There. I've said it. It's in print. Give me a moment whilst I embrace the inevitability.
It's just a number. It's just a number. It's just a number. It's just a really big number. Huge. Significant really. It's like someone swooped down and wrote in big neon letters - YOUR YOUTH IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER.
Damn. And I was just getting started.
Oh sure, I know. Forty is the new twenty. Or twenty-five. Maybe thirty. It's not the number so much as it is the sudden realization that an exception was not made on my part and I will not stay young forever. I don't feel older. I don't really even look older thanks to a healthy dose of regular moisturizer, SPF and good genes. But suddenly my mind starts turning to things it never has in the past. Like longevity, and what I need to do to achieve it. And suddenly those extra 12-15 pounds I've been carrying around and always saying I was going to get rid of seem like much more when coupled with the threat of what I like to refer to as the menopausal spread that's lurking around the corner somewhere. That weight gain so many women experience when their metabolism slows during this stage of the game and the pounds start to creep on. Oh no, I tell myself. This cannot happen. I forbid it!
Naturally, being the goal oriented Capricorn I am, I decided to use January 2007 as my ultimate goal. That's when the Big 4-0 occurs. But before that is my little sister's wedding, which means a halter style maid of honor dress for yours truly. What to do? Well like any good and proper Cap, I made a plan. A schedule. An excel spreadsheet with numbers and charts. Give me a few weeks and I'll probably be able to whip up some really cool graphs too.
Luckily nutrition and fitness have been something I've read up on since I was about 16. Granted I didn't always put that knowledge into practice, especially with the eating, but I inherited a new mindset around my last birthday it seems, and started eating healthier. But I needed more info. I picked up two of Dr. Andrew Weil's books on optimizing your health and nutrition. Made some new changes. Added in a work-out schedule, took my measurements, weighed in. Gave myself mini-goals to meet along the way. Started drinking at least 1 litre of water a day (which I never did and now spend half my day in the washroom since I obviously have a bladder the size of a pebble).
My ultimate goal is to hit 40 looking absolutely fabulous. Toned, healthy, preferably with an ass you can bounce quarters off of. And then I plan on maintaining that as best I can into my 50s and 60s, all the way up to the big centurion benchmark and beyond. If I must get older, I'm going to be fit and healthy while it happens and I'm going to look damn good in the process. I will not be one of those decrepit old people shuffling around stooped over muttering to myself.
Well okay, I probably will be muttering, but I won't be stooped over while I do it!