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In 32 days, I turn 30

In thirty-two days, I'll turn 30.

If you need my address to send a gift, let me know.

I'm glad to be turning 30. People in their twenties are often seen as flippant, naive, or carefree. People in their thirties are grown ups.

I've been acting like a grown up for a number of years now, and I'm ready to be 30. I am looking forward to my birthday.

The only thing I'm not looking forward to is being 30 and fat. What's worse is that I'm going to be 30 and fat and totally inactive.

I've been overweight my whole life. According to my parents, I was born a normal weight but was excessively chubby by the time I was four months old. The amount of chub on my frame only increased.

At six, I weighed a hundred pounds.

At twelve, I weighed two hundred pounds.

By the time I graduated from college, I weighed three hundred pounds.

Since college, I've bounced back and forth between three hundred and three hundred fifty pounds. When I eat well and work out, I am on the low end. When I don't, I float back up.

In my almost thirty years, I've followed dozens of different diet plans. Eating, not eating, liquid diets, dietitian-supervised diets, protein-only diets, restricted calorie diets… You name it. I've tried lots of diets, lost lots of weight, and I have been unsuccessful at keeping it off each time. The only two things I haven't done to lose weight are take pills and have surgery, and I don't intend to.

I do, however, like to go to the gym. I don't like to get sweaty really, but I do like lifting weights. I like how my body feels when I lift weights. I feel strong, physically and mentally. I like seeing progress; being able to add reps or sets or minutes is a reward in itself.

Since Grace was born, I've found it harder and harder to find time to work out. I'd like to go to the gym, but I can't find a good spot in my day for it.  I could get up an hour early and go to the gym before work. Our day care doesn't open until just before my work day starts. I could go right after work, but that means Grace would stay at day care for an extra hour, and I'd miss an extra hour of time with her. I could go after Grace is in bed, but that often happens around 8pm, and the gym is closing.

There's no good time to go, so I just don't.

I borrowed a treadmill from my mom, but it was hard to use. I didn't like walking and staring at the wall. I couldn't get into it.

Then I bought an elliptical machine. I used the elliptical machine for 10 minutes a day (that was all I could handle before I became I got too winded and dizzy) for weeks, but I didn't see any results. I couldn't get into that, either.

I bought a Wii so that Joe and I could be more active together, but Wii Sports doesn't provide much of a workout. Then I bought WiiFit, but I gained a few pounds and am now too heavy to use it.

I didn't have any viable options for working out.

Until now.

Earlier this year, I saw on Twitter that Donny Claxton and his wife were participating in the EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge. I started reading Donny's blog, The Dad Center. Donny talked about his lifelong struggle with his weight, and he talked about buying a WiiFit and then exceeding its weight limit. In many ways, I felt like I was reading my own story. I couldn't wait until the EA Sports Active was released to the public in May. I talked to Joe about getting one for my birthday.

A few weeks later, I was selected to review the EA Sports Active, and I was delighted. I want to be 30 and healthy. I want to be 30 and active. I want to be 30 and attractive and sexy. I'm committed to being a better role model for my daughter.

And I'm already on my way. Read more about my EA Sports Active experience at Feels like Home Recommends.

Happily submitted to Tuesday Toot, Tackle It Tuesday, Talk About Tuesday, and Works for Me Wednesday

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18 thoughts on “In 32 days, I turn 30”

  1. Pingback: In 32 days, I turn 30
  2. Good for you!

    I will be 32 this September. I work from home and have three kids and, like you, I have a hard time finding the best time to work out. But when you think about it, 30 minutes a day, even broken down into 3, 10-minute chunks, is doable.

    I run on the treadmill and lift weights. I don’t like staring at the wall either, so I use that time to listen to non-kid music. A small television also helps to pass the time. And if you’re walking at a slow enough pace, you can read a book or flip through a magazine.

    It takes awhile to see results. Although I’m not overweight (5’4, 110 pounds) I’m still a little ‘soft’, especially under my arms and on my legs. It’s taken weeks to see even the tiniest improvement. Don’t give up!

    Like you, my main reason for working out is so I can be healthy and a good role model for my kids. I didn’t like how I’d get so winded playing in the yard with them, so I knew I had to do something about it.

    Keep at it!

    Lis Garrett’s last blog post..Can’t Afford a Vacation This Summer? Try a Staycation, Instead!

  3. I’m doing the 30 day challenge too! I started yesterday. I’m really enjoying it so far.

    Andrea McMann’s last blog post..Tackle it Tuesday: Leaky Sink

  4. Good for you!

    I will be 32 this September. I work from home and have three kids and, like you, I have a hard time finding the best time to work out. But when you think about it, 30 minutes a day, even broken down into 3, 10-minute chunks, is doable.

    I run on the treadmill and lift weights. I don’t like staring at the wall either, so I use that time to listen to non-kid music. A small television also helps to pass the time. And if you’re walking at a slow enough pace, you can read a book or flip through a magazine.

    It takes awhile to see results. Although I’m not overweight (5’4, 110 pounds) I’m still a little ‘soft’, especially under my arms and on my legs. It’s taken weeks to see even the tiniest improvement. Don’t give up!

    Like you, my main reason for working out is so I can be healthy and a good role model for my kids. I didn’t like how I’d get so winded playing in the yard with them, so I knew I had to do something about it.

    Keep at it!

    Lis Garrett’s last blog post..Can’t Afford a Vacation This Summer? Try a Staycation, Instead!

  5. Yay for you! I just read some of the other EAS posts – I’m so glad that you’re able to get this exercise in without hurting your back, and that it’s helping to strengthen you and get you back up and moving around.

    I was getting all excited about the EAS till I saw it was a Wii game. Bummer. =| Think I can justify the expense for the Wii in lieu of a gym membership? 😉

    Amber @ Classic Housewife’s last blog post..Tackling the Kitchen Makeover, Part 3

  6. I’m doing the 30 day challenge too! I started yesterday. I’m really enjoying it so far.

    Andrea McMann’s last blog post..Tackle it Tuesday: Leaky Sink

  7. Yay for you! I just read some of the other EAS posts – I’m so glad that you’re able to get this exercise in without hurting your back, and that it’s helping to strengthen you and get you back up and moving around.

    I was getting all excited about the EAS till I saw it was a Wii game. Bummer. =| Think I can justify the expense for the Wii in lieu of a gym membership? 😉

    Amber @ Classic Housewife’s last blog post..Tackling the Kitchen Makeover, Part 3

  8. That is terrific!! I am excited for you that you found something that works. It is so hard to find the time when you have children. But I bet it will make you feel better!! I have been tackling some house projects.

  9. That is terrific!! I am excited for you that you found something that works. It is so hard to find the time when you have children. But I bet it will make you feel better!! I have been tackling some house projects.

  10. Hey, Tara, I just adore you and so much that you do and stand for. I wish you well with the 30 day challenge – I hope you have rave reviews about it! When I turned 30 a couple months ago, I was very disheartened about the whole age thing, and I did do something to change myself to be where I wanted to be at that point in time. I felt that 30 was the year I turned into a grown-up and I was allowed to help myself become the person I envisioned. I’m so proud of all you do.

  11. Hey, Tara, I just adore you and so much that you do and stand for. I wish you well with the 30 day challenge – I hope you have rave reviews about it! When I turned 30 a couple months ago, I was very disheartened about the whole age thing, and I did do something to change myself to be where I wanted to be at that point in time. I felt that 30 was the year I turned into a grown-up and I was allowed to help myself become the person I envisioned. I’m so proud of all you do.

  12. So happy for you! You are so brave! I don’t know that I could write what you wrote! I have been overweight all my life and I have do so much to change that but obviously it hasn’t worked. I have been would love to do the challenge but we don’t have a wii! I will follow you and see how things go and know I am cheering you on!

    Danielle’s last blog post..Tell Me Thursday: Stockpile

  13. So happy for you! You are so brave! I don’t know that I could write what you wrote! I have been overweight all my life and I have do so much to change that but obviously it hasn’t worked. I have been would love to do the challenge but we don’t have a wii! I will follow you and see how things go and know I am cheering you on!

    Danielle’s last blog post..Tell Me Thursday: Stockpile

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  15. just found your blog thru blissfully domestic. am really curious how the new Wii program is working for you. i’ve been debating whether to buy it or not.

    good for you on starting now on being a healthy mom for your daughter. i’m still working at it and i’m in my 40’s! i don’t want to be a fat 50 year old in a few years.

  16. just found your blog thru blissfully domestic. am really curious how the new Wii program is working for you. i’ve been debating whether to buy it or not.

    good for you on starting now on being a healthy mom for your daughter. i’m still working at it and i’m in my 40’s! i don’t want to be a fat 50 year old in a few years.

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