I didn’t really start exercising regularly ’til I was in my late 30s. I mean, I had spurts of fitness when I was younger, particularly to lose post-pregnancy weight, but nothing regular for any length of time. Currently, I go to the gym 5 days a week and have been for about a year. I have made a conscious decision that I need to continue this for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t love exercise…but I do love being able to move and be healthy as I age. So, now that I’m in my late 40s, I’m one of those gym regulars.
When I was in my 20s, I drank soda constantly and smoked. I actually ate relatively healthy, but lots of meat and high fat recipes. Then I got a cholesterol test back that was 301. So I cleaned up the eating with healthier cooking methods–still heavy on the meat though. I didn’t quit smoking til I got pregnant the first time, then had a couple year re-acquaintance with it when I was going through my divorce, but I’ve been smoke free for a long time now. Actually, I’m probably a lot healthier now then I was in my younger days…I certainly feel better. But it isn’t just the feeling better that brought me to my healthy-living, must-exercise-despite-hating-it decision. I came to this decision because, as I look at those around me that are my age, some of the health issues and pain issues…well I just want to avoid them as much as possible. Now I know that I won’t escape aging and I know that I may have health issues…I already have pain issues due to poor posture and injuries…but I’m gonna fight off as much as I can.
In the video, I share my health goals and we touch on Steffan’s as well. He’s not as focused on the exercise as me, but he comes to the gym with me and has embraced the plant-based lifestyle.
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Kelly (& Steffan)
Links talked about in video:
MyFitnessPal – I use this app to track historical measurements and health info like weight, measurement, blood pressure, etc. It also has a great calorie and activity tracking feature. I have used that feature, and loved it, but no longer feel the need to calorie count.
MyWorkoutPlan – This app is awesome for carrying your weight training/exercise plan with you.
The New Rules of Lifting for Women – I used this when I first started weight training for planning my training.