This is my 30’s — everything hurtS. Does it have to?

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Ever had that moment when you’re all set to make a lifestyle change, but life gets in the way, and suddenly, “I’ll do it later” becomes your mantra? Yep, I’m there! And I can’t really ignore that stress and putting off my health goals has taken a toll on my daily life because to be honest – your health can start to dictate how you live your life in your 30s. So, there’s this lingering question, “Can I change my life in my 30s?” because it feels like I should have my mood, my energy, my body – everything figured out by now.

In my mid-thirties adventure—newly married, a fresh career, and a sprinkle of travel—I’ve got a lot going on. But health, mentally and physically, has taken a hit. Going from running a few miles on my lunch break to a year of back spasms and weeks of physical therapy from breaking my knee had me focused on walking, thinking, “This is my 30s—everything hurts, and I’m slowly dying.”

So, here I am – nervously diving into a lifestyle change with Fit Results in the South Loop. I met up with Lou, the owner—a down-to-earth guy with a passion for fun, safe, efficient training.

I don’t know exactly what I am getting myself into. I’m imagining transformed nights, meals, and more energy. Because let’s face it—in your mid-30s, agility is a reminder that bouncing back isn’t as breezy.

As women, we rock at solo acts, but I need accountability, direction, and help with my form. There’s kindof a feeling of shame – like why can’t I do this myself. I’ve ran a half marathon, and the Chicago marathon, and I got through COVID by running a 5K on my lunch breaks. But even with all that effort, I’ve never loved my body and honestly have always wanted to hide it. Strength training and nutrition has never been my strong suit. I’m getting over my pride and working with a trainer and clear direction from Fit Results.

Here I am, on this bus ride, gearing up for small lifestyle changes – a grocery shopping list and building out a workout schedule. I’ll check in next month and let you know how it’s going because, hey, I’m married with loads of potential ahead—houses, kids, fantastic trips with the hubby. Cheers to tackling life with humor and determination and let’s be honest, asking for help!

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Amanda Whitfield
Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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