20 year old. I am trying to maximize the best that I can personally be. And quite frankly, there is nothing physically wrong with me… so why wouldn't I push to the maximum?? Of course I have to keep age as a consideration, but injuries happen at any age and you always have to listen to your body while pushing it to do better.
Crazily enough, I have never even been much of an athlete! I went to film school and was more of a drama club kind of girl in high school. Yet even I understand the importance of fitness, especially as we get older. What gives with these Negative Nancys?