Growing Up Like Grandma

April 14, 2010

Grandma and me

Grandma and me

My sisters have hinted more than once that I must have “come from the milkman.”  Not because of my creamy complexion (I wish!), or my knack for guzzling plain, nonfat yogurt, but because I look nothing like them.  I’m the only one with brown eyes, straight curves and small teats.  And, though I’m pretty sure the milkman wasn’t involved, I hope it’s more because I take after my grandma.

My grandma is a 95-year-old ‘ever-ready bunny.’  She truly is built to last (and it has nothing to do with the batteries she uses!).  This is partly due to her stout German genes, but mostly because of the way she lives.  Grandma is a stickler for routine and her everyday habits have served her well.  Even though she has nine and a half decades under her belt, she can still drive, cook, volunteer and tie her own shoes.

I know if I follow her example, I too, can age well and grow up like Grandma.

Some of the practices that have kept my grandmother young and lively are:

  • Spending a good portion of her day in the yard & garden.
  • Preparing well-balanced meals with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Saying grace.
  • Finishing her meals with a cup of hot tea (usually green tea) and just a bite of something sweet.
  • Maintaining her ideal weight.
  • Getting enough rest.
  • Taking care of others.
  • Having many interests like reading, playing cards, volunteering in the community and watching the SF Giants.
  • Keeping her house organized and orderly.
  • Being content with herself, and
  • Beginning and ending each day with prayer.

Seems simple enough!

I remember talking to Grandma about getting older and she told me that she didn’t start feeling old until she was in her eighties.  Wow!  I hope I can live to say the same.  Of course, I’ll still go out with a wet head and run a little more than she thinks I should, but I promise to practice more of her routine and hopefully I’ll grow up just like Grandma.

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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