by Kelsey Fields
Soooooo. I woke up 30 this morning.
I went and got my hair done last night. I absolutely love my stylist. She’s 23 and takes great care of me. As she was blow drying my hair she innocuously said, “I love how you embrace your gray hair and never have me try and cover it.”
Not gonna lie, my first thought was wait, do I have enough gray hairs to justify that comment? And then I was like oh yeah, I’m totally embracing the gray hair, while in my head I was totally NOT embracing it and trying to figure out a way to cover it at my next appointment without her thinking I was doing it because I was having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that my hair shafts are OLD.
So besides my hair prematurely aging, it’s been a wonderful day. I woke up with my favorite boys snuggled up next to me, did my usual Saturday morning chores, got my workout in, watched Max play soccer while I juggled Micky trying to run onto the field every five seconds, and ate Sonic outside with my family. That’s not even the best part. Tonight, I get to go to Target. By. Myself. Happy Birthday to me!
Anyway, I have been reflecting about how I feel about being 30, and I have come to the realization that knowledge and wisdom are power. I know so many more things about myself now than I did when I was in my 20s.
- Example 1) 20 year-old Kelsey would spend HOURS on the elliptical or treadmill (steady state cardio) trying to lose weight. Now, I know that high intensity interval training (HIIT) is done in 30 minutes and it will blast way more calories than long distance running ever could. Science has shown HIIT is the best way to lose fat because you burn more calories during your workout, your body continues to burn calories for hours after. (Click here for a HITT exercise you can do from home).
- Example 2) 20 year-old Kelsey stayed away from any and all weight training. Weights equaled bulky muscles and not enough calorie burn. Now, I try to get in two strength workouts each week. Weight training has many benefits, including increased metabolism, increased fat and calorie burn, and it helps keep your bones strong. Also–it seriously makes you feel unstoppable.
- Example 3) 20 year-old Kelsey only cared about exercise because it made her skinny so she could look good at the lake. Today, I care about exercise because I want to be STRONG. I care about being able to get my rear up 10 rungs on a playground ladder so I can chase my kids around and make memories. I care about keeping my heart healthy because heart disease runs in my family and I will NOT be another statistic. (Click here to read more about heart health.) And real talk, I still care about looking good at the lake, but only because I want to spend my time at the lake enjoying my kids and family, not worrying about how I look in my suit.
So I guess what I’m trying to get at, is while I may not be embracing my gray hair, I am embracing all of the crazy life experiences that come with being older, errrrr, more mature. Because if we’re honest, I like this 30 year-old Kelsey a lot better.
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Kelsey is an elementary teacher (in her first year of teaching!), a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.