Not off to the cruise quite yet, but I’m just about to start packing that capsule wardrobe! So, continuing with the theme of ageing, and I know I’ve written about this before, but, in my view ageing is hard work. Not that I’m saying you don’t work hard when you’re younger, of course, you do, you’ve your work and career, your family and everything else that goes with that, it’s just the maintenance to keep going is harder as you age.
And it’s a constant, this maintenance. But it’s not that it’s always the same old, same old – I’m finding you have to adjust and become aware of your body. Yes, I believe in that. Listen to your body and ask yourself what is it telling you? And this is what it’s telling me – at the moment!
1.Exercise. I simply have to do the exercises. Why, because although I may look OK for my age, boy, you should see me in the morning when I am stiff and achy and have that slight slant to the right. So, I have to do my daily stretching exercises, and not because ‘I’m good’ but because I’m in pain! Btw, I’ve given up the senior’s gym because I got a shoulder injury as a direct result of exercising too enthusiastically (the irony) so according to my osteopath these daily exercises are a must.
Do you exercise your heart enough, though? And don’t do anything rash as a result of reading this. Consult your medical practitioner, first, please! But at least twice a week, instead of going to the gym, I run up 100 steps (actually don’t exaggerate, I walk up these steps) but by the summer I’ll be running up them. Or if not steps, I trot up the little streets in hilly Lewes called Twittens. And also, on cruise forums (there are such things) there are always complaints about the lifts – we never, ever, use the lifts on cruise ships.
Must tell you – I got an early birthday pressie from Mr Frugalfashionshopper. No, not flowers or jewellery, but a fitbit (and if you knew Mr F a technical thing is just what he would buy, bless him). So this fitbit, which you put on your wrist and sync to your iPhone, amongst other things, measures your daily steps (which should amount to 10,000). It’s kind of an incentive to exercise and is such fun.
2. Be well groomed. What, my body is telling me to be well-groomed? No, my magnifying glass is telling me that, a 10x one! Urrrgh – the horror when I look in to it! But even without it, with the naked eye, I can see the hairs growing on my chin. I can see white hair growing through my hair colour. I can see my finger nails crumbling to the quick, and the skin on my face blotching up with tiny red veins, and looking tired and washed out after our grey, dull winter. So, it’s get those hairs removed – check. Get that colour done – check.
Btw, never say never. My colourist and I have been discussing this for ages, but I have gone one shade lighter, so the white hair growing in at the front doesn’t show as much. Readers, I’m nearly white-haired, albeit a platinum blonde at the front with warmer streaks at the back – he’s such a great colourist.
And make-up. I’m a fan as you know, of *LookFabulousForever products. But what with this past winter and the effect it had on my skin, plus the lighter hair the base wasn’t working. So what did I do? I bought another product from another company, which didn’t do it, at all. So I went back to LFF and changed the base to a slighter different tone, and that, plus a LFF bronzer, has made such a difference. Rather than the pasty face I’ve had these past few months, I’ve got more of a Scandi look now, and it has really boosted my confidence.
So, the message is, always look closely at what goes on, in and around your face. And always adapt and be open to change including changing your makeup.
3. Keep that brain active and happy. Which brings me nicely to this constant adaptation to life, the universe and everything else. I’m going to talk more about this in another post, but are you up for a challenge? Do you embrace new experiences? Easier said than done, but it’s all about the synapses.
Have you been watching Angel Rippon lately? (For those of you who don’t know her, she’s a British ex-TV-newsreader). Recently she’s hosted two TV shows on ageing and Alzheimer’s. And seriously, it’s not rocket science as learning a new language, or any new skill set, plus dancing, is the way to keep fit and healthy. Apparently, learning a language is the best preventative against dementia (and no I haven’t checked that research), but that has to be about the synapses you’re creating as you learn. Anyway, I haven’t found a local dance class yet, but give me a technical challenge and I’ll say how is this done, not ‘I can’t be doing with this’. For example, I take the pics on this blog (apart from the side-on hat ones) then I send the pics on to Mr F to tidy up, who then sends them back to me and I put them in amongst the writing. Actually, that’s going to stop. I’m going to be doing the whole thing from start to finish in future.
There are many challenges we can set ourselves. For me, I think it is important to keep up with trends in the arts and fashion. But no worries if that’s not your thing. The point is to always have a project on the go, and then another one just there over the horizon on the back burner bubbling away that you’re going to do shortly. My back burner projects are converting a garden shed to a garden office, some garden re-structuring, and books I have in mind to write, which I will do at some point, for sure.
4. Go for the check-ups. I get my skin checked once a year because of my pale Scottish skin, and the little non-invasive cancers that keep popping up. Then only just recently I decided to have my blood sugar tested as I was losing weight without really trying. Actually, all is fine and the loss of weight is partly down to stress (I go off my food when stressed, which I am, and would you credit it, it’s the holiday!!!!) plus it’s the fitbit and all the walking I’m doing. At our surgery they told me how healthy I was, but nevertheless would I like to have a more thorough check-up, which I was entitled to because of my age? Yes, I said, and gave silent thanks to our wonderful National Health Service. If you live in the UK, and elsewhere, of course, take every opportunity to check your health as you age, I say.
I do hope all this doesn’t sound too sanctimonious. We all cope with ageing differently and that’s great. You might like to not think about it, or say age is just another number, which it is. But me, I like to think about ageing and write about it. And it’s not that I see ageing as a problem, it’s just another challenge that life throws at us all. How do you cope with it? Do let me know.
And finally, someone commented that I seem to wear black a lot. And, yes, it might appear so from the blog, but actually I love the colour green and wear it a lot. Remember this dress?
It was bought last spring and cost all of £3 and it had a recent outing at a friend’s 70th.
That’s all for now, as I’m starting to pack this morning!
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. As per usual I’m sharing with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike session
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