How to Find the Right Motivation to Get Fit Over 40 – and Stay There

How to Stay Motivated to Get Fit Over 40

Fitness Inspiration for Women Over 40

Do you wish you could get in shape, but just can’t find the right motivation? There’s a secret to finding the right fitness inspiration, especially when you’re over 40.

Sometimes we just don’t have time to worry about our own health when we have children, stressful jobs, and busy lives. We feel like we aren’t in our prime anymore and don’t have the energy to stay fit.

That’s not true. In fact, you can get fit over 40 and stay there by finding the right motivation to take control of your life.

Find out what your fitness inspiration is and let it drive you forward. Here’s the best way to do it.

How to Stay Motivated to Get Fit Over 40

Change Your Attitude Right Now

Here’s your first step. Get out of the mindset that fitness is for young people and that once you hit 40 it’s all downhill. It’s not!

You are never too old. It might be cliche to say you can do it if you think you can, but the reality is that’s absolutely true. A large part of fitness is mental, so as long as you believe you can do it at your age, or any age, then you certainly can.

In fact, getting in shape is more important now than ever.

As you age, your body won’t be what it once was, and all the unwanted aging symptoms start to set in. But that’s not bad news. The more you stay in shape, the more you can prevent or slow down these symptoms, like sagging skin, bone deterioration, slow metabolism, and weakened muscles.

Do it For YOU

The next thing you need to do to get motivated is to stop comparing yourself to other women your age. Who cares if Sally from book club is thinner than you? You’re not her, and it’s a losing battle to keep thinking about it.

These types of motivation are dangerous and can cause you to fizzle out slowly, because at this point you’re not really doing it for you. You’re doing it because you want to look like Sally.

Be motivated to be happy with who you are.

Do you want to spend more time with your children, and current or future grandchildren? Getting in shape will help you keep up with them better than ever, and will allow you to spend as much time as you possibly can enjoying their company.

How to Stay Motivated to Get Fit Over 40

How to Start Exercising at 40

You’ve got the motivation. Good for you! Now, it’s time to start moving.

Even if you aren’t fully motivated yet, and still need some convincing, if you start moving you’ll be more likely to get into it.

Since we aren’t 20 anymore, you can’t just jump into some high intensity workouts and start training like a pro. You have to ease into it and train your body to adapt.

The good news is that as you adapt to your new regimen, the more likely you’ll be able to stay fit and stay on track.

Building muscle after 40 is the key to keeping strong bones, healthy muscle structure, and beating things like arthritis and osteoporosis. You can gain muscle at any age, so don’t let that stop you.

Create and Follow a Plan

A good action plan will give you structure in your life and provide you with something you can follow.

Sticking to a plan allows you to follow a template that’s been designed for you for a certain period of time. It can dictate what you should be doing, and when, so it’s easy to stay on track.

Sometimes, with many strict diets, it can be hard to figure out what you’re going to make or do every day, and you get tired of putting in all that effort. Let an expert guide you and do the hard stuff for you.

The easier, the better, and the more likely you’ll be motivated to make it to the end of the program and see the exciting results.

How to Stay Motivated to Get Fit Over 40

How to Stay Motivated

Okay, so you’ve made it to the gym and you’re seeing the beginning of progress.

But there’s always a risk for falling off the bandwagon and losing your motivation. Don’t worry- it happens to the best of us. Some of us are just better at coming back from it than others.

Don’t be one of those who can’t bounce back. A good way to do this is to keep looking forward and stop looking back.

So you went to the cottage and ate junk food on the weekend. Put it behind you and keep going. Yes, you indulged a little too much, but you don’t have to let it discourage you forever. We’re all human.

Get back to your routine and don’t dwell on it.

The best way to stay fit and keep following your routine is to make sure that you are being realistic and following a fitness program that isn’t too overbearing or overwhelming. Those types of programs can burn you out fast.

Pick something that you can adapt into your life and change your outlook. This includes creating a practical and healthy lifestyle.

Build a Lifestyle

One of the biggest things that can help you stay on track is building a lifestyle around your fitness program, routine, or diet.

Adopt healthy habits and incorporate them into your life. The more that an action becomes part of a daily routine, the less likely you’ll be to stop doing it.

Healthy habits don’t have to be strict diet plans or rigorous training exercises. Sometimes, it can just mean drinking a glass of water before your meal, or watching your portion sizes.

Building a healthy life also means keeping that positive attitude we talked about earlier. You have to see yourself as a healthy person in order to stay on track.

How to Stay Motivated to Get Fit Over 40

Precision Nutrition is a Program That Sticks

Karen Pilote, in affiliation with Precision Nutrition, can help you get fit over 40 and create a strong, healthy lifestyle that won’t sway like a fad diet.

Don’t let age get you down, because it’s only a number. Karen’s here to remind you of that, and to get you what you need to move forward and take control over your lifestyle.

Precision Nutrition is a lifestyle, not a diet, so it will help you stay motivated. Talk to Karen to get on track with Precision Nutrition and change your life for good.

 

 

 

Even When It’s Cold

Winter Wonderland~

You might think I’m about to tell you I was out exercising in the fresh fallen snow early last Sunday morning with a group of enthusiastic gals, but I’m not going to tell you that. The truth is….

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….I was thoroughly enjoying a typical Sunday morning, lounging in mushy jammies with a steaming mug of strong, black java, updating client profiles, planning posts and skimming Facebook. My heaven~

This particular Sunday I gazed out the windows and was mesmerized by a wild wind that was whipping up frosty snow swirls over the ominously ice-grey lake. My thoughts? “There’s no place like home.”

As I scrolled through Facebook, a friend’s post caught my eye. This idyllic scene; a beautiful photo of a motivated bunch of girls strolling through a refreshing winter morning. Wow.

I pointedly looked to see when it was posted and was surprised to find it had been added only minutes prior. In that swirling snow. This group of gals were taking a Winter Walk!

How incredibly awesome was that? (It was practically a blizzard outdoors.) Kudo’s girls!

While I’m not likely to give up my Sacred Sunday ritual, I was curious to review the benefits of exercising outside, even in the cold.

Icy Inspiration

We all know it’s tough to find motivation to exercise (ANY day) let alone outside on a frigid day. During the work week most of us begin and end our days in utter darkness tinged with a frosty chill. The winter sunshine is appreciated but it’s not all that enticing when it barely warms up the day. We’re compelled to stay indoors, find warmth and forget about fitness until the spring thaw.

But for some, like the girls who were out walking on that frosty morning, outdoor activity is preferable to a crowded, stuffy gym and I was pretty impressed and inspired by their tenacity and spirit! Ballsy babes!

A Doctor of Natural Medicine and a Personal Fitness Strategist agree.

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Winter Warrior Rosemarie

My sister-in-law, Rosemarie, was one of those Winter Warriors. Later that same evening we had the opportunity to talk about exercising outdoors, even when it’s cold.  Rosemarie is Doctor of Natural Medicine, owner of Infinite Healing and an incredibly intuitive healer.

We agreed that cold weather training can be a perfect opportunity to increase the benefits of exercise, health and longevity. Here are the reasons we felt were most important:

You can burn more calories.

The body works hard to regulate core temperature in the cold, you’ll burn more calories during a wintry outdoor workout compared to one indoors.

Overall calorie burn will vary with each person’s body mass and the extremity of the temperature, but it’s a great perk to burn a few more without the extra sweat and effort.

You can strengthen your heart.

Cold weather makes your heart work harder to distribute blood throughout the body. A regular exerciser with good cardiovascular endurance can strengthen their heart with cold-weather sessions. You’ll be ready for more strenuous workouts in the future. (Non-exercise stresses too!).

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Skater? Not sure but I’m in the game!

You can build a tolerance for the frigid season.

It’s damn hard to force yourself outside for the first walk/workout of the winter season but over time it gets easier. Adjust your expectations as you acclimate rather than push for your typical “good-weather” training levels. Pay attention to your effort as opposed to hitting certain time, distance or other performance goal. Learn to enjoy the process.

You can get a good dose of vitamin D.

Even when it’s cold, the extra sun exposure will supply you with the same important nutrients as it does during warmer seasons. The benefit feels like “more” in the winter because natural light is already so restricted.

You can feel energized and happier.

Cold-weather exercise will boost your mood. There’s no humidity to drag you down and the chill is stimulating. As the body works hard to stay warm, more endorphins are produced which leaves you feeling a strong sense of happiness – you’ll feel younger!

You should embrace the winter months.

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Me on a Tube!

  • Find a group of friends to kick your butt into gear.
  • Take the kids tubing and strive to keep up.
  • Get out your ancient ice skates and give them a twirl.
  • Rent some snowshoes, go for a walk with them on.
  • Organize a Pond hockey league!
  • Learn to Curl
  • Just get out and walk!
  • Ski!

Make fitness a bigger part of your life by extending your workouts to outside the gym while doing something fun. Exercising in the cold weather is going to make you hot!  (yep I just said that, cheesy I know!)

 

Get inspired. Get geared up. Get prepared. Plan your next adventure.

Winter activities can be as simple as organizing a walk with the girls or gathering the family for a skate. With bit of travel you could find Winter Snow Tubing in the country. It may take some research but you could perhaps find Snowshoeing at local golf course, winery  or through a pretty wooded estate. Ski weekends, sledding afternoons, snow angels moments…..even shoveling can be a fun and beneficial. Really!

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My Mack

Here, (in the Niagara Region of Ontario and Western New York) there are tons of opportunities to get out and you just need to do that – get outside!

Do something you’ve never done before and you’ll get a life you’ve never had before.

My personal favorite-Winter runs with Mack: This guy is the best workout partner I’ve ever had! Can you imagine keeping up with that!

<————– Happy, happy happy Bulldog~

Anyway….you get the idea.

 

Get out of that lazy-boy recliner before you begin to look like one! Fresh air and exercise will take care of many health concerns and you’re just going to be happier. That, and you’ll be away from the fridge!

Have a fantastic winter and promise me you’ll get out and play! ~karen

About the Author

nourish1Hi! I’m Karen Pilote – My job title (I suppose) is “Personal Trainer” but lately I’m liking the term “Personal Fitness Strategist.” I help people find unique and individual strategies for implementing fitness into their lives. I’m skilled at making plans for achieving a goal, and I’m good at forming strategies (which is OH SO (so!) important when we’re talking about fitness.

One size programs do not fit all and one (rigid) plan will not suffice for the long term. Your weight-loss journey’s going to follow a winding road; face it. It will be a mountainous climb at times; prepare for it.  It will bumpy ride for most of the trip; buckle up. But you can do it; believe it!

 

Honestly, it’s going to be confusing and you’ll need the support of an intuitive guide to help trouble shoot the challenges along the way. That’s me!

Sure, I can send you a program, tell you what to eat, explain and teach you the exercises but lot’s of people can do that for you – actually, you can find it all on the internet.

But I excel at tuning into what you’re feeling. My strength lies in understanding your confusion and fetching you back when you’re lost. I’m supportive when you’re disillusioned and I’m sure of your success even when you’re not.

Failure is not an option and I’ll never let you quit on yourself! I believe in you and I see what you can be- I will teach you to find that person and bear the challenges with some cursing and chuckling along way.

My program is called The Action Plan– it’s an general guide and plan to follow as you learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Read more about it here: The Action Plan

My workouts are found on Get Fit Over 40 – Pinterest. Free. I’m sure you’ll find them challenging and unique. For the most valuable use of the boards and cardio routines it’s best to set goals and follow the general plan outlined in The Action Plan.

I’m on Facebook Page Karen Pilote – Get Fit Over 40 for daily motivation and light-hearted humor and inspiration. (At least I like to think so, lol) See you there!

 

The Fit Life – Gerda is Fit Over 40

“I started my fitness journey and one of the glaring reasons I did was the feeling of ‘un-sureness’ I had doing ordinary things. Feeling unsteady, vulnerable and timid about stairs, long walks, hikes. At age 50 I wasn’t ready to stop doing the things I liked. I made a change, took charge and never looked back.” Meet Gerda!

I’m Gerda Collins

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“At 53 years of age, I’ve come to the place in my life that intend to do things that really move and inspire me. Confidence has come to reside in my being.  I’ve been married 34 years and have 2 children, and 2 grandchildren. I feel very privileged to be called wife, mother, and grandmother.”

My Fitness Journey

“Proper health and fitness have ‘eluded’ me most of my life. Recently several family crises and my own declining health left me in a sorry state of stress and fatigue. On October 22, 2014, unwilling to resign to this as my life now, I embarked on a new lifestyle; not a fad program or diet, but I made a real and sustainable change by overhauling my brain and body.

I began by enlisting professional help. I hired a personal trainer who understand clients Over 40, and began a weight lifting program, cardio and “clean eating”.

The accountability of meeting with someone regularly has helped me greatly. I started out with a simple 15 minute walk twice daily and 2 sessions per week in the gym. Over time, I learned to work all the muscle groups, learned to ‘listen’ to my body and become aware of what my muscles were doing (and not doing)!

Each week my walk increased by 10 minutes and soon I was doing 1 hour a day and 3 gym sessions a week.  Now I work out on my own, 4 times a week in the gym: 1 hour lifting weights and 30 minutes of cardio (usually elliptical). I also do 45 minutes of cardio on my home treadmill twice a week. Currently I meet with my trainer 3 times a month because I need a push to stay motivated, make sure I’m on track and my form is correct to avoid injury.”

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Clean Eating

“Early on in my journey I began eating clean (very limited processed foods); protein, veggies and slow carbs (mainly sweet potato or brown rice).  By following a strict food plan I started to realize that even though I wasn’t a ‘binge’ eater, I had formed some very emotional attachments to food. When I didn’t have to think about what to eat  (I do meal preparations for one week at a time) I became free of those emotions… wow.. that was an eye opener!

“Food is fuel.. and I’m fueling a Maserati not a moped!”

I now plan my ‘cheat meals’ or ‘re-feeds’ very carefully. I don’t eat junk because I truly don’t want to.  I choose real and well-prepared foods. If I have a special event coming up I plan for it and allow myself that occasion to enjoy (within reason) what I want. 

One thing that was VERY hard to get through my head initially was not eating enough calories! I slowly began to understand that depriving myself was not helping my cause in any way.  “Fuel for the gains” is what I hear from fellow lifters. Now I know that when you exercise 6 days a week, you need plenty of fuel to feed growing muscles and muscles burn a lot of fat!”

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Fitness Friends

“I found great encouragement and ‘kinship’ online, the lifting-community is FULL of people eager to help. Both online and in person, #grandmaswholift are not as rare as one might think.

It’s been 11 months and I’m 45 pounds lighter and a lot stronger! I still have to lose 40 pounds, but I know I can do that. I just know it now! I’ve increased my energy and have confidence in my ability to accomplish any goal I set!

I really feel that if I can do this anyone can. (I mean 99.9%) In the past I’ve been the worst disciplined person and it’s true what they say, ‘You have to come to that place where you say enough! I REALLY want this.’ And then you find your inner strength…..

Just typing this makes me cry; I think ‘Why did it take me so long!?’ And yes, I’m doing this now and you can too. Stay the course!”

Get Fit Over 40

Thank you for sharing your story Gerda! (Instagram @gerdasgarden)

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I’m inspired every single day by women around the world, friends of GFO40. I have “down-days” when I think “I’m not making a difference” and then I recall the women I’ve witnessed experience this emotion… this elation… this aha moment….and it’s then I wish every single woman on earth knew how good they could feel if they just let themselves. Thank you so much again Gerda and my many supportive friends. We are Fit Over 40. Please join us, there are so many wonderful life experiences yet to be enjoyed- get strong for your future.

~karen

The Fit Life – Barbara is Fit Over 40

“You have one body. Care for it and feed it well, it’s the only place you have to live.” I truly believe the fountain of youth is found in the gym, in the classroom (yoga, spin, boxing…. whatever!), in the pool…….. and a nice glass of red wine doesn’t hurt.” Meet Barb!

I’m Barbara Joan Warwick

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A Fit Life

“I work out at the gym 5 days a week doing interval weight training with relatively heavy weight and run. On the weekends I’ll pop into a yoga class, ride my bike, run with my dogs, hike or paddle board; it just depends where I am and what’s around.

I love to cook and I love to eat! And most importantly for me is that fitness has become a family thing. My husband and kids also work out.”

 I Have No Choice

“I got serious about fitness at 40 because I had to…..

It was Mothers Day and I was feeling dizzy, sweating profusely and hearing a ring in my ears. I was diagnosed with hypertension. My blood pressure read 240/130 and that put me in the stroke zone. My cholesterol was nearing 500, and my LDL was 180. A whole series of tests came back negative and doctors concluded that my medical condition was genetic.

I couldn’t believe it! I was kind of angry at the situation, to put it nicely. At the time I was 40 years old and maintained a healthy body-weight. I was fairly active (coached girls soccer for 8 years), never smoked, and followed a decent diet.  The cardiologist put me on a gigantic list of meds.”

I Knew I Could Do Better

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Surprisingly, I lost about 20 lbs over a year and my size shrank: I was a solid size 10 then, and now I’m a 6-8 depending. More than that though, I was determined to get off all the meds. I signed up for every 5k or obstacle run I could find, you know, to always have a goal to reach. That commitment kept me honest, no skipping the gym. It also made a HUGE difference in my level of stress.”

A Fit Future

“Fast forward to now and I take only a single small dose of blood pressure medication, a small dose of cholesterol medication and an aspirin a day. My resting heart rate lies around 70. My BP is 120/75, and my total cholesterol is down to 180 and the LDL is 60!

I truly believe my commitment has battled my genetics and I’m winning! I tore my left meniscus early last year. I kept working out, kept walking with a brace and postponed surgery until this spring.

barb10896909_10204352551151115_4168079449351867643_nThe recovery was surprisingly not too bad. I can’t run uphill, nor do I try walking lunges but for the most part I can do what I want. It’s taking time and does still hurt. The repair, which is common, has a 50/50 chance of improvement. It has improved, despite some pain, but the clicking and popping has stopped. It’s been five months and I am really back to normal.”

“I’d like women Over 40 to know: A fit lifestyle isn’t about vanity.  We’ve likely had a couple of kids and earned a few wrinkles and dimples. It’s about QUALITY. It’s about DOING! Exercise is not a punishment. It’s a privilege and it’s an investment in yourself mentally, physically and spiritually.”

Thank-you for sharing your story Barb!

Get Fit Over 40

karenuntitled-74HEADERI’ve been fortunate to meet and become friends with many woman over the years at Get Fit Over 40. I’ve come to realize that pictures tell nothing of the challenges and triumphs they each face in becoming and maintaining a Fit Lifestyle Over 40. These woman inspire me to stay in the game of social media as they share their wisdom, inspiration and motivation. Real Woman who are Fit Over 40: I invite you to share your story too! Message me here or on the Facebook page Get Fit Over 40. When we lift one another we are all lifted! Thank you for being part of the GFO40 family. xo ~karen

Grow Some Goals

We now know, after 40+ years of trial and failure, that it’s tough to make one humongous lifestyle change. The hard work and discipline necessary to switch years of nasty habits to angelic ones is near impossible to sustain.

I’ve found that the easiest way to stay on track and measure progress is to set clear, non-negotiable goals.  In fact, I set goals on a regular basis because it’s the only way to stay on top of my health and motivated to grow as a person.

You’ve got to state your goals in order to get what want and by having focus on positive outcomes you’ll barely have time to ruminate over challenges. Having a goal keeps the big picture in sight but allows you track your progress on a regular basis. If you need to deviate, modify or adjust course you’re going to know how and when to do just that.

Grow Some Goals

#1 Dream Big but Play it Small:

It’s important to have big goals and believe that you can achieve them. If you can see yourself 50 pounds lighter, or running a marathon or even just walking a mile for some, you will do it!

YOU WILL DO IT! But its hard to sustain the excitement for a long-term – heck, sometimes its hard for me to sustain that feeling for 5 minutes! In order to sustain motivation easier I always break my ultimate goal into smaller ones.

If you want to lose 50 pounds, set a goal for 2 pounds per week. You can do that! Some months you might lose more and others weeks you might lose less, but you’ll be losing!

Bottom Line: When your goals are broken down to smaller ones then you can celebrate your successes along the way which will keep you motivated towards the bigger goal.

#2 Find Support:

It’s important to have a positive group of people who are supportive and caring. It might be hard at first but if you are open about your hopes to gain better health and to get stronger and fitter, the people who matter will help!  Tell those closest to you what your goals are and why you want to achieve them, then ask for their support. But you have to ask!  No one has ever achieved greatness by doing it alone, and you shouldn’t try to either.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do with a team of great people behind you.

Bottom Line: Those closest to you may not understand your journey or be willing to change along with you, and that’s ok. You’re strong enough and sure enough to do what it takes, but ask for the support anyway. You might be surprised at who wants to help.

#3 Recognize Your Potential

It’s just too easy to sit with who you are right now and be unhappy. It takes courage and wisdom to realize that your potential to achieve great things is undeniable.

It’s so important to recognize your potential and what you are capable of.  Way too many women yearn for something in life but stop there thinking, “I can never achieve that.” I want you to know this: you have the potential to achieve great things! Find an activity that you enjoy and do it! Find success in small things and let that success fuel bigger things. Start with healing pain and injury, then walk. Walk until you can run and then sprint – do what needs to be done to achieve your ultimate dream.

Bottom Line: Once you’ve decided on what you really want, you need to be willing to do whatever it takes to get it. It’s most important to believe in yourself and then take action.

Have Courage:

You need to have the courage to take it slow.
You need to be disciplined and not over do it.
You need to be motivated to build a foundation.
You need to be smart and do the minimum.
(Doing any more will really set you back.)
You need to be really focused on mastering the basics steps.

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Don’t expect your world to turn around overnight, you’re too wise for that!  Set great goals and small goals. Master the very basics and never give up on yourself.

I admire you for having the tenacity to take the road less travelled….you’re a winner already!

~karen

My Mom Made Me Do It

 

Mom was our first real Personal Trainer.

Remember when she made you eat all your vegetables and scooted you outside to play? Don’t you wish that someone (anyone!) had that authority over you now? Someone, to make sure you’re in bed early and insist you eat a hearty breakfast. Someone, to tell you to get out of the house and run? Someone, to keep you on track?

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My mom did all that, she made me do things!

I was 10 years old and there was a local swim meet organized at the pool where my brothers and I took swimming lessons. The boys excitedly participated while I sat on the bleachers, terrified. I was a good swimmer but competing was absolutely out of the question for me.  I have no idea where that fear came from but I refused to enter.

Fear?

Fear of failure, fear of hard work, fear of exposing yourself to new activities…..who knows the exact reason we refuse to do new things? We do get stubborn, don’t we?!

As children, it may have been a fear of the unknown. We just didn’t know what we liked and disliked. We didn’t know what we wanted or didn’t want. Mom made sure we tried new things – “hard-for-us” things. But it’s different now that we’re adults, we have choices. And that’s not always so good.

  • We like to feel good physically but dislike what it takes to get it, so we choose not to.
  • We want to have a great physique and robust health but the work is hard, so we choose not to.

Do we still need our mother to coax and order us to do what’s best?

Back then, sitting on the bleacher, my mom insisted that I get involved in the swim meet; she made me do it. I won my first race and never looked back. That sport became my whole world for many years. Even though I would never be an Olympian I learned so much about myself, my preferences, my abilities and my limitations.

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If mom could tell us what to do now, instead of “Go clean your room!” she’d say, “Go do your exercise!” But, that’s not going to happen. You’re the boss of you now. You’ve got to do the work you don’t like to get the life you do like.

My mom was great; she exposed us kids to lots of things that worked out, like swimming competitively. There were many lessons that didn’t work out so well- like, I was never going to be a ballerina, nor pianist nor baseball player. (however, I did play a mean tuba is high school!)

The point is, my mom made me do it then but today I have to want it for myself.

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And now I have the honor of making my mom do it!

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The bottom line is, no one’s going to do it for you. You’ve got push yourself…

No matter how old you are, a mom’s wish is to see her child succeed and live a strong, healthy and fun life. Get on the plan, get out and run, join the aqua group, climb the rock wall, learn to surf, skydive, hula hoop……

Do your exercise!

xxkaren

Come visit at my Facebook Hangouts:

Get Fit Over 40 and The Action Plan and The MAC Group

Eat a Sandwich

The Sandwich Evolution = Your Fitness Revolution

Working at making a lifestyle change is hard work if you make it hard, so why not stop working at it? Don’t make it into work, don’t call it work and don’t think of it as work. All that work is just too hard!

Eat a sandwich……

Yes, I mean it! Make a sandwich and relax. Sandwiches are easy and relaxing is easy. So make your diet transformation easy too.

Watch how simple it can be for a sandwich to transform in just a month. (You can try this with any food that you’re eating right now.) The process is Guaranteed!
WEEK ONE: Two slices of bread, 1 oz. turkey, leaf of lettuce, slice of tomato, tbsp of mayo.

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WEEK TWO: Two slices of bread, 2 oz. of turkey, 2 leaves of lettuce, 2 slices of tomato, 1/2 tbsp of mayo.

 

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WEEK THREE: One slice of bread, 3 oz. turkey, a pile of lettuce, 1 small tomato, 1 tbsp. “spiced up” greek yogurt.

 

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WEEK FOUR: 4 oz. of turkey, a pile of lettuce, 1 small tomato, 1/4 avocado, a whole lot of additional crunchy vegetables, 1/2 a palm-full slivered almonds, cashews, or walnuts 1 tbsp. “spiced up” greek yogurt.

 

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The biggest deal is going to be week 3. Piling all that turkey and lettuce on a single slice of bread is going to be tricky! Go ahead and eliminate the slice if you want to in week 3, add some croutons if you’re having separation anxiety.

 

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You can see how, over time, a sandwich can transform with only a few small changes each week. So can your body. Day by day, week by week make the small extra efforts, focus on simple habits to change and give yourself time to adjust to the new way of doing things.

Bon Appetit!

When the Excitement Fades

Sustaining motivation throughout a difficult transition is the #1 BIGGEST effort you will have to put forth in your weight loss/health gain transformation.

We’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve had enough of our current condition and state of health. I can pinpoint with amazing accuracy the moment it hit me. I was at my girlfriends’ home, completely despondent in my own life. I was house-sitting while her husband and she traveled to some exciting place for some exciting reason and I felt completely overwhelmed with the condition of ME.

 

Physically, I was an overweight mess and I blamed every misfortune on that fact alone. Of course, it wasn’t that way at all but that’s what I felt at the time. I was pretty fed up with my own “woe is me” story. Sitting on that couch, at that very moment, I was done with it. Done with feeling sorry for myself, done with feeling poorly about myself and done with not being the person I was capable of being.

I made a quick internet search of trainers in my area, connected with the person who would help motivate me and I took action. I called and made an appointment. I committed! Making the decision and taking action gave me a huge lift and I felt as if the job was already done by taking that step.

Of course, I had to follow through, I had to take action. There was NEVER going to be a better place to begin than in that dark moment. I started training the very minute I got back home. There was no doubt in my mind that I would succeed and follow through but I would be challenged many, many times throughout with setbacks, doubts, and delays.

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I’m sharing this so that you can understand, this is not going to be easy. Especially right now, a few weeks into your journey with The Action Plan.

You’re discovering what challenges you, and that’s not always fun. You’re tired and you’re sore. You might have a new injury or exacerbated an old one. Understanding the nutrition is overwhelming and doing it is just damn hard. Life events conspire to hold you back. You’re losing motivation because it’s harder than you imagined.

This is the time to dig in.

This is the time to say ABSOLUTELY NO (I actually say “f**it) to that life and that state of mind. This is the time to remind yourself, “I have the power to do this, I have control and I will not let anything stand in my way.”

This is the time to get tough with yourself, maybe even angry and use that fuel to push forward.

 

You are strong, capable, smart and successful. You have raised children, you have built a business, you have volunteered, you have supported your friends in difficult times.

YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH GOOD FOR OTHERS, DO SOME GOOD FOR YOU.

It’s time. You started and you can damn well finish.

You CAN learn, you CAN continue, you CAN figure it out, you CAN take the time, you CAN do the one thing that is important to you!

AND. You can do it when things go wrong....

Like when a challenging life situation erupts. When pressure is on and you have no choice but to respond, help and see it through to the end, you can. Because it’s necessary, you do what it takes.

-your child is going through difficult times and you can move mountains to help and support
-a loved one gets sick and needs help to care for themselves and you are there, across the town or across the state, you show up
-a work crisis demands that you spend extra hours and extra attention and you take the time from your emotional bank account and hand it over to the company.

So do it DESPITE things that go wrong.

There are times that I question myself: I am avoiding my own health and fitness needs because I HAVE TO HELP __________.  Or am I using this situation as an excuse because it’s too hard to change me?

My point is only this, we have the energy, determination, and means to step up for others. As women, we have no choice but to put out the fires in life, deal with emotional crises and plow through inevitable “bad” times as well as the good ones. A family vacation, holidays and celebrations are “non-negotiables” and your job right now is to SUSTAIN THE MOTIVATION that you felt on that dark day and keep it alive.

No one can do it for you. No one can teach you how. No one will insist that you continue. No one’s going to force you.

It’s up to you. You can give up and no one will blame you either because you ARE up against a lot.

You ARE in pain, you ARE sad over the loss of a loved one, you DO have a ridiculous load to carry at work, you ARE financially strapped. Yes, you have every reason to put yourself aside and quit.

I’m challenging myself today and I invite you to challenge yourself. Find the ONE reason to put yourself first. Find the reason to continue and to succeed. It will be a heavy load to hold, but you have to. YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON TO THAT REASON.

I’ve been through “dark times” before my “couch moment” and I’ll have more, no doubt. Every time it happens I have to work hard to find the spark again, find the inspiration to move forward.

It takes courage to move forward and you’ve got that!
Renew your motivators often and work to sustain that motivation after the excitement fades.
You deserve this.

Need more inspiration? Read: Believe & Be strong, smart, beautiful

xokaren

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Child Birth and Weight Loss – What We Know Over 40

“Did you know that they sometimes have to stitch you up because you tear ‘down there” when the baby is born!?” Laura asked with eyes popping in disbelief and horror. Laura is one of the younger girls in our group. This morning during exercise, she shared a story about her friends’ childbirth experience.

“The baby actually tore her and the doctors had to sew her back up!”

The mothers in the room nodded knowingly.

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With care not to further alarm her, each of us shared a memory about birthing our babes. I could actually feel the atmosphere in the room change as we spoke laughingly and fondly of that bittersweet time of pain and joy.

As it slowly dawned on Laura that it was a possibility (the tearing and stitching) she sat stone-still, eyes even wider. You could actually see the “that’s not gonna happen to me” thoughts in her head take on a physical stance. We’ve all been there, right?

Two things occurred to me after this exchange.

1) At “over 40” we are now that wise woman who hands down stories and shares experience. I felt the responsibility to tell it in a way that’s positive, hopeful and would allow Laura to realize that, while the birth experience is universal, our individual experience is unique.

2) So too with weight loss; our stories are similar, but our individual experiences are unique. Most of us will laugh and talk fondly of the journey while respectfully remembering the difficulties and the struggle. (even though it was HELL at times, and it’s probably not over!) LOL.

The value of our story to others is greatest when we support their unique circumstance, and not force ours. It’s valuable to encourage joy in the journey, assure that it’s ok not to not be ok, applaud self-acceptance, and cheer as other’s push through difficult times. It’s valuable to offer a guarantee that it really IS going to be worth it!

The joy that childern bring into our lives far outweighs the challenge of childbirth.
The vitality of a healthy life far outweighs the struggles of weight loss.
The old you might tear, but the new you will heal stronger, fitter and happier.

My boys are grown men now and they are the joys of my life. Balanced lifestyle choices, a healthy weight, strength and flexibility allow me to live a fun life; a life that I can reasonably expect to enjoy for years to come. That’s the plan anyway!

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Stephen, myself & Taylor. Daytona 2014.

 

Are you living the life you want to? Will you enjoy a good quality of life as you age? Do you have a plan that’s helping you to achieve these goals?

What I’d like you to know about Get Fit Over 40 programs is that they are written from my personal point of view, experience and communicated to you in my unique way, from the perspective of a woman over 40. (OK over 50 is now closer to the mark). The bottom line is this- you can draw from my experience, follow my plan but all the while, REALIZE THIS: You are designing your own life, writing your own story and etching out a plan that works for you, every unique step of the way! Make it a Best Seller.

xokaren

Confession: I Don’t Always Practice What I Preach

This is the lesson: Patience.

This is the take home message: Set modest goals that you can meet incrementally so that you don’t get discouraged and quit. Expecting too much too soon is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make when it comes to lifestyle change.

This is the confession: Do I follow that advice myself? Not always, but we’re works in progress, right?

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This is the story: My “Bucket List” for 2014 included learning to target shoot. I did it! I had a great time out there in the fresh air with good friends. I was a good shot too, for a beginner! I began to imagine myself as Annie Oakley in no time flat. Learning something new is exhilarating and it had been a long time since I coaxed myself out of my comfort zone. I loved it!

Fast forward to now:

IMG_4453This year I decided to take my interest a step further and enrolled in a firearms safety course. The duration of the program was 2 days and then an exam. No problem right? I’d be an ace in no time flat!

Wrong.

Holy shit balls! I was in way over my head! There was so much more to learn than I thought and I was completely overwhelmed. 

I felt frustrated and defeated during the sessions; I doodled stick figures lifting weights and listed all the terrible feelings that were swirling inside my head. I was definitely going to quit!

You might see where I’m going with this.

How many of us want to lose weight NOW? How many of us want to be in shape NOW? How many of us want to eat right NOW? How many of us quit when NOW doesn’t happen?

I consult with so many women who dive head first into diets and gym memberships, fully expecting to know what to do and get results immediately. Bottom line, it just won’t work that way. I had to accept this: my Annie Oakley vision and you have to accept it: your weight loss initiative.

Take the time to gradually learn, cope, change, fail, fail better, succeed, slip up, and then try again. No “all or nothing” thinking. No quantum leaps. You’ve got to learn the ropes and embrace the journey.

With me and the guns?  I’ll take the next 6 months to achieve my target shooting goals, and you should take the next 6 months to achieve your weight loss goals. It’s as simple as that, an obvious suggestion but we have to hear it again and again.

Setting modest goals that you can meet incrementally will help you to not get discouraged. Period.

karen2DSC_0629It takes time, patience and dedication to achieve the goals that mean the most to you. Take the time, learn the lessons and reap the rewards!

Throughout my fitness life, I have learned valuable lessons that serve me to this day (albeit, delayed at times) and the greatest of them was to have faith in myself,  love myself for who I am now and enjoy the journey. The lessons have to be repeated time and again, and that’s ok!

Wishing you patience, perseverance, and joy! ~karen