For those who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that last week was a little more special than usual- I had a birthday. I’ve never really been a big birthday person, but over the past couple of years I’ve noticed my enthusiasm for them decrease even more due to the fear of getting older. I’m not even sure I would call it “fear”, actually. Maybe unease is a better word. Regardless, I just wasn’t super excited.

This year was number 26. I know, I know. You’re thinking that is still super young. And I totally agree. But I also know that time is ticking by and not showing any signs of slowing down. There have been so many changes in my life over the past year- I got a new job, bought a house, planned my wedding and started a business- But the changes that I want to talk today revolve around my body and how I perceive it.

I’m now on what many would call the “wrong side” of 25 (thought I would totally disagree with that statement). Over the past year I’ve definitely noticed changes in my body, and no, I’m not talking about the changes that happen when you’re 14! Here are some of the changes with my body that iIve noticed:

  • I store fat in new places. I’m definitely starting to see fat deposits in my tush. I don’t mean a TON of junk in the trunk, but I do notice a little more cushion. I’m actually more fit NOW that I was in my early twenties. So, what gives?!?! Age. It’s natural.
  • My skin dries out like sandpaper. My skin seriously dried out SO fast. I carry hand cream everywhere and have to lather up before bed.
  • My skin tone is less than even. I’ve never totally understood why applying foundation was a must. I honestly skipped this step for YEARS. But, now that I see unevenness, I get it.
  • I can tell when I don’t drink enough water. I’ve always HATED drinking water. Until about a year ago I never drank it throughout the day. Horrible, I know! But now I can’t even go run errands without bringing a water bottle!
  • I LOOK tired easier. Don’t you absolutely HATE when people say that?? Like, yes, I look like I got hit by a bus, I am aware. I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten this a fewwww more times over the last year. My body now shows when I’m not rested or taking time to care for myself. So long are the nights of all-nighters followed by popping out of bed bright eyed and bushy tailed and Hello to ALL of the concealer!

You’re probably wondering right about now why the heck I am telling you all of my flaws. It’s because I know that these changes can be difficult to accept, and if you’re noticing them too, know that you’re not alone. Rather than getting frustrated by these changes I’m choosing to see them as signs that I’ve LIVED. Each additional candle on the cake and each new change signals another rotation around this earth and another year of memories made.

Sure, I don’t LOVE all of the changes that I’m seeing, but I am accepting them. If I let them, these changes could wreak havoc on my body image. I could force myself to do endless squats to try and tone my bum-bum into oblivion, OR I can simply stay active, keep getting stronger, and not obsess over it. I could try ALL of the skincare lotions and potions out there promising to keep me youthful, OR I can eat right, drink water, and take general care of myself.

Bottom line here guys, don’t let changes equal bad. Changes are natural, changes are okay, and changes don’t define you! I’m choosing to see age like a good bottle of wine- It just gets better with time!

Colleen Kokx Mitten Dietitian Wine

Have other changes you’ve noticed? If you’re comfortable doing so, share them with me in the comments! I can pretty much guarantee you are NOT the only one who has noticed it!

Happy eating (& aging)

-Colleen

 

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