Age Is Just A Number

Age Is Just A Number


I’ve been thinking a lot about this phrase recently–I watched a conversation with Dana Torres about her new book “Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life.”

The woman is amazing–she said “I’ve been old before. I was old when I was 27 and I got divorced. I was old when I was 35 and I couldn’t get pregnant. I was really old when I was 39 and my father died. But when I was 41 and I woke up in a dorm in the Olympic Village in Beijing, I didn’t feel old. I felt merely–and, yes, happily–middle-aged. “The water doesn’t know how old you are,” I’d been telling anyone who would listen for the prior two years. Though sometimes, I have to admit, I would think to myself, Good thing it can’t see my wrinkles.”


Dara set 3 world records, competed in 5 Olympic games and came home with 12 medals.  Dara was 41 years old when she competed in her final Olympics. Forty. One. When she tells you “age is just a number,” she knows.

I think it’s easy to get discouraged at what we’ve accomplished in our lives, or maybe intimidated at trying to do more, be more “at my age.”  I know that most of my personal goals when out the window when we had the twins–and that is as it should be: our children are our number one priority.  But I’ve been feeling this nagging edge more and more now when I look at my 3 year old Zoe.  I don’t want her to ever doubt that a woman can do anything, achieve anything she wants.  The old barriers of age, socioeconomic status and education are falling by the wayside.  For me: no more excuses.

Running (1)

My two goals?

1. Continue to write for national magazines and build my byline again.

2. Get back into my old marathon shape and start running competitively again.



What about you?

Please take a minute and write down a personal goal or two for yourself, and share them in the comments section below.  Let us support you in your steps to prove “age is just a number” for you.  We’ll give away a $100.00 gift card to at random for one of the comments. We’ll award the card on Monday, December 1, 2014. You can use it for books to learn, equipment to grow, clothes to celebrate your weight loss–anything to reward you for your goals and dreams.

C’mon. Spill. Let’s support each other!

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25 responses to “Age Is Just A Number”

  1. Leah S says:

    My goal is to finish a 1/2 marathon in 2-1/2 hours. And to watch less tv and use that time to decorate my house.

  2. Becca says:

    My goal is to get upside down independently in yoga. Most other people in my classes do it, so I should be able to also!

  3. kath g says:

    My aim is to use the gym more and keep my muscles strong.

  4. Barbara Montag says:

    My number 1 personal goal is to get back to my healthy eating.
    Also cardio and strength training.
    When I do these I feel like a million bucks!

  5. Debra Hall says:

    my goal is to walk 1 more block than i walked the week before

  6. ewhatley says:

    My goal is to get back to 1 hour (at 1/2 hour now) of walking then keep improving on that.

  7. Erin Walsh says:

    Finish losing weight and organize my house.

  8. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    My goal is to find a place to live in 2 weeks since I’m being evicted

  9. Jessie C. says:

    My goal is to practice yoga everyday for 30 minutes.

  10. Lori Merkley says:

    My goal is conquer my diagnosis and soldier on to bigger and great things; Such as walking without pain and loving life!!

  11. Tracy R says:

    My goal is to shop better…more fresh items and more frequent trips to the store to buy fresh veggies…

  12. MARLENE V (Enelram) says:

    My goal is to get back to exercising regularly and lose 10 lbs

  13. Diane L. says:

    My dream is to write a best-selling e-book.

  14. todderinfav5admin says:

    LOVE these! We all need to follow up with each other.

  15. Amanda Alvarado says:

    My goal is to lose another at least 5 pounds. I have lost around 8 pounds over the last month or two just by watching what I am eating and doing a lot of walking at work.

  16. Kaylene says:

    My goal is to find true happiness with who I am as an individual and not who I think I should be.

  17. karen d says:

    My goal is to volunteer more in my community. My schedule has been so erratic lately. It would be nice to do something to help others.

  18. Stephanie says:

    My goal is to allow myself more fun time – to give myself a break from the stress of every day and to make sure my husband enjoys this time with me!

  19. Denise says:

    I’m going to learn a new language – Spanish.

  20. BeckyM says:

    My goal is to exercise more!

  21. Andrea Riddle says:

    I have two goals…to get back to exercising each day and eating better, and also to try not to volunteer for too many things where I’m stretching myself too thin and not able to spend as much time with my family, which is what counts! 🙂

  22. Mary Ann Davis says:

    My goal….kick CANCER’s butt and then get back to getting more exercise. Walk/run in the Susan G. Komen race in the Spring!!

  23. Nicole Humphrey says:

    Run a marathon and climb Machu Picchu!

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