Marcia’s Health Challenge

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here!

Since the 2012 is only a month away and my 60th birthday is only 13 months away, I thought this would be a good time focus more on health and wellness issues…not just for me, but for all of you, too.

In difficult times, whether economic, social or personal, the more areas of our lives where we feel we have some control, the more we feel confident to manage our lives until we find a solution to the problem or the situation resolves itself.

One way to gain control in our own little world is to make our physical/mental health and our relationships a priority. Eating well, exercising, maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends, giving a helping hand in your community, and doing your best work are what will give us energy, mental clarity and a happy heart to survive the toughest of times. 


My treadmill

Today, December 1, 2011, I begin a 60-day challenge with my friend, Gene Lempp of Designing From Bones. We have both set exercise goals using our treadmills. Mine are as follows:

By January 29, 2012:

  • Walk 30 minutes, 4 days per week at 3 mph
  • Lose 10 lbs

I am currently walking 30 minutes, 2-3 days per week at 2.5 mph. In prepping for the challenge, I’ve already lost 5 lbs, but I’m not counting that in the challenge.

The purpose of the two of us challenging each other is simply for motivation and accountability. Having a friend to boost your mood when you don’t feel like working out or to pat you on the back when you’re working hard is invaluable and keeps you going.

We have decided to reward ourselves at the end of the challenge if we reach our goals or exceed them. Gene’s reward will be a special dinner in a nice restaurant…ALONE with his wife. Mine will depend on whether I meet my goal or whether I exceed it. Meeting the goal will earn me a special dinner in one of my favorite restaurants. Exceeding my goal  may just earn me a Kindle Fire (which I want sooo badly!)

Anyone is welcome to join in the challenge. Alternatively, you may choose to dream up a different challenge for you and me or you and someone else, for example:

  • cutting out sugar from your diet
  • losing a specified number of pounds
  • trimming your waist to a particular size
  • eating more vegetables and fruits
  • lifting weights

The point is to get and stay fit so we can live long healthy lives. I’m watching my 88-year-old Mom decline in health and energy. It’s sad to watch and frightening to think of myself in that condition. Walking from her livingroom chair to her kitchen tires her so much that she needs to sit down on her walker.

In one year, I plan to be younger. Yes, I wrote that correctly. Younger. I’m going to turn back my biological clock so I can live long with few illnesses as I age.

According to Dr Oz at Real Age, my age based on my current level of health and health history is 57.3 years, which isn’t too bad considering I’m actually 59 years old. But I want it younger by next year and I can do that by getting fit. Go find out your Real Age here! The Real Age site is an awesome resource for everyone of any age, male or female. Everything you ever wanted to know about eating well, exercising, skin care, inner beauty, keeping your brain young, sleep and stress is in their website.

A book you might enjoy is Younger Next Year For Women-Live Strong, Fit and Sexy-Til You’re 80 and Beyond (there is also one for everyone, Younger Next Year). This link will take you to Amazon so you can take a peek inside and read the reviews. It sells right now for $7.44. So worth it!

Younger next Year

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I’ve read this book twice. The two authors, Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge alternate chapters, so you get two different views of this plan-the doctor’s view and the participant’s view. It isn’t like any other weight-loss or health book you’ve ever read. I highly recommend it. There is also a workbook available now that I just ordered for myself.

Are you with me? I’d love it if you would join Gene and me in our challenge, or create one of your own. Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. We can check in with each other monthly or biweekly to report, privately or publicly, on how we’re doing.

I want all my friends to be healthy and enjoy life for a long time to come. Join me, won’t you? I’ll be posting my own progress on the last Saturday of every month.

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you’ve got to click this link to watch a really funny cartoon about aging set to the music of the song Born to be Wild.

I love hearing from you! Feel free to leave me any feedback or ideas!


23 thoughts on “Marcia’s Health Challenge

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  17. I am IN!! Love this challenge!!
    I don’t have a specific weight loss goal. I want to do cardio three times a week, weights three times a week, and record everything I eat in a journal. I want to eat healthier and at home 90% of the time. And I want to drink 100 ounces of water a day! Woot woot. I’ll be checking in with ya on twitter!! 🙂
    P.S. I agree with Jenny – I wanna look like you when I am looking to 60!!! Absolutely!!!

    • I’m so excited to have you join us, Natalie!!! those are fantastic goals! Yeah, let’s keep track of how we’re doing, maybe once a week at #2012healthchallenge !

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    • Aww, thanks, Jenny- on both compliments! *blushing*
      I don’t know how old you actually are, but I’d say from your pic you look about early 30s. I hope that ends up being a compliment back at you! 🙂 Do what you can to keep the demon stress at bay and a healthy outlook and you’ll look younger than your years at 59, too!

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