Forty One

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So, this is 41. Supposedly once you’re over 40, then you’re considered “over the hill”, right? Well maybe, maybe not. In my 20’s I did consider the 40’s as being “over the hill” and I had a picture in my head of what that would look and feel like. This is not at all what I expected. Man, am I glad.  I choose to make the most of every day.  I choose to do the things that make me feel alive. So, here’s to the 40’s. Bring it on!

*A special thanks to my three favorite people; Steve, Danica and Trey.  Steve made me feel special and let me do anything I wanted all weekend while he did my chores for me.  Trey went rock climbing with me and we had the best time.  Danica gave me the best present by coming home for the weekend to hang out with me.  To each of you… thank you for being you and thank you for being amazing.  You made me feel so very special. 

 

Ocean Magic

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For me, paddleboading can be a purely magical experience.  This week I got to experience one of those magical moments. The water was completely flat, glassy, crystal clear and calm, the ocean was filled with beautiful sea life, the wind was calm and the moon was full.  It was perfect!  I quickly remembered just how much I love paddleboarding and how grateful I am to live in a place where I can do things like this year round.

You see, two years ago (before my mom’s accident), I was out on the water every single week without fail.  Then life flipped upside down and I just never got back into the habit.  Well, I’m taking life by the horns and I’m changing that.  Doing fun active activities makes me feel better physically and emotionally. Paddleboarding is probably at the top of that activity list for me.  It makes me feel alive! Now I’m looking to add additional activities to this list; mountain bike trail riding and indoor rock climbing.  More to come on that.  In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying more time on the ocean.

Find Your Workout Sweet Spot

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Ever since I had my last baby over 13 years ago (man, I’m old), I’ve been big on exercising. Saying that I have been big on exercising is a drastic understatement. I’m pretty sure I had a problem.  I definitely over exercised.  I was obsessed and there was no end in sight.  I have been known to make a new year’s resolution to not exercise as much. The last time I did that, I ended up training for and running my first full marathon. The bottom line…I was miserable. To my surprise this past summer, everything changed.

My kids are now both teenagers and this past summer they ended up spending an entire month with my parents in California. This gave my husband and I a whole lot of time to just simply enjoy life. During this time is when everything seemed to shift for me in regards to exercising. My perspective and focus completely changed. Instead of just exercising for the sake of exercising, I learned a very important lesson; only do workouts that you enjoy doing.

It’s this simple; do exercises and activities that you truly love and enjoy doing. Wow, who would have thought? If you stick to this motto, then you’ll stick to exercising. Period. It’s taken me months to get consistent with my workouts again, but I’m finally there. I’m truly pursing what I love and I’m happier than ever and feel better than ever.

For me, that is weight training and paddle boarding.  For you, that probably looks totally different and that’s ok. It’s more than ok. It;s great! Pursue your exercise passions and you’ll find true happiness in your workout life. The added bonus…you’ll feel better than ever! Get out there and do what you love.