Age, Health, and Perspective

I recently heard someone call their gray hairs their “sparkles”.  That’s my new favorite thing!  I’m noticing a new one sprouting out of the crown of my head every few weeks now and I’m just starting to not freak out each time.

I’m 34 but still feel like  a kid most of the time.  I think I’m in my twenties still (though, I probably wouldn’t go back to my twenties if you paid me!  Train wreck is an understatement).  I’m more mature now than I was then, more focused.  A whole lot more grounded.  I look before I leap now.  I’m still impulsive and whimsical, but I’ve got a lot more invested in my decisions now.  I really enjoy the life I’ve worked hard for – I’m satisfied.

I have plenty of energy and am in better shape than I was for most of my twenties!  Even when I was in ballet classes four days a week during college, I was drinking enough beer and eating enough pizza bagels to undo  most of that progress!

So, you can’t go back to the younger body and younger skin, unfortunately.  But the trade-off is that with age comes learning and understanding and acceptance.  So I’ll keep pushing this body of mine to get stronger and fitter.  I’ll keep smiling when I find a new “sparkle” in my hair.  And I’ll be thankful that I keep getting older and having the opportunity of more time to learn to love this body I’m in.

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Best Playlists for Lifting

I’ve been searching for some new music lately for lifting.  Something fun, motivating, and with a good beat to keep me pushing through my workouts.  I get bored of listening to the Pandora workout stations because they tend to play the same 10 songs over and over – not all that exciting when you’re working out 5-6 days a week!

I loved when HuffPo referred to the art of getting older when “party music” becomes “gym music”.  For me, this music was never on my radar until I realized just how fantastic it was to listen to while on a run and lifting!  Songs with a good beat, a fun hook, and that make me want to sing and dance will always keep me going.  I’ve definitely been known to take dance breaks between sets of upright rows or squats!

Here are some of the best playlists I’ve found on the web lately:

Best Running Songs of 2012

Shape Magazine’s Best Workout Playlists

FitSugar’s 100 Best Workout Songs on Spotify

Paste Magazine’s Top Workout Song Lists

Rainy Wednesday

Between the rain and the long day at work (only an 8 hour shift but it FELT long), I’m exhausted.

I was planning to do some weights today but I’m currently on the couch, watching an old episode of What Not to Wear and thinking about a nap or a good book. Hmmm, probably not the best choice. I know a weights workout would only take about 25 mins….but I might have to put it off until tomorrow. I know, I know….but I am putting it here so I will definitely incorporate it tomorrow!

And snacking…..I need to beware of snacking. I’m upset with an exchange I had earlier today with my sister and it’s making me feel snacky and uncomfortable. I hate that my first response to an emotional upset is to eat!

UPDATE: I kicked those blues to the curb and did an upper body workout. It felt good to take control of my mood and of the afternoon.

I also bought a new scale since mine has been semi-broken since we moved. It took a long tumble through the parking lot and has since not been able to zero out. It always started at either 2.8 or 3.0 lbs. Not the most effective tool when I’m trying to track weight loss!

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And, one more note: today was rescue mission #2 for my husband. I sat in a large puddle of water (I hope) when I was about to feed a resident. I texted him and he was there within 10 minutes. What a guy (I’m sure it helps that we live one exit down from work!)!

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