Oprah Winfrey Prioritizes Health on 70th Birthday After Revealing Pressure to Throw 'Big' Party
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The media mogul's birthday post reveals that she celebrates the milestone with 'a run on the beach' as she refuses to be stressed out with planning 'something special' for her birthday.

AceShowbiz - Oprah Winfrey focuses on her fitness as she enters a new decade in her life. The former daytime talk show queen decided to forgo big celebration and went for a run on the beach instead as she turned 70 years old on Monday, January 29.

On a new post uploaded on her Instagram page on the special day, the media mogul let her followers know how she spent the day. Sharing a video of her exercising with a friend and her dog, she wrote in the caption, "Celebrating 70 with a run on the beach. #healthisthebestgift. Thank you for all the birthday love." She added over the clip, which saw her holding the leash of her furry friend, "This is 70!"

Over on her OprahDaily website, she also revealed that she felt the pressure over how to celebrate her 70th birthday. "I had such pressure from all my friends to do something big, something special; to have a dinner, a party or luncheon -- or to go somewhere like a spa, a hike, a resort, or to meditate in Nepal," she admitted in an essay.

After contemplating, she shared, "I thought about it all, took in all their suggestions, and finally did what one friend, Wintley, recommended. He said, 'You're too blessed to stress. Savor the fragrances of your extraordinary life.' It reminded me of the last line of 'Love After Love,' one of my favorite poems by Derek Walcott: 'Sit. Feast on your life.' "

"So that's what I've been doing -- going through old journals, photos, memory boxes, feasting, savoring, and marveling at the discovery, pain, joy, and wonder of 70 years of growing into the woman I am," she added.

The Emmy winner concluded, "What I celebrate this birthday (and beyond) is knowing that the person I know myself to be and the work that has come straight from being has mattered. At my age, you recognize the poignancy of time passing. Seventy resonates, letting you know for sure that there are not as many years remaining as you've already consumed. I take great satisfaction in accepting that regardless of how many more suns are left -- the rising each time has been worth it."

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