There are a couple of fairly significant months coming up for me… the final months of my forties. I turn the big 5-0 in April, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it! I’ve talked before in a blog about how I always used to hate birthdays and even (as a woman in the still ageist world of TV) lie about my age, but how all that changed in 2010 when my younger sister Deborah died very suddenly at the age of 39. Something like that is life-changing, and made me realise how very precious life is and that we should be thrilled by every birthday, as it means we’ve managed to survive another year! So since then I have been grateful for every passing year, and consider getting older a privilege which is denied to many.
Turing fifty is a biggy to get your head round though, although I guess as there’s not much I can do about it, I’m just going to have to grab it with both hands and make the most of it! It’s definitely a year to consider health and fitness a little more closely, and although I do quite a lot of exercise I’m going to be upping my fitness levels significantly in the coming months because I’ve taken on a fairly crazy physical challenge. Last year it was the Moonwalk (a night-time power walking marathon through the streets of London), but this year myself and two pals are doing the South Coast Challenge.
It’s described as a “sleep deprivation and endurance challenge” and is 100km around the south coast of England – basically almost two and a half marathons non-stop, starting on a Saturday morning in August and going right through the day and night into the next day. My team mates are Natalie, who works in the QVC promotions department, and Danni, a former QVC producer. It’s all for charity and we have all chosen our own – mine is Headway, the brain injury charity. My sister died from a brain aneurysm, but if she had survived she would probably have needed a lot of help from a charity like that, hence my choice. The t-shirt has arrived (see photo above!) so it must be real….eek!
I’ve also decided that in the run-up to my birthday I’m going to try out lots of new anti-ageing products and gadgets to try to stave off those wrinkles! First up is the Prai Ageless Throat Device – I’ll tell you how it went in my next blog.
Before I finish, did you catch my HairUWear show this week? My usual short style was transformed into a glam up-do with the addition of a short clip-on ponytail. I LOVED it! Maybe I should be more adventurous with my hair too, as my big birthday approaches…
I’d love to know how you’d deal with a big birthday – shout it from the rooftops, or ignore it?! Do get in touch – you can leave a comment below this blog or say hello on Twitter (@jackiekabler).
Love Jackie x