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Birthday Countdown: "60 Days 'til 60"!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Oh my! I'm going to turn 60 soon!

There's something about leaving one decade and beginning a new one that seems more "weighty." Of course... I'm talking about now that I'm getting older. When younger, I couldn't WAIT to get to certain ages:

At 12, I knew I could get my ears pierced.
At 13, I was finally a teenager.
At 16, I could date AND get a driver's license!
At 18, I was graduating high school.
At 21, I was an "adult."

s..i..g..h.. Fast forward now to 59.9 years old.

But I digress! This blog is about my 11th annual birthday countdown!

To re-cap: Right before I turned 50 years old, I got it in my head that I would take the 50 days prior to my birthday and increase my fitness efforts. I wanted to be able to feel and look better on the actual day of my turning 50. So I created a countdown calendar and charted all my workouts. Yep! I certainly increased my fitness!

I felt great!

So each year since, I've repeated.

Since I don't want to turn this into a less-than-happy blog, I will just say that I'm no where near the shape I was in when I turned 50. I now have "more to love!" LOL

But it's still fun (for me) to make the effort each year to follow a birthday countdown. (Hey! Think about trying it yourself! You might enjoy it too!)

My 60 days started a few days ago, and so far, I've REALLY increased my daily fitness!

My intention THIS YEAR is to get no less than 150 cardio minutes per week + two strength training sessions per week.

NOTE: Each year I tweak what I want to accomplish.

Notice that I don't make a statement that I will "lose weight" or be at a certain weight by my birthdate. That's just a recipe for disaster. The only control a person has is what they DO.

(While I did not include dieting as part of my intention, I have found that I'm trying harder to make better nutritional choices.)

I'll make sure to write a follow-up blog at the end of my 60 days. That's what I appreciate about SparkPeople giving us the opportunity to look back and see what we've written from years past!!!

Oh! And if you decide to do your own birthday countdown, let me know! I'll cheer you on!

Susy

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  • no profile photo CD13287288
    That's a great idea!

    I find that setting agoal to do streaks, really give me great results.

    Right now I am doing a 21 day streak of tracking all my food, and no candy, soda or fast food.

    I have read that 80-90% of weight loss and health is what we eat. Eating less calories (not necessarily less food) will bring better results, and I found that true for me.

    I wish you the best in your countdown.

    Where will you be celebrating your birthday?
    Lisa
    2129 days ago
  • GETUP-N-GOGIRL
    You are each so kind to post to my birthday countdown blog! It helps me when I write things out... and it also helps when I receive feedback.

    So... THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    I'm still in my 1st week (of my 60 days), and while I haven't been PERFECT, I sure have done more than I normally would have.

    Therefore, this is what I have to say to myself: "As long as the Big Picture is BETTER than it was before I started, I'm still making progress!"

    Yay!
    2130 days ago
  • AHAPPYSPIRIT
    I remember your 50. Great job. I'm so proud of you. I admire your focus. Keep up the good work. You can do it. emoticon I am 71 now, and the years are going really fast. Just remember to slow down and enjoy every day of your life. Do the things you always wanted to do and keep smiling and loving life. I'm so happy to have you as a FRIEND. emoticon
    Irene
    2131 days ago
  • GRLTAZ
    You can do it ! Good idea and you do not look anywhere your age ! Jealous.
    2131 days ago
  • SHARONSPARKLE
    Just another one of your fabulous ideas! I'm also on my Birthday count down and the days just seem to fly by.
    2131 days ago
  • CHALLENGER15
    A wonderful idea!
    2131 days ago
  • WORKOUTWITHPAM
    emoticon BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

    HUGS
    Pam
    2131 days ago
  • JAMER123
    What a great idea BUT II just can't start now! I am way too close to my birthday that I should be a late aged teenager (Not)! If I remember for next yr. I will do it. It's only one yr. away and adds only 1 day to the count down. AND it's a biggy for me too!!
    Good luck and I am rootin' you on!
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    2132 days ago
  • BEAUTY_WITHIN
    That sounds like a great plan to celebrate a new year!
    2132 days ago
  • no profile photo PANDAMOM41
    Great idea! My goal is to be able to walk where I want without being out of breath & with little to no pain/discomfort. That's big reason I started SP. Birthday is in July. Working to be most, if not all the way to my goal by then. Good days to you!
    2132 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14212757
    Good Luck....... emoticon
    2132 days ago
  • SEMISWEETCHICK
    I love this idea! Wishing you all the best with your birthday challenge.
    2132 days ago
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