Hot flashes are one of those little "perks" of being female and of a certain age. I've been having them on and off for several years. When they started it was once a year for a couple of years. Then they were twice a year. Now it is a free for all. I'm trying to look on the positive side with this cold weather. I'm hoping they get in sync with the cold weather we are having so I can run outside. I normally do not like cold weather running. But when I go thermal-nuclear like I can with these, 0 degrees is refreshing.
 
 
Once I decided to run, it took me 6 months to put on my shoes. That first run was 11 min - 10 minutes longer than if I didn't have friends around. I probably only covered the distance of a block. I wanted to throw up with every step. Running was not love at first sight for me. A few years later, 7 marathons, 22 half marathons and 4 half-ironman events. 

I believe everyone should move more than the day before. With each additional step you are closer to a healthier you inside and out.
 
 
A few years ago, I couldn't run the length of 3 houses in my neighborhood. I was over 40, over weight and overwhelmed at how to change the path I found myself. Every year on New Year's Eve, I made the same resolution. This was going to be the year I got fit and health. Every year I was gung-ho...for a month...tops. The year I turned 40 when I finally took a step toward a different path. In the time since, I've run 7 marathons, 22 half-marathons and 4 half-ironman events. Let this year be the year your New Year's Resolutions come true.
 
 
As much as it pains me to admit, I have finally realized to achieve my fitness goals requires a balance of exercise and diet. You can’t do one without the other. Or at least I can’t. When I first began exercising, I thought I would be able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Not so. I cannot exercise my way out of a bad diet.  I’ve tried for the past five years. I've started a journal to log my food. Let's see how this goes.

 
 
I've been working out with a trainer for a month now. When I came in today, she laughed, clapped her hands and said today is going to be fun. When your trainer sounds like the wicked witch of the west (I mean that very affectionately Jerri) RUN. But no. I went through it. We did things to my abs I didn't know was possible. Angled crunches, regular crunches, supermans, all my arm weights on the bosu stability bubble. May I say OUCH! I knew my abs were going to hurt later. I did not know it would hurt when I breathed.
 
 
You need a strong core for whatever kind of exercise you do. I always said I could do it on my own but I haven't. Last month I hired someone to help me, to push me. And she certainly has. She mixes up core and strength training exercises for me 3 days a week. I am working out with her until the end of the year. Then I'll see if it has "taken" enough for me to own it myself.


If you are just beginning a core routine, start out with 3 regular sit ups, 3 angled sit ups on each side and 3 push ups. Build from there. Every little bit helps.