So, I took a picture the day I started doing the 30-Day Shred workout DVD. And I took a picture today after I finished my workout. Couple of caveats: I haven’t been doing it every day as recommended, because every time I level up I am so sore the next day that it would be impossible to do it again that day. Also when I got back from my trip to South America I realized that doing it every day was really bumming me out, so I switched to every other day.
Also about a month ago I started journaling my food meticulously, and exercising 5-6 days a week – the DVD every other day, and walking/jogging the other days with the occasional weekend day off for rest.
Other than those modifications, though, I’ve been giving the workout my all. Today I did Level 3 and tried the advanced moves for the first time, I did them for as long as I could do them, then switched to the “beginner” moves for the rest of the period. So…I know you’re all dying to know if I’m shredded yet! Time for the big reveal!
And yet, I feel better. When I look in the mirror I actually think I see a difference. And honestly, that’s really all that matters to me these days: Quieting my critical brain and feeling happy with my body. No, I didn’t get a tan or anything, that’s just a lighting weirdness, both the pictures were taken at about the same time during the day so I don’t know what that’s about. (Also, the first three pics I took today had cats walking through the middle of them. Can’t keep those little jerks off the bathroom counter.)
So, here’s the takeaway for me: Getting fit after 40 is a mental game. Also, toning up/changing your body after 40 ain’t no easy thing and probably takes a lot longer than one might think reasonable.
I’ll probably keep doing the workout or something similar because it checks the “strength training” box on my internal list of stuff I should be doing. Now that I’m over 40, keeping and building muscle mass is more important than ever if I want to stay fit.