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Can it be a month already? It can – to the day, in fact. One month ago I began my six-month journey to my 60th birthday. Here are some of the things I’ve learned this month:

  • I can, if fact, go without drinking wine for days – even weeks at a time.
  • Eating healthy and not cheating makes you feel virtuous. But it isn’t much fun.
  • Losing five pounds makes a real difference. Especially for those of us whose “awesomeness is compressed into a very small package.” (Thank you, Coach Tyson.)
  • Lifting weights makes you feel like a badass, no matter how old you are.
  • Jumping rope can also make you feel like a badass. Who knew?
  • Fear is your enemy.
  • Negativity is fear’s BFF.
  • Blisters can be badges of honor.

As you can see, I’ve made changes. And the changes I’m making on this journey are generally positive and encouraging.

For instance, over the past couple of years, I’ve fallen into bad habits – too much wine, too little discipline about what I ate and when, exercise with no concrete goals and very little passion.

Getting the eating and drinking under control has been a…for lack of a better phrase…piece of cake, but as I mentioned, not much fun. I make my living thinking and talking and writing about food – not junk food, but delicious, reasonably healthy, lovingly prepared food. Limiting myself to many fewer choices and much smaller portions has been a challenge. Once I’m at my goal weight – 10 pounds hence – I will have to find a way to balance my love of food with my desire to stay at a weight that is healthy and that will result in a chorus of “she looks good for her age.”

The exercise component took care of itself the minute I walked into CrossFit Beacon. I rediscovered the passion I had lost when I had to stop distance running.

I’ve been accused of joining the “CrossFit cult,” but I prefer to think of it as my fitness family. While CrossFit might not be for everyone, it is perfect for those of us with a fervor for a lifetime of fitness in an atmosphere that is intense but accepting, dedicated but inclusive, passionate but playful.

I’m demanding things of my body that scare me. I’m pushing beyond fear and my own perceived limitations. With the help of my coaches, I’m learning to silence the negative chatter that, all to often, finds its way into my head. And I’m having more fun than an almost 60-year-old should be allowed to have.

Fun. Passion. Fitness. Enthusiasm. Old dog, meet your new tricks!

Yes, this shot is a little blurry. After crushing today’s WOD (workout of the day), I was decidedly wobbly. But you get the picture.

  • http://www.theprofessionalpalate.com Regan @The Professional Palate

    “awesomeness is compressed into a very small package” – I’m stealing that one for sure!

    Inspirational as always, Ms Karu :)

    • admin

      No need to steal. Your compressed awesomeness is readily apparent to anyone who meets you!

    • candacekaru

      Thanks, Regan. It takes one to know one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyson.weems Tyson Victor Weems

    I prefer simply “concentrated awesomeness” for people who displace less water than me.

    • candacekaru

      Inch for inch and pound for pound, your awesomeness knows no bounds, Tyson. Thanks for being our resident God of the WOD.

  • Marion

    You are giving me hope!

    • candacekaru

      There’s always hope, Marion. And it’s so much fun. There’s no reason not to get fit!