Today is my birthday, the big 3-0. I asked Jordan to make me these cupcakes and I'm looking forward to eating them in my pajamas, while watching Seinfeld. Yes, I am officially an old lady. I was spoiled enough to get the gift I wanted most - a fitbit - I've been jealous of my sisters' and my Dad's for the past year and now I can finally compete in their weekly fitness challenge. Okay, so I'm not only an old lady, I'm also a nerd.
Looking back on my 20s, I wish that I had made the dietary and lifestyle changes that are now so important to me, earlier on. I wish that I had focused more on my own health and taken better care of myself. If I could go back, (and believe me, that is the last thing on earth I would ever want to do because my 20s were exhausting), I would most definitely have a different set of values.
Heading forward into my 30s, I finally have a solid foundation to build upon and I'm ready to challenge myself, to hold myself to a higher standard of health and wellness. I'd like to kick a few bad habits - decreasing my daily consumption of coffee and alcohol are at the top of my list - I'll keep you posted with how I'm managing to tackle that one. I'd also like to incorporate some good habits on a more regular basis - running - lifting weights - working on my core strength. I've been pretty patchy when it comes to exercise the last couple of years so it will be a real challenge to keep up with something for more than a few months at a time. If I have any "aha!" moments, I'll be sure to share them. Until then, here's a quote from the best book I read in my 20s, and one that I plan to read again and again throughout my 30s....
“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.”
― Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem