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How to celebrate a milestone birthday? One way is gratitude for reaching another year and make a milestone the best filled with great memories. A milestone birthday is definitely a reason to celebrate. My 40th birthday feels like a blur and looking back it was not the best milestone birthday. I learned from that year it is important to change what was no longer giving me purpose. It was also when I learned change can be the best decision in moving forward in a healthier lifestyle.
What I learned in the last two years of committing to taking of myself through fitness and eating well is that change is possible with hard work and consistency. In order to adopt a healthier lifestyle, I learned it takes dedication, accountability, and commitment. It is not only a physical change but change in mindset. I feel like I have reprogrammed my brain to eat better and know the why of my food choices. It also takes being your own cheerleader to encourage putting in the time and focus for every workout. Also, it helps to surround me with likeminded people who are focused on a healthy lifestyle.
A lifestyle change comes with challenges and struggles but the results outweigh all the reasons for giving up. I have made a lot of strides in the last two years for my fitness goals. The one misconception I have to address is the fact that individual fitness goals are different. Initially, I was on the wrong track with my fitness goals. I thought the way to better abs was to lower my calories and this was causing a major caloric deficit. Basically, I was not eating enough and therefore the results I wanted were not achieved. I will say that it pays to invest in a trainer because he or she will direct you on the types of workouts, meal plan, and additional information that will help to meet specific goals. After my 6 week session, I learned so much on how to each properly and how to make each plate with the right amount of carbs, protein, and fat. Also, adding fruits and vegetables with every meal. By changing how I eat and what I eat the results were amazing over the six weeks. I could see more definition and muscle mass.
Now I am in a phase of maintaining the bodyweight that works for me. I have also discovered how important it is to diversify my workouts outside of the home. Most of my workouts are at home with YouTube. I am able to launch YouTube with Xfinity cable and my Roku. In the last year, I have tried yoga, boxing, Pilates, and resistance band boot camps. Another way to get more engaged with activities is to follow events on Facebook under the fitness category for your area. A new Fabletics store just opened up in King of Prussia and they host fitness events as well. There are a number of fitness groups for women on social media. This is a great way to engage with other women interested in fitness and learn from one another.
After joining a fitness challenge through a Facebook group I was able to recharge my focus. A fitness journey takes accountability and joining a group may help. I am so glad to reach this milestone birthday with a better mindset toward being healthy. I will be the first to admit I hate the word old as it sounds finite. There is a new generation of women fifty and over who are taking charge and living the best versions of themselves. I feel like I am stepping into a new generation of fifty.