Sunday, 14 October 2012
Happy Birthday to me!
Yep. 45. I am knee deep in the 35-49 demographic that marketers don't give a shit about. I am officially in my mid-40s, and I think this makes me a cougar. Gack.
The thing is, I don't feel like a 45 year old woman. 45 year old women are old people, and I am young. In my head I am more like a 36-37 year old than someone in my mid-40s. Isn't 45 the new 35? Let's say yes.
Of course, as with every birthday, I have spent a lot of the day reviewing the decisions I have made in my life, and considering where I am now.
Last spring, I looked like this:
Like many other overweight people, I actively avoided opportunities to have my picture taken. Need a photographer? I can do it! Slightly out of frame? That's the perfect spot to stand. Hey, look, is that a giant plant? I'll go there. Despite that, it appears that the Nerd's sister captured me at one of the family dinners last spring, for the above photo. Ah well, I will never be a ninja.
This evening, I look like this. Please forgive the utter lack of makeup and the out of control hair:
As for where I stand this year, I am generally happy. Sure, money is tight and work is very stressful, but I am in a solid relationship, and my job is one that I am lucky and privileged to have. I live in a nice apartment, in a neat part of town.
And I am taking control of my health and fitness. I am working out daily, and paying attention to what I eat. I am fuelling my body with healthy food, and seeking to push myself a little bit more every week. I am in a much better place emotionally than I was last year at this time. And with luck, next year will be even better...!
Happy birthday to me!