This blog is titled Women Approaching the Age of 70. You may have surmised that by now I have attained that age. Now that I’m over 70 I find that a large part of my time is spent trying to maintain my physical well being. I walk two or three miles six days a week. I participate in a yoga class twice a week and plan to join water aerobics again this summer. I take calcium and vitamin D twice a day along with a multi-vitamin and ester-C. To support a strong immune system I have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) every morning in a glass of tomato juice. I drink five cups of coffee every day to ward off dementia. To avoid macular degeneration I take something called Macuguard and wear sunglasses. I garden quite a bit but work only in the shade. I haven’t eaten beef in several years. White potatoes, flour and sugar have been virtually eliminated from my diet. Carbonated drinks are off limits. I avoid all fried foods.
Of course I color my hair. I’m also having a series of three Skin Pen treatments to encourage collagen production in my face. I just had the second treatment. I look like a lobster! I use retin-A religiously and just bought a new tube of sun screen. I’m blessed with good teeth, but flossing and teeth whitener are mandatory.
I’m very careful about leaving an object in my path since a friend tripped over something in the dark and broke her elbow. I still clean out my gutters but exercise caution on the ladder. I have four pairs of readers stashed in my car, home and office. I should have taken a pair into the nursery. I thought I was buying a red bell pepper plant. I later discovered (when I read the small tag) that it’s a mild jalapeno. At that same time I accidentally (because I couldn’t see) took home a beef steak tomato when I wanted a cherry tomato. Oh, boy!
As I said, this maintenance routine is almost a full time job.