Choose You Blog
By Liz Taylor, Director, Creative and Brand Strategy
Turning 40 is a big deal for a lot of people. For me, it was an awakening. After spending the previous five years having three kids (including twins) and tending to the needs of my family, I was ready to put a little focus back on me.
I kicked off my 40s with a bang! I met Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield during a pre-concert sound check (a birthday present), and I started a blog called Red Hot and 40 Plus, which became an outlet for my journey of not just living life after 40, but rockin’ it.
When I turned 41 last March, I published a Birthday Bucket List, a list of 10 things I wanted to do before I turned 42. It included taking a drum lesson, exploring meditation and a goal inspired by Choose You – to put my health first and lose 10 pounds.
Now to be honest, I would really love to get back to my pre-baby weight, which would mean losing more than 10 pounds. But I chose to lose 10 pounds after looking at a BMI calculator and realizing that by losing just that much, I’d be back within the “normal” range. It felt like a reachable goal too, and I knew that was important.
It wasn’t easy. But guess what? I did it! I lost 10 pounds just in time for age 42. Here are some tips for losing weight in your 40′s:
- Walking, walking and more walking: I have always liked walking outdoors but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. I was excited to find a series of DVDs that let me walk miles without ever leaving home. I started doing a one-mile walk every morning before work. I also added 30 minutes of walking outdoors during my lunch break when I could. The result? I’ve been walking 10 or more miles weekly.
- Saying good-bye to high calorie drinks: My boys often wake up in the middle of the night, leaving me sleep deprived in the morning. Since I don’t drink coffee, I had been using my favorite caffeinated beverage, which was high in calories, to get going in the morning. Those empty calories were going straight to my waistline. So I gave them up and switched to water. After a few days of headaches from caffeine withdrawal, I didn’t even miss them.
- Adopting a plant-based diet: After reading about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and learning more about where some of our food comes from, I made a personal choice to quit eating beef, pork and chicken. I still eat fish and seafood, but try to focus on fruits, vegetables and legumes. Initially, I found myself replacing meat with carbs like bread and pasta, which didn’t help my effort to drop pounds. But once I got over that hump, I started making healthier choices and it paid off,
- Tracking my progress: I found a great online tool/app that helped me monitor my calorie intake and exercise, showed my progress and helped me make adjustments. It even turned into a game to see if I could stay below my daily calorie goal.
It’s hard to top the feeling of meeting Rick Springfield, but choosing myself is certainly right up there. Losing 10 pounds is just the beginning. I’m healthier than I have ever been, and that’s not just good for me, it’s good for my family too. And that’s what being red hot and 40 plus is all about.