During one of my earliest trips to Hilton Head Island, I spotted a woman on a bike. She was wearing a yellow bikingtop and heather grey biking shorts. Her socks were bright white, but I don’t recall her the color of her shoes. Black, maybe. She had a luxurious long grey pigtail down her back. Tanned and fit, I guessed that she was in her 60’s.
I have maintained that image ever since then. Perhaps 18 years ago. I saw what I wanted to be physically at that age. I wanted to be fit. I wanted to be biking. A fit and strong woman riding her bike on a beautiful day in a lovely environment inspired me without having seen her face nor heard her voice. Although I have lost my fascination with Hilton Head (another stoplight??), I have not lost my love of biking. At some point in my life, I decided that if I took good care of my legs, they would take good care of me. Even with the feet problems I endure, my legs are strong and vital.
I believe that if you see it ahead of you, you can get there. If you can imagine it, you can attain it. If you believe it, then “it” will become real for you. The universe hears and responds. I believe that I can stay fit for the remainder of my life. The amount of miles I can ride may change from year to year, but that hasn’t yet been the case. I rode 14 miles yesterday, and plan 20 today. I’m 56 years old.
This is what I find curious. I see women who apparently spend time and money on hair and nails. They are completely finished with color and sparkle on the outside of their bodies. But they are 30 lbs overweight. Or 50. I have to wonder if they took those hours which they spend on hair and nails – or a portion thereof – and applied them to walking, or Pilates, or biking, how much better could they improve their lives and their health? How much better would they look with the glow of regular exercise?
Start slow. Start small. But start. Walk to the mailbox, walk around the block, go to the park with your dog, walk. Walk. Walk. Cut down slightly on portions. Notice eating habits after 9 PM or 8 PM or whenever you realize that eating is just about a habit or emotional need. Give your body the attention you offer your hair or nails. I think that the delight you will see and the health you will create will add great satisfaction to those lovely nails and that gorgeous hair. You don’t have to be an athlete. You simply have to decide what you want to be in 10 years. Or 20. Look ahead, find that image that inspires you – a realistic magazine photo, a picture of you in a fit condition, a cartoon – find something that inspires you. And go get it.
Dang, this is not what this post was supposed to be about. I’m going to get my nails done.