I try to do the best I can with what I've been given. My mom was a good example for me. But I do believe keeping weight down through proper eating and regular exercise is vital for me. After all, I need lots of energy working with 3 and 4 year old children all day. And they help keep me young.
For this Weigh-In Wednesday, I thought I'd share a few tips I learned along the way.
Here's a quote from Giada about her number one philosophy on eating:
Eat a little everything, but not a lot of anything. It's such a simple idea but it took me a long time to embrace it fully. I don't believe in deprivation; it just fuels cravings and creates a vicious cycle of negative feelings. On the other side, overindulgence with any one thing just dulls your taste for it, leaving you eating more of it, trying to get that same pleasure, which isn't a good thing.
I used to be able to afford lots of expensive creams for my skin. I'd buy them through my dermatologist ...but no longer. Skin Script is a local company and when I can I purchase their line of skin care. They aren't as expensive as some other brands and are very hydrating for aging skin. I think you can order it online. And when I run out I often use good old Neutrogena skin cleanser for dry skin. I never leave home without sun screen. This light Norwegian skin burns easily and nothing is more aging than that.
In Giada's Feel Good Food book, she offers some advice for skin care. I tried one of her suggestions. I exfoliated my face with a homemade paste of three tablespoons of white rice flour mixed with two tablespoons of an inexpensive olive oil. I applied it to my face and left it on for a few minutes. Then I gently scrubbed in a circular motion with my fingertips and rinsed it off with warm water followed by cool water. My face felt very hydrated and smooth. It wasn't very easy making it stick so I probably washed it off sooner than she recommended. But it still seemed to help. She does this every night.
I try to exercise every day. If I think about it when I wake up, I know I won't do it. But if I have everything ready before I go to bed, I awaken at the first sound of the alarm and ...simply do it. No if's, and's or but's. This is what works best for me. No engaging my brain about this at all.
I'm sure you have many more tips on how to age gracefully and I welcome your advice. But I also want to say that smiling and having a positive attitude keeps you looking young. I had to laugh when my pastor joked about making sure our faces knew the joy and hope we have inside. There should be no sour Christians. Let your light shine!
I'm linking up with Kim of Just for Clicks for Weigh-In Wednesday.
Blessings and love,