I can’t believe it’s 2010 and I’m still…

grace savannah 2 Fat. There, I said it. If you’d told me 20 years ago that I’d still be struggling with this issue, I’d have told you you were crazy. I would have explained to you how I was an intelligent, spiritual, hard working woman who wouldn’t need two decades to get it. It turns out, I’ll need three. The reasons I’m fat and 40 are too numerous to list here, but after spending the last two decades trying unsuccessfully to figure out why, I’ve decided this year to worry about the why later and fix the what, now.

For the past several years, I’d begin every year with a carefully planned, often color coded chart detailing my “can & can’t eats” my weight loss goals and my workout schedule. And every year, usually on about January 2nd, I’d diverge from the plan – significantly. It’s funny and sad at the same time. So how do I make this year different? What do I do in 2010 that will make this year different from all the others? How do I approach my health, my well-being, and my weight loss goals in a way that makes me more likely to succeed than fail? Well, for one, I want to hear what worked for you. I know I’m not the only one struggling with becoming fit at forty, and while the reasons we’re not fit are innumerable, the desire to be fit is universal. Notice I didn’t say skinny, or thin, or cite a number on the scale. The fact is, fit is as fit does. A 175 pound woman who can run a marathon is healthier than a 110 pound woman who can’t climb a flight of stairs without passing out.

Another thing I’m doing differently this year is “going public.”  No, you’re not going to see me on The Biggest Loser squeezed into spandex, clutching my heart and cussing Jillian. For me the public part part is about me saying publicly that I’m not ok with being unhealthy and overweight, and that I can’t do this by myself. Part of my going public is talking to Rachel about it. Some of you may be familiar with Rachel. She’s a frequent contributor to Women at Forty, a fellow writer and blogger and when she answered her Five Question Challenge – monkey on her back question with “my butt”, I chuckled and knew exactly what she was talking about. We exchanged a few emails about it, and have agreed to partner with each other in our health goals. Right now we’re not sure what that partnership will look like, but we do know it isn’t limited to just the two of us. As such, we’ve created a sub-category under Health & Beauty called “Fit at Forty” which will feature fitness and diet related posts, personal stories of progress and stories of all of you who have joined Women at Forty in our quest to be fit at forty. Here’s to being fit at forty, for life!

Send your fit or fat at forty stories to contribute@womenatforty.com. We’ll share them with our readers and feature them in our new “Fit at Forty” sub-category located in the “On Health & Beauty” category.

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Grace is a freelance writer and blogger living in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Admitting it is the first step 🙂 Bravo & let's do this! History has proven that there is strength in numbers and that when intelligent, accomplished and determined women decide to do something, naysayers and opponents would be wise to step aside. We're neither the first, last or only women to deal with this issue, but we will most definitely be successful!
    BTW, LOOOVE the pic!

  • womenatforty

    Thanks Rachel! I'm ready, ready ready!!

  • JenDeM

    Good luck — I'll be watching out for ideas that I can use.

    I find I do better with whatever regiment I'm on if I add yoga to the mix. It doesn't do much to take off weight (though I can usually count on about 5 pounds — probably because it helps with stress reduction), but it makes my body feel better. I also find that it helps my posture and, as we all know, standing up straight can make you look slimmer. And we're not talking a big time commitment — I usually only make about 1 class a week, sometimes 2.

  • JenDeM

    Oops — regimen. Perhaps it just FEELS like I've joined some regiment somewhere.

  • womenatforty

    Thanks Jen,

    I think doing Yoga once a week is a great suggestion. I think I should be able to do that. Stay tuned for the sure to be hilarious post that follows my first yoga session.