In the post Thanksgiving haze, I’ve decided to set a concrete fitness goal- to get FIT in five weeks.
Now, what fit constitutes might get interesting.
I’ve been active most of my life. I walked or biked through most of my childhood and hit the fuzz off of tennis balls for hours each evening in high school. After an uncle died at 51 of cardio-vascular disease, my own version of the Freshman Fifteen, which was really a Freshman Five (or seven), and a slowing metabolism, I decided to take my health more seriously. I’ve gotten very fit and gotten very unfit. My “heaviest” non-pregnancy, non-breastfeeding weight was 119. At 5’4″, that’s almost exactly normal, but for someone with my frame size, it’s soooo not. After a scoliosis diagnoses at 14, my orthopedic surgeon checked out my spinal, arm, and hip X-ray and said, “Don’t ever weigh more than 110 pounds unless you’re pregnant. Your frame can’t support too much weight.” So that weight of 119 wasn’t healthy for me and my cholesterol backed it up- HDL of 201. So I watched what I ate, took the dogs on regular walks, yada, yada, yada. I got my weight down a bit, my cholesterol was better- 171, but I wasn’t serious, serious about fitness. I didn’t work out consistently for a long time. I still don’t. I may go a week without working out. But at my age, that’s not going to cut it anymore.
As of Black Friday I’m 44 3/4 and I see 45 on the immediate horizon. And if not now, when? And as I learned after a double stress fracture in the same leg bone, if I DON’T regularly move my legs and get that foot flexing, my ankle, foot, and leg will be stiff and arthritic.
Mostly, I want my “numbers” to look better. Better HDL- as of this time last year it was 42 and I’d like to see it optimal at less than 39. Better LDL- it was 114 and I figure I’m high risk what with all the family history of cancer and heart disease, so less than 100 would be great. Lastly, I’ve got a bit of hypothyroidism, enough to warrant medication if I want it. But I don’t. I’d rather exercise regularly and see if that helps my metabolism and energy levels.
So now I have a plan and a goal. And the number out of all of these numbers I couldn’t care less about is the number on the scale. No, I’m a quick muscle gainer, so I’m going to throw that one out RIGHT NOW as my weight could stay the exactly the same and my body composition and test results be entirely different. But I want my health numbers to look better- the HDL, LDL, the waist circumference, the body fat.
So it’s fit in five!
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