Monday, August 12, 2013
I have tried a new way of eating that is supposed to be wonderful for us post-menopausal women. It's a plan through Rodale/Prevention magazine and it involves eating fairly clean and every two hours. This is more of a challenge than you might imagine as I get up at 5:15 every morning, which generates an extra snack per day with a calorie allowance of 1200-1300 daily. The snacks are generally fruits, vegetables, nuts and occasionally whole grains. And while I'm at work and not always hyper-aware of the time, I am finding it great to have a snack or two mid-morning. My calories per meal are slightly less than they were, but I made it through a somewhat stressful week without doing ANY emotional or tired eating - AT ALL! I thought about it once or twice, but it was weird. With all of the healthy stuff in my system, and some steady exercise, I had no desire to undo my good work...so I didn't.
In about 11 days, I will turn 59. This aging thing has been tough. I look and feel better than I have in years, with 20 lbs. left to lose. I'm firming and toning, and have great cardio sustainability, of which I'm proud. But there is some loose skin (hello, belly!) and the muscle is sometimes buried under the flab...the hair is almost completely gray (but still a brunette, thanks to hair color). And there are a few more character lines than there used to be....but inside I feel 35! A vibrant, confident, fit and fabulous 35!
It made me think about my grandmothers and how "old" they were in their early 60's. I'm not my grandmother's 60. I'm not matronly. I don't wear housedresses (if they even still make them). I don't play cards or get my hair done weekly. I work out. I craft. I work. Maybe today's 59 is the new 35?