About 6 months ago, not long after hitting 45, it occurred to me that I didn’t have to sit back and let “middle age” take control – that I could fight my way back and choose how I was going to live my life. What a revelation! So, I hired a personal trainer, and made an overall commitment to make myself a priority. What an idea, right? I changed my schedule so that I had time to exercise on a regular basis, to go grocery shopping, and to start having fun in the kitchen.
My next revelation was that all of this didn’t mean sacrificing – it meant balance, and adding new things into the mix. But I don’t feel like I’ve had to give anything up.
This has been especially true when it comes to food – I’ve discovered a whole new way of cooking and eating, that is high on nutrition, and tastes great, too. Trust me, I enjoy eating and drinking far too much to devote any time to cooking something that no one’s going to want to eat (including me).
So far, this approach has paid off for me – I look better, feel much better, and am happy as can be. My time in the kitchen has been source of fun for me, and so I decided to try to keep track of what I’m doing there. In the end, if all I have is a nice collection of recipes, I’ll be happy with that outcome
3 November 2011
It occurred to me that it had been about a year since I’d written this intro to my blog. I’ve created and archived a bunch of recipes during this time – not as consistently as I sometimes hope, but I’m doing this as a way to relax and focus on the good things in life, and I’m not going to stress about periodic breaks from blogging my recipes.
During this time, I’ve continued to train consistently. It’s hard for me to really remember how I felt and looked at the beginning. I see pictures and I don’t see myself in them. I’m leaner and smaller, but still have a great time. I love my red wine and cocktails. I love nights out with my girlfriends. I love camping and concerts and laughter and food – always there is food.
I also took up running again. I started running at age 7 with my father, and have run off-and-on for much of my life. It had been several years since I’d done any running. I started with a 5K race about this time last year. In March I completed the Atlanta half-marathon (my first half-marathon since 1995) and on Sunday I finished the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC – my first marathon since 1997. I’ll be running another half-marathon in a few weeks on Thanksgiving morning, and am looking to run more long races next year.
I’m still working with my trainer, and do my best to have fun every day. And I still don’t feel like I’ve sacrificed – I’ve worked hard and enjoy my accomplishments, and feel better than I ever have. I can’t ask for more than that.