Red Lipstick Can Only Do So Much

Red Lipstick Can Only Do So Much

Sunday was a bit of a wake-up call for me and today’s post is about keeping it real here. I was feeling guilty for not exercising for 5 weeks so decided to go to an easy flow yoga class. I never did unpack my yoga mat from moving and assume it’s buried somewhere in the garage so I planned I would borrow one. Note to self, take the whatever effort is neccessary extra effort to find your own yoga mat because borrowed ones are disgusting. Their odor is somewhere between smelly feet, old rubber and just nasty…especially in the child’s pose when you are face down on it. But I digress.

It was a very gentle class with no extreme poses. These were simple moves I’ve done in many beginner classes. Five minutes in, I was in trouble and it struck me that I’m in the worst physical shape of my life. My arms and legs trembled from the simple exertion and my flexibility was nonexistent. As I held my arms out I noticed more skin hanging under them than I’ve ever had before. Wings are great on superheroes but I don’t want them this size.

As I leaned forward my stomach got in the way, and not in a comfortable way. I dragged my sorry butt out of class with renewed conviction. I was going to get in better shape and I needed a new yoga mat. I thought about swinging by Target for one on the way home but instinctively knew this class had dinged my confidence enough. Going out to shop in unflattering workout clothes would seal the deal in making me feel like a total failure.

I stopped home briefly and grabbed a quick shower, brushed my hair and caught it back up into an ever stylish banana clip.Carol Turner tank dress from Artful Home on A Well Styled Life

I slathered on sunscreen and slipped into my favorite LB tank dress. The texture on this dress hides a multitude of sins but it doesn’t cover my arms so I added this cotton topper.

Carol Turner tank dress from Artful Home on A Well Styled LifeIt was so hot I wanted to wear flip-flops but needed to up my shoe game because..banana clip, so slipped into these.

I love these slides! The heel is low and stable and they stay on very well because of the high sides.

I dug put on my brightest red lipstick, donned large sunglasses went out to buy my new mat.Gabriel lipstick on A Well Styled Life Monday, I did 40 minutes of aerobics which felt tougher than it should have. Tuesday I woke up with every muscle in my body screaming.

I’m turning 62 in three weeks and should be in much better shape than I am. I’ve come to realize that walking alone isn’t enough. I need to put more effort into my health. I need to improve my flexibility, my balance, and my strength. I’m looking down the barrel at a lot of work and I’m not happy about it but someone’s got to do it, and it has to be me.

I got out of shape one day at a time and that’s how I will get back into shape.

How do you stay motivated?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.

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  1. L H Carter
    August 2, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Atta girl! I’m right there with you. I’m doing yoga DVD’s and the treadmill at home for now. I wish wrestling with myself to get into the workout gear and getting it done counted. Consistency is a bear.

    • August 2, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      I think the DVD’s sound like a great idea because there’s no excuse then! Consistency is a bear, especially when every muscle is screaming, but I am doing it!

  2. August 2, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I need to get with a real excercise program as well Jennifer! Thank you for reminding me. I am 63 and will be 64 soon. Would love to get rid of the bingo arms! Love the new look of your blog!

    • August 2, 2018 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks Cindy! My husband calls them Bingo wings which makes me laugh but not like them any better:)

  3. Carmen
    August 2, 2018 / 7:38 am

    I have been thinking that at 60 I need to continue to care for my body. I had worked out with ladies at work for years, then when I retired the push wasn’t there. Your article inspired me! I went and signed up at the local gym yesterday! I even applied to be a front end receptionist! Now if I have work there I can just say a bit longer after my shift and get in a good class or work out. Oh, the games we have to sometimes play with out own minds!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • August 2, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      I’m so proud of you Carmen!!! Way to go. You inspire me!!

  4. August 2, 2018 / 3:37 am

    I’ve been pretty good about exercising the last 18 months since I retired. It took a while to get healthier, because I was such a mes from the last couple of years I worked at a desk job – overweight, very weak, many aches and pains, etc. Feeling much better now. Lost 20 lbs. – have another 20 to lose, but the exercising has made me more confident in my body shape.

    I go to the gym 3 times a week (work out on the weight machines). I push myself a little, but don’t overdo it, because I don’t want injuries. I also walk about 1/2 hour – usually 5 days a week. I do want to add some yoga, because I am so stiff!

    I wish I knew the author of this to credit her, but I just saw it somewhere on the web and wrote it down:
    “I’m going to give the GiFT OF HEALTH TO MY OLD BODY”

  5. August 2, 2018 / 2:35 am

    Your yoga experience was me to a T!I am 63, widowed, and bigger than I ever thought I could be! I live in a rural area with no exercise classes… I may have to drive a ways for classes, but I need to improve!went on a short trip with my beautiful super fit daughter, and walking up hill was painful! Your column was an eye opener!

  6. Shannon
    August 1, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I read this in the evening after I had my first session with a personal trainer. We have a plan to move me forward towards my goal to overall better fitness health. Finding the right person is so important. All the best to you and everyone as they determine the best next steps for them.

  7. Katharina
    August 1, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    I and so many others are right with you on this one. We all have slumps and those I’ll start tomorrow intentions. Thanks for being real. I have been looking into the mirror, feeling more aches and pains and noticing I have slowed down a bit. Your posts, readers comments, and my friends help inspire me to do and be better. It’s something to be aware of and do everyday. A little daily exercise, some mindful dietary choices and some attention to our mental and emotional health. Let us support each other to be better, be healthier. 🙂

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      My readers are the very best ! Daily effort is what makes big changes.

  8. Karen McBride
    August 1, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Nice! So timely! We’re in the middle of five weeks with lots of visiting family and babysitting of grands, but facing significant life changes this fall. When school starts, for the first time in 8 years my husband and I will no longer be babysitting granddaughters regularly — youngest will be in kindergarten. And a sister has moved back to our state and will be able to shoulder some of the attention we’ve been giving our 97-year-old mother and her husband. So I’m been musing about what I WANT to do now, at age 73, to supplement my years-long habit of brisk 45-minute walks and nightly modified push-ups and planks, to tighten up muscles and build that bone mass. I’ve never liked going out to exercise classes (picking up a book is my activity of choice), but it’s been inspiring to read all these comments. Thanks for sparking the discussion, Jennifer.

    • August 1, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      My readers are brilliant!! I would rather read too. You’re way ahead of me with the planks and pushups. Glad you’re getting some help from you sister. Good luck

  9. Claire Gerrard
    August 1, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    I’m 51 any feeling much the same way. Little by little I have let my exercise routines and better eating habits slide and a few months/year later you start to feel it and see it. So I’m with you, time to look after myself and get back into some better habits.

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Do it now Claire! Catch it now before another ten years pass.

  10. Rosemarie
    August 1, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Wow – this blog sure brought out a lot of feedback.

    My ex sister in law – a nurse – said years ago you don’t get any healthier as you age. This comment has stayed with me. It’s so important to keep the body flexible/mobile.

    When I had bad cases of plantar fasciitis 8 – 10 years ago and could barely walk it struck a nerve. Fortunately I recovered. I’d be so upset if I could not walk.

    I do take extra care of my feet now.

    Readers have given lots of info re their exercise routines etc so I’m sure something will click with you. The good thing is that you are motivated to start looking after yourself.

  11. Anon
    August 1, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Love love, love those slide sandals!

  12. Darlene B.
    August 1, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration, now, if I could muster up the motivation. Almost every day, I say “I’m going to exercise today”, and almost every day… I don’t. No “real” excuse here! I am so out of shape, not by weight, but by flexibility and energy and I know it’s not good for me. I turn 60 on the 30th and need to get my butt in gear and own it!
    Sending positive vibes your way and wishing both of us success.
    Gratefully yours,
    Darlene B.

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Please join me tomorrow Darlene by stretching and reaching further than you did yesterday. That’s the first step and what I’m counting on.

  13. Karen H.
    August 1, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Well, this post hit a big response! I’m a lot like you Jennifer…except I’m 68 in a few months. I despise the gym but like to work out at home. I’m faithful with a 30 to 45 min daily walk, but I need to up my game on the hand weights. I do some floor exercises for core strength, and I use my stationary bike several times a week. Some readers here are very athletic, but I think its important to do what you enjoy, be compassionate with our aging bodies, and try to be consistent in keeping our bodies moving. We can do this!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      We can do this and finding what works best for us is the key. Thanks Karen

  14. Heidi Davis
    August 1, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Thank you, Jennifer, for keeping it real. From all the responses you can tell you’ve tapped into something important here. I’m almost 62 and with work, a busy life, etc. it can be hard to fit exercise in. I’ve learned that if I do some stretching and 20 minutes of aerobics in the morning I feel so much more energetic the rest of the day. I get up earlier to make this happen. And because I need something to keep me going, I watch old Frasier re-runs during my aerobics here at home. That way I get to start my day with a few laughs, too.

    Whether it’s yoga or whatever you decide to do, know we are all rooting for you. You can do this!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      That’s hilarious! I love Frasier. I could watch them all day. Great idea.

  15. Susan
    August 1, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Fantastic post, Jennifer, and so timely for me! I’ve let my routine slide this hot, humid summer with travel, family visits, and any other excuse I could think of. I will never love exercise. Not now, and not ever. Coming to that realization was incredibly motivating for me. If I can have done so many things I didn’t like for a good reason (changing poopy diapers and picking up after kids I love comes immediately to mind), I can do this to care for myself for the rest of my life. When you’re at Target to get your mat, get some cute exercise clothes. So many appealing options now, and it does help!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      I should have got cuter exercise clothes. Darn, great opportunity but I won’t let that slow down. I can’t.

  16. Tina
    August 1, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Wow! I feel like I could have written that post. We are the same age and I JUST had a come-to-Jesus- meeting with myself about my arms. Today I will start the exercise journey with you. Maybe you can have a check-in post every now and then. Good luck!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      I will share my progress because it will be long and torturous. I’m not alone on this journey and I want to keep it real.

  17. sophia montgomery
    August 1, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Yikes! Thanks for the in your face wake up call!! I will be 62 in November and although my weight is still down to 133 from 146, I need to pick up that Marie Osmond body gym off the floor and start using it nightly. It really helped me to tone up last year. But I got out of the habit and it shows. Yes, walking on a very regular basis, but it’s not enough. Thanks ever so much but the red lipstick is on standby…

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Please share more about what you use

  18. August 1, 2018 / 8:28 am

    I will be 74 this year, have spinal stenosis and a back and neck fusion, so whether to move or not is not an option for me. I don’t give myself that luxury. I have always been active but started doing Pilates eight years ago after my back surgery. I have found that doing that along with some cardio 5 days a week keeps me in pretty good shape. I also do a weekly massage which has kept my tissue healthy and my muscles pliable. My daily routine starts at 5:30 with stretches before I get out of bed and heading to the gym. There, I do 30 – 45 minutes of cardio, then at least 30 minutes of Pilates and various stretches using a large inflatable ball, roller and/or stretch bands. You are right, now one cares about our health and body like we should, so I encourage you to keep on keeping on. When you get my age you will be glad you did.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much for the encouragement Elizabeth! Pilates is calling my name. I intend to look into it.

  19. Margaret
    August 1, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Great post. You really touched a nerve in all of us. I am your age and I think we live in the same area. I LOVE Pilates class. I have been going for two years now and have seen a great improvement in balance, strength, and flexibility. My Thursday morning class is a maximum of five and we are between 55 and 75 years old. You always look great in your posts.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      I’m intrigued to try Pilates. Where do you attend?

  20. Yvonne
    August 1, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Great post and great responses. I turn 64 in a few days, and have exercised my entire life. To be honest, I do go through slumps when I’m not as motivated, so what I do then is change my routine, pull out an old Kathy Smith DVD (she is great at motivation) or buy new workout clothes. I always feel better and sleep better when I work out consistently, so I try to keep that in mind.
    Good luck.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Kathy Smith is so great!! Thanks for reminding me.

  21. Mary Lou
    August 1, 2018 / 7:53 am

    Great post. I’m 71 and what motivates me is the desire to feel as good as I can each day. I make daily exercise a part of my routine just like brushing my teeth. I walk, bicycle, use weights and do yoga. I listen to audio books while walking and cycling. Daily exercise even helped to shorten the time that I was sick with shingles. Feeling good is my motivation.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      That’s the best motivation ever! Thanks for sharing Mary Lou.

  22. Colleen
    August 1, 2018 / 7:48 am

    I re-read and re-read a book called “Younger Next Year” it is a great motivator! I am also caught in the slippery slope of letting things slide,physically, but I am determined to get back to the gym!! I always feel so much better that you would think that would be enough motivation!! Your blog came at just the right time!!!
    Hears to Health and Happiness!!

  23. Susan
    August 1, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I’m on the far side of 66, with arthritis from gardening too much and doing other physically heavy work all my life. In spite of this, I exercise with a group class three days a week for one hour each day. Two days a week I do yoga. The other two days I am active as I ever was-I won’t quit gardening until I’m part of the ground! Motivation comes from inside me–I don’t want to be in more pain than I’m in–and from the fact that I enjoy working out and sweating. I do better with a group than alone, but I will exercise to workout DVD’s during class breaks. The difference it has made in all my lab results is astounding–and I am proud that I have worked this hard to keep in shape. I am NOT, nor ever will be, a size 8 (I wear a 14) but I am muscled and toned, and it doesn’t look bad..

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Toned and strong is where it’s at! Congrats Susan. You’re doing it right.

  24. Su
    August 1, 2018 / 7:25 am

    I went back to stretches, weights, and limiting my intake, early this year after a two year enforced gap. It’s very pleasing to be nearly back where I should be, and the improved posture certainly knocks years off.

    What really helps me is listening to a good radio/audio serial or comedy programme while exercising. I know many people use music – whatever helps you stick with it!

    My stability was surprisingly bad, so I built in a little exercise for when I’m waiting for water or milk to heat, which has made a huge difference. Lightly holding the counter I slowly go up on my toes, clench my calves, thighs, and glutes, then pull in a spot 2″ above my navel, then tilt my ribcage up… and feel my shoulders relax, lovely… (then slowly back down on my heels, of course.) Not full-on core stability, but such a good start.

    You’ll be back in shape much sooner than you expect, Jennifer, your muscle memory will click in 🙂

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Such an important reminder to incorporate it into my life. Thank you Su

  25. Eileen
    August 1, 2018 / 7:14 am

    I’m a personal trainer, so I like exercise. What motivates me? A few things, the fact my body can do things that I want to do, also music, I like a lot of different types of music, classes, especially dance based, instructors who are creative, fun and kind. The weights are easy, if I have music, I like to stretch by myself, I can focus on what I need. I like water classes and outside biking/ walking. All these things require balance, so got that done. So far, Yoga, isn’t on my list. At 67, daily workouts for 30+ years have kept me off medications so far, that is a bonus. Both my parents died in their 60’s, so I’m hoping exercising is my health policy. Yes, my skin droops in spots, that’s normal aging, and why fashion helps! My advice, try things, find something you like. 🙂

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks Eileen! I think that’s the answer.

  26. Jackie
    August 1, 2018 / 7:10 am

    This must have been the weekend for self re-evaluation!! I determined the very same thing. I am a yoga teacher, teaching 8 classes a week, so you would think I would be fairly fit. Since April, my fitness routine has been disrupted and I have been lazy about getting back in the groove. Adding more cardio and weights to my already active yoga practice is my new goal!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Wow! Thanks for sharing Jackie

  27. Cathy J Eissler
    August 1, 2018 / 7:03 am

    I, too, am struggling to get back to the gym. I hurt my shoulder there about a year ago (torn rotator cuff, torn labrum, bursitis, tendinitis and bone spurs all in one shoulder at the same time/not ALL caused by gym). I will start out slow doing only legs, but with arms have to use I believe all small amounts of weights because of the bad shoulder (better but don’t want to aggravate it again). Thought I would go this morning but talked myself into cleaning the Master Bedroom and Master Bath which seems to be where I stop my regular cleaning thinking I will get back to that another day. Well, it’s another day….I consider that exercise as well however, so….I may plan to go Sunday (lunch with a friend for her bday and a dr. appt. both on Friday and haircut Saturday morning (but a couple of hours away from home/have gone to him for over 30 years!). I will get into a routine for gym soon since that works for me best. If I know I do it on certain days, I will do that for sure. I am disciplined!

  28. Mary
    August 1, 2018 / 6:52 am

    I am 63 and go to a cardio class twice a week. In between I walk and do stretching and strength training with weights at home. Its very hard to stay motivated, but after I’m done working out I feel fantastic! I am about the same weight I was in high school and have always taken exercise classes of some type. (Remember Jazzercise and going for the burn with Jane Fonda’s workout tapes!!) Good for you for your determination to get in shape, it is so worth it and important, especially as we age. We need to stay strong and healthy!!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Lol…I do remember going for the burn. I’d need to loose 40 pounds to weigh what I did in high school which makes me wonder what happened. I’ve lost my way but determined to get it back.

  29. Wendy
    August 1, 2018 / 6:48 am

    You are going to hate this but I read your post after coming in from a 6am Boot Camp at my gym. Exercise has been part of my life, like brushing my teeth. I am 57 and do a variety of things including my first half-marathon last year. I am Canadian and training for a race in dead winter is AWFUL! What motivates me is the desire to be able to do the things I want to do as I age. I want to be able to hike in the mountains, I want to be able to ride my bike, I want to feel GOOD! I am still working so it takes effort and planning to get to the gym. I have met some great people at the gym. Can I keep up with the young ones? No but I do what I can. A big complement came from one of the young gals when she told me that she hopes she is still active when she’s my age! (You know how 20 year olds think that anyone over 40 is ancient…ha…ha..) There is nothing anyone can tell you to motivate you. It has to come from within but like a post before me, getting your runners on is the biggest step. I wish you all the best in this journey. It is the hardest thing to do…cause if it was easy, everyone would do it. Your motivation may be to keep up with that grandson of yours. I will be cheering you on in your journey!!

  30. Beryl Early
    August 1, 2018 / 6:48 am

    May I suggest Pilates. I’m 80 and have been going to Pilates class twice a week for about 20 years. I’ve never been athletic or co-ordinated but I find Pilates works on strength, co-ordination and balance. Add walking and you’ll be amazed at the results.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      I am going to sign up for Pilates tomorrow. I found it nearby and think it sounds like just what I need. Thank you.

  31. Laurel
    August 1, 2018 / 6:47 am

    Like others, I am with you. A knee injury has really slowed me down this summer. But last week I rejoined Weight Watchers. It’s the only thing that has worked for me, and when I went back to logging my food, it was clear to see why I gained some weight. I only want to lose about 10 lbs, but it’s such an effort after 60!

    Also trying a steroid shot in my knee, as well as acupuncture. I am not ready to sit on the couch and ache. 😉

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Good for you Laurel! Never give up.

  32. August 1, 2018 / 6:45 am

    Yup! The lipstick alone just doesn’t cut it! You won’t feel well even in silk, if your body is screaming at you to take better care of it. I’ve been there also and at age 62, I feel your pain. You are servicing many of us today with your honesty and determination. I joined a great exercise class called AOA (active older adults) and it is wonderful. Three times a week, a group of men and women ages 50 -80 exercise at their own level with an instructor who is very knowledgeable and respectful of the aging body. We sweat and laugh and groan together doing aerobics, balance, weight lifting, and stretching, all whiling listening to upbeat music from OUR generation. Along with Pickle Ball and walking, I feel so much better. My “wings” will never be totally gone, and I still have some lumps and rolls, but my body serves me well, so I have to continue to give it respect as long as I’m capable of doing some kind of regular exercise. Thanks, Jennifer, for your important post today. Good luck finding what regular exercise routine works for you. You can do this! And, by the way, your tank dress, cotton topper, and adorable Eileen Fisher slides all look like great choices!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you Jayne! Your class sounds amazing. I hope to find a similar one.

  33. Ellen
    August 1, 2018 / 6:23 am

    Yes, we have to get past this idea that “walking is enough.” It’s better than nothing but not enough. I am motivated by having watched my numbers creep up year by year…cholesterol, triglycerides, pounds. The last straw was being classified as pre-diabetic at my last doctor visit…AC1 creeping higher and higher. I find I have to have a lot of variety in my exercise routine or I get bored. Elliptical, rowing, HIIT on a stationary bike, 5-6 days a week. Swimming, kayaking, hiking, pickleball when I get the chance. I also made some eating rules for myself…stop eating for the day at 8pm and I don’t count calories, but I do count grams of added sugar. I try to keep them below 30 grams of added sugar per day. After 3 months, I lost 10 pounds and brought all my numbers within normal range.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      Great tips! I don’t eat after dinner but there is much more I need to do. I’ve got a blood test order to test my AC1 and know that inflammation number is very important. I’m most concerned with getting strong but health is also critical.

  34. Roxanne
    August 1, 2018 / 6:13 am

    Great post! I have exercised all my life and despite that, I now have osteoporosis, arthritis and high cholesterol. All genetic. My internist and orthopedic surgeon said my lifelong exercise habits have really saved my life. (I always have done it out of vanity). There is a sign on the door at my Golds Gym…Putting on Your Shoes is the Hardest Part! Once you can wrap your mind around the exercise commitment, you will feel and look so much better and wonder how you lived without it!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Love that sign! Thank goodness you have kept current with your exercise Roxanne. I have to get my game on

  35. August 1, 2018 / 6:09 am

    Jennifer, you CAN DO THIS! There is so much satisfaction in maintaining your body, and being able to continue doing everyday tasks that require us to lift things and balance ourselves to prevent falls. I am a Pure Barre member, 3 years this month, and I attribute their workouts to so many positive changes in my body. Ten pounds lighter with this regimen and better eating, but more important is feeling confident and capable in my own body. With more strength and muscle tone I mainatain my weight more easily also. For anyone else who is near one of their franchised studios, being a member allows you access to their classes online, which is a great convenience when traveling or otherwise unable to get to the studio. I can’t recommend the whole program highly enough! Kudos to you for recognizing the wake up call your body is giving you.

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Barre is a dream come true for this former ballet class devotee. I’ve not seen any near me but I am going to search for one. It’s so great for every muscle and the posture, which I need. Thank you Deanne!!

  36. Sally
    August 1, 2018 / 6:08 am

    Travel can be so hard on a workout routine. I have been a workout enthusiast since my early 20’s. (68 now). I
    made a deal with myself that no matter my mood, I would always get dressed, show up (class or weight room).
    BUT, if after 10 minutes, if I really did not want to be there I gave myself permission to leave! No Judgement!
    In all these years I have left only a handful of times. The endorphines kick in. I now find all kinds of yoga to
    be my thing with weight lifting prior to class. Good luck!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Endorphins are the best medicine and motivation! Thanks for sharing Sally

  37. Camille Ludlow
    August 1, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I love this post! Honest without beating yourself up. I tell myself I do the best I can everyday and try to be compassionate when I fall short. Consistent maintenance is the key, but sometimes life gets in the way, like traveling for 5 weeks!

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you Camille. I always say we do the best we can with what we have available…at the time. I need to do better for myself and am plan to.

  38. Lisa
    August 1, 2018 / 5:39 am

    I will be 63 in September … have just graduated from the nhs couch to 5 k programme. Never felt better. I did not think I could ever run but did 5k yesterday in iunder 38 mins. It’s a great idea … u listen to podcast telling you to walk or rune. There’s music too. You start by running 60 seconds and build up over the 9 weeks. ! I don’t know if it’s available in your country ?

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Good for you! That’s awesome. My running days ended when I broke my hip buts it’s not an excuse for not getting in shape.

  39. Judith Walker
    August 1, 2018 / 5:26 am

    Yes! After I retired, I decided my new “job” was exercising and taking care of myself. I don’t always exercise everyday (and I could push myself more), but in good weeks, my routine consists of a mix of barre classes, yoga, pilates, muscle classes, hiking and brisk 2-6 mile walks–something every day. I’ve found that going to classes works best for me for two reasons: I like having someone “lead” me, and there is low-level accountability. Once you go for a while, people start to ask if you’ll be there the next time, and if you aren’t, well, “I didn’t feel like it” sounds pretty lame!

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Your formula sounds great! I am inspired by your formula

  40. Lezlie Davis
    August 1, 2018 / 5:21 am

    I skipped the gym the last 3 mornings. You just motivated me! Thank you for being honest and vulnerable!

  41. August 1, 2018 / 5:21 am

    Despite being a complete loser in sports, I have worked out consistently all my life–Jane Fonda aerobics, then running, which I continued despite being pathetic (I almost lost a 10K at age 24–I was second to last). I did speed walking with hand weights. I got an exercise bike, which I used daily, even up to a week before giving birth to my kid. I actually wore out three exercise bikes. I guess it’s a way of saying I’m terrible at sports but I work out consistently anyway. I did yoga and calisthenics, but when I discovered Pilates I felt like I’d wasted so many years. Never have I gotten such dramatic results so fast, even with just an hour a week. I do have an excellent teacher who corrects the smallest things, to keep us from injury. It isn’t aerobic, so I continue to do walk/jog/sprint HIIT every other day, alternating with fast walking. However, in the heat, it’s hard. I try to work out in the pool, since I can’t swim, but BORING. I have a Fitbit to keep me from any delusions about how much I’ve done, and sometimes it isn’t enough. My now-teenage kid also has a Fitbit and can burn 2K calories with 8K steps, whereas I will burn only 1800 calories with 12K steps. Thanks, menopause. No wonder pounds creep on.
    One of the best benefits of Pilates is good posture. And flexibility. And balance. And good pelvic floor muscles not to have pee leaks when sneezing. But the thing is to find something you can do every day and that you LIKE to do.

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you so much! My posture is getting worse by the day. It used to be wonderful because I took ballet classes so often. They do have Pilates here and I’m going to sign up tomorrow!

  42. Gail
    August 1, 2018 / 5:16 am

    The key is to find something you really love to do….I am 66 and play tennis 2-3 times a week and golf once a week…and I am lucky enough to have a husband that also loves to do both with me. But we have realized you also have to do weight training, stretches and flexibility workouts on other days….our goal is to engage in some sort of physical activity each day…and we both still work part-time, so finding the time to do that is sometimes tricky….you have to make it a priority. Unfortunately, just exercising and being active will not make you lose weight – it will firm and strengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility, but you must watch how and what you eat and drink to drop lbs!

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:53 pm

      I wish I had a sport I loved!! It’s too hot for anything outside here. I’m planning to look into inside activities.

  43. Jackie
    August 1, 2018 / 5:04 am

    Add me to the list of readers who should (will) be joining you on this journey. A year ago I was doing a pretty good job on both eating right AND exercising, but I’ve fallen off both a bit, but especially the exercise part. We are leaving for a three week trip to Africa in a month and I keep telling myself that I need to get back to my former good habits. I don’t think this trip will be especially strenuous, but I don’t want to hold anyone up and it would be good to look and feel better every day.

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      Your trip sounds amazing!! Enjoy. I will keep you all
      Posted on how I get on.

  44. Allison
    August 1, 2018 / 5:02 am

    I am involved in an ongoing cross Canada study ( Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging)that focuses on the aging body and mind. Every few years I go for a day to a local hospital to have various tests done, both physical and cognitive. The outcome will hopefully tell us how we are aging but also give insight on how to age well. The last time I went the tester discussed the three points you mention about balance, strength and flexibility. More than anything they will assist the aging body in maintaining good health. Doing certain exercises like yoga also help with cognitive health and aerobics bring blood to the brain and preserve vascular health. It’s important to do a variety of movement to cover all areas and not be afraid of sweat, you’re never too old to be active.

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      That sounds like a great study to be involved in! I’m so glad I’ve started getting in shape.

  45. Barb Mercer
    August 1, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Concrete goals and appointments seem to work for me. To celebrate our 35 year anniversary, my husband and I plan to do the Tour du Mont Blanc next year (106 mile trek in the Alps where someone else schleps our gear) so we’ve been upping our hiking and stair climbing routines to prepare for that. To build strength, I have 30 minute personal training appointments scheduled twice a week. I’ve been doing this fairly consistently for the last 18 months. There has been many, many a time that I would have skipped a workout if I didn’t have a previously scheduled appointment. I also use the mind body app to pre-schedule flexibility classes at the gym – yoga/barre, etc. Again, the appointments are commitments and much harder for me to blow off. There’s also a financial penalty for skipping appointments which keeps me going. And finally, feeling better – healthy and strong – is its own reward. I don’t want to be one of those frail senior citizens who has a hard time getting outside and enjoying life.

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      I don’t want to be frail either. I’m impressed with your plans. I’m thinking scheduled appointments are the way to go.

  46. August 1, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Great post this morning. I had weight loss surgery one year ago. While I am thankfully down 80 pounds, I really haven’t added exercise. Just using my Fitbit and pushing for more steps each day. I needed this kick in the backside today.

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:44 pm

      Good for you J’Laine!! You’re on your way

  47. August 1, 2018 / 4:50 am

    I felt every word pointing at me. I used to be proud of the definition in my arms — somewhere along the line it’s gone and I refuse to wear sleeveless. Well, I am going to get in better shape. We travel a lot so classes are almost impossible. I’m going to have to figure out how you can work out your entire body so that you not only improve flexibility but stability too. Thank you — from the sounds of it, there are several of us going along with you.

    • August 1, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Stability is so important at our age. My balance wasn’t very good in yoga class. I’m thinking of trying Pilates.

  48. Donna
    August 1, 2018 / 4:38 am

    I’m wondering how I was able to be a guest writer for your post today! I, too, have slowly gotten myself into terrible shape. Two days ago a dear friend and I joined Weight Watchers and are happy to be accountable for every bite. Now it’s time to get back to the exercise. There are zero excuses. My husband and I travel a lot, including RVing and I made no effort in the past on these trips. The hiking shoes and hand weights are going with me in two days!! My friend and I both worked years at very busy and productive jobs – putting our all in for our bosses/companies. It’s time for us all to do the same for our bodies and health!! Thank you for all your great fashion advice, honesty and inspiration!!!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Thanks for being here Donna. I took my hand weights on our 5 week trip and never used them once! I know you’ll do better than I did!

  49. Judy
    August 1, 2018 / 4:33 am

    Hi Jennifer. Your post is so timely. I’ve been working out with the best trainer for about 18 months & having my appointments with her keep me accountable. But with summer vacations, I have only seen her about once a week & I can feel the difference! But today is a new month & im determined to get back on the exercise wagon! I turn 65 at the end of this month & overall, I’m stronger than I’ve been in years. Besides my trainer, blogs such as yours keep me motivated. Besides the fashion, your real life commentary reminds me we are all going thru the same things as we gracefully pass thru these various phases of our lives. You can do it!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:07 am

      Thanks for the encouragement Judy! I may just have to spring for a personal trainer.

  50. Sandy Andry
    August 1, 2018 / 4:32 am

    I stay motivated by reading blogs like yours. I never want to be so out of shape that I can’t wear the clothes I currently own. I hold myself accountable by going 4 times a year to a personal trainer who measures my fat percentage, weighs me, and takes measurements. She gives me a weight lifting routine to do in the privacy of my own home. All total I do 2.5 hours of aerobic activity per week (30 minutes of which is a HITT workout). I do two hours of weight lifting and two hours of yoga. On Sunday evenings I look at my calendar and figure out which days I’ll do each activity. I am motivated to complete the workouts and get to Saturday and have all my workouts “checked off” my to-do list. I am 62 years old and work every.single.day. to keep in shape. I believe consistency is the key. I look forward to hearing about your new workout plan.

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Great way to plan it! I’m going to have to figure out the weights because I need it for my bone density. I wish I hadn’t waited this long

  51. August 1, 2018 / 4:31 am

    Oh man, thanks for this blog post. It screamed at me right between the eyes! I’m uhm er a few years older than you, but have fallen by the wayside this summer. Thanks for the kick in the butt!

    • August 1, 2018 / 9:04 am

      I’m glad it resonated. It’s never too late!

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