The Other Night I Was Putting My 2.5 Year Old, Layna To Bed And It Was The Sweetest Moment 🙂
She hugged me, super tight and I didn’t want to let go.
She kissed me on the lips and I told her, I love you.
She repeated back, “I love you too“, in a whispery voice.
Then she started rubbing the sides of my face every so gently and went on to say:
“Your face is so, so wrinkly.”
It’s dark so you couldn’t see the shock on my face and she continued rubbing my face and said:
“You’ve got a wrinkly face mom.”
Oh that sweet moment suddenly turned into Layna being a little stinker. She is cute, but she is a handful!
I was also trying not to laugh, after all she seemed calm and it’s bedtime. I didn’t want her to get all ornery and start jumping on the bed.
She really is a sweetheart and I love every minute with her…the good and the challenging times too- even is she’s reminding me I am getting some wrinkles 😉
While I know that I am getting older, after all I turned 40 this year and I get constant calls and mail from AARP and Medical Alerts, aging is inevitable too.
But age is just a number.
How you look and feel might not reflect your chronological years.
I would like to think I am aging gracefully. How about you?
Do you ever see former classmates that look like they’ve aged an extra 10 years?
When It Comes To Ageing Gracefully, That’s Where Exercise And Nutrition Come In.
What you eat and how you take care of your body is reflected in your hair, skin, nails, posture, activities, and more.
How you have taken care of yourself, is how you live.
The flip side can be for former athletes who beat their body up for years and are now paying the price with a bad back and weight gain due to depression and lack of activity.
For many it’s one extreme or the other – either they over exercise and beat their body up and it’s going to get angry back …….. or they sit around eating and drinking too much setting the stage for heart attacks and Type II Diabetes..
It’s that American all or nothing mentality;)
I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. If you recall I am a retired Pro athlete and I retired 10 years ago because I knew I would pay for it later, if I kept going at that pace. I do have days now that my joints remind me of my past flips and tricks. Some days I can start to feel my “age” too.
I have also been a fluffy size 12 eating too much fast food and spending time on the couch. Even over the past 5 years I went through bouts of inactivity.
Then I Got Smarter.
Today, I know I have a balanced food and fitness regimen and it’s what I teach my clients too.
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym or follow restrictive diets.
My most successful clients only exercise 10-30 minutes a day and enjoy their favorite foods. There’s no crazy 100 reps of heavy lifts meant for trained pros, hours running on a hamster wheel, or calorie counting and starvation diets. Just realistic lifestyle habits to for your chaotic life and make sure you fit in your jeans;)
After all, it’s our small daily habits that make us. So if I have some wrinkles on my face from smiling too much, I am okay with that and you should be too!
We are all going to get older, so we hope, but we can age gracefully and enjoy the precious moments in life without spending hours in the gym or sulking on the couch.
The wrinkles will come too, but maybe a little less than our friends because we are nourishing and caring for our body, rather than abusing or neglecting it. I know many people who take better care of their pets, than they do of themselves.
I will embrace my wrinkles, each one at a time, and enjoy all the precious moments in life…..for a long time to come and I hope you do too!
If you’d like to combat aging, improve your mood, and enjoy a healthy life, I’d love to help you too.
Just contact me and let’s come up with a plan that fits your life and your goals:)
Committed to helping you live a healthier & happier lifestyle,
-Coach Summer Montabone, CSCS
PS- It doesn’t matter where you are located, my wrinkles and I can coach you virtually too:) If you are already enrolled in one of my programs, then you are good to go, but feel free to email me if you need any extra help!