Or 19, or whatever age you think was your ‘physical prime.’ For me, that age was 23 or so. I had hit my WW goal, and I must confess that I looked GREAT. Let’s not discuss the state of my mind, however!
In any event, this was the topic of conversation this morning with a wonderful woman who’s lost about 40 pounds, and now has her diabetes under control . She’s determined to keep on plugging away at the last 25 or so, but in the meantime, she’s having serious body perception issues.
To put it bluntly, her belly is bugging her. She wants it to be flat, like it was when she was 17. That’s not gonna happen – she’s had some abdominal surgery that’s left her muscles in a state where they’re not going to provide a whole lot of support.
As we age, things happen. Gravity takes over, for one, and we all know the challenges we face with weight control. But frankly, would YOU want to turn the clock back to that ‘physical prime’ age, especially if you’d have the wisdom and experience that went along with it?
I sure don’t. I’ll happily live with the physical realities of a middle-aged body [even after the impending excess skin removal, I won’t look the way I did at 23], as long as I can keep my current attitude and whatever wisdom I’ve accumulated. I’m much happier now than I was back then, and I don’t want to trade it for the flat stomach.
So what’s left? Developing the balanced lifestyle that we all discuss and strive for. Sounds like sanity to me!