Mar 6, 2014

At Forty and Beyond

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Where did the time go?  One time I was just twenty and now, twenty years has gone by already!  Oh yes, I have officially joined the so-called midlife, but hopefully not the crisis commonly associated with it.  And while many women (and men maybe?) would cringe at the thought of admitting their real age, I'm proud to say I've lived four decades already and I feel simply blessed.



When I was twenty, I thought forty was ancient already.  Now that I have reached that age, honestly, I could say, it doesn't feel so old after all.  Well, sure I've got a bad knee and I have probably gained some weight over the years, together with some wrinkles, blemishes, unflattering bulges and all sort of things we associate with ageing, plus of course this chronic hypertension that I am still battling, but hey, four decades?  It's a milestone!

The thing is, I am still able to do most of the things I used to do when I was very much younger.  In fact, I've done many things in the past couple of years that I have not done in my younger days.  I've learned a bit of Taiji and would have gone to learning Wushu or Taekwondo if not for the injured knee.  I'm not closing doors to other forms of martial arts though.  Aikido perhaps? And let's not forget my love affair with running.  I've ran in 5K and 10K events, and sometimes on a monthly basis.  That is excluding my weekday and Sunday runs.  Oh and yes, I finally learned the basics of swimming and would probably go for advance classes if time permits this summer.  I'm still fearful of drowning, but more daring in trying not to drown, I guess hehehe.  

At forty, I look forward to the next forty or so years, God willing.  I look forward to more challenges to conquer, new things to learn or at least try, milestones to achieve as I strive to live a healthy lifestyle.  

Fit at forty and beyond...that is my goal.  After all, we are the stewards of our own bodies.  We have received the gift of life, but we have to work at it for the long haul.  It is a personal responsibility that each of us has to take seriously.  Good health is something we have to work hard for every single day.

Are you ready to run the race or plunge the depths or soar high up and reach your full fitness potentials?  

I am!  

37 comments:

  1. Life begins at 40 where you are free to explore your dreams and goals you thought you have missed. Let me join you on your road to fitness and well being, Happy birthday !!!

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  2. May our good Lord continue to work in your life and enable you to achieve your health goals in the months to come. Despite an injured knee and chronic hypertension, you enjoy many activities that promotes good health. Keep on inspiring us! :)

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  3. Ateeee! I can't believe you're 40! Are you sure you're 40? I think you're just 21! :)

    Belated habertday ate! We miss you. I lost your number... Hope all is well! :)

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  4. I couldn't have guessed your age! You are still so young and fit, I may even look older than you. hehe. :) Belated happy birthday!

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  5. All I can say is I've seen (even just through your blog) that you have lived an active and full life at the age of 40. And I'm happy to read this post because it reflects how positive your outlook in life is. So, belated happy birthday Ms. Aileen and may God bless more of your years to come.

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  6. happy 40th birthday Ms. Aileen and another 40 happy birthdays to come. Not all people reached that age healthy. So indeed you are simply blessed. Your goal is a challenge for me, whenever I read your blog I always get reminded to strive for a healthy life. Though I always fail to put it into life, at least I always get a reminder.

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  7. I see a lot of people getting bigger at 40, they look more fit and beautiful. I can't even tell how old you are by just looking. Keep up that fit lifestyle. Happy birthday Sis:)

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  8. Happy Birthday!! You look amazing!! You have to share your secret as to how you have defied aging.

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  9. Happy Birthday Sis:)

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  10. Thanks kiddo! Last time I checked I'm 40 yrs and 5 days old hehehe...pero pwede nga yung isip 21 yrs old hahaha! Miss you guys! How are things at the "old hangout?"

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  11. Thank you Ms. Sarah...you are a fitness inspiration and I think you are even fitter than I am. You're more the health buff :-)

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  12. Thanks Vera...oh we are as young or old as we think we are....sometimes I think I act like a 10 yr old lol!

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  13. Thank you Kristine! God bless you too!

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  14. Amen to the next 40 yrs! Thank you Ms. Mylene :-)

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  15. Thank you sis! I didn't defy ageing, and no one can really do that. The most we can do is delay it hehehe. No secrets there...just enjoy life (with the ups and downs), live for a higher purpose, smile often, balance all the important aspects of life, have a good relationship with Him....oh and not to forget regular exercise and eating healthy. :-)

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  16. It's great that you're proud of your age. I know some people who cringe at the thought of disclosing it.

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  17. Whaaaat? You're 40???
    It's great that you are feeling happy about it. Good vibes to you on your birthday!

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  18. based on your profile pic on the side, you don't look 40 and that's amazing! As they say age is just a number... its your outlook that is more important! have fun always!

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  19. Belated Happy Birthday Sis! Just like everyone said, hinde halata that you are already 40. Because age is just a number. I wish that everything your heart desires come true. Stay happy and blessed.


    Mommy Maye
    www.momaye.com

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  20. Glad that you are keeping fit and doing your best to be healthy.

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  21. Happy birthday dearest! We miss you over the hop. I hope you enjoyed your special day and i wish nothing but for you to have good health.

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  22. That reminds me, I better find a recent pic...that one on the side was taken 2 years ago, so I was around 38 that time...I still look the same, I guess hehehe. Age is a number we should all be proud of. But as they say, it's the quality that matters most.

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  23. Thank you sis! Am not wearing glasses in the pics kasi hehehe...one time, I might have fun with selfies...with and without glasses.

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  24. Yes, Dominique...we owe it to ourselves to stay healthy, not only for ourselves but for the people we love.

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  25. Thank you sis! Miss you all too...just give me time to get myself together and hopefully be back in the hop in full force hehehe...I got sidetracked...but I have not forgotten our "family"

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  26. Parang 39 lang no? Hahaha just kidding. God bless you too sis.

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  27. Thank you Cym. It's the new 20 daw hehehe

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  28. I debated on whether to disclose that on this blog or keep mum over it. I guess being honest about it won. 40 and proud of it. :-)

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  29. Thank you Melgie!

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  30. Happy Birthday Sis... Haven't heard from you for so long.. hehehe.. and I missed that really. At forty you are fabulous! :-)

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  31. Happy birthday! You are on the right track by being FIT at FORTY and BEYOND! I feel I just got too engrossed in my work and forgot about being fit! A few months ago, I just started by changing my diet to include fruits and vegetables and mostly fish! I still am not into exercise yet, but I do hope I will get into it!

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  32. Happy birthday, sis! Hope you had a good one! I agree with everone, you don't look your age. I admire your dedication and discipline in keeping yourself fit and healthy. Way to go, sis! :-)

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  33. We saw some oldies having a bike this morning on our way to work, then Mommy throw jokes on me, "sa susunod, ikaw na ang isa jan sa mga naka-bike na yan. Irereplace mo na sila" then we suddenly had a discussion about retirement. She told me that one of her goal is to retire at the age of 40 para mas maenjoy nya daw ang life. I think I have to agree with that. hehehe

    By the way Happy birthday!

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  34. Thank you! Lapit na rin bday mo hehehe advance!


    Retire at 40? Depends on what your definition of retirement is. For me, not yet...maybe when I'm 80 hahaha!

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  35. Thanks sis! While I do write about my fitness activities, I have to be honest that I am still not that disciplined and dedicated....I backslide just like most, I guess. But the thing is, I keep coming back to trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I'm definitely not a poster model for health and fitness...just someone trying to be fit. :-)

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  36. Thanks Doc! Well, you're on the right track as well with eating healthy. That's a good start!

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  37. Awww, miss you too sis! Thanks for dropping by and for the greetings. Hahaha am not fabulous....more like flabby on the belly....my abs are stubborn and won't come out lol!

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