Aging and Treating my Body Better

Patagonia fleece, Zella “Live In” leggings, Nike Air Max Thea sneakers, Ray-Ban aviators, Gap beanie (similar)

My 31st birthday is around the corner and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my body. Honestly, after turning 30, the only thing that seems to be maturing is my body. Mike and I talk about it all the time, we both mentally feel like we’re still kids, the same people from 10 years ago, but our bodies tell us different. Aging is such a weird thing and something I don’t think is discussed enough on social media and blogs. I’m not afraid of getting older and would never hide my age (my age doesn’t define me), but one thing I do know, I have to start treating my body better.

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Getting older has come pretty natural for me. I would say my first year as a 30 year old was my best year yet. I’m more open minded, patient, understanding, and less judgmental. I have experience to fall back on and even have advice for those seeking it. I actually know how to pencil in my eyebrows now, so things are looking up, lol. The one thing I haven’t loved through this aging process, the way my body feels and look older. I know a lot of this has to do with my lack of movement, but overall, it can’t do as much as before and it takes a lot longer to recover. I think it’s a combination of accepting this, but also, treating myself better and making my body a priority. Heck, we only have one and once it starts depleting, things can only go downhill from there.

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The biggest thing affecting me right now is my lack of muscle tone. While all my clothes still fit, I’m feeling more flabby than ever. Being someone who has been physically active her whole life, with at least some muscle definition, I have to be honest, I’m feeling pretty self-conscious. I would say I’m not as crazy as I used to be when it comes to eating healthy, but health and fitness play a major role in my life (I’ve been eating vegan for almost 10 years). So, I completely get it and I know how important it is to eat real foods and workout not just for muscle definition, but for my overall health. I’m a believer. I just have to find some balance in my life. Less work and more physical activity. I know if things don’t change, my body will start breaking down. For reals though, my hamstrings are tight from walking up and down our stairs (yikes!).

How do you fit your workouts into your busy days? I’ve been thinking about going to bed earlier and waking up earlier to fit them in. If you have any tips on how you’re making it all work, I’d love to hear from you.

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To help get me excited for my workouts this fall, I teamed up with Nordstrom to talk activewear. I recently picked up this super warm Patagonia fleece. It’s slightly oversized on me, but I think it runs TTS for most. It comes in a handful of different colors, but I must say, this creamy white is the perfect contrast to the dreary days ahead. I talked about these Zella ‘live in’ leggings in the past, but just in case you missed the post, you NEED these! I’m wearing an xxs, and while they run long (I fold mine under), the quality can’t be beat for the price. They’re nice and thick, but still slimming. They’re perfect for workouts, but also great to wear under tunic sweaters and pair with boots. I will be living in these all fall and winter. And lastly, do yourself a favor and snag a pair of Nike Air Max Thea sneakers. Not only are they super comfortable (run narrow though), they’re so chic! I probably wouldn’t run in these, but I love them for walks and to run errands.

I’ll be posting more of my favorite Nordstrom activewear next week, stay tuned!

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Created in collaboration with Nordstrom

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  • Love this active wear outfit!! I have to try a pair of Zella leggings already – I always hear such great things about them! It sounds like your eating is already good which is where your fitness journey starts. You can work out all day but if you’re not eating well, working up a sweat won’t do much. I’d say the number 1 thing I’ve learned is to know what works for YOU. For example, I know I’m not a morning person and there’s no way I can wake up before I absolutely need to to get a workout in. I don’t even attempt it lol Instead, I pack my gym bag and go to the gym directly from work each day. It’s been a game changer for me! I workout 6-7 days a week and going right from work works best for me. Plus, it’s a major stress relief especially after a long day. My advice is to figure out what workout time works best for you during the day and stick to it!!

    Love your blog – and you’re aging gracefully! ;)

    Alissa
    Naturally Me
    http://www.naturallymeblog.com/

    • Thanks so much for sharing! I am a morning person, so it would definitely work best me for to go before I sit down to work and check email (otherwise, I’ll get sucked in). I’ll keep everyone posted on how things are going… stay tuned.

  • I understand the struggle. I’ve maintained a 5 month stretch of consistent gym going by getting it in early in the morning before my day starts and going with a group of girlfriends to hold myself accountable. It’s still hard most days to drag myself out of bed but I know I’m better for it.

    • Thanks for sharing! Yes, it always makes me feel better. It’s just getting there. I’m trying to figure out a schedule with my husband to keep me accountable too.

  • I am also someone who has been pretty fit my whole life. Now that I am staring 35 in the face, I just can’t do the crazy boot camp classes and high-impact stuff I used to do. I don’t recover as quickly and it just isn’t fun anymore. I have recently started following Tracy Campoli and doing her Total Body Transformation workouts every day. They are usually around 30 minutes and that is much easier to fit in my day than making the trip to take an hour long boot camp or megaformer Pilates class. I also think it will be better for me in the long run to move a little bit every day as opposed to going to a class three times a week (if I’m lucky!). I still need to figure out nutrition though. Sigh….

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Cory. I may have to try something at home as well. It won’t take any effort to get anywhere, which is my hardest part. My husband is all about just moving everyday and moving away from so much heavy lifting at the gym… definitely better for our bodies as we age.

  • Such a great post, Crystalin! My goodness, I feel ya. So, I’m 39 now, and I think it was around 34 or so that I really started to feel softer…thicker through the middle. Two years later, I had to give up pretty much all foods that aren’t 100% healthy if I wanted to stay the size I’ve always felt best at. YIKES. No more cheat nights out. No sugar, no dairy, no bread. Ugh.
    Also, I started to notice under eye circles. It isn’t fun, but there is a way to care for our bodies so that we age beautifully. Eating very well and working out is the key. Plenty of rest and really try to keep your stress level down too. Stress wrecks me on so many levels if I let it. Oh, and hot yoga! Hot yoga is so so good for peace and glow inside and out.
    You always look beautiful so don’t be too hard on yourself.

  • I actually schedule most of my weekly routine around exercise although I know that may not be feasible for everyone. When I’m really busy, I’ll try to sneak in just a few short pilates exercises.

    I remember you mentioning a while back that you wanted to try climbing. I can tell you it’s a great and fun way to get really toned. It doesn’t feel like you’re working out even though you actually work hard. I fill out old shirts and dresses that used to be too big and even donated a few of my older shirts whose sleeves were too slim for comfort now. (This might sound scary, but I find this a welcome change from how slim and unhealthy I felt before.)

  • Working out can be difficult to add back into your schedule. After working on my masters, I have realized how much I cut that part of my life out. I am just now getting back into the gym and it feels great. The one thing I have learned is asking yourself what is the best time and workout routine for you. I know there is always a new workout craze that everybody loves, but slowly it fades away. If you are not a morning person (like I am), then do not force yourself to wake up and exercise. Now I plan out my weeks and place going to the gym as part of my day. Scheduling it in has made the process easier. Since I already made time for it, it is no longer an excuse. Hope this helps! Love the casual workout gear!

  • This is a great post to read at any age! My birthday is also coming up, and it’s strange realizing that I don’t have life nearly as figured out as I used to think I would by now, and that’s okay. I do need to start taking better care of my body, though. I’ve also been taking care to incorporate lower-impact workouts like cycling and swimming. Great post, and thank you for being so open.

  • I’ve never been one to have any muscle definition! If you ask me, you look very toned to me. Of course, we are hardest on ourselves. I’m a morning person and still find it hard to workout in the morning, but never regret it. My tip is going to sleep in your workout clothes so you can’t make it an excuse to not workout. You literally just role out of bed and head straight to workout.
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    • Thanks for sharing! I love your tip. I’ve never heard of that one, but it made me laugh. I’ve always worked out in the mornings (I’m an early riser), but as I’m getting older, laying in bed for a little longer seems so much more fun lol.

  • Love the workout attire! I agree as I get older, we really have a better understanding of our selves and those around us.
    I have managed to workout about 5 days a week. Mostly by scheduling my workouts around my week early on and making it a priority. After a while its like washing your hair, you can go a few days, but then you feel yucky! Although I do struggle with eating right, which is something I’m working on.
    Great article and love your blog!

    http://activehabitat.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you Danni and thanks for sharing. I keep telling my husband we need to schedule our work day/life around our workouts. I want it to become regular again. Hopefully I can get through this rough patch and get on some kind of schedule soon.

  • Remember you asked why some of your followers stay with you? And this post is a great example of why I continue to follow. It’s because you write about the truths of everyday life, thoughts & taboo subjects (i.e. aging) in thr blogger world. Its subjects that we can relate to.

    I, too, use to be active & excercise 2-3 times a week afterwork until i changed my career. And my job took over my life for 2 yrs and zero excercise. This year i’ve main a goal to work less & take care of myself. I schedule one pilates (after work) & one cardio (on weekend) per week. I fall on & off thr wagon but not being harsh on myself. I recently bought a package for 10 barre classes. Its super difficult & i almost want to quit but since I had to pay for it, i force myself to go & feel great afterwards. Im also thinking if taking some fun dance classes for starters. Let us know how it goes for u!

    • Okay, this made my day. I love hearing feedback about what you love and don’t about the blog, so I’m glad things are going in a better direction. As far as your workout situation, that sounds exactly like what happened to me. I think I just need to do a better job of making my workouts a priority, maybe even schedule work around it. It 100% makes me feel better, but I know my body just needs it. I will keep you posted on how everything is going.

    • Thanks for sharing, Jennifer! Finding that work/life/health balance is challenging as we get older. But, I like your 2 day/week thing… That will be what I try until I can get in the flow of things.

  • I am right there with you on these feelings. This is a great post. I just got back into working out and eating right. If I make a bad decision on food or working out, I don’t let it get me down. After all tomorrow is another day to do good. I just live with my decisions. I am easing into working out, by at least do 30 minutes on the treadmill. Small but definitely helping. I also have a Mi Band. These tracking bands are so motivational. Mine is cheap and does the basics of track steps and sleep. Fit Bands I hear are great too. Seeing a nutritionist is helpful on the food front. That is what a friend of mine did.
    Good luck and love this outfit. Great workout clothes are also motivators.

    • Thank you, Karrie! And thanks for sharing your feedback. I haven’t looked into any tracking bands, but I may need to…

    • That’s right. I totally forgot they do that. I may need to take a bunch of my Nordstrom pieces in… Thank you for reminding me :)