I know what you’re thinking, ‘You must be one of those people who is naturally skinny so you can eat whatever you want and never exercise.’ I WISH!
When I turned 30 I was already a big health nut but I also became vegetarian for both health and environmental reasons. I also loved to run. I even competed in a few local races. The city is a great place to maintain an active lifestyle because I don’t need to drive so, I walk more than the average American. Turning 30 also proved that whole getting older and fatter thing that people warned me about. I was granted with the infinite wisdom of the universe but was also cursed with an even slower metabolism seemingly, over night.
Now, I am not a person of great stature. I’m am quite short so, 15 lbs. was quite a lot to put on in a short time. I knew something had to change before it became 30 lbs and then 60 lbs. I remember thinking how it sucked being 30 because now I had to work twice as hard to maintain the same results of being in my 20’s. Life is so unfair.
“I believe this was a major component to my success in really becoming my most fit self.”
Did I really quit running? Yes! The only time I run anymore is to catch a bus. I have always had a love/hate relationship with running and I ultimately landed on hate. Even when I would run and enjoy it, I always dreaded doing it. That is not exactly the exemplary way to weight loss success. You have to enjoy whatever you are doing or you won’t stick with it. I love bicycling! I was already a regular bicyclist so, I use that for my daily cardio. In the bad weather I started doing cycling classes which, turned out to be really fun! I also found a love for weight lifting. I believe this was a major component to my success in really becoming my most fit self. It helps you on so many levels! I felt stronger, I looked leaner and my other activities were easier to do. It also just made me feel like a bad ass.
Did I really eat a cheeseburger? Um, to be honest… I’ve had quite a few cheeseburgers. They are probably my favorite food. After a year of vegetarianism I had a craving for meat and I indulged. I never looked back. Do I eat a burger every day? No, that’s ridiculous. I do eat at least one a month though (probably two if I’m being honest). I really, really love cheeseburgers. I genuinely believe that eating meat again helped me to lose weight because protein is especially filling so, I was eating less overall. On a regular day I’m typically eating something healthy but I do like to indulge here and there to keep myself happy and sane. Who wants to be thin and miserable anyway?
Did you notice a difference in your metabolism or other changes in your body once you turned 30?