I spent the last ten days with Lil’ Miss Liberty as she celebrated her very first birthday. As the old saying goes…..
she’s my fondest hello and my hardest goodbye…….
While there I realized another benefit to living a healthy and fit lifestyle. I was able to play with her all day long. While my knees couldn’t take crawling on the hardwood floors, I was able to keep up with her by doing a bear crawl. There was nothing like watching her take off across the room only to look back to see if I was keeping up and grin like a possum when she saw me coming up behind her.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar in the L’vanon. Planted in the house of Adonai, they will flourish in the courtyards of our God. Even in old age they will be vigorous, still full of sap, still bearing fruit, proclaiming that Adonai is upright, my Rock, in whom there is no wrong. Psalm 92:13-16 (Complete Jewish Bible)
Onto another subject. I’ve decided to close my facebook account for the following reasons:
- I miss having personal relationships with people and would rather visit face to face or by having a conversation on the telephone.
- I don’t want to spend so much time sitting in front of a computer when I could be outside playing or doing something fun.
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One of the things I love about the south is that people talk to you. When I was at Joann’s a lady offered to help me with my sewing, recipes are shared at the grocery store, and people chat with you at the gym.
While doing my dumbbell bench press a guy looked over at me and said the he could tell that I really like what I’m doing. He then went on to express that, like him, I’m a mature lady who has found a way to get and stay healthy…… Our conversation continued as we shared our thoughts on aligning spirit, soul, and body with God’s plan and purposes in our lives.
But I’m still stuck on the mature lady part. I know that I’m only months away from being 50 but I don’t feel like I’m old enough to be that old. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, happier than a clam in the mud, wiser than my years, and I seem to get prettier each and every day. (See, ladies I do practice what I preach by complimenting myself instead of criticizing myself.)
I’ve finally learned not to live in the past, maintain regrets, or try to control everything and everyone around me. I’ve come to accept family and friends for who they are while expecting me to be my best self.
I’ve even gotten used to the idea that my daughter lives in another state and that I won’t be a daily part of my grand-baby’s life.
Heck! He’s right! I’m one mature lady, aren’t I?
It felt like high school all over again. Once again, I was the new girl. And even though I’m almost 50 years old I was scared.
Like in high school, I wasn’t so scared that I didn’t go.
One thing I’ve learned since high school is that very few people even notice you when you’re the new girl. Most have their own friends, their own routines, and they really could care less if you show up. That’s why I wasn’t so scared that I stayed home.
You must be wondering where I went today…. I went to a new gym. Gold’s Gym in Panama City Beach. Since I’m here for a long vacation I need to keep up my healthy routines and that includes working out at least four days a week.
I put on my brave face, laced up my tennis shoes, and walked in like I knew where I was and what I was doing. And for the most part, I did. I know how to use dumbbells, barbells, and treadmills. Then I discovered this great piece of cardio equipment that I’ve seen on the Biggest Loser. It’s steps. Not a stepper but steps! And it kicked my butt!
If I can do it scared, so can you! Don’t let your fear stop you from achieving your goals. Cuz then you’ve got two enemies instead of one —- fear and regret!