I was at Loblaws today waiting in line to purchase my groceries. I overheard a conversation between two strangers chatting about aging. The woman in the next line was explaining to the man in front of me that “things start to fall apart when you get old”… ‘It’s just what happens to your body”…So of course I looked over into her basket to see it filled with jelly beans, pop, cookies and crackers.
So my inner dialogue (which I kept to myself) responded that if you spend 60 + years eating what’s in that basket and not working out and taking care of your body, yes things will definitely start to ‘fall apart’.
I’m turning 32 next week (Taylor this weekend!). For me I’ve learned that age is just as irrelevant of a number as the number I see on the scale. It’s a number, but not a number I pay much attention to.
At 32 I’m in the best shape of my life and with the help of a great family doctor I have taken control of some health issues that have been troubling me for the past couple years. I feel fantastic and have set some pretty awesome fitness goals for 2012.
For me, age and weight are truly JUST NUMBERS, but unfortunately for most, these numbers seem to have a negative effect on how so many people feel about themself. We don’t use the scale to measure success with our clients, because it is misleading. How our clients look and feel is far more important to us, and to them.
Similar to the lesson we teach our clients in staying off the scale to measure their success, I think there is a huge lesson that I have learned when it comes to appreciating the numbers when it comes to ‘getting older’. Rather than being scared or nervous about getting older, it is an exciting time; not only to celebrate with family and friends, but also to look back at what accomplishments you’ve made.
I am absolutely amazed every day at our studio with the incredible energy, spirit and strength of some of our clients whom some might consider “old”. Our Taylored Training members have blown the traditional sense of this word and what people expect of those who are “old”, out of the water!
A great TT story: One of my clients had fun with some of our members recently asking a group of TT members how old they thought she was…haha, well I can tell you that their guesses were about 20 years off! Same with all the guesses we have had about one of our first Taylored Training members – Joyce.
So as I approach my 32nd birthday people keep asking me how I feel about turning 32. Well, I feel pretty awesome. The lesson that I have learned: Taking care of your body with proper fuel, amazing training and surrounding yourself with positive people makes you feel great – at any age!
“I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel.” Henri Frederic Amiel