Yes I do have personal fitness goals this year although I live a healthy and active lifestyle already. I am the type to always push and challenge myself, I fix even if nothing is broken. I got this “not-good-enough” discipline from my grandfather as well as from many years working in sales and marketing management including healthcare. It’s not to say that I am never contented because that is counter-intuitive but I’ll put it this way: if I were to rank all my wants in life, health would be at the very top and the rest are secondary. As a healthcare professional, I try to walk the talk and be an example to my patients (read my vegan journey).
With such a hectic work schedule, (8:30 am to 6:30 pm daily as Aesthetic RN Laser Specialist, on weekends I take photos and film videos for the blog, on week nights I continue with editing both on the blog and video, responding to blog emails, etc), one would ask how do I even find time to work out? My answer? I try my best to find time! At work, I do stretches whenever I can, on weekends, I spend 2 hrs doing my cardio hip hop, treadmill, etc. On Sundays, my husband and I go to the park with our furry baby to do some lapses (read fitness tips for women over 40).
Now if I were to identify my weakest body part, it would be my upper arms. Hence my personal fitness goal this year will focus on defining and toning my biceps and triceps. My husband who has enviable muscles will help me achieve this goal. I helped him turn vegan last year so it would be his time to coach me. Hopefully, he would do his job well (or is it the other way around, haha!). We have our own mini-gym set up in the patio (as photographed) so there is no excuse to miss my “class”. Aside from my husband-coach, I plan to implement the following to keep me in check:
(1) I started a Sweaty Sunday series on my Instagram Stories to encourage women over 40 to exercise and stay fit. I still don’t know if it’s better to do it live or just record and upload like what I have done last week. What do you guys think?
(2) I honestly hate these dumbbells so I am planning to buy kettlebell. My husband told me to use dumbbells while I am dancing to double the power. I did it last Sunday (as shared on IG stories) and I can tell you right now as I type that my arms and legs feel like they had intense workout.
(3) Some of you know that I really love dancing hiphop so while it isn’t a priority this year, I do want to be certified in hiphop fitness sometime in the future. You bet this little woman turns to a dancing beast when I exercise but I will share my plan to you in another time, if and when that happens.
So one of the most common questions I get asked as vegan (although I have already answered on prior posts and videos) is where do I get protein? Nature is abundant and nearly every plant known to mankind has protein in it. Spinach, broccoli, beans, legumes, mushrooms, kale, asparagus, avocado, potato, etc so if you eat a variety, your daily protein requirement is practically covered. Unless you are a body builder, I bet no one is really counting their protein anyway. Ironically, we live in a protein-centered world yet the same source a.k.a meat is one of the main culprits to cardiovascular problems. Do you have $1000+ month to set aside for this novelty drug for uncontrolled hyperlipidemia (chronically high cholesterol)? Medicare won’t cover it. Your commercial insurance will pay part of it granted you had a prior cardiac event: meaning, you survived a heart attack. That is if you survive. Then there is a long and winding process of prior authorization by your insurance. If you get denied, expect 3 months of waiting time if your prescribing doctor appeals. Within that time period, anything can happen and God knows you are at the mercy of your insurance. One time the pharmaceutical rep of this novelty drug asked me why I am vegan, I asked him back “are you willing to pay $1000+ for this medication you are promoting?” he answered no. So I said, you just answered your own question.
You see I am preparing myself for old age. I am 43 now, thankfully in tiptop shape health-wise. I don’t take any medications and I don’t intend to when I am older. I started this healthy route ten years ago because I wanted to look fabulous in my 40s. Now my goal is to retire without any chronic conditions because I want to be able to enjoy life, travel the world and reverse whatever faulty genes I inherited. I will not allow old age to slow me down. And that is the personal challenge I will try to conquer.
What about you, do you have fitness goals in general?
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