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Getting older. Healthier. Fitter.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

We can count our age in many ways.
We can count them in days. In experiences. In smiles. In knowledge. In happy moments. In people we’ve met. In goals we’ve reached. In dreams we’ve realized. Or simply in years that we’ve been on this earth.

Today I choose to count my age in terms of fitness. After all, this is Sparkpeople. That’s why we’re all here right?

I look back at my younger years and realize that in terms of fitness… I was quite old! There are so many things I can do now that I couldn’t do back then.

I can do “male” pushups. Maybe no more than 10 but perfect ones!

2 minutes of jumping jacks. Maybe more.

Perfectly lined-up planks and reverse planks. For more than a minute.

I can run. Maybe not fast or for long. But I’m getting there.

I can go up all the stairs of our three-storey building. Running!

I can dance with no need to take a break every 5 minutes!

I can play with my children. Chasing them around without huffing and puffing and being out of breath all the time!

I feel strong and healthy. Fitter than I’ve ever been in my entire life.

Today, on my 37th birthday, I choose to celebrate just that. And I couldn’t have done this without SP and the precious support of my amazing Sparkfriends.

So, on your next birthday ask yourself: “How old would I feel if I didn’t know how old I am?”
In terms of health and fitness, do your best to feel younger than today.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CANNIE50 2/20/2013 10:09PM

    Happy (belated) birthday, Miss Elle! 37 is a FABULOUS age and you, my dear, are in fabulous shape. What a gift you have given yourself, and your loved ones, by working so hard to be so fit and healthy. emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/20/2013 9:53PM

    Happy Birthday, and Happy Fitness! You are doing great, and encourage so many! Have a great Friday! And a relaxing, fun weekend! Will you be snowed in? Looks like much of the country is going to be cold & wet!

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    I feel like you gave US a gift for YOUR birthday with this blog. You are such a good motivational writer! I'm very proud of you for your accomplishments and happy that you seem so happy with being fit! Happy Birthday!!

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TINAJANE76 2/18/2013 6:18AM

    As TRAVELGRRL said, this IS most definitely what our healthier lifestyles are all about. I'm right behind you on the birthday front and wish you all the best for a happy and healthy year! Happy Birthday!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/17/2013 5:35PM

    Your blog totally highlights "what it's all about!" Love it. Thank you for sharing.

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REBECCATKD 2/17/2013 2:53PM

    Happy Brithday, New Starfish!! So glad I get to mentor you! You've already succeeded in so many ways. Let's push forward to even more!

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MICKEYH 2/17/2013 12:12PM

    You are able to do lots of things now!! Congrats and Happy Birthday !!

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AEROBISAURUS 2/17/2013 11:33AM

    Love it!! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 2/17/2013 11:07AM

    emoticon and what a great gift you've given to yourself! Enjoy this time with your kids and celebrate all that you've done! Not only for yourself in terms of health, but also for your family. emoticon Have a GREAT day! emoticon

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KANOE10 2/17/2013 10:03AM

    Happy Birthday! That is a perfect way to celebrate your special day byt celebrating your fitness! You have make great strides in conditioning and staying healthy. I love the way i can go up and down stairs now compared to years ago.


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    Happy birthday! What a great way to think about your age. Here's to getting younger!

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/17/2013 6:55AM


Happy Birthday !

Well, I hate to say it, but some days... I do feel my age. eh-hem.

However, all in all, I'm in better shape today than I was when I was a teenager. I firmly believe that regular exercise and a healthy diet can take years off our lives and reverse the aging process.

Oh, if you ever get the chance, you should check out this website.

They have an online test you can take to determine what your "real" age is versus your true age. You might be 37 years old, but because of your changes to your health, you might now be 27.

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BLOOMINGLENA 2/17/2013 5:24AM

    Happy birthday my sweet Elle! You look fresh and young and fitter than ever before! Thank you for the support and inspiration and I hope I can make it to achieve my goals by the end of the year! Love you xxxxxx

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NASFKAB 2/17/2013 5:17AM

  great way to put it

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CLAIREINPARIS 2/17/2013 4:03AM

    Woohoo, this is a great way to count your age!
Happy Birthday dear Elle, and thank you for being always so encouraging and inspiring!
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