1. I'm glad I am not the only one who has these conversations that change hour by hour!

    Aging…Men age gracefully. A little grey on a man and wow! he's sexy. A man loses his hair and bald is in! — sexy. A few little wrinkles around a man's eyes and when he smiles — women melt, he's interesting, he's handsome, intriguing and oh wow! HOTT. A man gains a little weight and he's happy.

    A woman gets a little grey — off to the beauty salon. If a woman loses some hair — OH MY!!!! hair extensions, wigs, cover it up. we don't want to be over the hill, old hag. Wrinkles around the eyes? Um….botox baby! A little weight….I don't even want to go there!

    In 2 weeks, I will be 41. According to my doctors I am healthy (well lets see what the blood work reveals and the other testing — after all a few years ago, this intertube around my waiste was NOT there!!!). In fact, my doctor, yesterday, told me I was perfect and what was I complaining about I'd lost 7 lbs from last year. I wasn't FAT. What does he know? He's a man who is interesting and charming.

    At times I believe in my mental anguish of the day, that the only way for me to drop another 15 to 20 lbs is to be on the Biggest Loser Ranch and have Jillian and Bob yell the fat into submission.

    But who am I kidding? The bag of Funyons was calling my name. I already feel it making itself at home around my waiste.

    I think there comes a point in our lives where we have to accept that we don't have the bodies and metabolisms we had in our 20s and 30s (which was really good metabolism which responded to the fat busting moves and healthy eating).

    But as I think about this statement, I've changed my mind! I refuse not to age gracefully. I refuse to let these 15 lbs hold me hostage. I refuse to allow the temptation of Funyons or anything else salty take control over me!

    I am woman, hear me ROAR!!!!! now, I am going to see if I can get a microdermabrasion to soften the lines and get rid of that old skin!

  2. O ladies, do we all think alike? The dialogue that changes, for me, from minute to minute – not hour to hour is exhausting.
    I think, having thought some of the very same thoughts that you have Sandy, that I lean more on the first one – "Why can't I just relax and be free of the bondage that keeping an 18-year-old body at the age of 56 keeps me in?" Yet I also want to look and feel good.
    So for me . . . I am willing to strike a balance between all those thoughts that take on a life of their own inside my brain . . . and allow a few extra pounds while watching what I eat and while exercising. An oddly enough, I feel a bit of peace with that decision.
    Who'd have thunk it?
    Love you girl! And by the way, you look quite beautiful just as you are! 🙂

  3. LOl! This was so funny! Thanks for being so real with us. It helps to make our own crazy conversations not so crazy. 🙂 And thank you, too, for making us more aware of our need to be more fit. I love, love chocolate! But I am realizing that I really don't need to eat it every day – but in moderation. I can't kick it totally. LOL!

    Thanks Sandy! Have a great weekend!

  4. This was the best!! And completely mirrored my thoughts. So glad I'm not the only one with a conflicting brain….I really thought is was just me:) My thoughts go from great to not-so-great as the day progresses and fatigue/hunger sets in. In the morning I'm all "Yes, it's going to be a great, good day!" to, by the afternoon, "Do I really want to be remembered by my kids as the mom who didn't eat after school warm chocolate chip cookies with them because she wanted to be thin? No, of course I don't want my kids to remember me as that. And pizza on Friday nights – do I really want to be that mom that doesn't participate in Friday pizza night?? No, and what about pancakes on Saturdays? And cinnamon rolls on Sundays??"

    I'm seeing a pattern here:
    a) I obviously allow my kids too many treats – yikes!
    b) Extra weight is obviously the kids' fault!

    Have a blessed weekend…..I honestly have no good advice 🙁

  5. You're 41?

    Really. If we lived closer we could have killer workouts together… I needed you today when I decided to nap instead of run.

    love you sis

  6. Mindy: I hear ya! Pizza Thursday is a Cooper tradition. The rest of it (pancakes, cookies, etc) are on special occasions only.

    Lisa: It's probably a good thing we don't live near each other. I think we've found about 15 things we'd like to do together. We'd never have time for our families! And yes, I'm 41. Why, does that surprise you? I looke OLDER? Or is it that I'm so much WISER? hee hee.

    Love you all!

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