I am 50 years old and out of shape! I am about 25 pounds heavier than I was 4 years ago when my husband and I committed ourselves to getting fit, physically, mentally, and spiritually. We had already transitioned into eating cleaner and healthier (consuming mostly organic, less processed foods, and cutting back on sugars). We were in the Bod for God weight loss program and we lost a combined 120 lbs (I lost almost 40 and my husband over 80 lbs)! We were working out regularly and eating right.
Within the last year and a half, we both became very busy at work and went to the gym less and less until we weren’t really going anymore. We ate out more and…well, you know how this ends: we gained a lot of the weight back! I can’t speak for my husband but I was soooo unmotivated about exercising and even eating better and I gradually fell into a rut. My job can be very stressful at times and the last thing I wanted to do was to exercise when I got home or even get up earlier (I am already up at the crack of dark); completely unmotivated.
My blog and this post is the beginning of public accountability to get back in shape physically, mentally and spiritually. I like variety in my workouts or I will get bored! My aunt is my inspiration to run (she is 55 and fabulous, post about her is coming soon). She started running 3 years ago with Black Girls Run, an organization aimed at not only getting black women of all ages in shape, but creating a sister hood and community of encouragement and accountability with chapters all over the country. I decided I wanted to run too (I ran track in high school more than 30 years ago). BGR has a Walk B4U Run program that started yesterday (February 13th). Its a gradual program to get you ready for your first 5k. I am super excited about it! Unfortunately I have an awful stomach bug so I couldn’t walk yesterday. Still not feeling great but I am going to walk this evening and cannot wait to start running!
I will chronicle my fitness journey here with weekly weigh in’s, what I ate for the week, and my exercise journey, so why don’t we take it together?! What are you fitness goals? Do you have a workout buddy? An accountability partner? Leave any tips or tricks or even your struggles in the comments. We can encourage and cheer one another along as we get our sexy back!