I am a bit worried about my general health. Since I hit my forties, there have been drastic changes happening to my body. It’s been especially obvious since I gave birth to our baby girl in October this year. If my body is feeling rusty now, I can’t imagine how I would feel when I hit my 50’s.

There are a couple of things that I need to concentrate and recover from:

Upper back pain
For almost two years, I’ve had a consistent pain on my left shoulder blade. It’s been getting worst after I gave birth. Possibly because I carry the baby mostly with my left arm. It gets really bad that sometimes it gives me headaches. I’ve tried physiotherapy in the past but not consistently. I think I may need to go back for treatment and stick to the exercises more consistently this time.

Bone and Joint pains
This is going to make me sound VERY, VERY OLD but my knees makes crackling sounds when I walk up the stairs. It’s terrible and it started after I gave birth.

Another thing that I’ve noticed is that my bones ache when I wake up in the morning. The first steps I take getting up from the bed, is really painful. I’m literally walking like an old woman because my feet ache. I reckon this is due to lack of calcium and also exercise. I’m not sure if taking extra doses of calcium would help.

Slow recovery post delivery
When I gave birth to my second son four years ago. I was able to get back to my pre-pregnancy size within a few weeks. NOW however, I still have my baby weight and my flabby tummy looks really really bad.

My husband took a candid picture of me last week and I was pretty shocked to see my flabs sticking out everywhere. I mean I was a bit flabby after giving birth to my first son but this time around the flabbiness looks really bad. I might not be able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight but I’d really like a toned body. A flabby figure is not what I want to live with.

During my pregnancy, I was also suffering from dry, flaky skin. Unfortunately, the dryness has not recovered post-maternity especially on my face AND… I HAVE ACNE! AT 41! ACNE! Can you believe it? If there was one thing I loved about leaving my teens, it was the fact that I didn’t have to deal with zits anymore.. but then this happens. Sigh.

General Health
I can’t climb ten steps of stairs without panting. Enough said.

So, this is my plan of action:
1. Consult a medical practitioner on what I should do for my back-aches, joint pains and brittle bones.
2. Research and find the right exercises suitable for people in their 40’s that I can do to help me lose weight and improve my general health.

I will be using this blog as my journal to chronicle my journey to fitness. I intend to make 2017 the year for me to start taking better care of myself and become a healthier person.

Written by Tash

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