Happy Healthy Birthday to Me: Here's a Gift That Gives Back Each Year by Melissa Hurt

6 years ago

Happy Healthy Birthday to Me: Here's a Gift That Gives Back Each Year

It’s my birthday. I’m 42 and feel no shame in stating my age. I vowed to get stronger every year when I turned 40 and started a daily yoga practice. At 41, I added cardio and strength training. Last month, I added daily cardio and strength training to my regular yoga practice. I meditate. I pray. I journal to get to the heart of what’s important.

I eat well. I was pre-diabetic at 39. People wondered how a thin person could be pre-diabetic. I ate well, I practiced yoga and kept up with an active preschooler. But, I also ate her animal cookies in the evening and summertime ice cream was too tempting to ignore. I didn’t want my daughter to see me physically compromised as she and I aged. I reduced how much grains and fruit I consumed, stopped all the treats and doubled veggies with each meal (no problem, I love them!). I was no longer pre-diabetic at my physical last year. Last week my labs revealed I am totally in normal ranges for blood sugar.

I read books that inspire me. I marvel everyday at the beauty of the trees as they etch the horizon at sunrise and sunset. These practices keep me well, enhance my life and I've never been healthier. 

What can you do to improve each year?

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Donna John
Happy birthday, Melissa Hurt ! You are an inspiration. I am older than you and way behind you in making healthy changes. My husband was told a couple years ago that he was pre-diabetic, and he made lifestyle changes, lost over 40 pounds and is no longer pre-diabetic. It can be done! You have inspired me to work harder on getting in shape. Tho I did join the gym a couple weeks ago. Baby steps. :-)
Melissa Hurt
I’m so glad you feel inspired to find lifelong health. Thanks for your message!!!
Elisa Schmitz
How wonderful, Melissa Hurt ! Way to go. I walk and do yoga, but need to get back into strength training. I also try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, but can always do better. Thank you for the inspiration, and happy birthday to you! 🎉
Melissa Hurt
Yes, it's amazing how much strength training has helped my energy.
Tiffany Zook
I’m trying to listen more and talk less. Happy birthday and many more!
Melissa Hurt
That a wonderful practice to take on! Thanks for sharing!
Jessica Acree
I love everything about this! Way to make yourself a priority and to make time for things that fuel your mind, body & soul. I aspire to do the same and stay CONSISTENT and dedicated. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!
Melissa Hurt
Consistency is key-- that's the truth! I hope self-care and self-improvement is going well for you.
Sheri B Doyle
You are my inspiration! This year I am really focused on achieving goals and overcoming fears holding me back from certain dreams I have. At 47 I think it is about time to let some things go. haha

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