Last week I wrote about my “aha” moment around aging. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you check it out, even for a laugh. The awakening I had, was that I still think I'm 28, although I will be 47 this year.
A lot of you related to this blog, and I had such great feedback.
I wanted to continue this conversation.
Although I do not feel my age internally I am definitely starting to see the aging on the exterior. One of the areas I noticed the most is my skin. My face is wrinkled and filled with brown sun and aging spots. When I attempt a side plank, the skin literally hangs off my face. Ha! And my legs, butt and tummy do not look tight and glossy, no matter how much moisturizer I put on.
The other thing I have noticed is the hormonal pockets of fat that hang out around my triceps, bra line and lower belly. These never use to be there, and if they did, I could easily lose it by eating clean and exercising. Now it seems to stick around.
Now just to be clear, I am not saying I am over weight or complaining about my body. I know I am fit, healthy and toned for my age. I am simply observing the changes in my body over time. I used to be the trainer that would insist to all my clients that you can work on those trouble areas ( which you can), however now I am actually going through this change myself, I can now finally see what it is my clients would complain about.
This blog post is just a reminder, that we all go through it. Aging is a part of life, and even though we may mentally feel 28, our bodies may not necessarily follow suit.
This is where all my life coach work comes into play.
We must learn to love ourselves from the inside out, our beauty is our thirst for knowledge, our zest for life and cheeky personality.
Our value is not how we look in a bikini or short skirt.
It is all part of acceptance and self-love.
Whenever I feel down about my aging body, I start to turn it around by practicing gratitude.
Thankful that at age 44 I could house and then give birth to my son.
That I was a professional dancer for 18 years, putting my body through such a strict regime 8 times a week, over and over again.
Thankful that my body is strong and healthy and supports me, so I may continue to participate in fun activities with my family.
I like to say to all my clients, lets focus on how you feel rather than how you look.
Aging is a part of life, and we must come to peace with that. We can continue however to take care of ourselves and love the bodies we are in, sagging skin, age spots and all xx