Happy hump day! I hope you are having a good week; we are busy trying to get things done around here before we leave for Charleston.
Today I want to share how I’m staying fit in my 50s and my changing style. The reason I’m addressing this is that a sweet lady left this comment last week, “Sometime can you talk of how your style has evolved since you started blogging? You seem to have started a little more on the conservative side, and now I notice that you’ve become more trendy, along with personal changes such as weight loss, longer hair, etc.”
Well, if we had all day, I could talk about All. The. Things. But let me begin by saying that blogging did not start as a job for me. When I started blogging in 2009, very few people, if any, were blogging as a job. My Mom asked if my sister and I would start blogging with her, and the rest is history. I had NO idea what I was getting into.
Shortly, after I started blogging my Mom passed away from cancer. I think that and some hormonal issues I was having made me start looking into a healthier lifestyle. It has been a journey, and I’m not perfect, but I make better choices today than I did 10 years ago.
I choose healthier options — no more M&M’s for breakfast. I also stopped drinking diet coke. I rarely drink a soft drink, and it’s never a diet drink. If I’m craving some fizz, I drink a Zevia.
In 2016, I learned about The Faster Way to Fat Loss. I wanted to lose around 10 pounds at the time, but I was also intrigued by the overall program. Eating healthier, intermittent fasting, and carb cycling.
I could eat and feel full but still lose weight. I also noticed it helped with my hormones, with sleep, and I lost that pesky 10 pounds.
While I’m not trying to lose 10 pounds now, the program has a Membership Group that holds me accountable. I get tons of information on staying healthy, I get exercises, and I love sharing the FWTFL with other women.
Now, I’ll address the part about how my style has changed. The best way to explain that is when I started sharing fashion, I didn’t know that much about what looked good on me.
I was struggling in my early forties, to say the least, which is why I wanted to start blogging about fashion and beauty. Truthfully, I wanted to learn how to dress my body.
I’m a dental hygienist by profession, and when I first started practicing after college, I was not as good as when I quit practicing dental hygiene in 2014.
After doing that for years, I got better, and it’s the same way with fashion. I hope after 10 years of blogging and sharing about fashion and beauty I’m better today than when I started.
If nothing else we take better pictures today than we did in 2012. Halleluiah! I have aged in the last 7 years in this picture, but knowing how to pick clothes that fit my body makes a difference. I’m also not afraid to step out of my comfort zone with clothes.
Here are a few of my tips for looking our best as we age: (this is not an exhaustive list, just some of my top ones)
–Use your sunscreen! While I do get some sun on my arms and legs, I never tan my face. Sun ages us, and while I love a tanned body, I don’t want to look like leather.
–Take care of your skin. One of the best things I have done over the years is spending a little extra on good skincare. I have always tried to use good products, and now I try to use good/clean products. I regularly get a preventative treatment such as chemical peels, hydro facials, and this fall I’m going to do micro-needling.
–Drink lots of water!
–Sleep! I try to get between 7-8 hours of sleep if possible.
–Exercise regularly and choose healthy food options.
I know it’s pretty much the things you expected but, they really do help! What are some things you do to stay looking your best?
Beauty For the Heart~~We get so worried about being “pretty” and having a “pretty life.” Let’s be pretty kind. Pretty funny. Pretty smart. Pretty strong. And pretty supportive.
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