As a woman over 50, I’m amazed at the number of products and plans to help me stay slim, healthy and young. As if I better do something now or else I will get old, ugly and fat!
I had the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Weight Watcher’s before I graduated from high school. I also knew about the state of ketosis, fasting, and complete protein shakes before I started college.
I remember going on a cleanse and becoming a vegetarian in 1978, and believe me, not only was it considered odd, but so was I.
I even had the perfect morning yoga routine down in 1980 when I was 22 years old that incorporated Pilates! Funny enough though, the older I get the more relaxed I become and all the rituals, along with the “should’s” in my head are disappearing. And I feel good.
Lately I’m meeting more older women who become instant friends, and after talking with them for a short while, I feel like there is some sort of magical transference of wisdom that makes me smile.
For instance, I met Helene at the Swiss Club that I belong to the other night. I was hungry and there was this incredibly addicting spinach dip that was mostly sour cream and mayonnaise.
I looked over while dipping my umpteenth pita chip into the dip, and saw Helene doing the same a few feet away. She looked over at me and we both just laughed.
Helene told me about growing up during WWII, in North Africa, and how they had no food for 2 months and were starving. It was a very hard time in her life.
We talked about how there are so many people on some sort of prescription drug, and how so many of the commercials on TV are for drugs that make you fall asleep at night. She laughed, saying she has never had much trouble falling asleep. She told me that after she gets into bed, she goes back over her day and remembers three wonderful things that happened to her, and then drifts off into a peaceful slumber. I told her I was going to have to remember to try that; it sounds like something that could become a nice little ritual.
Then I ask Andrea (who turns out to be 72 but looks my age: 52), who was sitting across from me what her secret to looking so fantastic is? She told me that her only secret is that she never thinks about getting old. I found this to be quite profound! I thought she was going to tell us about her daily routine of juicing, meditating, yoga, chanting to the One, and fasting every seventh day because she looked so vibrant!
Instead Andrea simply said that we are all going to die, so why spend so much time preventing it? She prefers to enjoy it! She paints, drinks coffee and eats well, but is not fat.
So maybe instead of feeling guilty about anything and often having the thought that I can be better, I will become more aware of those thoughts, and I will enjoy life, including the spinach dip moments, because they don’t come every day!
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
— Mae West