Aging Gracefully, The Survey Says

A survey was done with 2,000 women in the UK and it turns out that the age of 59 is when a woman should start to age gracefully. According to them, when that birthday comes kiss your red lipstick goodbye, kick off your high heels, peel off the acrylics and become more natural.

More natural?

There’s more. After age 40 you should not don a baseball cap or apply a faux tan.

Hmmm.

If I took this survey result seriously I would find getting older sucks. You can’t hide a bad hair day, you have to live with pale skin (no tan, no red lips) and be short.

Of course I know that at some point in our lives we have to let go of the short skirts, but right now they’re not leaving my closet. Don’t even try to pry my knee-high suede heeled boots out of my hands (apparently I should have stopped wearing them at 41 but I didn’t discover them until 45, guess I’m a late-bloomer). I think as individuals we need to make our own decisions of when it’s time to pull clothing out of our closets or remove cosmetics from our makeup bags. While a faux tan may look absurd on one 50+ woman, it may look perfectly fine on another.

I guess one of the best things about aging is that we don’t have to listen to what other people say. We are old enough to make our own decisions, whether it’s about retirement planning or the height of my high heels.

Debra

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Workouts & the Countown To Christmas

Christmas is just days away. Days! And all my shopping is done. Phew. Cards have been mailed. Cookies have been baked. It’s time now just to enjoy the season.

My Workouts:

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Treadmill
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Denise Austin – 12 in 12, lower body, cardio kickbox, upper body
Friday – Pilates
Saturday – Treadmill
Sun – Rest

Debra

There Were Workouts, Right?

I know I worked out last week but since I didn’t log them and last week was so long ago I don’t remember what I did or when I did it. I guess I can blame my forgetfulness on the holidays. ‘Tis the season to be doing a dozen things all at once but feel like you’re not getting anything accomplished. But I hate forgetting. But my forgetting could be the result of an overdose of sugar from my full-on baking marathon over the weekend. Cookie after cookie was followed by cupcakes and a cranberry-spice pound cake.

I know I went to my Pilates class last Monday and I know that mid-week there was a strength workout with a little Pilates and a session or two on the treadmill. This is very frustrating.

This week is going to be different. I’m logging in my workouts and my food intake starting tomorrow (today was kinda like the hangover of the sugar overload). I definitely need to find a “skinny” outfit in my closet for tomorrow to boost my mood. And I need protein. Lots of protein. There you go, a gal’s guide to the sugar hangover – “skinny” outfits and protein and journaling to feel more in control.

Debra

Standing Hundreds, Anyone?

Until Monday night I thought that Hundreds were only done on the mat and that those Hundreds were the hardest exercise in Pilates. Apparently, I was wrong.

Our Pilates teacher introduced us to a whole new way to do the Hundreds.

This exercise got its name because you hold the exercise for 100 beats. 5 breaths in and 5 breaths out and repeat for a total of a 100. Legs slightly lifted, head lifted and hands beating downward in conjunction with your breaths. This exercise is usually done at the beginning of the class because it warms up your whole body. And it’s great for increasing abdominal strength.

So since it’s so good on the mat, where it does hit the abs, lets bring it up and stand while doing it. We began easy. Standing, feet hip width apart, begin breathing and beating the arms to the breaths. Simple, right? Yes. Lets lift one leg, balance on the other and continue breathing and beating the arms.

Abs are targeted but it’s your balance and body control that is challenged. Doing the Hundreds standing wasn’t any easier than doing them on the mat rather it challenged me in a different way.

And isn’t that what exercise is supposed to do? Challenge us? Whether it’s for losing weight or maintaining a certain weight, exercise should push us to step out of our comfort zone.

Debra