Thanks guys, each and everyone of the responses are encouraging! Hedonist, you are awesome! I love your blog that your post references about moms! I'd give you a big hug if I could!
Having said that, I'm passed the baby lifting and toddler chasing stages of child raising. My children range in age from 17 down to 4. 5 of them are boys - and on most days they are great workers! So much so that there isn't a whole lot of physical work demanded of me. I'm with them always and I move with them, but I don't get my heartrate up EVER anymore. Most of them can help themselves to whatever they need or, if not, they have an older sibling around them to help most times. I've worked myself out of a job! I used to be the mover and the shaker, but that's no longer needed of me. Much of my day consists of either sitting with the kids doing schoolwork (they don't each sit for long periods, but I do - that is, each one has an hour or two of focused "sit-down-and-study" time, I sit with each of them for part of that time - add it up and it's a lot of sitting!) or I'm sitting at my desk doing office work. We are self employed in organic and whole food distribution - I help my husband with much of the office work.
Currently I walk a bit in the morning and the evening to get the goats milked and I pull a few weeds in the garden each day, but none of what I do gets my heartrate up. I'm busy, but not active. Seven kids is busy, and when they were all younger I was much more active - but I was way busier with two or three than I am with seven - more hands makes the work light. And with each baby I've held onto an extra 5-10 pounds - times seven.
So yeah, I'm busy, but still stagnant, if that makes any sense.
I did download the fitness book last night and I read it from start to finish. A huge wealth of information there! I'm going to start walking and taking some mini-hikes immediately - the kids will love going with me on occasion. I'll add the four basic moves as I get more comfortable with my walking and hiking. The sprinting I'll add in after I've managed to work the basic moves into my day.
I can't tell you how encouraging it is to know that it doesn't have to be all or nothing! I'd be setting myself up for failure for sure!
I think the eating will be easier than the excercise for me. Subtract the grains/starch and I already eat primally. We buy a half side of grass-fed beef each year. We raised and butchered meat chickens this past fall. We have two dozen laying hens that provide us with our eggs that we eat daily. The dairy we consume comes from our goats that I milk daily and consume fresh and raw. When the goats aren't milking we use a mix of coconut milk and almond milk. We've been using coconut oil as our sole cooking oil for the past 8 years and the kids add it daily to their hot cereal that has been soaked over night to lower the phytates. It won't be a huge leap for us to take out the grains - though I'm sure it will present it's own difficulties - I'm truely a carb addict, but at least the back bone of my eating is already in place.
The kids won't be going grain free, just myself and my husband and it's really only the next progression in how we eat most days anyway.
I'll be forty the day after tomorrow. Isn't it said that life begins at 40? At least my new way of life will.
REVITALIZE merriam-webster.com: rē-ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz (transitive verb), definition: TO GIVE NEW LIFE OR VIGOR TO