This year I hit a milestone birthday which used to be known as when a woman started receiving the 'old age' pension. OLD AGE! Good grief!!
I don't like getting older; some people embrace it but the fact that I am going to be 60 fills me with horror! Okay, I know it's better than the alternative and the longer you live the more birthdays you have (or is it the other way round?) but it hardly seems long ago that I was feeling this way about my 30th birthday. I think I have skipped a couple of decades somewhere along the line and my 40s seem a bit of a blur to be honest. I just can't believe I have been on this earth for 6 whole decades!
There are some advantages to being older though I can't think of many! Oh yes, car insurance is cheaper! Don't get me wrong, I have a great life and feel blessed to have good health and a lovely family and friends but I just don't want to be 60! I want to stay at 59.
Actually the whole point of writing this post is about healthy eating and looking after oneself. Over the years I have reached a weight I am not comfortable with and want to lose 1.5 stones before my birthday in October. I can't do anything about the wrinkles or the grey hair (other than hide it with hair colour) but I can have control over my weight. I want to look in the mirror on October 28th and know that I look as good as I can for a 60 year old. I've never really had a weight problem until 'middle age spread' well, it spread! I've always considered that I ate healthily too but I have been following a regime from a personal trainer who advocates eating no processed food and no diet 'crap' (as he puts it). I have been doing this for 4 weeks now and love it because I can eat real food (butter, full fat greek yoghurt, olive oil etc. etc.) and still lose weight. I feel great and the weight is coming off (though slowly I have to admit). I always used to skip breakfast maintaining that it made me feel even hungrier rather than satisfied but now I have porridge with fruit and honey or greek yoghurt and granola.
I have never made granola before but this is the recipe I use -
300 ml apple juice
Pecan nuts (as many as you want)
Heat the apple juice till it thickens slightly into a syrup. Mix in the dry ingredients, spread this onto a baking sheet and bake until crispy. (I found this did take quite a while and I had to separate it into small bits).
''Ruth is turning 101 next month and she is looking forward to celebrating with all of her friends and family. She is a wonderful example for us all to take care of ourselves and to age gracefully".
This is another lady accompanied with a lovely quote from The Velveteen Rabbit
"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes don't see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. "But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand" The Velveteen Rabbit...
My teddy will be celebrating the big 60 with me as we are the same age....
...though I like to think I have worn better over the years!
Does your age bother you or are you quite content with your advancing years?