~Missouri River, photo courtsey of my daughter~
I had the chance to see a few folks that I'd not seen in a while when I went for my six month checkup yesterday. The wait is a bit long as my doctor is slow. So slow in fact that I often feel like I might need to go home and shave my legs again before I get to see her.
One sweet lady, who is in her nineties, stopped by my chair on her way out. She is still living alone and driving. I asked her what her secret was and she said "good genes" which of course is true, but she also goes to the doctor regularly and takes good care of herself. I wondered to myself...I do that a lot, do you?...if she still eats a banana a day, but didn't ask.
Okay, before you think I've lost it...I remember visiting with her where she worked many years ago and she was eating a banana. She said that she ate one every day for a snack and I've never forgotten that for some strange reason. I doubt if bananas are the key to good health, but I do believe eating the right foods surely is one factor.
I knew another dear woman who lived a good, long life and she thought the onions she adored and ate every day might be the key to her longevity.
My 70th birthday is coming up next month, so staying as healthy as I can for as long as I can is of paramount importance to me. Yikes. I can't believe I just said that. 70!! How did that number come up so quickly??
I certainly don't feel like I'm about 70. Well, unless I have to get down on the floor for something and I have a hard time getting back up. And forget those items on the lowest shelf at WalMart. My knees hurt too much to squat to see the print.
I've been fortunate these last several years to hear many say that I don't look my age. I didn't appreciate the youthful looks back when I was 30 or so and was still being treated like a youngster. And I remember several years ago having to show my ID to a hotel clerk because they snorted when I asked for the senior citizen discount.
I took something by my daughter's business the other day and she introduced me to a couple of the teachers. After I left, somehow it was brought up to them that I would be 70 soon. What?? they said. No way could I be that old, because I looked like I was in my 50's. They just didn't believe it. Well, 50's is certainly a stretch, they are young, but I appreciated hearing it!
My doctor did say yesterday that 70 was now the new 50, but I believe I detected a little smirk on her face when she said that. lol!
Aging is a state of mind, they say. And I quite agree with that. It's important to have a good attitude about things and doing those things you enjoy. As the song goes, I plan to live, live, live until I die. Even if living well means nothing more some days than relaxing in the recliner with a good book.
Okay, enough talking about my olden self, but it is kind of a nice segue into a question I want to ask. I know there are many 50 and 60 somethings out there in blog land who also don't look their ages and are in good health. I know who you are...yes, I do! Tell me, what do you do to maintain that good health? And do you have a particular beauty regimen you follow? Please share your tips with the rest of us.
Have a wonderful and healthy weekend!