Time for lasting changes

Hi everyone,

I’ve just come home from a 5 week walking trip across Spain. Have toned my legs a bit and lost a few lbs and now want to use this progress to make some lasting changes. Walking gave me plenty of time to think, think about me, life and what’s important. No surprise that I concluded that health, both physical and mental, came out on top with a massive dollop of gratitude for my family and friends, my job and my colleagues. The grass is not always greener on the other side but sometimes it takes a long look and some headspace to reach that conclusion - in my case anyway. I learned a lot about myself and I can honestly say I value and appreciate me a lot more now. That me needs looking after so I can enjoy all the great things and people in my life and be here for all the people I love and am so grateful to have around me.!

I’m will be 53 on Sunday so I thought why wait until New Year! If I do it now I’ll be already feeling better about myself by New Year 😁


  • makeittogoal
    makeittogoal Posts: 17 Member
    Hi. The walking trip across Spain sounds like it was a "hoot"... :-)

    I turn 50 before the end of the year and I feel the same way.... that is why wait for the New Year. I was on MFP years ago and had great success. But I slowly slipped into old habits and then covid and it was a perfect storm of doing nothing and feeling ugh. Now I feel all the little pains I did not feel before. I know it could be because I am older, but I think it is more because of what little care I have given my body.

    So I am back and hope to see you crush your goals!
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,504 Member
    That sounds like the perfect way to get started . . . and the perfect time. Personally, I always find it best to make changes when they feel psychologically ripe for the picking, rather than trying to force something artificially via thing like New Years resolutions. (Maybe that's just me.)

    I started here at 59, after getting active in my mid-40s (after cancer treatment), then eventually (slowly! 😆) realizing that merely improving fitness wasn't enough to fully increase my chances of overall good health. Truly, I feel younger physically now at 66 than I did in my 40s, before getting active and later reaching a healthy weight.

    As you've already discovered on your trip, the benefits (of fitness and weight loss) aren't something deferred until some distant goal. They show up gradually all along the way, as built-in mini-rewards for improving habits.

    I'm all about managing my weight and fitness better, long term, so that I'm not just giving my current self what feels good in the moment, but rather balancing that with the well-being of future Ann, so both current and future me can be reasonably healthy and happy for as long as possible.

    Wishing you much success with your progress, from your new outlook on life!