Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fit is the new skinny


Well guys, I told you I am committed to do a 180 in my life. In addition to the purging of "stuff", the simpler life, I am also starting the P90X workout regimen. My hubby and I went to Sports Authority to get a cushioned floor mat (to prevent injuries on hard floor) and some very low weights. My hubby's cousin is a very respected personal trainer in our community and gave us some tips, so we do not injure or overdo ourselves. I would always advise people to ask for some professional help, talk to their doctors, before starting any workout regimen.

Most people would look at me and say I have nothing to worry about. I wear between a size 2 or 4, I weight 120lbs. and am very small built (let's just say I was always picked last for sports teams). But I am the image of what's called "skinny fat." I am at around 30% body fat and no muscle definition. I don't want to lose weight, I want to be strong. 


Believe me, this is not about vanity. I was never really vain or focused on my appearance. This is purely about my health. Being depressed has been a great wake up call to realize the way I eat and the sedentary life I lead have taken a toll on my body and my brain. As I come closer to turning 40 (oh my, I still feel I am 15), I want to have a healthy life. I want to live to 100 and then die peacefully in my sleep. But sitting on the couch and eating burgers will not lead me to this outcome.

I honestly believe that a happy life takes investment. I guess one of the biggest sins women commit is taking care of everyone else before they take care of themselves. Well, this lead to me not being able to be there for nobody. So now I know that taking care of myself first will allow me to be a better wife, daughter, and sister. So wish me luck!


26 comments:

Terra said...

I think this new exercise regime of yours will work out great for you. After I exercise I always feel a happy glow. I exercise in a warm water pool 3 or 4 times a week, for 14 years now. Be sure to find exercise you ENJOY so you will keep with it. I cheer you on.

jinxxxygirl said...

HI there!!

To wish you luck I will let you in on my personal three 'P's for a successful lifestyle change... :)

I lost 80 pounds a few years ago and this was my mantra...

Patience
Persistence
Perseverance

May they help you on your journey!
Hugs! deb

bobbi said...

I know how you feel. I was a suoer sportive and very fit girl all my life, oned and muscular, then something happened in my life and my shape became the mirror of what was happening. I could cope with it mentally, but by body registered all the pain and gained weight. Now I am slowly and gently trying to get back to the kind of girl that I was and that I know that still am. I am doing a lot yoga again and I'll be hitting the pool soon again. I didn't mind my chubbiness for a long while but now it's just doesn't look like me! Congratulations for you decision, an go go go!!

LAUGH AN said...

My bro do that training last year he began and now... He is wundeerfull so I hope you'll get muscles like you want :-) :-) I hope to walk more and to be hyperactive overbooked because it is the only way to loose weight for me :-) I will live where we eat sausages all time omg challenge hu hu Germany isn't known to its cooking ARF :-) :-) :-)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Good for you, Ana! I've felt so much healthier and happier since I started exercising regularly, eating healthier and spending more time outdoors walking, exploring and enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer. Like you, I'd always been a 'skinny fat', and didn't work hard to stay slim. But it all caught up to me when I turned 40. A few years ago, I decided enough is enough and totally changed some of my habits. I'm quite disciplined, so it wasn't very hard. It's been worth all the effort. I don't deprive myself of sweets or something junkie, but it's an occasional treat. I am so happy to hear that you are doing all this. You will feel great!

Cristiane Marino said...

Oi Ana, eu também estou com esse desafio este ano, de voltar a ser ativa e cuidar mais da saúde. Sempre pratiquei muita atividade físicas, mas nos últimos dois anos, devido a um problema no ombro e quadril, fiquei bem sedentária. Agora que estou melhor, vamos à luta!
Parabéns pela iniciativa, isso vai te fazer bem de várias maneiras. Sabia que há estudos comprovando que pacientes em tratamento de depressão que fazem atividades físicas por pelo menos 3 vezes na semana necessitam menores doses de medicação e têm uma recuperação muito mais rápida?
Bjs e boa sorte!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Have fun! That's healthy too.

Analog Girl said...

As últimas frases são muito verdadeiras. Temos de cuidar primeiro de nós para podermos cá estar para os outros. É o mais importante. Força com os novos objectivos. Eu também estou nessa demanda (mas no meu caso também tenciono perder peso). ;)

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh to be 120 pounds again. But seriously, you are right, being thin is not being fit. Congrats on taking your health in your hands and I wish you every success. I know for myself, an active me is a much happier me.

alteredstatesstudio said...

i know you will do just great- Ana! i too am trying to move more as i have reached that 40 mark...and let me tell you- everything you may have heard....all true. so take care of yourself and turn this leaf over and let it move with the wind.

Sherri B. said...

Good luck with your new regimen, Ana - I'm trying so hard to get motivated for exercise. I'm like you - petite and not overweight. But I'm definitely out of shape!

Melissa said...

That's a very smart thing to do and I wish you luck, and fun, along the journey! I will watch your progress with interest as it will help me along my way too!

Jeanie said...

Sending you lots of good wishes! You are taking charge -- that's always excellent -- although I'd be just happy to be 30 pounds more than you! You'll achieve -- I absolutely believe that!

Francie M said...

Best wishes Ana! I maintain a regular fitness routine and I must say I always come away without any dark clouds that were around before I went. I wouldn't say spinning makes me instantly happy but it does make me alert, able to cope and interested in life!

Debbie said...

I love running and the biggest reason is to be alone with my thoughts...no interruptions. It's great and I hope you enjoy your new exercise routine too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's a process my friend and takes time! Give yourself time to work out what you want and need to do! Sweet hugs to you!

Riot Kitty said...

Good for you! I wish you luck.

Magic Love Crow said...

I wish you all the best ;o)

Red Shoes said...

Good luck, Sunshine!!

Keep up apprised of your success!!!

~shoes~

Shaharoh said...

Good luck Introvert! I secretly started Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred and although I've had to make up for some days, I'm about at Day 24 now and it's rough but I do feel my body getting stronger. I applaud you for putting "You" first - after all, that is the longest relationship you'll ever have with someone:)

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

OMG Ana!!! I am so with you on this! Are you sure we are not sisters? I may wear a size 4, but three years ago when I became sick, I stopped working out. What a HUGE difference it has made in my fitness and healthy-feel now...ugh. So, I am back to lifting weights, lightly, and power walking and even hopping on an exercise bike again. I feel so unhealthy and flabby...ugh. I am eating better...and wish you well too! Let's DO THIS!!

Jenny said...

Oh yes good luck dear Ana.... and good on you... I am following down the same path with getting some exercise... self care is so important... and yet so easy to overlook...

Jenny ♥

:.tossan© said...

Bela reportagem! providencial. Obrigao e abraço

Caffeine Girl said...

Your journey is so inspiring. I haven't been able to work out ... oops, there I go, making excuses! I would have to say that I have used my broken leg as an excuse to be a couch potato. But I can bike starting on Sept. 15, and I know it will be good for me.

We are trying to purge, too. I have no advice. This is hard!

Kyra Wilson said...

Good luck! I have done P90X many times over (to the point that he drives me a bit crazy now). It's a good program! Just listen to your body. :)

beth said...

we are very similar....i am 5'5" weigh 105 and everyone thinks i'm healthy.

well, i am to some degree, but the definition in my abs and legs have disappeared. my arms are still good.

granted, i've had 2 babies, and the tummy looked good until 40, then it really looked like i had had 2 babies.

we eat healthy for the most part and walk when we can and i've tried to get back into yoga.

i can't wait to see YOUR transformation. i know it's going to be amazing !!!!