Guest blogger Carla Langridge is a 76 year old personal trainer who can run rings around her grandchildren. She is still working more actively than most, was an opera singer in her youth and is a force to be reckoned with.
I describe myself like this: I am an athlete. I eat, drink and exercise accordingly. It gives me boundaries but it also gives me boundless scope. I choose to see myself in this way and so I live and work accordingly.
A typical Wednesday :
5.30 Hot lemon juice and a coffee. Jump in the car and drive to the gym.
5.45. Open up the gym and do a bit of housekeeping
6am. Begin spin class , loud music, strobe lighting, stopwatch etc. My clients just want a good workout and are out the door the door by 7am. I head home.
8am Breakfast - 4 pieces of fruit shared between 2 and another coffee.
10.30. I train a client for 1 hour
12.00. Lunch - raw salad veggies finely cut and grated (I eat it with a spoon) and 2 (cooked) eggs.
3 pm. Back to the gym for my own workout which I do 5 days a week. Tuesday Thursday and Sunday I have a run and Saturday is rest day.
4.30. Train a client for an hour
6.30. Dinner - Roasted or steamed veggies and a piece of fish or tofu or variations on that theme.
A lot of my spare time is spent reading or writing. I take French lessons because to speak French is a passion and a goal, but boy it is slow going at 77.
I tackle The Australian from cover to cover and do the crossword . Before I had my stroke of luck I would have indulged in some wine before dinner but that has all changed now that I am on blood thinners .
A few years ago I won a car in a competition run by a newspaper. There were interviews and photos but headline next morning read ' Grandmother wins prize'. It shocked me because that is not how I see myself. I feel fabulously lucky being a grandma but it does not define me.
State of mind is powerful so do whatever you can to help yourself and beware of self sabotage, subtle or overt.
Stay lean kiddies,