Iza Calzado, 35, has never been shy about her age.
In fact, when she hit her mid-thirties, the A Love to Last actress marked it with a poolside birthday bash.
But embracing age doesn't exactly mean that Iza has readily accepted the changes in her body.
Iza admits, “The slowing down of my metabolism is the first one!”
She adds in jest, “It’s so hard, ano ba!”
Iza acknowledges that she has always been on the curvier side, and maintaining a fit figure has been more challenging for her than others.
“My history is really different…” she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the Pond’s Beauty Talk event at SM Makati, last September 29.
Aside from regularly going to the gym, “It’s really discipline with your food intake… extra discipline…
“If you’re not eating well, nothing’s going to happen."
But at 35, hormones are now also a factor.
“Sabi ko, the things that worked for me before when I was in my—even in my late 20s and early 30s, I have to change it again!
“Dati, puyat, workout, my body will respond to it… Ngayon… hormones now come into play.”
PRIORITIZE REST. When she was younger, Iza found rest a weak excuse not to do more work.
She told PEP.ph, “Dati siguro, if I would hear somebody say, ‘I have to rest,’ I would be sobrang yabang siguro in my head—feeling ko, knowing myself, parang, ‘Ako, I don’t rest.’ Yung gano’n?”
Age helped the Kapamilya actress realize the value of rest to the body.
“Rest is as important as the exercise itself,” she related.
“That’s the humbling part for me, na parang… If I don’t rest, lalo akong tataba.
“So, there should also be time to rest.”
ACCEPTANCE IS KEY. Aside from being physically prepared, Iza has also learned to avoid comparing her body with others.
“That’s something I’ve learned earlier pa, kasi that’s depressing talaga.”
So Iza decided not to dwell too much on the thought, and just focus on more important things like health and wellness.
She relates, “Minsan, I’m like, ‘You know what, this is where I’m at right now, and I have to accept it.’
“Work from that, not beat myself up for being in this shape now and comparing myself always to past photos of myself, which is hard!
“Even now, like Facebook memories, ‘Bakit parang ang payat ko diyan? Panginoon!’ Gano’n.
“But, I’m like different, e. Iba!”
Iza muses, “As long as I know I’m eating well, I’m working out.
"And now that the soap is over, I have regular sleep, which is such a blessing. Then I know that I’m doing good things for my body!
“I’m making loving decisions for myself, so I should be happy.”