Friday, February 23, 2018

AGING INTO GOOD EXERCISE

Most days I walk in a local state park with beautiful views of bay and mountains.  Quite often I see familiar faces.  Folks wave and smile, some shout a hearty "Good Morning" while others, plugged into earphones, zip quickly by.  And there's always a cute little pup ready for a pat.  But on a brisk winter afternoon I had a different experience.  Rounding the bend of my second lap of the parade ground there was someone new.  And a brief chat would change my day.

She was bundled in a long, gray, wool coat, black gloves, fuzzy red beret, and white athletic walking shoes with red laces.  She looked to be in her eighties and was using a walker to maneuver the sidewalk.  "Aren't the mountains lovely today," she said.  I agreed and at the same time noticed her bright blue eyes and cheerful demeanor.  "I used to run this entire park," she said.  "Then I had to switch to walking and now I'm reduced to this contraption.  But the good news is I'm still out here exercising."

I was near tears as we went our separate ways.  There are times when I actually step out of myself and appreciate the gifts right under my nose.  For this former personal trainer, distance runner, occasional whiner over stuff I can no longer do, that sweet lady was a much needed boot in the pants.  While my body doesn't do well running anymore (I know this because when I try I hurt), I can walk for miles and for that I am grateful.  Like the woman with the walker I'm still out there aging into good exercise. 

In truth, there are many small exercise techniques I use to stay healthy.  And you can, too. As a writer with a goal of adding to the health of the community, I continue to share my aging journey in this latest article This Old Girl - Aging Into Good Exercise With a Retired Personal Trainer.

Best wishes from This Old Girl.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A LIFE CHANGING DIET

At a seminar on aging a woman at my table leaned over and whispered, "I really wasn't planning on getting old.  I thought I had this aging thing beat." Oh my, did I get that comment.  For years I had been actively involved in not getting old.  I had been a personal trainer. I had all the answers.  I ran daily, lifted weights, kept my weight down, didn't smoke, had only an occasional drink.  I though I ate pretty well, but didn't fret much about food.  My reasoning was that I exercised enough to not fret much about food.  So I wasn't planning on changing anything.  Like my lunch companion, I thought I had a handle on aging, or at least my lifestyle would slow the process a bit.  And that may be true, but as time went on I had to admit to some annoying issues.  Tense tummy, headaches, irritable bowel, fatigue, mild bouts of anxiety and depression, aches and pains.  These maladies would come and go.  I read a lot, took vitamins and herbal remedies, and finally decided hormone fluctuation was the culprit and all minor health woes would eventually go away, but one morning at 3 a.m. when I couldn't sleep because of these pesky symptoms my husband said, "You know, Babe, you've explored everything except your diet."

I'll be very to the point in this short blog.  He was right.  I did some research, changed my diet, and fixed my issues.  Bottom line, I have been eating gluten-free for two years.  I don't have celiac disease, but do apparently have a gluten sensitivity.  So I continue to age in good spirits thanks in part to a life changing diet.  

My goal throughout my writing career has been to add to the health of the community.  I've shared my interesting and amazingly simple food journey in the article This Old Girl - Gluten-Free, A Life Changing Diet.  You'll find it in the link below.   

Best wishes from THIS OLD GIRL.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

THE EFFORT MAY KILL ME


I think writing on aging should be done by an old person.  In truth, I don’t think of myself as old.  My children are old.  Me, I’m a writer from the Bronx with a penchant for honesty and a wicked sense of humor.  And I don’t plan on muddling through this aging thing cranky, although the effort may kill me.     

 
 
 
 


Best wishes from THIS OLD GIRL.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

COTTON FARM

TODAY CATS WILLIAM AND ABNER CURL BY MY SIDE AS I CONTEMPLATE AGING HAPPY.  I'M DRAWN TO THE PICTURE TO THE LEFT OF  THIS BLOG - ME IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY AT AROUND AGE FIVE.  I REALIZE (HAPPILY) THAT I STILL OFTEN WEAR BAGGY PANTS, CARDIGAN SWEATERS, AND SENSIBLE SHOES, I CONTINUE TO REQUIRE ANIMALS IN MY LIFE, AND I STILL LOVE TO WRITE.  IT'S SUCH A JOY TO HOLD ON TO PIECES OF THAT SMALL CHILD, TO REMEMBER AND HONOR HER, TO LOVE HER UNCONDITIONALLY, TO KEEP HER SPIRIT ALIVE AND WELL AS THIS OLD GIRL AGES INTO HER OLD SELF. 

BACK WHEN I WAS FIVE MY FATHER CALLED ME COTTONSEED.  I NEVER KNEW WHY, BUT I LOVED THE NICKNAME.  SO, TO REMEMBER A WONDERFUL DAD, I CALL MY COZY HOME OVERLOOKING BAY AND MOUNTAINS (WITH CRITTERS INSIDE AND OUT) COTTON FARM.   FROM HERE I'M PRODUCING POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURING CATS AND DOGS AND WRITING ARTICLES ON POSITIVE AGING.   I'LL SHARE BITS AND PIECES AS I GO ALONG.  GOOD SPIRITS AREN'T GROUNDED IN A PHYSICAL PLACE.  AGING HAPPY IS A STATE OF MIND.   THAT SENTENCE IS EASY TO WRITE, BUT NOT ALWAYS EASY TO LIVE.  I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO WHINE OVER ACHY JOINTS AND SAGGING BOOBS.  BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF OLD MENTORS WHO MADE ME LAUGH AND CRY AND WANT TO AGE WELL I'M COMMITTED TO MOVING FORWARD IN A FUN, FOCUSED FRAME OF MIND.  WELCOME TO  COTTON FARM.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ ABOUT SOME OF MY AGING ROLE MODELS, THEY'RE FEATURED IN MY WELLNESS BOOK AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.  DIRECT LINK ON MY WEBSITE BOOKS PAGE.  www.carolemarshallstudio.com 

Best wishes from THIS OLD GIRL.

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