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I Am 38 And Completely Out Of Shape. Help?
I am a 38 year old mother of 6. I have been leading a busy, but sedentary life since I was 18 years old. I am 5'5", 165 pounds with a small frame. My before babies weight was under 100 pounds, but I was 18 years old then and very scrawny. I am tired, have back aches, am bitchy and after just having gone to Hawaii with my brother (to meet my real dad) and being ashamed to get in a bathing suit or do anything fun because I was too fat and out of shape I want to do something about it.
With the last baby I got up to 211 pounds. Last year I had gotten down to 155, but I lost my adoptive father... excuses excuses. I am inactive and now getting active is hard. We bought an exercise bike (recumbent) and I have been riding it twice a day for 20 minutes each session. I am not an overeater, but I do like my soda pop.
I broke down the other day and bought some Hydroxycut. I just don't know what to do to get myself going.
Advice... a kick in the ass... anything will be so appreciated. My little brother wants to do the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii when we go back to visit our dad in 2 years and he asked me to do it too. Is that possible in two years, in the bad shape that I am in?
Whoa, slow things down a bit. First you have to make a committment to yourself that this is important to you. I would recommend that you read my article, "Making Dreams into Reality". You need to find meaning in your training. If you can find ways that training will make your life better you can always turn back to those ideas when times get rough.
There isn't a mystery to what it takes to make a difference in one's health or body composition. Making changes in your nutrition and activity level are abosolutely necessary. There is no magic supplement that will help if you are not making the needed changes in those other areas. The best thing to do is set some short and long-term goals. Something that is realistic and that you can measure. This will greatly help your motivation.
As far as what training and nutritional program you should follow... my belief is that it is the one that you will follow consistently. I could design or recommend what I believe to be the "perfect" plan, but if it is not realistic to you following then it will not yield the results you desire. Try to make small changes that will give you some time to adapt to doing something so different.
You are right though in admitting to letting life dictate how you feel about your health and appearance. I really believe Stephen Covey offers some great insight about life and our perception of it in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We do not have control over what life will bring us, but we have COMPLETE control in how we respond to various situations. In the end, you have to decide how and why you are going to make such changes. Any cheerleading that I lead will only lead to temporary motivation, you should try to find a deeper meaning.
Please go through many of my previous Q & A posts where I outline in some detail nutritional and training ideas.