10 Natural Anti-Aging Secrets

When it comes to these 10 Natural Anti-Aging Secrets, the key will lie in implementing as many of these as you possibly can.  So let’s get started on this fabulous list of anti-aging strategies.

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Plant-based diet

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Research backs up health benefits of a plant-based diet.  Vegetarians are at a far lower risk for coronary heart disease and the risk continues to decline as they age. A plant-based diet provides tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits reducing joint pain and preventing diseases related to aging.

Diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and inflammation which contributes to the development of cancer.  Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) is key in controlling the before mentioned diseases. Also worth mentioning is sticking to a plant-based lifestyle can prevent cognitive decline allowing us to be sharp as we age.

Even if we don’t go full on vegan today the science shows that adding in lots an lots of vegetables is one of the smartest things we can do for our health.

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Grow your own food

Grow as much of your own food as you can care for and have room for.  This includes growing space and storage space.  When we have our own gardens, we know what’s in our food.  We don’t have to know what pesticides, fertilizers, and sprays were used to grow our food.

A lovely backyard garden gives us the opportunity to have fresh organic produce and the benefit of exercise that comes with garden maintenance.  Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is not only good for the produce growing in your garden but is essential for your well being as well.  Being outside gives you some exposure to a critical vitamin that you get from the sun which is vitamin D.

There are so many great gardening resources online that finding good gardening tips, tricks, and hacks make gardening a really fun and healthy hobby.

Did you know that when a patient is admitted to the hospital having a heart attack, they are given an injection of 100,000 mcg of D3? This not only helps a patient during the episode but also improves the rate of repair and healing after the episode. (Read more about this research here) You should know that the further away from the equator you are the more likely you are to need to take a vitamin D3 supplement.  Between being outside and taking a supplement your vitamin D3 needs should be covered.

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Do more and automate less

This can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Wash your own car, instead of driving through the car wash. Ride a bike and drive a little less often. Have a park nearby? Walk instead of drive.  Whatever you can do to move your body more, the better off you will be.

Americans love their convenient lifestyle. For example, driving to the corner market for milk and eggs, tossing a healthy frozen entree into the microwave for lunch, or hiring the local teenager to mow the yard and finally, drive through coffee. We are used to having so much at our convenience that it’s just expected.

Sometimes a gym can help when you need an easy way to get exercise. A home gym or a public gym or both are excellent options.

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Staying Employed or Volunteering

Keeping busy and feeling useful is paramount when it comes to anti-aging.  I have heard several accounts where a family friend retired from work. The next thing you know, their mental and physical health rapidly declined because a sense of purpose had been lost.

Isolation after retirement is a problem.  Everyone needs to feel connected and have a sense of belonging.  Along with this same line of thinking is the need to learn and to feel that we are continuing to develop and grow.

Naturally, the first line of defense is to retain physical health and strength to be able to enjoy part-time work or volunteering for a cause that we’re passionate about.  The remedy to physical frailty is strength training not to become a bodybuilder or to look like Schwartzenegger, but to be able to continue to do daily tasks without feeling fatigue and tiredness.  Too tired to work out?  Start slow and build on that.  Before you know it you’ll have some stamina and motivation to keep going forward with a sensible workout plan.

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Maintain an active Social life.

Number 5 is related to number 4.  People who live to be 100 reports have a strong sense of belonging and connectedness.  They report often that this is found in an organized spiritual community, that could be a church or mosque or synagogue.  Whatever way you choose to be connected to the community will be the way that is best for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but also don’t go too far out of your comfort zone either.  What we are looking for is a comfortable fit with a community of like-minded friends a community that is relatable to your core values.

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Be sure to get extra vitamin C.

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This is the number one secret to firmer skin and fewer wrinkles. Vitamin C is a fundamental molecule for skins ability to make collagen. Using vitamin C in a topical application as well as in one’s diet is the ultimate defense in skins ability to promote cellular turnover.  Sun damage is repaired more efficiently with extra vitamin C. This is because this vitamin is a powerful antioxidant.  Oxidative stress caused by free radicals and environmental pollution can accelerate the damage to chronically exposed skin like our hands and faces.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and we must have a steady stream of it to make a difference in the health of our skin.  A two-fold approach is best; using quality supplements and topical vitamin C serum is the ticket.

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Hydrate but not with just water

You need to keep a steady stream of electrolytes going throughout your system. Let me explain.  I drink a lot of coffee, therefore I am going to the bathroom often.  After a while coffee doesn’t do for me what it did in the beginning and that is because I have depleted my electrolytes.  Calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium chloride a the common electrolytes.  When these are added to water electricity is created, the kind that gives us our energy.

These charged minerals are really important for the proper functioning of the body. Our muscles need electrolytes to proper contract and that includes our heart muscle.  Blood pressure is better when our electrolytes are in balance.  So go ahead and hydrate, but do be mindful of your body’s need for electrolytes found in enhanced waters and many sports drinks.

Mild dehydration can cause you to eat when you are thirsty and that causes overeating and snacking and grazing. Next, calories sneak up on you. When you think you’re doing alright but in reality, all you need to do to take control is to increase your water game. When I started drinking the minimum required amount of water 64 oz, I literally quenched my hunger and gone was my desire to sometimes feed thirst with food.  I essentially uncrossed my wires.  Instead of reaching for water, sometimes I reached for food, usually something sweet.

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Strength Training for muscle and bone care

Strength training improves bone density.  Which in turn improves balance and as we age we become more vulnerable to injury if we fall.  So with strong bones and muscles and good balance, we are more likely to catch ourselves when we fall.  Prevention really is the best medicine. Strength training decreases your risk for osteoporosis since strong muscles make for strong bones.

Healthy muscles also keep our body shape looking attractive.  When we look good, it’s a wonderful confidence booster.  One last perk from strength training is a healthy sex drive.  A healthy sex dive goes a long way to helping everyone feel youthful.

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Control inflammation

The first thing to do when it comes to fighting inflammation is to look at what you are consuming.  Different people are sensitive to different kinds of food.  A good example is gluten.  You don’t have to have Celiac disease to have a sensitivity to gluten.  Gluten is very inflammatory, but it is also very prevalent in our food.

So when replacing an inflammatory food with an anti-inflammatory food is to make it easy.  Like spaghetti, for instance, trade regular spaghetti for a gluten-free spaghetti.  It’s a great way to start down the path of what to find in the way of anti-inflammatory foods.  The same goes for vegetable oil, an easy swap is an olive oil, a much healthier choice.

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Get a better nights sleep

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If you naturally sleep on your back, then I’ve got good news for you.  Sleeping on your back allows gravity to work for you and not against you.  It prevents wrinkles, neck and back pain and helps prevent sagging breasts.

Keep the temperature of the bedroom comfortably cool.  This allows for sound quality sleep.  Do use a small fan for white noise to block the sound of outside noise.  This works great for me due to the fact that I live in the city and I hear ambulances and motorcycles in the middle of the night.

Consider sleeping naked. It will keep you free from getting bound up in pajamas or nightgowns. Plus you’ll have an extra special bond with your partner that is healthy as can be for both of you.

Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep increases stress, which increases inflammation.  Tiredness leads to accidents and probably too much caffeine consumption.  Sleep is important for healthy radiant skin.  Cellular turn over occurs while we sleep and not just for skin, but for the entire body.  So get your beauty rest.  It’s very good for you.

That’s all for today friends.

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You Are Your Own Best Resource

You Are Your Own Best Resource

You are your own best resource. What the heck does that even mean?  Well, it means that if you don’t take care of you, who’s going to take care of the important things that you do? The kids, the job, the dishes, walk the dog. Whatever it is your doing there are folks or fur babies that count on you to be there for them on a regular basis.

It doesn’t mean that you put your head down and put your nose to the grindstone.  I’ll work harder, longer, faster and so on and so forth.  Rather there are ways to use positivity to motivate us to take care of ourselves better.  I’d like to use weight loss as an example of how we can take care of ourselves as a resource.   Let me rephrase THE resource.  You are the only you, you have to take care of you so you can take care of the things and the people you love.

There are positive ways to better take care of ourselves besides listening to the negative criticism in our head. We have tools that we need to use that are underutilized. In these next few paragraphs, I discuss these tools we can use to help ourselves.

Visualization

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Visualize yourself being successful every day.

Visualizing the successful events of our day can go a long way in making them a reality.  Take five minutes of the first wakeful moments of your morning and think about how you want your day to go begin with positive images of accomplishing your goals at your job or the gym. Decide to be happier as you go about your day. You’ll be pleased with the outcome that visualization can give you.

Making a List of Your Accomplishments Daily

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Making a list of your accomplishments is very motivating. Sometimes this works better than a to-do list.

I use a to-do list like a  lot of people use. But I also use an accomplishments list and to be perfectly honest, my accomplishments list is my secret weapon when it comes to getting things done.  I would rather write down my accomplishments than using my to-do list every time I have to keep track of things that need to get done. I am more motivated and gain more momentum for getting things done by making an accomplishments list.

Regular Exercise

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Regular exercise gives you the energy for taking care of the people and the things you love.

If you are not already doing some form of regular exercise, you should start a routine that works for you. Exercise is key to growing older gracefully.  Carrying groceries inside, opening jars, performing regular household chores like cleaning and yard work will be easier for you to do if you get some regular exercise.  As you do regular exercise it helps you maintain muscle and muscle memory, like riding a bike

Regular exercise helps you sleep much more soundly and wake up with more energy to take on the day. “Carpe diem,” I say.  Walking is always great, and if you need to start by just walking to the end of your driveway then that’s ok, it’s a start.  You can build up to a walk around the block and the next thing you know you will be walking a mile and maybe even two.

Keeping Properly Hydrated

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Hydration is far too important to neglect. So drink up buttercup.

I can not say enough about good hydration.  Your body needs water and electrolytes. It needs water for energy, for mental clarity and you should know that your body needs proper hydration for healing.  Healing wounds and illnesses and disease.  We make a substance called plasma and its vital to our health and the quality of our plasma is enhanced by good hydration.  So run, don’t walk to your nearest refreshing water resource and drink up.  Your body needs it and you’ll be so much better for it.

Good Nutrition

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Grilled salmon with lemon and rosemary. Good nutrition is delicious

Everyone needs an occasional pizza but not all the time.  Fueling your body with healthy fruits and vegetables is one of the most powerful ways to save your health.  Fruits and vegetables give you not only vitamins but they are also a good source of water.  Yep, that’s right, they can help you hydrate your body.

Make sure you incorporate a variety of colors. Each of the colors of the rainbow represents different vitamins and minerals.  Red= lycopene, Orange = Vitamin C,  Yellow = Vitamin A,  Green = iron and fiber,  blue=powerful antioxidants,  purple=reservatol and so much more. This is only a small example of all the nutrients you need for vitality.

If you think you have room for improvement in your diet, you get to start with your next trip to the grocery store and browse the produce aisle for fruits and veggies that you enjoy and should try to incorporate into your diet more often. You’ll be glad you did. Remember when you are busy consuming healthy fruits and vegetables your less likely to want to eat the junk food that offers you nothing but momentary relief from a sugary or a salty craving.

Proper Rest and Relaxation

Don’t forget to rest. A good bedtime routine and regular bedtime help you feel rested after 6-8 hours of sleep at night. I know it’s so easy to sit on the phone past bedtime.  I myself am guilty of staying up typing on my blog.  Writing and thinking about what I want to share and how I can inspire others to Embrace their Age and live a life of vitality.  You are your own best resource. When you are in good working order, things around you and the things that you take care of will be better.

Make yourself a priority.  You deserve to be energetic, vital and bright.  I encourage you to try to do what you can to feel your best.

That’s all for today friends.

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Use Muscle Memory

Use Muscle Memory

My muscle memory was going to waste when I was in my forties.  I had very little mobility.  I was overweight and that, in turn, made me feel so much older than I really was at the time.

I’m 52 years old and I’m younger acting now than when I was in my 40s.  Why? Well because I took myself in hand and lost 185 lbs.  That’s the best gift I could have ever given to myself.  Yes, I had weight loss surgery but the trick has been in keeping the weight off for the past almost 11 years.

Keep Life Vibrant as We Age

However, the point of this post is to say hey, if you’re in reasonably good health, maybe it’s about time to revisit some of your favorite activities of your youth.  Things like:

  • Biking
  • Surfing
  • Roller skating
  • Water skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming

I LOVE roller skating.  For me, the best part is taking my granddaughters and teaching them how to skate.  Sharing an activity I loved is a way for me to remember my youth and to also enjoy the youth of my granddaughters.

As the old saying goes, once you learn how to ride a bike, you will never forget it.  Muscle memory plays a role in a lot of physical activities we used to do when we were younger.

Ease yourself back into your favorite activities.  Taking on a 25-mile bike ride may not be the smartest way to get reacquainted with the sport.  You should probably start with a reasonable ride around your neighborhood and expand from there. Heck who knows you might decide to invest in a new and improved bike to help you enjoy your rediscovered love of bike riding.

Remember Your First Aid Kit

Do be smart and wear the protective gear necessary for any activity of your youth that you’re revisiting.  Also, a smart idea is to go with a friend or a partner.  Someone who can help should there be an unfortunate event such as a bike accident.  Do make sure you have a first aid kit nearby.  My husband had a bike accident where he hurt his shoulder.

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Always take a first aid kit with you on fun adventures

We were wise and brought our first aid kit with us.  There wasn’t any bleeding but I knew there would be soreness so I had him take some ibuprofen immediately because we would be turning around and riding back to our house which was 7 miles away.  I didn’t want him to not be able to get back home.  We did make it back and we were in the doctor’s office the next day.

After some physical therapy, he was good to go again.  Which by the way he is 4 years older than I am and I am proud of him for getting back on the bike

I Still got it!

By using muscle memory, we get to enjoy the “I still got it” moments.  This gives us a sense of well being and allows us to really enjoy the activities of our youth.

Remember to start reasonably.  Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  No one wants to be injured so be wise as you revisit activities of your youth.

These are a few things you may need to remember to bring or do:

  • A first aid kit
  • Helmet
  • Knee and elbow pads
  • A cell phone
  • A buddy
  • If you’re venturing out on your own, call someone and let them know.
  • Life jackets for water skiing and boating
  • Good goggles for swimming, and earplugs if you need them
  • A fitness tracker like Fitbit if you’re keeping track of your health statistics.
  • Good common sense to help you know when to stop and not over do it.
  • Bring a positive attitude and have a blast.

When it comes to muscle memory it is quite amazing and can be so much fun revisiting the activities of our youth.  I love the music of rollerskating and I like the atmosphere.  The kids are laughing and having a good time.  They are learning new tricks like skating backward and spinning in circles.

 

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I loved roller skating and still go even now that I’m older.

Know Your Limitations

I no longer speed skate like I did as a teenager. I loved speed skating, but man if I should fall going that fast at my age, it sure would not be pretty.  So, I know my limitations and this allows me to enjoy myself confidently as I roller skate to some of the top 40 hits of today.  They sometimes play music from the 80s and the 90s which is super fun too.

Well, I’m really looking forward to Saturday night again this week.  So as you venture out again to relive the activities of your youth, I hope you have a blast and really have the most fun you can sensibly have at your age whatever age that may be.

That’s all for today friends.

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Marriage is like a Roller Coaster Ride

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Remember you’re in this for the long haul.

Marriage is like a Roller Coaster Ride

Marriage is like a Roller Coaster Ride. Well, here’s how my husband and I have stayed on this Roller Coaster Ride of a marriage for nearly 27 years.  In the early years, there were children, 3 total. His mine and ours. 13 years later we had one more, a delightful boy, an unexpected looptyloop in the rollercoaster ride. Crazy but fun.

We made the decision that I would be a stay at home mom and he would work to support us. That was not the picnic we thought it would be. The long uphill climb on our Roller Coaster Ride.  It was a lot like being a single parent. He had to work two jobs most of the time to keep bills paid.

Couples need Date Nights

We were fortunate that we had grandparents in town to help give us a break once in a while so we could have an evening out together. That turned out to be really important because I look back and I see how date night refreshed us.  I highly recommend all married couples/partners, by all means, plan date nights. You deserve that special time alone together.

How I created more income

Later I decided that we could have more income if I opened our home and cared for more children. My poor exhausted husband could come home at 5:00 p.m. instead of rushing off to a second job. Starting the daycare helped but it wasn’t perfect.

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I added a few more riders when I opened a home daycare.

The family home was now a business and the kids had to help with cleaning.  Helping also included playing the occasional game with daycare kids. My Daughter was in middle school at the time and begged me to give up the daycare.  She wanted me to herself and she wanted our home back to it’s more peaceful state. It was official I had added more riders to our already crazy Roller Coaster Ride.

There were a few problems

We had 2 small indoor dogs and my husband was a smoker. These situations made my job as a childcare provider an uphill battle. My Daughter begged me to give up the daycare.  She wanted me to herself and she wanted the home back to it’s more peaceful state. My two older high school aged boys really didn’t care because they were busy doing other after-school activities away from the house.

We had to give and take a lot.

I thought I had the right to expect my husband to quit smoking. Well, he never asked me to open our home as a daycare, it was after all my idea. He was a smoker when we met and when we married. He’s a smoker to this day. I’m not thrilled about it, I thought he’d outgrow it.  But it’s his journey and he has to decide for himself.

Now don’t get me wrong, he was considerate and smoked outside during business hours. But it was after all his house too and he smoked during evenings and weekends at his desk. But there was a lingering odor.   Long story short I realized the daycare business wasn’t the best fit for my family.

Everyone is ultimately on their own path

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Ultimately we are all on our own path. But we can help each other along the way.

Everyone married or not is on their own path.  All of us have our own journey to travel.  But as married couples and partners, it is important that we understand that some things on our journey have to be done by one’s own self. Like the decision to quit smoking or lose weight.  Yes we can support one another and yes we should negotiate, but when it came right down to it, we all had to compromise so that I could make an income to support our family. This is the craziest part of the Roller Coaster Ride where we just had to hold on and don’t let go.

There came a time when I was able to let the daycare go. I had made friends with families and their children. We made some great memories as well.  But we as a family was able to rearrange our boundaries for the time that I needed to help bring in extra income. We were closer and stronger as a family and we came through it just fine.

That’s been the nature of our marriage after all these years.  We’ve become good at the give and take in the circumstances of our lives that needed reordering.

The secret of staying married

For us, the secret of staying married longer has been the willingness to be flexible.  The willingness to let one have more than the other for a time. We weren’t willing to quit during difficult times, but we were willing to work together. Sometimes we had to put our hands in the air and ride it out. We made it to the other side and we’re fine.

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Like a knot in your shoelace, you can work it out

We come upon life situations that are like untieing a bad knot in shoelaces and you just have to sit there and work through it. Once you get things sorted out you come out on the other side relieved and grateful that you didn’t give up.

So I challenge you to stick it out. Not through an abusive relationship that’s something altogether unacceptable. We as couples and families can ride out the tough times together. So hold on to one another and don’t quit. You can do this.

That’s all for today friends.

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Productivity is The Name of the Game

Productivity is Name of the Game

Productivity is the name of the game

You can hit the target.

Productivity is the name of the game. That’s right.  You wake up at 5:00 a.m. and there’s this little window of opportunity, of hope that it’s going to be an amazing day.  If you don’t harness that bit of momentum by doing something constructive, you might miss the opportunity to set the tone for a very productive day.  I don’t know about you, but I have missed my share of moments thanks to procrastination and hitting the snooze button one too many times and I don’t want to lose any more bits of momentum.  Give me all the help I can get when it comes to productivity.

If productivity is the name of the game, then it’s important to have a game plan.  I’ll share mine with you.  I had to move to an apartment due to a house fire. Thank the good Lord we’re all fine.  But it shook up my entire life and I have had to think differently.  Somethings just aren’t as convenient as they used to be and other things are a lot more convenient than they were.

When I wake up

When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do is make the bed.  It’s fast easy and allows me to see a big difference in the appearance of the room.  This motivates me more.  I timed myself, I can make the bed in under 3 minutes. Pillows and all. You know all the decorative pillows that guys just throw on the floor? then they look at you with the What?? face.

Next, I put on my gym clothes and walk my dogs.  I an apartment, there’s no more opening the back door to let the dogs out to go potty.  The fact that I have to walk them every morning actually helps me wake up better.  I continue to think about the upcoming events of my day.

Establish a flexible daily  routine

When I get upstairs I unload the dishwasher.  Now for your sanity and mine, I’ll share the rest in bullet points.

  • set something out thaw for dinner
  • put my hair up, drive to the gym
  • work out 2 hours
  • back home
  • vacuum and tidy up my apartment
  • check the kids’ rooms and let them know what they need to get done
  • I walk the dogs
  • I nap 30-45 minutes on the couch
  • start afternoon coffee
  • prep dinner
  • cook dinner
  • eat dinner
  • I watch one hour of t.v. with my kids and that is all the t.v. I allow myself.
  • hubs is sweet and do the dishes after dinner
  • I walk the dogs
  • I blog from 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m. roughly
  • Go to bed somewhere between 9:00 p.m. and 10 p.m.

This is a pretty good schedule for me. But, it varies on different days,  but this is the skeleton of my schedule.

The secret for me to have a focused day is to have certain things in place that never change.  I always have certain things that I do that help to keep me on course. For me, it’s these 5 things.  These 5 things are like road markers, they allow me to see where I am now and where I am headed next because after all productivity is the name of the game.

Create set events that occur at the same time every day

First, I make the bed, work out at the gym, walk the dogs, plan dinner, then blog. I don’t know why this works for me it just does. For me, its the flow of sitting,  standing and walking.

Do use a planner. Later, sometime during blogging hours I’ll stop and view my planner so I can see what the next day is going to be like.  I spend Sunday’s in a comfortable corner blogging out the details of my week. You can read more about that here.

Always make time to check your planner.

Make time to check your planner.

I highly recommend adding to your day certain specific markers that propel you into the next part of your day. You’ll see you will find that this will keep you moving forward. You should also know, I’m not perfect at the game of productivity but man it sure has gotten a lot better than it ever was before I had these 5 markers in my game plan.

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Listen, let me give you a couple of clues.  There are things that you are already doing every day that can serve as a marker for you. I’m not a smoker but that’s actually an example of someone who takes smoke breaks and then goes back to work.  For me, it’s walking my dogs.  Or how about your every mid-morning 10:00 a.m. cup of coffee. Tack on a few more of these types of markers and you’ll be winning Productivity is the name of the game.

That’s all for today friends.

Finally, this post may contain affiliate links. This means if you click on and happen to purchase one of the products links, I’ll receive some compensation which will support my addiction to all things coffee.

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Coping with Positive Self-Talk

Coping with Positive Self-Talk

Coping with Positive self-talk is how I have recently been adjusting to big changes in my life. I have been in my new apartment now about 8 weeks and it’s entirely different from living in my home of 17 years. The home that I dearly miss which was consumed by fire.

My front yard was a sanctuary of gardens and a fountain flowing for my feathered friends. A place where my husband and I enjoyed coffee very regularly. But it’s all gone now. Due to an electrical fire that made our home completely unlivable. We only lost about 25% of our belongings. So there wasn’t that much to claim on renters insurance.

Fast Forward

Fast forward to today and we are in an apartment. It’s much more affordable. I have more time to write and no yard work to worry about. The strange part is when I wake up in the mornings and I have forgotten where I am. Oh yes, now I remember, I’m in an apartment. With two kids and two dogs and one husband. It’s almost like a case of mild p.t.s.d. (post-traumatic stress disorder)

My New Coping Skill

I discovered a new coping skill. Talking to myself.  Lol, yes I’m serious.  It’s not really all that new, I’m just willing to admit to doing it.  I seem to have a critical mind and I tend to be too hard on myself.  So, I have decided to tell my inner critic to shut up and let the considerate voice out that has been dominated by criticism for so long.

What’s different? Well, the kindness I am offering myself is very soothing and allows me to see that what I’m doing right now is alright.

Coping with positive self-talk is both calming and encouraging

Give yourself a break. Take a pass on listening to your inner critic.

It’s a New Day

Now, I start my day every morning with a little discussion about how if I’m still tired after I make the bed it would be alright to lay back down for a few minutes on top of the covers. Next, it seems because the bed looks so nice and by the time I’m done I’ve actually become awake enough to move on with my morning.  Before I leave the house, I have two more jobs to do.   I always walk my two shitzus/pekenise, they are very spoiled. One final thing to do before I go, unload the dishwasher. So when I am ready to cook dinner in the evening,  my kitchen is clean and ready to go. Then It’s off to the gym and workout.

My Days are Much Better

I find cooking enjoyable and a way to practice mindfulness every day. Every single time I accomplish even a small task I pat myself on the back with an audible, “good job, I feel better now that I have got that done.”  Next, using a small notebook that instead of a to-do list, I keep an accomplishments list. Let me tell you my accomplishments list is longer and far more satisfying than my to-do list.

Using a journal helps with Coping with positive self-talk

Use a journal to write your daily accomplishments

The new more positive inner voice is so much better than the inner critic, the bossy voice that really was what I spent years listening to. Well, the past is over and I’m reminding myself to take it easy.

Next time you feel your inner critical voice taking over and not cutting you any slack, try coping with positive self-talk. Take a moment to be compassionate with yourself and say the things you need to hear out loud.  It is remarkable how this improves your mood and demeanor.  I like being kinder to myself. I’m so much kinder with others also when I’ve given myself a break.

Coping with positive self-talk brings peace of mind

By coping with positive self-talk, it helps you find inner balance.

 

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Aging Better Now

 

 

 Aging Better Now

What do I mean by Aging Better Now?  Well, it goes a little something like this.  In the very beginning as babies, our parents teach us that talking is good,  walking is good for us, eating healthy is good for us because they want us to grow up to be big, nice, strong and pretty.  They make us take music lessons, swim lessons, and play football or basketball because they believe that it will make us well-rounded individuals when we grow up.

Parents literally invest a considerable amount of time and money into their children to see them get off on the right foot as we become functioning adults in society.  But then those kids are all of a sudden 30 somethings and they have kids of their own.

Aging Better Now means taking care of yourself your self when children come along. EmbracingAging.us

Take care of yourself so you’ll be better at taking care of your children and grandchildren.

Too Busy For Your Own Good

This is the part that gets really busy.  These 30 somethings now have children of their own and they are chauffering the kids to little league baseball, mighty mights football, gymnastics etc.  Furthermore, as time progresses they forget about themselves because after all, it’s not about them anymore they have to prioritize and take care of little someones besides themselves.

The Biggest Lie!

Aging better now means putting yourself at the top of you're to do list. EmbracingAging.us

Don’t hesitate to make yourself a priority.

This is the biggest lie I have ever heard!!  The first thing I want to make perfectly clear is those little darlings need healthy parents to set good examples to literally show them the way.  If parents and grandparents can’t take proper care of themselves they are sending very mixed and confusing signals to their children.  If you want your child to eat well and you are a regular at Mc Donalds drive through what’s that teaching them?

Monkey see Monkey do,  Monkey Wanna be Just Like You

They know what you’re having(fries and a McDouble washing it down with Dr. Pepper) while they are in the back seat eating chicken nuggets and apple slices with milk.  If you really think that’s what’s best for them then you should be eating the same thing. This is an important step to acknowledging aging better now starts with the little day to day decisions that we make day in and day out. Really and truly these happy meals are perfect portions for adults trying to lose some weight. Next, follow this meal with a 16-ounce bottle of water to keep you feeling full longer and there you have it a good meal for your waistline and a perfect example for your child.

I’m Not a Kid Anymore

When I was in my 30s, it occurred to me, I’m not a kid anymore. Next, I began to see that by age 35 I was halfway to 70. Hmmmm. Just think on that for a moment. What you do in your thirties is absolutely going to affect you in your 40s.  We were taught this as children. What we learn in elementary school is going to affect high school and what we learn in high school is going to affect our college years.

Furthermore, just because your a grown woman or man doesn’t mean you are off the hook for taking care of yourself. Back in the day, when I was in my late 20s my dad taught me that I am my own best resource and that if I don’t function properly things around me will also begin to fall apart.  We have to do regular maintenance on our physical and mental health so we can do what needs to be done on our jobs, in our homes and in general the regular ordinary everyday activities that require attention.

Upkeep and Keeping UP

 

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Friends help keep us accountable to our workout routines. You should always encourage your buddy to keep going and keep up the good work.

This means that you need to keep up exercise routines, good eating habits and vitamins and supplements.  Remember to go to your annual physicals and dental appointments. Truthfully, and most importantly, it’s the everyday decisions that matter for better aging now. If you’re a smoker, get help to quit.  Some struggle with alcohol addiction gets help and support. Falling off the diet wagon happens to us all.   Take yourself in hand and try again. Making better choices even if they are small can snowball and lead you to excellent results. Regular upkeep allows you to keep up.

If I Can do it I Know You Can Too ☻

380 lbs. before weight loss surgery. EmbracingAging.us

Before weight loss surgery Age 41 in this photo

"after

Get a Grip on Bad Habits

I’m proud to say I quit smoking. I did it by cutting back a little at a time and the more I cut back the more my willpower gained momentum. Next, came my tunnel vision for pursuing weight-loss surgery. ( 185 pounds lost to date)  Now I am going to the gym 5 days a week.  I have my mobility back, meaning I can take the stairs, I don’t need help getting in and out of the car and so much more.

What You do in this Decade Affects the Next Decade

My age is 52 now and  I’m looking forward to my later 50s and 60s because I made some very important decisions early in my 40s that are making a huge difference in the way I’m aging.  you could say I’m aging younger and you can too. I’m able to take care of those around me who need me.  because I know I am my own best resource.  I’ve had an overhaul and now I am maintaining a healthy lifestyle with better choices every day.

My routine looks like this:

  • Rule number one, always eat meals on a salad plate.  Put the dinner plates away for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Mon, Wed, Fri, I go to the YMCA.
  • Tue, Thurs, and some Sat. So, when I’m working from home, I go to my Apartment complex gym for a less intense workout. These sessions are mini workouts.
  • I choose to practice intermittent fasting by doing a fasted workout in the mornings.
  • Choosing lean meat and vegetables as the main course for my meals is helpful. I rely on Whey protein shakes to help me fill in the blanks where I might be short on grams of protein.
  • Might I suggest drinking primarily water?  I find that it’s a quick way to cut back on calories. Save your calories for food.
  • It feels so good to take a 30-minute nap roughly every day.  Don’t have time for a nap? That’s ok try to go to bed a little bit earlier, you’ll be glad you did.

 I hope you found this blog post helpful.

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I’ve Found The Fountain of Youth! Follow Me…

Looking for the fountain of youth?

There certainly are two sides to every coin and this is true for the aging process. Some look the exact same today as they did 20 years ago, you know the type. Think Dick Clark or Will Smith (makes me wonder, did they find the fountain of youth?)  They just always look fabulous. Then there are some who looked much older than their true chronological age.

I simply do not have the heart to call anyone out because it is just too sad. I would rather focus on the positives. I want to look maybe five or ten years younger if I can for as long as I can. It makes my day when people who don’t know me refer to me as my granddaughters’ mother. Really makes my day. Who am I kidding?  It makes my whole week.

Finding the fountain of youth

I found the fountain of youth when I committed to strength training.You might be asking yourself how does this help with the aging process? Let me count the ways:

  1. Increased muscle strength makes everyday chores easier. (This one is number one for obvious reasons).
  2. Strong muscles burn fat. If the stove is your body, the burners are your muscles and when they heat up (firm up/get stronger)they are super efficient at burning fat and sugar for fuel.
  3. When you feel strong, you are more likely to catch yourself before you fall should you trip over shoes left in the middle of the kitchen.  My son leaves his shoes out all the time.
  4. Muscles don’t just look good on men, they can make a woman’s body shapelier and curvier without bulking up. (Unless you want to be muscularly defined then that’s another blog post entirely.)
  5. Strength training improves bone density, preventing them from breaks from falls and will go a long way to prevent osteoporosis.
  6. I believe in my heart that the boost in attitude, mood, and self-confidence is the icing on the cake when it comes to strength training.
  7. Last but not least, sex drive is revved up.  I  must say it’s just delightful to feel sexy.

Let me introduce you to a woman who has become someone I want to emulate, Her name is Ernestine Shepherd.  She is a female bodybuilder at age80!!!  She’s just amazing.

Finding the Fountain Location

If you decide to go to a gym, visit a few and see what setting appeals to you.  Some have pools, juice bars, and free coffee, personal trainers on staff and a variety of other amenities you can choose from.  You may prefer to begin at home, you absolutely can do just that.  There is so much information available that you can create a beginning routine that would be great for you. Remeber fitness is a journey  There are a lot of bodyweight exercises you can do that require no weights at all. Read more here at Livestrong.com

Bring a friend along on the journey to the fountain of youth

 

I don’t want to wear you out with studies and statistics about how

resistance training is paramount to anti-aging but you should know that the University of New Mexico completed a comprehensive study over a period of 26 weeks complete with muscle biopsies concluding that

yes, Resistance Training can reverse the Aging Process.  Feel free to read about the entire process of this study. I found it quite interesting.

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