Monday, September 15, 2008

Welcome to the Jungle

My whole life I have been an athlete. As a kid, I played softball, basketball, soccer, track...not to mention endless games of touch and tackle football with my friends. While my activity level was quite high (especially when compared to today's video-game generation), my diet was woefully poor. Processed foods, chips, soda and whole milk *gasp* made up a high percentage of my daily intake. If I hadn't been as active there is little doubt that I would have been an obese child.

Despite my four-season sports schedule, like most teens, my weight caught up with me in early high school. By the end of my freshman year I had reached 136 lbs. Luckily I slimmed down naturally after my pubescent hormonal fluctuations regulated. By senior year I found myself at 5'2" and 105 lbs. without any real change in diet or activity level.

That was 17 years ago. Today I am a somewhat active mother of one daughter, one stepson and two grown stepdaughters. I'm still only 5'2" (some things can't be helped), but I'm topping out around 125 lbs. Now that's not a bad weight for my height and build, but I have found that as I near my 36th birthday that my bodyfat is overtaking my lean muscle mass and something must be done.

This blog will chronicle my journey over the physical-fitness savannah in search of my abs on an expedition I call the Fitness Safari.

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