A time to reflect
Birthday’s are often a time to reflect. This last year made me really stop and think – my accountant told me I should be starting to think about retirement and when I weighed up whether to revise my seven cookbooks those words were still ringing in my ears. But I realised there was so much life left in those fabulous recipes that they deserved a facelift and a chance to serve the next generation. Hence, many of you now have my updated babies in your kitchen.
I feel that way about me too. At 62 I’m not ready to retire, sure I might slow down a bit, but I’ve got too much life left in me to retire! I often think how different this story would have been if my dear friend Kimmy had not taken that life-changing photo on Mooloolaba beach and I hadn’t made the decision there and then to become a healthy person. Where would I be today?
For my first 37 years of life I didn’t do much to encourage good health. Luckily I did something about it and am living proof that you can make a difference. It is never too late to start a healthy regime, trust me, because I’m sure if I hadn’t got my act together I would probably have type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart concerns and be generally unwell. But I turned my life around and I plan on being the feistiest granny ever and to age gracefully with a healthy and energized attitude.
If you want to age gracefully, here are three things to do right now:-
- Assess your eating and exercise regime. Eating a healthy diet and being active will keep you healthy on the inside and glowing on the outside. Be really honest with yourself. Are you eating enough fruit and veggies? Are you drinking enough water? How often do you exercise?
- Take a good hard look at your habits. Just because you have done things a certain way all your life doesn’t mean that it is the right way or should be continued. Look at the habits that are causing you health concerns such as smoking, drinking, overeating, bad food choices and laziness. When mixed together you are asking for health troubles and a quality of life that will be less than what you desire. What bad habits do you need to ditch?
- Be willing to do what it takes. If you don’t change then nothing will change. Think about your life five or ten years from now, what does it look like if you don’t change? Will you be 10 or 20 kilos heavier? The things that you struggle to do now will be impossible then! Now take a moment to look at your future if you decide today to make a change for the better, isn’t that a much better option!
What does your future look like?
If you want to be agile, fit and healthy now and as you age then commit now, not next week or next year. Decide today, right this minute to do what it takes to become a healthy person.
When I decided to become a healthy person I didn’t even know what that meant. But I committed to quit fad dieting and make lasting changes. The rest is history, I lost 35 kilos in 20 months and have now been in my healthy weight range for 24 years. If I can do it, so can you!
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