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My First Year of Being Sixty

  • November 9, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
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My First Year of Being Sixty

Sixty years old! Yikes it sounds so old and I still have to slap myself to believe that I reached this milestone age earlier in the year. As it has turned out my first year of being sixty has been pretty amazing and although I was dreading it I’m now loud and proud to be this age.

When I was young (a distant memory now), I thought anyone over the the age of forty was practically past it and over the hill. Truly I did. However as I’ve gotten older I’m more accepting of age and hate it when people write you off because you’re of a certain age. Even though my body tells me on a daily basis that I’m definitely a little older, I still think as myself as reasonably spritely for my age.

My First Year of Being Sixty

Celebrating my Big 60

Good for your age

For my age! Don’t you just hate it when people say “you’re good for your age”? It’s kind of a backhanded compliment. In other words they’re taken aback by your ability to do something that young people do, like navigating technology, because you look too old!

For example, I took my daughter along to my Pilates class a few months ago and she was rather surprised as to how difficult the class was. She remarked afterwards that she was impressed by the fact that I did every exercise and barely raised a sweat (or a groan of pain)! I was kind of flattered until I realised that she simply assumed I would be doing an easy class because of my age.

My First Year of Being Sixty

On the Mediterranean Cruise

60th Birthday Celebrations

My actual birthday in February was very low key because I was at that point in denial of turning sixty. I had lunch out with the girls and then a small dinner party with family and close friends. The big celebration of my year of turning sixty, was a Mediterranean Cruise and three weeks travelling in Italy, that I had planned for April and May. This was a superb holiday and was definitely a big highlight of the year.

When I returned from my five week holiday overseas I felt at a loose end and didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m not sure whether I was suffering from post-holiday blues or just feeling old. I made the decision to return to my part-time writing job for hotels/resorts and then made another big decision to embark on a weight loss program. Within a few months I had dropped a few kilos, had upped my exercise regime and was feeling great.

My First Year of Being Sixty

Seeing the sights of Rome

Weight-loss & Fitness

Since July I have dropped 6.5 kgs and I feel fabulous. I have much more energy and feel as though I can do a lot of things a lot easier. It’s amazing how the accumulated weight around my mid-section had impacted on my ability to do things, even simple things like bending over to do up my shoelaces!

The other side effect of my weight loss is that I have got fitter and toned up some of the flabby parts of my body. I exercise every single day and try to challenge myself as much as I can. I’m enjoying the new trimmer version of me and being able to fit back into some of my wardrobe (or should I say most of my wardrobe)!

My First Year of Being Sixty

Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon

Challenging myself in my sixties

I will continue to embrace my sexy sixties, as though I’m oblivious to my age. I think the main thing is to keep challenging myself and this has been evidenced this year by doing three “adventurous things” that have been on my bucket list for a while.

In April I was invited on a media trip that involved undertaking a hot air balloon flight over the Brisbane Valley. It was an incredible experience soaring silently over the skies of the Ipswich region. My fear of heights dissipated rapidly once I was up in the air.

My First Year of Being Sixty

Reaching the summit of Mt Warning

Also in September I took on another challenge, and that was climbing Mt Warning in Northern New South Wales. I had been wanting to do this for ages and I finally felt fit enough to take on the mountain, that involves about and hour and a half climb with a 300 metre rock scramble to the summit. The views from the summit and the amazing adrenalin rush I experienced was thoroughly worth the pain of the climb!

Later on in September I departed on a Vietnam holiday and did a three day tour up to the mountains of Sapa, where I once again completed a couple of challenging treks into the countryside. This was an amazing adventure under fairly difficult weather conditions, but the scenery made it fully worthwhile.

My First Year of Being Sixty

Trekking the hills of Sapa

I realised after completing these three challenges and overcoming some of my fears, that age really is no barrier to keep on setting new limits and achievements. I’m not completely certain of what my next adventure will be, but I can tell you it will involve getting out of my comfort zone! Maybe it will be doing the 3 Capes Walk in Tasmania; skiing at Nozawa Onsen in Japan; or caring for orphan elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. Who knows! My next adventure could be a number of things.

I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the decade of my sixties is going to be some of the best years of my life. What are your thoughts? Do you think age is a barrier?

Lyndall from Seize the Day Projectlovin-life-linky
Deb from DebbishDotCom
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


By 50 Shades, November 9, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

40 Comments
  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    November 9, 2017

    It’s exciting to read of all the challenges you have achieved since turning 60. Having just turned 50 I found this post very inspirational.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Thanks Ingrid. I must admit I do like a good challenge and hopefully my body will hold up to many more! #TeamLovinLife

  • Rae Hilhorst
    November 9, 2017

    I am in absolute awe off you. There’s hope for me yet, I’m thinking. It’s time to get my shite together x

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      There is absolutely lots of hope for you Rae. You look fabulous! It really is mind over matter. #TeamLovinLife

  • Lydia C. Lee
    November 9, 2017

    That looks like a pretty good start to the 60’s!!

  • Vanessa
    November 9, 2017

    I think attitude matters more than age!

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      I agree Vanessa (obviously!) I’m not one to sit in the corner and watch life pass me by. #TeamLovinLife

  • Natalie
    November 9, 2017

    Congrats, Kathy, for embarking on a fitness routine and completing your challenges! Everyone goes through the aging process but those who focus on activities that improve their quality of life tend to be “ageless”, and even inspirational to others.

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Thanks Natalie. I do generally watch what I eat and exercise regularly but discovered the kilos were slowly creeping on and getting way out of control. I’ve still got some work to do but I’m getting there. #TeamLovinLife

  • Deborah
    November 9, 2017

    I’m a bit bamboozled every so often about the fact I’m turning 50 shortly.

    As you said it once seemed SO old. I can’t work out now whether it was because we WERE younger and anything a few decades older seemed old, or whether it was because times have changed – people are living longer and we’re exposed to a whole heap of different options and ideas and now know we don’t have to blindly follow the rules of ageing (our grandparents might have felt they had do).

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      I was completely dreading turning 60, but once my birthday was over and done with I thought “what the hell”! I agree that our grandparents and probably my parents as well were expected to grow old before their time. I think it is a matter of not giving into age and still challenge yourself as much as you can. #TeamLovinLife

  • sue from sizzlingtowardssixty & beyond
    November 9, 2017

    What a great 60th year you are having so far Kathy. You look fabulous and so happy and relaxed. great job climbing Mt Warning. I love reading about women who aren’t focussing on a number but rather just living life to the full.

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Thanks Sue, I certainly like to think that I still look ok, but when I look in the mirror I see otherwise! I’m a very determined person so will keep challenging myself on every level until I can’t anymore. It is hard though keeping the kilos off and keeping fit without injuring myself. #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    November 9, 2017

    You have done so much this year Kathy and you’re so right about 60 sounding old but not feeling old – I think we’re re-inventing this ageing thing as we go! I’m also impressed with the fact that you’ve shifted some weight off your midrift – I’m still trying to figure out how to do that!

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      I like to think we’re re-inventing the “old age” thing too Leanne. My daughter keeps telling me not to give into age and that I should eat more sensibly, exercise more and not to dress like an old lady! She’s my very own personal trainer and stylist! Shifting the weight has not been easy. It’s a very slow process. #TeamLovinLife

  • budget jan
    November 9, 2017

    Bring it on. I’ve got two years up on you and no without a doubt that my next 10 years will be amazing. You are wonderful losing 6.5 kg. I am fighting a battle with my mind at the moment. Hopefully my mind will win out and I will find the willpower. Whatever your next adventure will be I know it will be fantastic.

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Jan you’re so slim. You don’t need to lose any weight. Yes the mind does prevent us from doing things that are good for us at times. My problem is that I like good food and wine too much. I have to use every little bit of willpower I have to not over-indulge! #TeamLovinLife

  • Life Images by Jill
    November 9, 2017

    You’re looking good Kathy and congratulations on the weight loss. Happy belated 60! I reached 60 to years ago and I really have put on a few kilos this past year, too many sleeps ins in the morning instead of going for a walk. I need to quit the excuses and get back into this routine. I was pleased to have achieved the Granite Skywalk in the Porongurap Ranges in WA recently – the last bit climbing up to the Skywalk was challenging, but I made it! Keep up the challenges Kathy and the great blog for us “overs”.

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Thanks Jill. I’m certainly not ready to throw the towel in yet, so I will keep challenging myself as long as I’m able. The weight thing is a battle as we get older, but you just have to keep a watchful eye on it and not over-indulge too much. Good on you for completing the Skywalk. I love doing things like this and look forward to planning my next adventure. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey
    November 9, 2017

    You’re looking great. More importantly, you’re obviously feeling great – and that’s what it’s about – at any age. I think we’re “younger” in spirit today in our 50s and 60s than our parents were…although my Mum at 75 is fitter than I’m beginning to think I’ll ever be!

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Thanks Jo. I do feel good about myself since shedding a few kilos and getting fitter. I do have a fairly fresh and positive outlook on life and like to keep challenging myself both physically and mentally. Hopefully I’ll be able to do this for at least another decade or two! #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    November 9, 2017

    Congratulations on your weight loss and for rocking 60!! You’re looking fantastic and NO, age is no barrier. As long as we look after ourselves, we can do whatever we bloody well want to despite our age! ;-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      We sure can Min! I’ve still got a little way to go with the weight loss. I’m determined to look like a stylish mother-of-the-groom next year for my son’s wedding. I’m not ready to give into my age just yet! #TeamLovinLife

  • Jan Wild
    November 9, 2017

    From the vantage point of 64 I think there are only 2 barriers; one is the fact that our bodies might not be as sprightly as our minds but the other is our mental/emotional disposition to ‘ageing’. You are such a great role model Kathy, congratulations on making the most of this wonderful time of life. Sharing on RNS :-)

    • Kathy
      November 9, 2017

      Thank you so much Jan. I echo your words. It is all about our attitude to ageing as opposed to how we look physically. I think our biggest attribute as we age is our health and ability to do all those things we want to do. This is the reason I’m on a bit of a health regime. #TeamLovinLife

  • Denyse
    November 9, 2017

    Go you! This was a very refreshing post and I congratulate you on your wonderful endeavours and going so well into your 60s. I know age is a number but it does have some downsides and as I am about to turn 68 and have lost a LOT of weight over time I am saggy and very lined. But now, I have a different outlook because I am proud to be feeling better within myself and that skin is a sign of how well I am doing. My surgeons and GP have been amazed at my recovery from the very major surgery for cancer and I think part of it is that I got my body to do what it does best, heal! D x

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2017

      Denyse you have done an amazing job with your recovery and I think you look fantastic. I hope I have at least a small portion of your zest for life and positive attitude after such a huge ordeal. Once you’ve recovered fully you may be able to get out and about to exercise to help firm up the saggy bits. That’s one of the downsides of rapid weight loss. You’re an inspiration! #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo
    November 9, 2017

    You’ve done so well to lose 6.5kgs and although you’ve always looked lovely to me I bet you do feel better. Well done on challenging yourself still and for just getting out there and doing great things. Inspiring :) Here’s to your next decade being awesome.

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2017

      Yes here’s to both of us living our loves to the fullest and keep on challenging ourselves. Clink clink!! I do feel and look much better for having shed a few kilos. I would like to lose a bit more, but I’m not going to starve myself to get there. #TeamLovinLife

  • Emma
    November 9, 2017

    This is such a positive post. I’m not in my sixties but am in my mid-40s with friends much younger who are always making comments re: “for my age”, which actually ends up making me feel paranoid, though I know they mean it as a compliment. I love your attitude here, that age is just a number; it’s very inspirational.

    My #teamlovinlife post is here

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2017

      Thank you Emma and welcome to my blog. Yes the “for my age” comment can be a little condescending I find. People like to categorise us as being capable of doing certain things at certain ages and I hate being categorised. My attitude is that we are definitely as young as we feel and by keeping a positive mindset it does keep us young. #TeamLovinLife

  • Pinky Poinker
    November 10, 2017

    Wow! What a year. I want to climb Mt Warning one day!

    • Kathy
      November 10, 2017

      Oh yes I have had a big year. I’m looking forward to staying put for a while. You should climb Mt Warning. I’ve lived here for 37 years and it took me that long to do it!

  • Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project
    November 12, 2017

    That’s awesome Kathy. You go girl!! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 13, 2017

    Wow you wear 60 so well. You look amazing!

  • Annette Jones
    November 18, 2017

    Only that I read it on SM did I know you were 60, wouldn’t have picked it otherwise! May the rest of your 60’s be as adventurous as the first year! 60 is the new 40, isn’t it? That’s what I am telling myself as I head towards it at a rapid speed.

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