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My name is Wendy and I am so happy to have you here! Yes, that’s a cocktail I’m sipping … because guess what? A fitness journey is just that – A journey! It’s not a destination you reach and then magically stay there. With that said, I’m on this journey using the “I still want to enjoy life” mindset, not the hardcore, extreme, all or nothing approach. Let’s face it, if you give up everything you love it’s only a matter of time before you break and find yourself slumped on the couch with a six-pack of crushed beer cans, greasy pizza boxes and empty chip bags at your feet.
So, if you want to join me on a journey of progress over perfection, do read on fellow Fit By 50 traveler!
I’d like to share a little background information about me and my journey to be Fit By 50.
While I do get my mail sent to South Dakota and that’s where my driver’s license says I live, I am actually a full-time gypsy. No, I don’t dress in flouncy skirts, peasant blouses, big hoop earings and a plethora of bangles … most days anyway. I’m a gypsy in the sense that I’ve settled into a nomadic lifestyle; moving from place to place about every two weeks to two months. My husband and I are full-time recreational vehicle dweller – “RVers”. So in actuality, we reside in “Could be Anywhere, USA”. Perhaps we’ll meet on the road one day! 🙂
Now, without further ado, here’s my fitness wake-up call. Let me know if it sounds familiar to you.
I woke up on the morning of my 48th birthday and realized I was less than two years away from hitting the Big 5-0. Fifty. How the heck did that happen?!? I suppose the notion had been lurking around for sometime before that but I’d been pushing the hour glass visual way back into the recesses of my mind.
I just always thought I’d have time to fix myself. You know what I mean? Time to get into better shape, eat right, exercise regularly, basically adopt a healthy lifestyle so I could glide gracefully into the silver years.
Guess what? Time stops for no one and ignoring the hour glass certainly does not slow the sands of time. Trust me, I know.
I’ve always had to watch my weight, especially after having my children. I’ve been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for over 20 years. But I’ve never been able to maintain my goal weight for more than a few months.
Case in point, not all that long ago, about 4 years to be exact, I was in pretty good shape. Down to a size 8, my thighs didn’t rub together, my back fat was in check, and I had enough energy to work 12 hours shifts and then hang out with friends before heading home. I was happy. I was confident. Life was good. I was still closer to 40 than 50.
Then life happened. I went through a very amicable (in terms of it being uncontested) divorce. Like the saying goes, when one door closes another door opens. Lucky for me, my new door opened into the arms of my best friend! Who knew, after over a decade of always being there for each other we would end up together on this amazing adventure of life? I guess we should have. LoL
Life was great again, better than it ever had been! But you know what happened when I was in the newlywed phase? I got content. Very, very content. The more content I got, the bigger I got.
Up until three months ago I was about 50 pounds heavier and up into a size 16. WTH? I’d like to say I have no idea how this happened, but we all know. I’d been lazy and my choices for sustenance, at least in the nutritional sense, had been less than stellar. And portion control? Forget about it! Seriously, some days I think I had as much on my plate as my husband. Yikes!
I knew I needed to make a change. Not for a few weeks or months at a time, but a lifestyle. It wasn’t just about the number on the scale or the tag in my jeans. It was about a total transformation – mind, body, soul. That’s when the 21 Day Fix came into my life. I know it sounds corny. But honestly it’s had such a profound and positive impact on my life I want to shout about it from the rooftops!
The unique color coded container system is genius! Never before has learning portion control been easier or more fun. No need for counting calories, fats or carbs. It’s all done for you! The workout DVDs in the package are challenging but easily modified. So, if you’re like me and just starting a fitness program (and even if you have limited space) they are doable. Not only are they doable, but if you stick with the program, even doing the modifications, you will see results in pounds and inches after the first round of the 21 Day Fix!
I’ve actually been able to drop another 11 pounds since this pic was taken!
I can’t remember the last time I felt this good or had this much energy! The amazing thing is that I’m not quite at my goal weight yet. So far (as of 6/4/15) I’ve lost 52 pounds! But I want to lose another 10 to give myself some wiggle room 🙂 But honestly, the great thing about this lifestyle change is just that – it’s a lifestyle change, NOT A DIET. Yes, I’ve got my goal set and I know I’ll celebrate when I get there. But it won’t be the end of my journey, far from it! Chances are I’ll celebrate by buying a new challenge pack!
If you happened to stumble onto my page because the words FitBy50 caught your eye, now you know you’re not alone. If you’re thinking about purchasing a challenge pack and joining a group I’d love to have you participate in one with me. Whether we’re talking about recipes, workouts or heck even hot flashes at this stage of the game (LOL!) we’ll do it with fitness, fun and clean eating in mind. Come on along as we finesse our way into our 50’s!
Thanks again for dropping by. Feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or would like to chat about the 21 Day Fix.
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Here’s a peek at a few Fix Approved Meals …
So are you ready to make a change? Let’s do this!!
I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂