November is my birthday month and as I have for the last few years I took a photo (or two) to commemorate the day. I like to think my annual photo helps keeps me on the straight and narrow. Who wants to see an unflattering side by side comparison of themselves from one year to the next? My philosophy is that although you can’t stop time, you can age with grace. To me that includes making sure my physical body stays as strong, flexible and functional as possible.
And now here we have the official photo for this year…
I remember when I turned 37 and I got into a conversation about my birthday with a big Viking at the gym. He wasn’t really a Viking of course but he looked exactly like one in my imagination. He was very tall, muscular, had a big, bushy reddish mustache and beard and long hair. He didn’t smile much so he looked pretty intimidating on the surface but he was sweet as sugar. I told him I wasn’t concerned about adding another year and that I felt great. As I was walking away I left him with a little quip….”I’ve still got juice!” I can’t say what exact image that put in his mind but he honest-to-goodness blushed and got this little wicked/uncomfortable grin on his face. For some reason that made me laugh, just thinking about what he was thinking and I took that saying on as my personal motto.
Here I am twelve years later, still in the gym, still enjoying pushing myself and in case you were wondering…I’ve still got juice!
*Just to celebrate, I did 300 weighted, walking lunges (75 at a time…holding a 10lb dumbbell in each hand) around the basketball court. See? Still got it!*