This body has been pregnant 6 times, birthed 4 babies, breastfed for almost 7 (non-continuous) years. It has been bigger and smaller, stronger and weaker, abused by its owner and loved by others. As it stares at the calendar with the big 4-0 looming and it looks at the big innocent eyes of two little girls it’s time to make some changes. Time to take time for me. Time to make my health a priority. Time to set an example to my daughters (and sons) that their bodies are strong and beautiful and need love and care.
To reach those goals Loralie and myself have partnered with Advocate Condell Medical Center Centre Club to spend the next year working on those improvements. We’re going to be documenting the small steps we make to get Movin’ and Improvin’ and be fit by 40.
This is not a weight loss series, this is a health journey. Women, especially mothers, tend to put their health last. While we’re hoping (of course) to lose weight, the larger goal is overall health, attainable goals that will have direct impact in our everyday lives.
Melissa is our “Mom-in-Chief.” As a busy entrepreneur and WAHM to four children including a toddler, she struggles with finding time and taking care of herself. A former college soccer player and an aspiring marathoner, her fitness goals have been sidelined by injury, pregnancy, and the demands of motherhood and a growing business. Recently diagnosed with high cholesterol, she seeks to lower it through proper nutrition and exercise.
Melissa’s Goals are:
- More energy and better sleep
- Be able to keep up with a very active toddler
- Be able to hold a 32 lb. toddler through the entire Sunday church service
- Carry a tantrum toddler in one arm
- Lower cholesterol, goal is 30 points
- Be comfortable in her own skin
Loralie is our Marketing Director and Features Editor, she is one of the 78.6 Million American adults who are obese (according to CDC.) In Illinois, 28.2% of adults are obese. Her weight struggles are echoed by many struggling with post-baby weight and the added stressor of raising young children. Loralie’s weight issues gained national attention in 2007 when she participated in the ABC Reality Series, Fat March. Like so many, her weight has been a life-long struggle and she is seeking to regain her health and fitness and get “Fit by 40.”
Loralie’s Goals are:
- Go rock wall climbing with her daughter and play soccer with her son
- Alleviate arthritis in knee
- Alleviate stress through exercise
- Lead an overall active lifestyle incorporating regular gym workouts
- Avoid family history of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure
- Set a healthy example for her kids
We hope you will follow us on our journey and how we transform and make small changes to get Fit by 40. You can join us too as we’re making small steps and you can too! Share snapshots of your journey on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #LLCMoves and #Fitby40
Advocate Condell Centre Club is Hospital based health and wellness club owned by Advocate Condell Medical Center and operated by Midtown Athletic Clubs. They offer a choice of group exercise, basketball, racquetball, weight lifting, swimming, indoor track and more. They also offer various health programs, personal trainers and massage therapy.
Disclosure: Loralie and Melissa have received a one-year membership from Advocate Condell Centre Club in exchange for sharing their journey and progress with our readers. All thoughts and opinions belong to the writer and no further compensation was received.