|I was there .... on the beach at Santa Cruz CA|
I have pictures of myself taken all the time, especially with good friends. Here are a couple of recent ones.
|Marie P. one of my best friends from ECU days|
|Elizabeth T. another condo owner who lives in Denver most of the time|
|Betty A, Mom & Me, Christmas 2007|
I will not tell you the parts of my body that I do not like / am unhappy about / would kind of like to improve, maybe. It would be soooo easy to go there. But this post is about the opposite of that. Instead I will list a few things that I have always liked about my body: my great skin and hair, my small hands & feet, my good taste in eyeglasses (helped out by superb opticians to whom I listen ), the fact that I do have some nice curves now that I have put on some weight.
I'm over 60 now, and I see many women my age who look a lot older than I do. One thing that is important to me is that my teeth and gums are all healthy, and my dentist says that, barring an injury /accident, I will probably die with all my teeth intact. That may not sound like much to younger people, except that I grew up associating older age with full dentures like everyone of my parents' generation had and many people in my generation and younger (meth addicts, you know, bad teeth = a signature of that) will. That pleases me. I am fine about the fact that my jaw is too small to keep all my teeth straight without permanent braces. My dentist has told me they have new cosmetic procedures that can be done, but that would involve pulling out some of my perfectly good real teeth and substituting some combination of covers and implants. No thanks.
I am healthy in a holistic way right now. I have my energy and strength back after the illness I had last winter. All my lab work is 100% normal. I do not have hypertension or pre-diabetes. Thanks to pro-biotics, I believe that my digestive system is right with the world again. I am over weight, but I have stayed about the same weight for probably 20 years now. I go up and down a few pounds sometimes, but I don't think I am really gaining weight any more, and my weight has not resulted in any real health problems. (you know that weight itself is not the problem. The issue is that weight is associated with problems like diabetes or metabolic syndrome. I don't have any of those true health issues.)
I am not stressed out. I only feel stress in acute situations like traffic every so often, like any sensible person should. I have many anti-stress habits like kitty snuggling, napping, meditation, knitting, gardening, walking, being with friends. I have a huge community of friends, and I make new friends all the time. People tell me all the time that they enjoy spending time with me and miss me when they don't see me for awhile.
|Jan M., one of my knitting pals in SLC and the Knit-Along sweaters we are making together this year. I call Jan every Sunday during our regular knitting time now.|
|David C. who did an amazing project, writing a whole e- book to teach NP's about using bedside ultrasound.|
I am just not like any of these inspiring folks. I especially hate "exercise" and "gym" things. I was scarred for life about all of that from 1950-60's public school PE classes and activities. I don't think I will ever get over all that. About the only good thing I have to say about the whole experience is that I did learn to swim. Not that I like swimming, but that I can probably keep myself from drowning for a little while at least.
I am content with a body that can do what I ask it to do. I can walk. I can carry things. I can garden. I can ride a bicycle. I can swim around a hotel pool kind of lazily. I can do Tai Chi. I can do a bit of yoga although I don't like it all that much. I can play taiko drums, for goodness sake. I plan on taking up dancing this fall and winter (Using the internet machine, I have found 4 different drop in classes and places for that so far.)
|Waiting for our performance at the Rose Park Festival|
I have no need for self body snark. I plan not to do it anymore.
|I was there .... at Capital Reef National Park. I'm wearing the fleecy top that Mom & I bought together for her to take on her bus trip to Door County Wisconsin. I think I will use this fleecy top until I give up the ghost.|