This blog has always been more than just the charity shop shopping and the clothes I wear. It’s also about women and ageing, and how we can age well and all the positive things we can do to be healthy and (yes, I like this word) comfortable as we age. And when I’m feeling negative I absolutely rage at our lack of an honest debate about how society cares for the older frailer population, which, I think, amongst other things (which I won’t go into here) leads to our NHS going through a ‘winter crisis’ every single winter.
But looking on the bright side I believe passionately that women can continue to be and do as we please into our 70s and 80s. We can wear those heels, makeup and, really, what we damn well please, and we don’t need any young fashion journo to tell us otherwise. But I am aware that genes and luck come into it and that one can get ill or become a caregiver to a partner or child or grandchild even. Life is tough no matter what age we are. And at every age we should take care of ourselves, but we don’t do we? Family and children come first and then the job that puts meals on the table and the house over your head. But once we’re past those early caregiving years and the working life, it is even more important to say, this is what I need to do, hey, let’s do it!
So this is all about what an incredibly positive experience it has been working with the Personal Trainer. OK it’s only one week (!) and this is just the start of the whole process and you can judge whether it’s been a success if a year later I’m still working with her on my fitness – but I don’t see why I won’t be. I don’t know what other people have experienced but this PT came to my flat and we worked on my issues, and then going round the flat using furniture and walls as props a programme of exercises was devised. And we go on from there with many other parts to the Starter Package I bought. Yes, it costs and as you know my pension isn’t good, but I think this is all great value for money, particularly as this is about preserving and improving my health, and not just getting a set of rippling muscles, which, however, is actually one of my aims as I’d so like to look like Rosie the Riveter – well, why ever not!
However, I’d also like to say that the work I’m doing with the PT is also about adjusting to the energy I’m expending with the amount I’m eating. Tbh, I think I’ve been on an endorphin and adrenaline high for several days (the latter due to a great Saturday evening out – more about that in the next post) and now I’m coming down from this and feel really tired, but in a good way. I’ve been advised to eat more carbs before and after exercise. And although I shall aim to be healthy, I do love cake and will eat the occasional bun with relish.
You see I’m also doing Couch to 5K. Now, no worries. This is not too much as I’m taking this really, really slowly and I’m going to spend much longer doing it than the 9 weeks they say it should take. Anyway, someone asked about what leggings I was wearing for the running. Actually ha, ha, running?! You should see me ‘run’. I don’t do more than a very gentle jog, and nor should you at the beginning of this programme.
But here is what I’m wearing. I’m dressed from head to toe in gear from Peacocks which is definitely in the less expensive end of the UK High Street, and probably (as I’ve had this outfit for a couple of years now) both jacket and track suit bottoms came in well under £20. Actually, I’m not quite head to toe in cheap stuff as my shoes are proper Nike running shoes at £99. You have to protect your knees with the best shoes you can afford and that’s where my money’s gone.
Under the jacket is this t-shirt, which is a charity shop specimen, but can’t remember how much I spent – it wouldn’t have been much.
And before any of you say, you don’t need any of this because you’re so slim, the whole thing is about strength and stamina, which I really need to improve, and is nothing whatsoever about losing weight. Actually, I’d like to put weight on, with more muscle, along with being more flexible and less stiff, and those are my aims. I’ll keep you posted on how I progress and hope also that this encourages you to look at what you can do.
That’s all for now
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
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