Progress not Perfection…


As my wedding date gets closer, (it is only 5 months away) time is running out to get in shape for the big day. All brides want to look their best on their wedding day and I am no exception. If you are anything like me and constantly have a busy schedule sometimes, it is hard to make time to work out. Lately, I have been making time over my lunch hour at work by taking a half hour boxing class. This not only gives me energy for the afternoon it also helps me get all my frustrations out that I may have built up at work.
I think it is important to find a work out that you really like doing so you are more motivated to go to class and not find an excuse not to go. I have tried just about every work out in town. Right now, I would say my favorite spots are Power Life Yoga, Title Boxing and Orange Theory Fitness. I am also excited to try Pure Barre, which will be opening up in West Des Moines here in the next month or so. I like to mix up my workouts to. One, to shock my body and two to help me from getting bored. My attention span only goes so far so having several different options to pick from is a good plan for me. I also do better if I have a work out buddy. This helps keep me accountable and helps motivate me. My fiancé is a personal trainer and he is a great source of motivation. He always provides me with encouragement and believes in living a healthy lifestyle. This helps me stay on track knowing my partner in crime is on the same page.

As we all know, one of the biggest factors to getting in shape is what you put in your mouth each day. This is my biggest struggle. I like food. I like pop, I love queso dip, and I like a cocktail at night. All these things will prevent you from getting the body you want no matter how much you work out. So, I try to do everything in moderation. During the week, we eat clean. Grill meats and veggies at night, salads for lunch and protein bars for breakfast. I may sneak a pop in but I consider it a treat and watch what I eat later in the day. I do know how bad pop is for you but it is my one vice, I can’t help it. I love it. I crave the carbonation. I started drinking flavored carbonated water, which helps satisfy my craving for pop on most days, but some days I just need the real thing and that if I drink it in moderation I believe that is ok. As we get closer to the wedding date, I will probably get stricter with my diet but for now, I am doing my nest to maintain a healthy eating style.

I am not trying to be a certain size or weight; I just want to feel good about myself when I look in the mirror, feel confident in a bikini and in my clothes each day. To me, that is really, what it is all about. Being healthy, feeling good, and loving yourself. As I turned, forty I have to remind myself I am not going to look like the twenty year old at the pool but I can look good at forty and I can be confident in my own skin. I know I have my flaws and parts of my body I don’t like, I think we all do. However, I am learning to embrace those little imperfections and be ok with them. To not beat myself up if I don’t have the flattest stomach or arms that are toned. If I feel healthy and feel good about myself that is all that matters. I see too many young girls these days start to worry about their weight and how they look. Even, my ten-year-old bonus daughter asked me for a scale so she could start weighing herself. To me, that is not ok, and not what a ten year old should be focusing on. I am all about her being active and working out, playing basketball, dancing, riding bikes etc., but she does not need to be concerned about how much she weighs. So, for now scales are put away at our house. I think that is also good for me too. Then I won’t obsesses over a number but rather focus on how my body is feeling and looking and that is what is most important. Cheers!

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Tara Lynn Harms is a lifestyle blogger from Iowa. Tara Lynn created her blog as a way to share her personal story about life after 40 and all the adventures that come a long with it. Her blog is a mixed bag of posts about her blended family, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, fitness and healthy living, travel and everyday life. She recently was married to her husband Brody and gained two beautiful stepdaughters. She is the proud owner of two English Bulldogs. Follow along with her as she documents her life after 40. Feel free to contact her with any questions or collaborations.

One thought on “Progress not Perfection…

  1. I read this after I ate two cookies and should put this on my frig! I liked the part about not paying attention to the number. Hard to realize that when I was young and flying, the number meant everything so much that we did not get our paychecks ifcwe exceeded our number given to us! Happy that you understand what good health means! Lv u mom

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