Thursday, July 25, 2019

Day 3562 - The downhill slide to fifty

Umm, what happened to Fit, Fabulous and Friggin' Fantastic at Fifty?

This is what 18 months worth of boot camp will get you.
You may recall I started this year with Making FIFTY Fun.  The blog was going to focus on Fabulous, Inspired, Fitness, Travel and Youthfulness.

See that photo up there? That was me at this EXACT point before 40 (according to a Facebook memory that popped into my feed yesterday).  That was me 10 weeks before this blog began as the "Diary of a Fit, Fabulous (yet slightly fatigued) 40 year old".

I had a vision that turning 50 would look like that. But it's not going to.



I am ten years older.

I am ten years heavier.

I am ten years wiser.

I am ten years squidgier.

I am ten years more fatigued.

I am ten years wrinklier.

I am ten years greyer.

I am ten years slower.

I have ten years worth of challenges.

I have ten years worth of tragedy, loss and mourning.

I have ten years worth of dreams that haven't quite gone to plan.

I have seen how much the world and our role in it can change in the blink of an eye and I am ten years more attuned to those possibilities (probabilities?)

I have ten years worth of lost family members.

I have ten years worth of new family members.

I have ten years worth of new friends.

I have ten years worth of new dreams.

I have ten years worth of friendship, love, gratitude and pride in my husband and kids.

I have ten years worth of new memories, celebrations, experiences and destinations.

So, I need to park that picture above in the "wow you rocked 40" bucket and focus on what 50 is to me.  I need to get back to FIFTY as the Fabulous, Inspired, Fit, Travelling, Youthful age I had intended it to be, and be OK that it doesn't come with a boot camp body.

Having said that, I did just borrow an exercise bike for my son's hip therapy (damn you Osteitis Pubis) so I am slowly getting back into a fitness mindset.   Bike, swimming, toning exercises and walking, plus an information card sitting on my desk staring at me for a yoga studio which includes yoga, pilates, barre and meditation.  Just talking about it all makes me tired.  But I have promised myself 50 deserves some attention.  10 weeks worth of attention is not quite the 18 months I gave 40, but it's a start.



Soooo .....

I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not 40 anymore.  I've lived ten years since that photo up there and that's OK. The boob tubes have been thrown away, I've gone up two sizes and I no longer wear white pants on account of the hail damage.  But there are alternative clothing options and they're still friggin' fabulous.


So that's me.

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12 comments :

  1. Yes we do get older Leanne but that doesn't mean we still can't live a fit and healthy life. I'm 62 in August and am way healthier and happier than I was when I turned 50. You just have to be happy in your own skin. Have a great week! #lovin'lifelinky

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  2. I think you look pretty fabulous at fifty! Enjoy the 50's. I'm half way through (OMG) and it's not too bad here, though I'm not ready for 60's just yet so if it could kindly slow down now I'd be most appreciative! #TeamLovinLife

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  3. Do you know what? I looked at that photo at the top and thought it was recent. I don't think you look very different at all! I'm gobsmacked it's 10 years!!!

    But in reality I guess the thing I'm struggling to accept is that I AM getting older. I think it's possible to hold back the ageing process mentally and physically to an extent, but we're going to have lived those years no matter what. (Unless of course you have a type of dementia that leaves you stuck in the past. But I'm thinking that wouldn't be good either!)

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  4. "Start where you are, do what you can" came to my mind. #lovin'lifelinky

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  5. I wish I looked half as fabulous as you do - and you certainly rock that corporate with an edge look.

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  6. You have finally got it...we are always changing...for the better, the not so good but THIS is what it is to be human. Show yourself some love first and more will fall into place. Take care my dear friend...and remember I am going to be exactly 20 years older than you when you hit 50. Plenty of life and get up & go here still...but wee bit more weight but I am being as forgiving of myself of that too. Look into your heart more not the mirror or the camera...it is where you truly are. Sending hugs. Denyse x

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  7. You are living your fifties fearlessly, Leanne!

    SSG xxx

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  8. I'd be happy to look as good as you when I turn 50!

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  9. Looking great. I turned 50 in January and just had a health scare. It was a wake up call to me. Our bodies change and we need to change with them. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. I know it's a cliche but like a fine wine, I think you're getting better with age!

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