As I inch ever closer to embarking on the last year of my 50s, my thoughts turn to anything that will soothe the angst of being an age that sounds so old. I’m working at being healthier and more fit going into my *gulp* 60s.
I’ve purchased a treadmill for a no-excuses workout. In fact we’re setting up a whole workout room adding my hubby’s ancient rower and some free weights, resistance bands and an exercise ball. This room was formerly our library/billiard room, well it still is the library but the floor area has been opened up by removing the pool table no one used. My friend, Gene Lempp, of Designing From Bones, and I are beginning a treadmill challenge tomorrow. It will run through January 29th. We’ve set goals for those 60 days and have rewards for ourselves in mind if we reach or surpass those goals. Wish us luck! We’ll post our progress from time to time so you can help keep us accountable.
While my meals are well-constructed of whole grains, vegetables and lean meats and fish, I’m still working on the in-between eating. I stopped baking and purchased dry-roasted almonds and very dark chocolate for an evening treat. Yet the pounds remain.
Back to things that soothe my angst – the exercise will help, as will having time to read while walking. We almost always have classic rock or metal music playing throughout the day, which takes me back to my youth.
Isn’t food just the most comforting element though? Thoughts of the foods of my childhood keep popping in my head. They are exactly the foods I have to avoid in order to get fit.
My Mom would make pot roast or roast pork or chicken with potatoes and vegetables for Sunday dinners. On Tuesdays she’d use the leftover mashed potatoes to make her version of potato pancakes. Oh, I loved Tuesday nights!
Grilled cheese and tomato soup was, and still is, my favorite lunch. Follow it up with a dish of tapioca topped with cinnamon and whipped cream – ooh, I’m in heaven!
Mom made a to-die-for vanilla custard pie on Christmas. I have carried on the tradition because it’s the silkiest, most perfect custard that melts in your mouth and primes it for more.
*wiping drool from my chin* Here are a few more from my childhood that you may have enjoyed as well:
None of these yummy foods will make it into my meal planning, except on very rare occasion. I’ll wait til I’m in my 80s to eat more of these foods because I know I’ll decide at that point that I can eat anything I want, just like I’ll be able to say anything and get away with it.
A happy relationship, a healthy mind and body and dreams to reach for help in dealing with getting older. I’ll soothe my angst with good music, healthy foods, lots of exercise and playing with my hubby…becoming a published author will help, too.
What do you do to soothe your angst? Are your favorite childhood comfort foods still in on your menu? Want to share them with us?
You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments!
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