Jun
24
2011

Staying Fit at 40-Something

I'm just not young anymore, but that isn't an excuse to be out of shape.

So, how are you enjoying Love in a Diet? (Still only $5. Buy a copy and join me!)

Now that Elijah is 8 weeks old, I am back to the gym and going strong. Day by day I do my best to make good choices in eating. I reach for the baby carrots instead of chips, soup instead of cheese cake, cucumbers instead of candy. It really comes down to making good choices over and over again.

I am personally past the “measure out everything” stage. I have trained myself to know how much is a good amount. Indulging in too much is an old habit, and I so much enjoy my new habit of moderation. And I am not desperate about losing weight. It is just fine with me if it takes me months to lose those last pounds, as I am nursing full-time. I am more into feeling in shape and good about my progress.

I am over 40. When I was in my 20’s all I had to do to lose weight was pay some attention and the pounds came off. Today I need to accept my reality: I can’t “just eat a few extra things” and get away with it. I can’t just do one kind of exercise. I need to mix it up and stretch way more. I’m not complaining or giving in, “Oh well, I’m 40-something, nothing I can do but put on the weight.” Instead, I am okay, this is where I am at in life, and I can roll with it. I need to adjust at 40-something, just like I did at 20-something and will at 60-something.

What I don’t want to do is stop. I can look back and see benchmarks of success and be proud that I didn’t sit idle back then. I never used to be able to put in 6 miles on the bike, but now I can do it with relative ease. Sure, I must stretch before and after I exercise, but that is a little thing. I have learned the in’s and out’s of what my body can handle, and I just keep at it. I’m not looking for a perfect size or a perfect weight, but I am completely able to do the things I need and want to do. That is important to me.

In God’s eye I don’t need to be perfect. He is there for me when I fail and when I win. He is there when I need a leg up and He will never let me down.

I find Love in a Diet and you will too. You can do this! Let me know how you are doing and how it is going for you.

Blessings, Wendy <><

About Wendy Jeub

Yes, Wendy Jeub has brought 16 children into the world, and loves each and every one of them. So much so, she'd welcome more!

  • jenny

    I admire your testimony, I believe that someday women will look at Wendi Jeub and say WOW look at her, she had 20 kiddos!   Look, she can still run marathons!

    I am 36, fast approaching 40, and yes, what you said is correct, at this age you need to pay close attention to the details and make changes for the rest of your life. 

    How do you find time to go to the gym?