When I was younger, I heard grown folks say that they weren't getting older, they were getting better. And it wasn't just Furious Styles in Boyz in the Hood neither! Older people in my life used that phrase all the time. I never really knew what they meant until now.
When I was a teenager, I thought that time would NEVER move. It took what seemed like an eternity to get from 9th to 12th grade! Not literally folks. Actually, it only took the normal four years, but I wanted to be grown so bad that I could taste it!
|1995 Snow Daze Dance. I thought I was killin it in this dress!|
|1996 in my high-school halls with the jailhouse pose|
Once I turned 18, I moved out. At the time, getting "old" (in my eyes old was 30) seemed light years away.
|Me with my best friend at our high-school graduation|
In my 20's I didn't really think much about my age. I just cruised along. Hanging out with friends, raising my children, being a young wife, etc. Nothing could touch me!
Then there was 30. The big 3-0 hit me kind of hard. I wasn't prepared! Where had the time gone?! I mean shoot, I still felt 20 something!
|My 'Golden Birthday'. See what I did there? #solidgold|
I knew that I wanted to lose some weight, but I never really saw myself as THAT overweight. Below is the first 'before/during' picture where I took a good look and realized that I didn't know where my weight had taken me. Well, I knew, but I didn't. I knew because as you can tell in the picture on the right, I tried to use that poor little clutch as a shield for my tummy. Sad, but true. I say that I didn't know because I actually thought it worked! lol! When I look at these pics, I see a different me from my hair, down to my knees :)
I said all of that to say this. I'm not done. Not even close. Being active, and consistently making small changes to live a healthier life is ongoing for me. I slip. Hell, I fall! But I will never stop. And in the process I'm beginning to realize that, like fine wine, I'm getting better with time.
Do you feel like you become a better you as time passes? What are some of the things that keep you motivated to do better?
Until next time...
|This was Friday of last week :)|
Sweater - Old Navy
Scarf - H&M
Jeans - Old Navy
Boots - Target