Sunday, June 13, 2010
Muffin Top, You Win
So, I have been working out a lot lately. Maybe because my 56th birthday looms, but for whatever reason, I am on a mission to be as healthy as I can as I near 60. Here's an example, I spin in the wee hours of the weekend mornings as my husband snores away in our warm and cozy bed. I lift weights in a class full of buff bodies on beautiful spring evenings while my husband sits on our deck enjoying a cocktail. And, I lift weights on my own when a class is not available, following my trainer's advice. I ride my elliptical machine at home while trying to catch up on the latest episodes of So You Think You Can Dance (OK, why do I torture myself, those young and vibrant kids have perfect bodies!) when I would much rather be sleeping on the couch after a long and stressful day at work. And, tho I am definitely getting in much better shape I retain a stubborn and fleshy muffin top (fat and flab) spilling out over the top of my jeans. Such a lovely sight. My husband tries to make me feel better when I complain. "Just imagine what you'd look like if you didn't work out," he tries to console me. Thanks, I feel so much better now.
Tthis lovely Sunday morning, as I was madly spinning away at the raw hour of 7:30 am, huffing and puffing, my eye caught the backside of two women sitting directly in front of me. In their skin-tight black riding shorts and brightly colored little bra-like spandex tops, their bodies looked.....amazing. No muffin tops there. One woman's rear end, which is not a foot ahead of my frantically spinning self, looked tight and firm and I know she's near my age. How do they do that I ask my breathless self? I lift weights like I am supposed to, straining so much in a recent class, that I gave myself a giant hemorrhoid that took me a week to recover from, no kidding! I get into my workouts with fierceness so I know I am really burning fat and building muscle. I work out on a regular basis, often 6 times a week. I eat a healthy diet and as a consequence, am rarely full or satisfied with my low fat, low salt, low calorie meals and still....the muffin top.
In my best yoga self, I am resigned. I give in and vow to let it be as it is obviously meant to be. I know I am physically fit and taking care of myself. Muffin top, you win :P