|#Joyful Journeyist & the Adventure of her LIFE!||
I'm going to interrupt my Travel Blog to write a little post about ME. Let me preface by saying, I don't like to talk about me and I REALLY don't like to have any attention focused on me. Especially when it comes to physical traits. I am making an exception because someone I have grown to love has thrown down a challenge. Since I don't have any trips planned for awhile (and the home projects I really SHOULD be doing bore me) I figured, I've got nothing better to do. This person is best known by her blog name (and twitter handle) Unbravegirl. Her real name is Sally and I had the pure pleasure of actually meeting her in person in Toronto earlier this month. Her blog www.unbravegirl.com is the FUNNIEST and most authentic blog I have read. You need to check it out (but you probably should finish reading this first cuz if you don't, you may just end up reading ALL her posts for the rest of the night and forget all about me). She makes me laugh out loud. Like, really loud! I completely get her humor and I really feel like if we lived closer, we would be BFFs. I'm sure she already has one (or several) but I am willing to take a number. Sally wrote a very real post on body image and how we all need to basically go on a diet of "no bad mouthing" our bodies. As a menopausal woman, knocking on 50's door, I completely relate to everything she said. As a child and teenager, I was always in shape. I was in gymnastics, softball, drill and dance team and pretty athletic and active. I spent a lot of my early years living on or very near the beach so I also swam regularly. From age 18 to 38 I was a medic and LVN in the Air Force. For those that don't know, the military has fitness standards that involve weighing in every year and having a MAW (maximum allowable weight). I HAD to maintain fitness and weight standards and because I was also a Mom and Wife, I was busy enough that it was fairly easy to do. Once I retired, I didn't have any reason to keep up with those standards and I let myself get out of shape. Because I am tall (5'8", thanks Dad!), I can conceal my weight gain pretty well. I carry almost all of it around my middle and just dress creatively to focus on my positive attributes (my legs and shoulders). I have gained about 35 pounds since I retired from the military. I'm not the type of person that weighs myself once a week (or even EVER really). Weight is just a number and I HATE math! I weighed myself today so I could give an "honest and accurate" number in reference to my weight gain. I hopped (well, really stepped) on the scale for YOU GUYS! I really could care less how much I weigh. It is not what defines me as a person or even my fitness level. I know I am out of shape because I can get winded just walking up the flight of stairs in our 2 story home. THAT, I cannot live with! I always wanted to be a fairly young Grandma so that I could be in shape and do all the fun things with my Grandkids that I did as a Mom. I have a beautiful 11 month old Granddaughter and SHE will be my inspiration to get in shape---NOT lose weight. I want to be able to roll around on the floor with her and not pull my back out in the process. Getting in shape will make my body stronger and healthier as I approach my Golden Years and if I end up losing some weight in the process, bonus. I'm not a good dieter. I LOVE food and don't believe in depriving myself of any specific type of food all in the name of weight loss. I believe moderation is the key and I will always eat what I want, when I want, just in moderation. Because I have a really small mouth with small teeth, it's physically impossible for me to eat a LOT at one time. I used to hate my mouth/lips/teeth but have decided to embrace them as well and be thankful for the handicap they provide! God must have known how much I would love food so he gave me the small mouth to help me in not overindulging. I don't have a lot of will power but I do have a lot of patience. If I can only have one of the two, I am happy to have the patience. Will power is for the fitness buffs and runners (I am neither). So instead of focusing on the physical traits I don't have (Angelina Jolie's mouth and a Supermodels flat abdomen), I will focus on the ones I do. I am going to relate myself more to a book (because I love reading, books, and libraries). I don't judge a book by its cover, it's whats inside that counts. If we ALL as people, focus more on our own insides and quit being so judgmental of our physical appearance, maybe the world as a whole would be less judgmental of others. It's a nice thought anyway :-) So, here's my full length photo album (with no nasty self comments to point out my flaws)
At the end of this year I will turn 50. I decided that I want to be in the best shape of my life by then so that I can spend my next 50 years feeling good and doing things I love. I want to be able to take my Granddaughter hiking and bike riding to develop an appreciation of nature and the outdoors. I also want to be a comfortable lap for her to climb up on and snuggle up to. I believe I will pursue being Fit AND Fluffy by 50. Who says I can't be both?