First sign of aging: weight is getting harder to keep off unless I actively work at it.
My whole life, I have always been able to eat whatever I want and exercise pretty much never, and I've been so thin people think I do diet and exercise.
Well, now, on the cusp of 30, I really do need to diet and exercise if I don't want to get fat.
For the first time in my life, last summer, I developed an actual roll on my stomach. Thanks a lot, Red Mango.
In order to drop those extra pounds and get back to my normal weight, I counted calories on an app on my phone until I got used to eating reasonable portion sizes again. This winter when we were in the US, I limited myself to one Red Mango smoothie that I shared with Matt and took home leftovers when we went out to eat, rather than devouring each generously sized American portion at one time. I also avoided cheese and other calorie-dense foods on most occasions.
Now, you may be wondering if I'm exaggerating the weight gain and loss. After all, you can't tell that much from my photos. But consider this evidence: last fall, I literally could not button up one of my pairs of pants, and the others were getting a little tight for comfort. Now, I can comfortably button even the pair I could not get to button up before.
I no longer have to count calories, but I do watch what I eat and am aware of the fact that too much calorie input and not enough calorie output does affect me now.
This one doesn't bother me as much as the first sign. I will never dye my hair. I think it damages hair too much, and I actually think white hair looks cool.
So I'm kind of excited about this sign of aging and fascinated by the occasional experience of finding a long white hair on my fingers after washing my hair, when I have always only had thick, dark hair come loose before now.
Third sign of aging: wisdom tooth.
Apparently, my body has decided that 30 really is the age of wisdom. All these years, I have not heard a peep from any of my wisdom teeth, even though x-rays showed that I had all of them. None of them had moved at all until the past few months.
Now, one of my wisdom teeth has come up so much that I can feel about 2 mm of it rising above my gum line. I was freaking out about it and thinking I would need surgery to extract it, but after going to the dentist in Tianjin and seeing an x-ray, I learned that it was coming in straight and probably would cause no problems. As long as the other 3 teeth stay where they are, I shouldn't experience any crowding, so the dentist recommended that I just keep things as they are.
Matt is jealous that I get an extra tooth to chew with.
I now brush my teeth about 30 minutes every day in total (about 10 minutes 3 times a day) to make extra sure that the new wisdom tooth does not collect any bacteria and get infected. (Can you tell, I really don't want to have that surgery.)